We’re in the second half of the month, which means new free games are available for Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. A trio of goodies are up for grabs as part of May’s Games with Gold lineup: Yoku’s Island Express, Viva Pinata: Party Animals, and The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk.
If you’re a fan of metroidvanias and pinball (who isn’t?), Yoku Island Express will be a treat. Released in 2018, Yoku’s Island Express beautifully marries pinball mechanics with the side-scrolling adventure of metroidvanias. You play as a dung beetle who arrives on a relaxing tropical island to become the new courier. Unfortunately for Yoku, things don’t quite go as planned and he has to save the day. The cleverly designed world is filled with platforming tests as well as pinball machines that Yoku uses to bounce and progress. It’s a charming adventure with colorful visuals and a pleasant atmosphere. It scored a 9/10 in our Yoku’s Island Express review is available to claim throughout May.
The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk is a point-and-click adventure set in Asposia, a world ruled by the “Flute Nose Dynasty”. Unsurprisingly, it’s an original game filled with quirky characters. The Last Wind Monk has been praised for its humorous writing, interesting characters, and hand-drawn art. If you’re looking for a story-driven game with some light puzzles, The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk is up for grabs until June 15. It currently holds a “very positive” rating average on Steam.
Viva Pinata: Party People is a Mario Party-esque game originally released for Xbox 360. Designed as a game show, you compete against friends in quick mini-games to see who can win the most candy. It’s a solid multiplayer game to play alongside family and friends. Meanwhile, Hydro Thunder Hurricane was an Xbox Live Arcade boat racing game available in the first half of the month. It aims to be chaotic rather than realistic, as it features goofy bonuses and obstacles.
Xbox Games with Gold May 2022
- Yoku’s Island Express (May 1-31)
- The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk (May 16-June 15)
Hydro Thunder Hurricane (May 1-15)
- Viva Pinata: Party Animals (May 16-31)
Editor’s note: article updated on May 17, 2022