Every month, Microsoft announces a new collection of Xbox games that it will give away to Xbox Live Gold members. These are frequently titles that are several years old, and there’s a decent chance you haven’t even heard of them all. But they are free if you subscribe to Xbox Live Gold. We will continue to update this post every month as Microsoft reveals each of the latest Xbox Games with Gold for active subscribers.
In May, Gold members get Yoku’s Island Express and The Inner World, as well as Hydro Thunder Hurricane and Viva Piñata Party Animals via backward compatibility.
Xbox Games with Gold | May 2022
- Yoku’s Island Express ($19.99 ERP): Available May 1 to 31
- Yoku has arrived on Mokumana and he’s ready for the easy life, soaking up the sun and delivering parcels on a tropical paradise! However, an ancient Island deity is trapped in a restless sleep – and it’s all down to Yoku to traverse the island using a unique blend of pinball mechanics, platforming and open world exploration, in an amazing adventure to help those in need!
- The Inner World – The Last Wind Monk ($19.99 ERP): Available May 16 to June 15
- Solve mind-bending puzzles in a world full of mystery and save the family of the flute-noses! Their dynasty has been watching over Asposia for centuries on end. In secret, they fill the roly-poly world with light and life. But when their existence is discovered, they become hunted.
- Hydro Thunder Hurricane ($9.99 ERP): Available May 1 to 15
- The adrenaline-soaked sequel to Midway’s legendary arcade racer, Hydro Thunder Hurricane features high-powered speedboats rocketing through over-the-top themed environments, gorgeous visuals, and amazing dynamic water physics.
- Viva Piñata Party Animals ($9.99 ERP): Available May 16 to 31
- It’s party time! Compete in a variety of zany battles and races in the social party game Viva Piñata: Party Animals. Control the fame, fortune, and destiny of all your favorite characters from Viva Piñata: Fergy Fudgehog, Paulie Pretztail, Franklin Fizzlybear, and Hudson Horstachio. Viva Piñata: Party Animals includes more than 40 mini-games and a dozen foot races for players to compete against one another.
Xbox Games with Gold | April 2022
- Another Sight ($29.99 ERP): Available April 1 to 30
- ANOTHER SIGHT is a surreal fantasy adventure with steampunk elements set in London in 1899, towards the end of the Victorian era. With an emphasis on culture and character, ANOTHER SIGHT focuses on the emotional development of the relationship between its two protagonists, Kit, a refreshingly intrepid teenager, and Hodge – a mysterious red-furred cat.
- Hue ($14.99 ERP): Available April 16 to May 15
- Hue is a vibrant, award-winning puzzle adventure, where you alter the world by changing its background colour. You explore a dangerous grey land, unearthing coloured fragments on a journey to find your missing mother. As obstacles match the background, they disappear, creating new and exciting puzzles – full of peril, mystery… and colours unseen.
- Outpost Kaloki X ($9.99 ERP): Available April 1 to 15
- Outpost Kaloki X is the light-hearted space-station tycoon game filled with clever characters and wacky storylines, where it’s your job to keep the visiting aliens happy and rake in the cash! Play the Adventure Story, the War Story or any one of 11 different Scenarios. Chat with your patrons to find out what they really want… and to get hot tips on cool expansions. Complete lower-level expansions to unlock more advanced ones. Can you juggle the needs of your station, the desires of your clients and your own hopes for cash and glory?
- MX vs ATV Alive ($19.99 ERP): Available April 16 to 30
- Own the competition as you wrestle for position with tightly contested racing in the fifth iteration of the MX vs ATV franchise. Feel the realism of the revolutionary real-world physics engine which has defined the racing genre. Live the sport as Alive captures the spectacle of motocross and the essence of competitive racing while providing the best riders and gear from the latest manufacturers.
Xbox Games with Gold | March 2022
- The Flame in the Flood ($19.99 ERP): Available March 1 to 31
- A rogue-lite river journey through the backwaters of a forgotten post-societal America. Forage, craft, evade predators.
- Street Power Soccer ($29.99 ERP): Available March 16 to April 15
- Sick style and high-energy action come together in this arcade soccer experience. Face off against street soccer legends or friends in a variety of over-the-top game modes and playgrounds, unleashing tricks and crushing superpowers to become Street King.
- Sacred 2 Fallen Angel ($19.99 ERP): Available March 1 to 15
- SACRED 2 – Fallen Angel is a vast and deeply playable Action RPG. Embark upon Light and Shadow campaigns in a seamless game world that blends solo and multiplayer gameplay, and is packed full of quests, characters, adventure and deadly combat.
- SpongeBob’s Truth or Square ($19.99 ERP): Available March 16 to 31
- SpongeBob SquarePants has gotten himself into quite a predicament. After being entrusted by Mr. Krabs to keep the Krabby Patty formula safe, SpongeBob is overcome with grief for losing the recipe. He then relies on the help of the most unlikely companion, Plankton, who wants the secret Krabby Patty recipe for himself. With the help of his friends, SpongeBob must use Plankton’s memory machine to retrace the happiest moments of his life to find the Krabby Patty formula in time for the Krusty Krab’s Eleventy Seventh anniversary.
Xbox Games with Gold | February 2022
- Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse ($24.99 ERP): Available February 1 to 28
- Playing as intrepid American George Stobbart and sassy French journalist Nico Collard, you find yourself on the trail of a stolen painting – and a murderous conspiracy. A conspiracy whose roots lie in mysteries older than the written word…
- Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield ($11.99 ERP): Available February 16 to March 15
- Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield is a 3D side-scroller that plays much like a classic endless runner. The game has an interesting story that keeps players always in motion. Run, Jump, Slide or “Dash” for acrobatic variants leading to dope combinations and avoid the challenges that await. Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield is being built for players who love to speedrun games while being an experience that casual players will enjoy as well.
- Hydrophobia ($8.99 ERP): Available February 1 to 15
- Hydrophobia is a third person survival adventure set in a floating city, where terrorists take control and heroine Kate has to overcome her haunting childhood memories and fight back using all her skills and expertise as a systems engineer. Hydrophobia offers fast-paced action and breathtaking visuals; engage in mind blowing “flow combat” where emergent gameplay results in a never-the-same-experience. Unleash floating oil fires, electricity and the power of the water itself to wipe out your enemy as you discover the terrifying truth of the Malthusian agenda; Save the World, Kill Yourself.
- Band of Bugs ($9.99 ERP): Available February 16 to 28
- Play as your Avatar and fight against bugs, spiders, even up to seven of your friends in Spider Hunter mode. Band of Bugs is a fast playing, accessible, tactics strategy game that puts YOU in the game! Gameplay is deep enough for established fans of the tactics genre, but friendly enough to appeal to casual gamers as well.
Xbox Games with Gold | January 2022
- NeuroVoider ($13.99 ERP): Available January 1 to 31
- NeuroVoider* is a twin-stick shooter RPG set in a cyber futuristic world about brains shooting around evil robots with nuclear rocket launchers. Battle through the horde of vigilant robots, boost your character with the smoking remains of your victims, and defeat the master NeuroVoider to end this eternal war. Play it coop with up to 4 friends, or go alone in an adventure of hack’n’slash rampage, with a pinch of rogue-lite, and some permadeath. * may contain explosions.
- Aground ($14.99 ERP): Available January 16 to February 15
- Aground is a Mining/Crafting RPG, where there is an overarching goal, story and reason to craft and build. As you progress, you will meet new NPCs, unlock new technology, and maybe magic too. Will you be able to raise dragons? Launch into space? The sky is literally not the limit. Beneath its simple exterior, Aground hides a lot of depth and surprises that will keep you wondering “what’s next?”
- Radiant Silvergun ($14.99 ERP): Available January 1 to 15
- Radiant Silvergun, restored by Treasure, is now available! The shoot ‘em up gameplay that made this a legend remains unchanged, but a hidden “Ikaruga-style” shooting mode gives everyone something new. Previously only available in Japan, Radiant Silvergun on Xbox LIVE Arcade also provides leaderboards, co-op play locally or over Xbox LIVE, downloadable replays, and improved visuals making it the version to own.
- Space Invaders Infinity Gene ($9.99 ERP): Available January 16 to 31
- Space Invaders, the game that defined video games for generations, is back with a new twist! The game starts off looking like the classic Space Invaders, but as you play through the game, it evolves. Unlock new stages, new power ups, and new features. The full game features a total of 143 stages from both Normal Mode and the breathtaking Challenge Mode where stages change with each playthrough. You can even blast your way through unique stages evolved from your very own music! Compete against other players from all around the world in real time with the appropriately named Real Time Rankings! Space Invaders Infinity Gene is the pinnacle of outer space shooting action! The more you play, the more the game evolves!