Whether you’re socially isolating or performing an essential job during these times, it’s good to have games as a solace. Let’s get through the scariest month of the year (yet) with these free games for PS Plus, Xbox Live, Humble, Epic and Twitch subscribers for April 2020.
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
The first Uncharted game for PS4 was the last game in the series to feature protagonist Nathan Drake. This epic finale is a must-play for PS4 owners, or you could read our review if you’re on the fence.
- DIRT Rally 2.0
Experience the wonders of driving, being outdoors, and dynamically shifting weather; all things you no longer have access to now that you’re stuck indoors all day. Relive the glory days with the magic of free games.
Xbox Games With Gold
- Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (available 16 March – 15 April)
A Kickstarter success story that was released in 2016. Jump across platforms and transform into various creatures to find those tough-to-spot secrets areas.
- Project CARS 2 (available 1 April – 30 April)
According to our review, Project CARS 2 is a car sim for the ages. The graphics are sublime, you can customise each car to your heart’s content, and there’s no pesky Bullet Bills or blue shells getting in the way of realism. That’s what a car sim is, right?
- Fable Anniversary (available 1 April – 15 April)
A graphical remaster of the original Fable. Experience the first game in the beloved franchise, set in a fantasy world with magic and monsters, and you can travel in groups of more than two.
The Humble Choice games for March are yet to be announced.
- Drawful 2 (available until 10 April)
One of the more delightful titles in the pantheon of Jackbox party games. You draw a picture based on a random prompt, and your friends have to guess what the prompt is. It’s notably not in any of the Jackbox Party Packs, so better get it while it’s in the free games pile.
- Gone Home (available until 10 April)
The game that launched a thousand walking simulators. Explore a creepy old house and uncover the mystery of what happened to your family.
- Hob (available until 10 April)
An action adventure game from the folks who brought you Torchlight. Explore a colourful world and solve puzzles with a big robot pal.
- Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (available 10 April – 17 April)
Before Frogwares went all Lovecraftian horror, they were known for the Sherlock Holmes games. Detective games in which you need to pay attention to clues and piece them together yourself before choosing the correct perpetrator of the crime. If you’re a fan of the books, or any of the popular depictions in modern media, then you might like this.
Twitch Games with Prime
(all available until 2 May)
A Norwegian-made game inspired by the JRPGs of yore. With a top down camera, turn-based battle system and an adorable cast of characters, Earthlock looks to provide a modern take on a nostalgic era.
- Kathy Rain
A point and click detective story. You are Kathy, a misanthropic college student investigating the death of her grandfather.
The 2016 remaster of the 1997 shooter hit. It looks like the Turok franchise has taken a much cuter direction lately, so check out where it all started.
A third person puzzle game with a unique mechanic. Gravity always falls according to the player’s orientation, so you need to move around the environments to make sure you’re facing the right way to move ahead. This seems like a game you can zen out to.
Another unique puzzle game! This time, shadows will kill you, so you need to manipulate the light in order to make your way out of a creepy old lab. We loved this game so much we called it a “slam dunk”. You can read our thoughts here.
And them’s your free games for April. Which ones are you most excited for? We live in uncertain times, and hope that you’re all staying safe as much as you can. Games might make your isolating seem a little less isolated.