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Video games are a fantastic way to pass the time, but they’re pricey. If you want to start playing without paying, we’ve got great news: The live-streaming service Twitch is dropping games that are free for Amazon Prime members.
Not a Prime member? Amazon offers a 30-day free trial for new users—sign up here. After the trial is over, you can get Amazon Prime for $13 a month or $119 a year. You have to be a Twitch member to join Twitch Prime, but it’s free to sign up.
Twitch Prime is a perk for all Prime members. Every month, users get five free games—this month’s is worth more than $100 in total on Steam—to keep (even if you cancel the service), plus level-up options for characters, skins, boosts, upgrades and more free of charge.
To start playing, you’ll need the Amazon Games app or the Twitch Desktop app for Windows 10, macOS, and iOS. It’ll work with iPadOS, Android, Fire TV, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Apple TV and more. Check out a full list of compatible devices here.
Scroll down for April’s free video games:
Released in 2016 by indie developers Snowcastle Games, Earthlock is a role-playing combat game following Amon, an adventurer and scavenger who gets caught up with the ruling Suvian Empire on Umbra, a planet that stopped spinning after a cataclysmic event.
Shop it: Earthlock, Free with 30-day Twitch Prime trial (was $30), amazon.com
Etherborn is an award-winning puzzle game that breaks all the rules of gravity and physics. You play as a body with no voice in search of a voice without a body, as you shift and comb through big and small Rubik’s Cube-like structures.
Shop it: Etherborn, Free with 30-day Twitch Prime trial (was $17), amazon.com
You know that kid’s game “the floor is lava?” Well, Lightmatter works the same way, but in this case shadows are lava and light is safety.
Through a series of puzzles, you have to position your light sources (a lamp and an orb) in such a way that no shadows appear in your pathway, while you navigate an empty building after a catastrophic event. Terrifying... but fun.
Shop it: Lightmatter, Free with 30-day Twitch Prime trial (was $20), amazon.com
Kathy Rain: A Detective is Born is a point-and-click game that’s set in the ‘90s. It follows, you guessed it, Kathy Rain, a journalism major who comes home to investigate the mysterious death of her grandfather. It plays like a graphic novel with lots of hidden details, secrets, and twist-and-turns.
Shop it: Kathy Rain: A Detective is Born, Free with 30-day Twitch Prime trial (was $15), amazon.com
This is the HD remastered version of the 1997 shooter video game Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. It follows Turok, a time-traveling warrior who protects the Lost Land (a world inhabited with aliens and dinosaurs)—as he pieces together the Chronoscepter, an ancient artifact designed to defeat an evil overlord called The Campaigner.
Shop it: Turok, Free with 30-day Twitch Prime trial (was $20), amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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