11 hot indie titles are coming to Xbox Game Pass

June

27, 2019

If you haven’t heard, Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass is now available on both Xbox One consoles and Windows PCs. You can even get the beta version now.

Today, during the second [email protected] Game Pass showcase, 11 more titles were announced for the Xbox Game Pass service. Six of the titles will be available on both Xbox One and PC, with five others being PC exclusives.

There’s no current date on when these will hit Game Pass, but we can assume it’s soon.

Coming to both platforms are My Time At Portia, Bad North, GoNNER, The Banner Saga 3, Yoku’s Island Express, and Worms W.M.D.

The titles that areĀ exclusive to PC are Undertale, Timespinner, Unavowed, Machinarium, and For the King.

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My Time At Portia is an amalgamation of both Stardew Valley and the Harvest Moon series, but sporting cute little 3D graphics. You start your new life in the town of Portia, restoring your Pa’s neglected workshop to its former glory by completing tasks. You can also romance villagers. Wink.

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Bad North is a charming and brutal real-time tactics roguelite. You must defend your idyllic island kingdom, command your loyal subjects, and stand your ground against the barbaric Viking invaders.

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GoNNER is, in its own words, a ‘tough as hell’ score-based procedurally-generated platformer with roguelike elements. You can take a breath now. It’s also about a friendship between Ikk, Death, and a space whale named Sally.

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The Banner Saga 3 is the third instalment in The Banner Saga (see also: The Department of Redundancy Department), and is an epic role-playing Viking saga where your choices directly affect how the game plays out. Choose wisely.

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Yoku’s Island Express combines pinball mechanics, platforming, and open world exploration as postman Yoku explores and unlocks the secrets of Mokumama Island. He even has a little hat!

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Worms W.M.D. is an instalment in the Worms series that has a lovely hand-drawn 2D look, brand new weapons, the introduction of crafting, vehicles, and buildings, plus the return of some much-loved classic weapons and gameplay.

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Do I really need to describe Undertale? If yes, listen closely. In Undertale, you explore a brand new world under the surface of your own and use all your DETERMINATION to make your way back home. Make friends, make enemies, and laugh ’til you cry. Or cry ’til you laugh. Or just cry.

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Timespinner is an extremely pretty looking pixelated 2D Metroidvania platformer about a young heroine who travels through time to destroy the empire that killed her family. You know, typical platformer stuff. It’s a homage to the SNES and PS1 age and honestly? It’s beautiful.

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Unavowed takes place after a demon hitched your meat suit for a joyride and left you to pick up the pieces. Your only path towards redemption is to join the Unavowed – an ancient society dedicated to stopping evil. No matter what the cost. Which is probably pretty high.

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Machinarium is a puzzle point-and-click adventure game that contains no dialogue whatosever and, aside from a couple of prompts on the first screen that let you know what to do, contains no understandable language entirely.

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Finally, For The King is a strategic RPG that blends both tabletop and roguelike elements in a challenging adventure. You can play on your own or as friends but, in the end, you’re playing For The King. Punny.

Xbox Game Pass UltimateĀ normally costs $14.99 a month, but is currently on sale for just $1. You can pick up the $1 membership here. You’re welcome!

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