The Best Free Games to Claim Before They Disappear This Month

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Everyone loves free games. Steam has a hefty collection of them, but some places offer titles for only a limited amount of time. Epic Games gives away multiple games a week. Amazon's Prime Gaming subscription service has new titles each month. But if you're not paying attention, you'll lose out on a PC game you could have kept forever.

In an effort to help gamers know what's out there to claim, we'll be tracking the best free games available in a given month. While some titles are free outright, others are included as part of a subscription service. Here's everything you can grab this month.


Best Free Blizzard Battle.net Games

Blizzard Entertainment has a small collection of popular franchises, including Diablo, Overwatch, StarCraft, and World of Warcraft, which can all be played through the Battle.net gaming platform. Since most of these games are free-to-play, they can be downloaded from Blizzard at any time. However, if you scroll down to Classic Games, there are several titles that were previously paid but are now available for free.

Click the title you wish to download, and choose the appropriate operating system. The game will then automatically begin downloading. How complicated the setup is will be determined by the game you choose to play. Some require you to connect with Battle.net and set up an account with Blizzard, while others may simply download to your computer and play locally. Here are the classic Blizzard games you can now play for free:


Best Free Epic Games Store Games

Epic Games gives away free titles every week, and you don't even need a subscription. Head over to the Epic Games Store website or open the launcher, scroll down to the Free Games section, and hit the blue Free Now banner on the title you want. Then, go through the process as if you were purchasing the game. You won't be charged, and the game will appear in your games library on the Epic Games launcher.

Rocket League (Available Now)





Rocket League combines high-speed racing with competitive sports gameplay as you play soccer with racecars. And starting on Sept. 23, the game moved exclusively to the Epic Game Store and became free-to-play for anyone who wants it. We previously named it an Editors' Choice, praising the fantastic concept and over-the-top fun while maintaining enough nuance to be a high competitive esports title. We consider it to be one of the best PC sports games available, and now you can get it for free.

Abzu (Until Oct. 15)





In Abzu, you control a diver as they explore the ocean's marine life, discover ancient ruins and technology, and solve puzzles along the way. Your mission is to stop the ocean's natural resources from being harvested by machines and bring life back to the deep.

Rising Storm 2: Vietnam (Until Oct. 15)





A tactical first-person shooter, Rising Storm 2: Vietnam focuses on large-scale gameplay, teamwork, and realistic combat set during the Vietnam War. Customize your player, build a squad, or compete in multiplayer mode with up to 64 players. Players can choose to control forces aligned with either the South or North, and each faction has its own unique strengths, weaknesses, and abilities.

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs (Oct. 15-22)

Originating as a mod of the survival horror game Amnesia: The Dark Descent, A Machine For Pigs was eventually built into a standalone game set in the same universe. You play as a man with amnesia tasked with repairing the mysterious machine built underneath his house. As you explore the darkness, you solve puzzles, fight grotesque creatures, and uncover the horrible truth.

Kingdom: New Lands (Oct. 15-22)

Kingdom: New Lands is a kingdom-building simulation game with 2D pixel-art that sees the player take control of a monarch to collect coins and acquire resources. With limited direct control over the game, you must hire soldiers, upgrade weapons, build defenses, and expand the kingdom to ensure the survival of the monarchy.

Sludge Life (Until May 28, 2021)





This third-person 3D platformer with retro CRT graphics is really just a vandalism simulator in disguise. Sludge Life is short and sweet, allowing you to explore the game's surreal world, meet a cast of crass characters, and tag areas with graffiti. Devolver Digital has made the game free to keep for the next year.


Best Free GOG Games

GOG doesn't have regular giveaways like some other websites do, but there is a small collection of free games, which mainly comprises classic computer games. Titles like Shadow Warrior Classic Complete and Postal: Classic and Uncut, which you would have to pay for on Steam, are free on GOG. Other classics, like Ultima 4 (1985) and Akalabeth: World of Doom (1979), are not available anywhere else.

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition





GOG allows you to score a free copy of the first Witcher game if you download the GOG Galaxy desktop client, then download and install the free-to-play Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. Now, if you subscribe to the GOG newsletter, you can get the game for free. Click Subscribe & Claim on the offer page, then add The Witcher: Enhanced Edition to your cart. The game should be reduced to $0.00, and all you have to do is check out. If the website doesn't allow you to check out, reload the page a few times until the checkout button is clickable.


Best Free Itch.io Games

Tired of big blockbusters? Itch.io is a digital game store dedicated to indie titles you won't find anywhere else. Check out the sales page for free titles. Other games will set you back a few bucks; pay up or fork over a little more if you're feeling generous. You can then download the game or claim it to connect it with your Steam account.

From Orbit (Until Oct. 30)

A game that costs $9.99 on Steam can be yours for free until the end of October. From Orbit is a light real-time strategy game that has you help a stranded crew stay alive on an alien planet. Send out scouts, build defenses, find resources, and get back into space before you're overrun.

Brute (Until Dec. 30)





Typically $6.99 on Steam, Brute is free on Itch.io until the end of the year. This arcade shooter combines a minimalist aesthetic with vibrant colors and design. Plan your attack, discover hidden levels, and enjoy the synthesizer soundtrack.

Hide the Body (Until Dec. 31)

Normally $5.99 on Steam, Hide the Body is free on Itch.io until the end of the year. In this black-and-white game, you must hide the evidence of a crime before the cops come and arrest you.


Best Free Nintendo Games

Nintendo doesn't normally give away free games, but it does have a host of offerings with a subscription to the $19.99-a-year Nintendo Switch Online service. A subscription offers access to a collection of NES and Super NES titles, as well as free-to-play games like Tetris 99. On top of these titles, Nintendo also has a few games you can grab for free for a limited time.

Jump Rope Challenge (Available Indefinitely)





Jump Rope Challenge was developed while Japan was under lockdown. It's a simple game that allows you to use the console's Joy-Cons to skip rope alongside the on-screen character. There is a multiplayer mode, and updates have been introduced to add new moves and Nintendo-themed attire. The game was supposed to leave the eShop on Sept. 30, but Nintendo has seemingly changed its mind; it will now be available "until further notice."

Super Mario Bros. 35 (Until March 31, 2021)





To celebrate 35 years of Mario, Nintendo is offering a free game called Super Mario Bros. 35 until next March. The game requires a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online to play, and combines the 2D platforming of the original game with battle royale elements seen in Tetris 99. A total of 35 players simultaneously play through platforming levels on the same screen. As you defeat enemies, you can send them to other players in order to hinder them. The last Mario standing wins, but you can also score points by collecting the most coins, having the lowest time, and attacking the most.


Best Free PlayStation Plus Games

PlayStation Plus is Sony's online multiplayer and games subscription service that costs $9.99 for one month, $24.99 for three months, or $59.99 for a full year. As part of the service, you can claim two new games to keep every month. They'll be accessible as long as you have an active PlayStation Plus subscription.

There are two ways to claim these games from your console. Choose the PlayStation Plus icon from the PlayStation home screen to see the currently available games, plus previously claimed titles. Claimed games can be re-downloaded from this page. You can also go through the PlayStation Network Store and select PS Plus in the left-hand menu.

The other way allows you to add games to your console directly from the PlayStation Store as long as you have Automatic Downloads enabled. Once this is set up, you can choose the games you want from the web page and they will be remotely downloaded to your console.

Need For Speed Payback (Until Nov. 2)





As a racing game, Need for Speed Payback features 74 difference vehicles with additional cars available via downloadable content. The game also features a story mode that has you control multiple characters in an open world fictional Las Vegas as they complete missions, steal cars, and avoid the cops.

Vampyr (Until Nov. 2)





Vampyr is an action RPG that has you control a man who is both a doctor and a vampire in London at the end of World War I. You must care for patients, maintain relationships, and stalk your targets within the game's open world layout. You can choose to feed on innocent people or abstain and avoid levelling up, but the decisions you make will affect the ending of the game.






Best Free Prime Gaming (Twitch Prime) Games

Prime Gaming (formerly known as Twitch Prime) is a subscription service that provides in-game loot, free games, and many other perks each month. The service costs $12.99 a month with a free 30-day trial, or comes included with your $119 Amazon Prime subscription. Find free games on the Prime Gaming page. Scroll down to the Games with Prime section and select the Claim button next to the titles you want.

Now what? In order to play games offered by Prime Gaming, you must download the Amazon Games launcher. Click the Download and Play link that appears next to the Claim button. In the pop-up window, click the link that says Download the Amazon Games Apps (Windows) to install the launcher. Once installed, Prime Gaming games can be claimed from the launcher itself.

Bridge Constructor (Until Oct. 16)

In Bridge Constructor, you build bridges in order to allow cars and trucks to pass over them. However, inferior architecture and the laws of physics may cause your bridges to collapse, so be careful.

SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell (Until Oct. 23)

SEUM is a first-person platforming game that focuses on speedrunning through hellish courses. Dodge obstacles and use power-ups to navigate through each level as quickly as possible.

The Darkside Detective (Until Oct. 30)





This pixel-art point-and-click adventure game sees you take on the role of Detective Francis McQueen as he investigates supernatural cases in Twin Lakes.

Dead Age (Until Nov. 2)

Dead Age is a zombie apocalypse survival game with turn-based combat where you manage survivors, go on missions, make decisions, gather and craft equipment, and fight against the undead. The game includes roguelite elements and permadeath.

Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl (Until Nov. 2)





This retro 8-bit brawler lets you play as Jay and Silent Bob as you perform combos, pick up weapons, and battle your way out of the mall.

Layers of Fear (Until Nov. 2)





In this first-person horror game, you play as a psychologically disturbed painter who explores a Victorian mansion and unearths secrets about his past. Over the course of the game, you solve puzzles, explore your ever-changing surroundings, gather items, and work to complete your masterpiece.

Silver Chains (Until Nov. 2)

Silver Chains is a first-person horror game that has you explore a mysterious mansion, solve puzzles, uncover the truth, and survive whatever is hunting you.

Surf World Series (Until Nov. 2)

This is an arcade surfing game that includes single-player challenges and multiplayer game modes. You can design your own surfer, perform popular tricks, and surf some of the greatest surf spots in the world under any weather conditions, any time of day.

Deadlight: Director's Cut (Until Nov. 6)





In the 2D platformer Deadlight, the world ended in the 1980s from a zombie apocalypse, and now you must survive by fighting hordes, solving puzzles, and managing resources. In a world where bullets are limited, do you use melee combat, blow away the zombies, or run and hide?

Kona (Until Nov. 6)

In the adventure game Kona, you play as a detective who must investigate an eerie village in 1970s Canada. There, you battle the elements, fight off wildlife, explore abandon houses, and try to solve the case.

SNK Classics (Until March 31, 2021)





Separate from Prime Gaming's monthly collection of games, Japanese developer SNK has released over two dozen classic titles for subscribers to claim until March 31. Old-school arcade enthusiasts will have an opportunity to claim several titles from the King of Fighters franchise. These games include:

  • Art of Fighting 2

  • Baseball Stars 2

  • Blazing Star

  • Fatal Fury Special

  • Garou: Mark of the Wolves

  • Ironclad

  • The King of Fighters 97 Global Match

  • The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition

  • The King of Fighters 2000

  • The King of Fighters 2002

  • The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match

  • King of the Monsters

  • The Last Blade 2

  • Metal Slug 2

  • Metal Slug 3

  • Pulstar

  • Samurai Shodown II

  • Samurai Shodown V Special

  • Sengoku 3

  • Shock Troopers

  • Shock Troopers 2nd Squad

  • SNK 40th Anniversary Collection (includes 24 titles)


Best Free Steam Games

Steam has many free games you can download at any time, but titles free to claim for a limited period of time is a rare occurrence. In the event that you do find a free game, you can "buy" it on Steam like you normally would, but you'll just be billed for $0.00.

If you have a Steam Key code, you can claim the game by launching the Steam client and clicking Games Menu > Activate a Product on Steam. Follow the instructions to complete the process and get your game. You may also need to connect your Steam account with another online retailer (e.g. Humble Bundle) before you can enter the code.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Until Oct. 19)





Often considered the best Sonic the Hedgehog game, Sonic The Hedgehog 2 will be available to claim on Steam for a few days in October. It's possible this could be part of a larger plan by Sega in the lead-up to Sonic's 30-year anniversary in 2021.


Best Free Xbox Live Gold Games

Xbox Live Gold is the premium subscription tier of the Xbox Live online gaming service that costs $9.99 a month or $24.99 a quarter. Among the many perks you get with the service is free Xbox games every month. While Xbox 360 titles are yours to keep forever, Xbox One games can only be played as long as you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription.

To claim your free games with an Xbox Live Gold subscription, go to the Gold section on your Xbox One console or visit this page on a computer to queue up the game for download on your console. Games are added on the 1st and 16th of every month.

Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut (Until Oct. 31)

This Friday the 13th-themed puzzle game has you control a killer as you move around the game board to take out all the campers.

Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy (Until Oct. 15)





Originally released in 2003, this action-adventure game has you control the warrior demi-god Sphinx and the undead Tutankhamen. The gameplay is split between combat with Sphinx and puzzle-solving with the Mummy.

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (Until Oct. 15)

A point-and-click adventure game, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 see a gnome, elf, human, and alien team up to stop the mysterious magical transformations taking place in their world.

Costume Quest (Oct. 16-31)

Costume Party is a party-based RPG that has you control a kid while trick-or-treating and combatting monsters in turn-based battles. You create costumes that give you new abilities, collect candy, and recruit other children to join your party.

Maid of Sker (Oct. 16-Nov. 15)

This first-person survival horror game is set in a creepy hotel and is based around British folklore, where your only weapon is a sound-based device and everything attacking you is attracted to sound.











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