Another month and another new batch of games to keep forever courtesy of Xbox Games With Gold. Whether you’re new to the service or a returning player, there are plenty of free titles to download and keep forever. This month is headlined by The Escapists 2 and Tropico 5 – Penultimate Edition on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
Meanwhile, this month’s “classic collection” includes Orcs Must Die! and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet.
These will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and/or Xbox 360. Games With Gold is included as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Each of this month’s game’s availability will be staggered across the month. Here is this month’s schedule;
- The Escapists 2 (£19.99/$19.99) – 1st-31st December
- Tropico 5 (£20.99/$24.99) – 16th December-15th January
- Orcs Must Die! (£9.99/$14/99) – 1st-15th December
- Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (£6/79/$9.99) – 16th-1st December
The Escapists 2
Published by: Team17
Developed by: Team17
“From the tundra to the desert, join up with three of your friends to form the ultimate crew and engineer the wildest escapes from some of the toughest prisons in the world. Live by the rules, attend roll call, and follow strict routines, all while secretly planning and executing your bid for freedom!”Xbox
Tropico 5 – Penultimate Edition
Published by: Kalypso Media
Developed by: Haemimont Games
“In this Penultimate Edition, including The Big Cheese and Hostile Takeover add-ons, expand the reign of your dynasty from the early colonial period to beyond the 21st Century. Build your city’s infrastructure, plan your trading routes, and utilise new technologies, in the fifth instalment of the fan favourite city-building series”.Xbox
Orcs Must Die!
Published by: Robot Entertainment
Developed by: Robot Entertainment
“As a powerful War Mage, defend twenty-four fortresses from a mob of beastly enemies, using all manner of weapons and traps at your disposal. No matter how you get it done, you’ll have a blast destroying rampaging monsters in this fantasy, action-strategy game”.Xbox
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Published by: Xbox Game Studios
Developed by: Shadow Planet Productions
“Explore unique environments in the 2D action-adventure game, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet. Make your way to the center of the mysterious Shadow Planet, all while solving complex puzzles and battling bizarre creatures, as you fight to save your home world”.Xbox
And there we have it; The line-up for this month’s Games with Gold, on Xbox. As you can see, there’s the usual mix of games to choose from. Be sure to take advantage of an active Live Gold account and bag yourself four, free games. And, if you have the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate account, you get Gold included in the price.
If you, instead, fancy getting some free PlayStation games, we have you covered. And, check back for this month’s Stadia Pro games, free for anyone with an active Stadia Pro subscription.
What do you think of this month’s selection? Any there that you know you’ll be grabbing? Why not sound off in the comments below.
ABG’s Senior Editor (News), YouTube content creator/streamer.