Xbox may still be lacking in top-tier exclusives, but Phil Spencer and the team have done a really good job of pivoting the Xbox brand more towards services like Xbox Game Pass. In addition to the hundreds of titles available on Xbox Game Pass for one reasonable price, Xbox also offers its Xbox Live Gold subscribers free games every month, in a program called Xbox games with gold. For years, Xbox fans have been able to beef up their library every month with four new titles, and while not all of them are big-budget AAA experiences, most are usually worth at least a few hours of gameplay.
Like every month, in July 2022, four games will head straight to gamers’ libraries, for free, as long as they’re an Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber. July’s Xbox Games with Gold deals probably won’t wow anyone, but they do offer a pretty diverse selection of games, all from different genres, and offering unique experiences.
Beasts of Maravilla Island
Released last year Beasts of Maravilla Island is a 3D adventure game, where exploration is the main objective. Players take on the role of a wildlife photographer, who travels to the mysterious island of Maravilla to study and photograph the island’s magical inhabitants. A mix of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Pokemon Snap, Beasts of Maravilla Island sees players walking, climbing and jumping through some of the most vibrant and colorful environments ever created in a video game. Once a new creature has been discovered, players will need to take note of their behavior and adapt their own behavior accordingly in order to be able to take a shot. In addition to that, Beasts of Maravilla Island also features intriguing environmental puzzles to help add more depth to the gameplay.
Beasts of Maravilla Island will be available from July 1 to July 31.
First released in August 2020, Relic is a physics-based Sci-Fi puzzle game, clearly inspired by the likes of Gate. Players assume the role of a physicist, trapped aboard Chandra Base, located deep within the Moon. As the game progresses, players will need to become familiar with a range of mind-bending mechanics, including the ability to alter magnetic fields and manipulate gravity. With such complex mechanics, Relic prides itself on being a challenging puzzle game, with real challenge behind its storylines. For those who love the Gate series, this is definitely a game worth downloading.
Relic will be available from July 16 to August 15.
Thrillville: Off the Rails
July 1st of Games With Gold backward compatible offers, Thrillville: Off the Rails is an extremely unique theme park builder that lets players pilot their own creations. Developed by Frontier Developments, the same studio behind the wildly successful Planet Coaster, Thrillville was released in 2007 and did not meet with the most favorable reception, with outlets giving it ratings in the range of 5–7/10. While the theme park building and simulation elements are a bit lackluster, especially compared to modern Frontier offerings, ThrillvilleThe main selling point of is the variety of mini-games that can be played when a new attraction is placed, which helps the player’s park feel a bit more interactive.
Thrillville: Off the Rails will be available from July 1 to July 15.
Originally published in 2009, Torchlight is an Xbox Live Arcade classic and a must-have for everyone Diablo fans looking for a break from Sanctuary. An action-RPG, hack-and-slash with an isometric perspective, Torchlight is an engrossing fantasy game, though it’s certainly showing its age these days. The story is a bit weak, players can only choose from three character classes, and the gameplay itself can get quite repetitive, but Torchlight worth at least a few hours of playtime, even if it’s just to see how far the series has come since its debut.
Torchlight will be available from July 16 to July 31.
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