5 More Free Games Available Now For Amazon / Twitch Prime Members

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The lead-up to Amazon’s Prime Day is in full swing. This year, to drum up excitement for the shopping holiday beginning , Amazon is giving Amazon/Twitch Prime members free PC games each day between now and July 18. All told, Prime members stand to receive a total of 21 free games in July. Five games are free to download today, but you’ll want to grab them soon, because they won’t be free forever. The games in question are Battle Chef Brigade, Q.U.B.E. 2, and an SNK bundle that includes the Neo Geo games Metal Slug 3, The Last Blade, and Twinkle Star Sprites.

To get your free games, you’ll first have to link your Twitch and Amazon Prime accounts. Then head to Twitch.tv and click the crown icon next to the search bar. That opens a drop-down menu where you’ll find your free games, along with any other freebies you haven’t collected yet. Just note you’ll need the Twitch desktop app to access the games.

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So how are the games? Pretty good, overall. Q.U.B.E. 2 is a first-person puzzle game where each level puts you in a room you have to figure out how to exit. From GameSpot’s Q.U.B.E 2 review, “Q.U.B.E. 2 makes remarkably clever changes to a formula well established by its predecessor, giving you more agency over puzzle solutions with redefined core mechanics. It means veterans and newcomers alike won’t have to suffer through an overwrought tutorial, with a gentle learning curve effectively nudging you along its growing library of tools.” It’s available for free on Twitch until July 9.

Battle Chef Brigade is a fantasy-themed game that successfully mixes side-scrolling brawling with match-three puzzling. On GameSpot’s sister site Metacritic, Battle Chef Brigade has a score of 80/100. It’s free until July 10. As for the SNK bundle, all three games were well received and have positive Steam reviews, so there’s a good chance you’ll find them worth playing. They’re free until August 2.

Upcoming games that will be free for Prime members in July include Tacoma, Broken Age, and Brutal Legend. You can find the full schedule here.

Adult Swim’s Insane Switch / PC Game, Pool Panic, Gets New Trailer And Release Date

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Adult Swim Games has shared a new trailer for its ridiculous billiards game, Pool Panic. The video, which you can watch above, provides a closer look at how to play the game and shows off some of the outlandish challenges players will come across during the course of the adventure.

Described by developer Rekim as the “world’s least realistic pool simulator,” Pool Panic puts players in control of a “mischievous” pool ball. The object of the game is to aim your pool cue and shoot the ball into the other balls around the stage to sink them into pockets, but the title quickly introduces increasingly ridiculous permutations of that idea.

There are more than 100 levels in Pool Panic, which are laid out on a large overworld that changes and expands as you complete stages. As demonstrated in the trailer, the theme and objective of the levels can vary wildly; one stage, for instance, has players trying to knock pool balls off of motorcycles while they’re racing down a freeway, while another features zombie balls that chase players around the level.

In addition to the single-player campaign, the game features a multiplayer party mode, in which up to four players can compete against each other locally in various mini-games. The Nintendo Switch version of the game also allows two players to play together on one console using a single Joy-Con each.

Pool Panic is coming digitally to Switch and PC via Steam on July 19. We got a chance to check the title out at PAX East earlier this year and thought it was one of our favorite games from the show. If you’d like to see more footage of the game, you can watch us play 13 minutes of Pool Panic here.

Adult Swim’s Insane Switch / PC Game, Pool Panic, Gets New Trailer And Release Date

What do you think?

Adult Swim Games has shared a new trailer for its ridiculous billiards game, Pool Panic. The video, which you can watch above, provides a closer look at how to play the game and shows off some of the outlandish challenges players will come across during the course of the adventure.

Described by developer Rekim as the “world’s least realistic pool simulator,” Pool Panic puts players in control of a “mischievous” pool ball. The object of the game is to aim your pool cue and shoot the ball into the other balls around the stage to sink them into pockets, but the title quickly introduces increasingly ridiculous permutations of that idea.

There are more than 100 levels in Pool Panic, which are laid out on a large overworld that changes and expands as you complete stages. As demonstrated in the trailer, the theme and objective of the levels can vary wildly; one stage, for instance, has players trying to knock pool balls off of motorcycles while they’re racing down a freeway, while another features zombie balls that chase players around the level.

In addition to the single-player campaign, the game features a multiplayer party mode, in which up to four players can compete against each other locally in various mini-games. The Nintendo Switch version of the game also allows two players to play together on one console using a single Joy-Con each.

Pool Panic is coming digitally to Switch and PC via Steam on July 19. We got a chance to check the title out at PAX East earlier this year and thought it was one of our favorite games from the show. If you’d like to see more footage of the game, you can watch us play 13 minutes of Pool Panic here.

Adult Swim’s Insane Switch / PC Game, Pool Panic, Gets New Trailer And Release Date

What do you think?

Adult Swim Games has shared a new trailer for its ridiculous billiards game, Pool Panic. The video, which you can watch above, provides a closer look at how to play the game and shows off some of the outlandish challenges players will come across during the course of the adventure.

Described by developer Rekim as the “world’s least realistic pool simulator,” Pool Panic puts players in control of a “mischievous” pool ball. The object of the game is to aim your pool cue and shoot the ball into the other balls around the stage to sink them into pockets, but the title quickly introduces increasingly ridiculous permutations of that idea.

There are more than 100 levels in Pool Panic, which are laid out on a large overworld that changes and expands as you complete stages. As demonstrated in the trailer, the theme and objective of the levels can vary wildly; one stage, for instance, has players trying to knock pool balls off of motorcycles while they’re racing down a freeway, while another features zombie balls that chase players around the level.

In addition to the single-player campaign, the game features a multiplayer party mode, in which up to four players can compete against each other locally in various mini-games. The Nintendo Switch version of the game also allows two players to play together on one console using a single Joy-Con each.

Pool Panic is coming digitally to Switch and PC via Steam on July 19. We got a chance to check the title out at PAX East earlier this year and thought it was one of our favorite games from the show. If you’d like to see more footage of the game, you can watch us play 13 minutes of Pool Panic here.

Check Out These 6 Cool Games For PC, PS4, Switch, And Xbox One

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E3 2018 has come and gone, and as promised, it featured a ton of announcements, trailers, and other exciting reveals. But while the show was dominated primarily by triple-A titles such as The Last of Us: Part II, Cyberpunk 2077, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, those certainly weren’t the only interesting games we had an opportunity to see during the expo.

Amid the many press conferences, bombastic trailers, and lengthy gameplay demonstrations showcased during E3 were a number of clever, intriguing, and touching efforts from smaller and lesser-known studios that were easy to overlook in the general bustle of the show. Thanks to related events like Indie Mix, however, these titles got a chance to stand apart from the crowd and capture our attention with their unique ideas and distinctive styles.

Below, you can find gameplay videos of six interesting and unique indie games we got a chance to see during E3 2018, from the rougelike real-time strategy game Bad North to the bizarre What the Golf? and the emotional, cyberpunk-inspired narrative adventure Neo Cab. For a look at even more interesting titles you may not have heard of, be sure to check out our gallery of 21 games you may have missed from E3 2018.

Bad North

Bad North from developer Plausible Concept is a Viking-themed tactical game that blends together real-time strategy gameplay with rougelike elements. The title’s charming art style belies its unforgiving nature, as any commander you lose during a skirmish is gone permanently. Bad North is slated to launch later this year for PC, consoles, and mobile.

Chasm

Bit Kid’s Chasm is a sprawling side-scrolling adventure game set in a medieval fantasy world. Boasting a beautifully retro visual style and procedurally generated areas to explore, Chasm casts players in the role of a new recruit of the Guildean Kingdom, who embarks on a mission to discover why townspeople have begun disappearing. The game is coming later this year to PS4, PC, and Vita.

Darq

Darq is a psychological horror game about lucid dreaming. Developed by Unfold Games, the title follows the story of Lloyd, a young boy whose dream takes a dark turn. He must manipulate the logic of the dream world and use stealth to overcome obstacles, avoid horrific enemies, and survive the darkest corners of his subconscious. Darq will release for PC later this year, with a console release potentially following later.

Neo Cab

Neo Cab from developer Chance Agency is narrative game that casts players in the role of Lina, the last human driver in the cyberpunk-inspired city of Los Ojos. Lina’s friend mysteriously vanishes, and it falls to players to maintain her driver rating–and livelihood–by deciding which passengers to pick up and how to interact with them while Lina searches for her friend’s whereabouts. Neo Cab doesn’t yet have a release date, but the game is in development for PC and Mac.

What the Golf?

Billed by developer Triband as a “golf game for people who hate golf,” What the Golf? is a ridiculous, physics-based title that takes the basic idea behind the sport–hitting a ball into a hole–in a variety of outlandish directions. It begins like a standard game of golf, but soon players will find themselves smacking the ball into toasters, steering a car, and even putting a house. The game is coming later this summer to PC.

Where the Bees Make Honey

Where the Bees Make Honey is a beautiful isometric puzzle game reminiscent of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Players must guide Sunny, a young girl dressed like a bee, around diorama-like worlds, which can be rotated to gain a different perspective and discover unseen objects. The game spans four seasons, each of which has its own puzzles, while its story unfolds through cutscenes that punctuate every world. Where the Bees Make Honey will release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in early 2019.

New Fortnite Emote Adds Some Sparkle Into Your Life

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In time for 4th of July celebrations, Epic Games has released a new emote for Fortnite. As with most of Fortnite’s emotes, it’s a simple and charming little animation that has your character light up a sparkler, wave it about for a little bit, and then toss it aside.

You can buy the Sparkler emote from the in-game item shop for 200 V-Bucks. Take a look below to see the animation in action, courtesy of the official Fortnite Twitter account.

In related news, Fortnite: Battle Royale has been updated with the Playground LTM (limited-time mode). Although the mode originally launched on June 28, it was taken offline after server issues arose. A week of testing and bug fixing later and Epic has made Playground LTM available again on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile.

Playground is designed to be a “low-pressure environment” similar to a private server. It enables players to explore the map and hang out with up to three friends, free from the risk of being eliminated by other people. It’s a good place to check out weapons, practice, and refine strategies.

A Fortnite update (version 4.5) has also added a few new weapons to the Save the World and Battle Royale modes. Perhaps most notable among these is the Drum Gun for the Battle Royale mode, which is described as a “hybrid weapon that combines the stopping power of a rifle with the suppressive ability and fire rate of an SMG.” On top of that, there’s the Stink Bomb and Stars and Stripes Heroes. You can find out more about all the new Fortnite update and see the full patch notes here.

Fortnite Season 5 is set to start on Thursday, July 12, at 1 AM PDT / 4 AM EDT / 9 AM BST / 6 PM AET. Players can still finish up Season 4’s challenges to level up their Battle Pass and unlock any remaining rewards. If you need help completing the challenges, take a look at our full Season 4 challenge guide.

Fortnite Playground Mode Finally Released Alongside New 4.5 Update

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Fortnite: Battle Royale has gained another new mode, as the Playground LTM (limited-time mode) is now live. The mode first launched a few days ago, but was taken offline soon after due to server problems. After an extended week that lasted almost a week, the issues have now been resolved, and the mode is available to play on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile.

Unlike previous limited-time modes, Playground is intended to be a “low-pressure environment” that acts much like a private server. It allows players to explore the map and play around with up to three friends, free from the risk of being eliminated by other people.

Each Playground match lasts for one hour, and the storm circle won’t begin closing in on the map until 55 minutes have passed. Friendly fire is enabled, although players will respawn immediately unless eliminated by the storm. There’s also much more loot to find.

Meanwhile Fortnite has another content update available now. It adds the Drum Gun for Battle Royale and Stink Bomb for Save the World, as well as special American-themed cosmetics in celebration of the United States’ Independence Day, July 4.

Finally, Season 5 of Fortnite is scheduled to begin on Thursday, July 12, at 1 AM PDT / 4 AM EDT / 9 AM BST / 6 PM AET. In the meantime, players can still complete this season’s challenges to level up their Battle Pass and unlock any remaining rewards. If you need help completing the challenges, be sure to check out our full Season 4 challenge guide.

The GTA 6 Release Date Listing In GTA 5’s Online Mode Is Fake

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Grand Theft Auto V players in GTA Online have reported receiving in-game messages stating that Grand Theft Auto VI will launch in 2019. Developer Rockstar Games has addressed the rumors, confirming the messages are fake and not from official channels.

GTA Online players reported receiving the message, which reads, “Rockstar Message GTA VI Coming 2019,” on Reddit and the GTA Online forum. This inevitably prompted people to ask the Rockstar Support Twitter account about it. The response follows below; it confirms it is indeed a hoax, as suspected.

Although Rockstar hasn’t provided any information on how this happened, the Reddit community has speculated that an opportunistic hacker is using mods and a flaw in the Rockstar Social Club’s messaging system to send out the message. Perhaps the biggest giveaway is that the pop-up messages are predominantly appearing in the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC versions of the game, where mods are more prevalent.

Obviously, it’d be incredibly out of character for Rockstar to simply reveal the release date for the next entry in its biggest franchise in such a haphazard way. Rockstar like to be very measured in the way it reveals games, delivering fleeting teases and drip-feeding little details to build up excitement.

On top of that, casually announced GTA VI would steal all the thunder from its next game: Red Dead Redemption 2. As confirmed in July, Red Dead Redemption 2’s release date is October 26, 2018. The much-anticipated sequel will be available for PS4 and Xbox One. Rockstar hasn’t said whether the game is coming to PC, but one of the programmers working on the game has indicated Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC is in development.

The GTA 6 Release Date Listing In GTA 5’s Online Mode Is Fake

What do you think?

Grand Theft Auto V players in GTA Online have reported receiving in-game messages stating that Grand Theft Auto VI will launch in 2019. Developer Rockstar Games has addressed the rumors, confirming the messages are fake and not from official channels.

GTA Online players reported receiving the message, which reads, “Rockstar Message GTA VI Coming 2019,” on Reddit and the GTA Online forum. This inevitably prompted people to ask the Rockstar Support Twitter account about it. The response follows below; it confirms it is indeed a hoax, as suspected.

Although Rockstar hasn’t provided any information on how this happened, the Reddit community has speculated that an opportunistic hacker is using mods and a flaw in the Rockstar Social Club’s messaging system to send out the message. Perhaps the biggest giveaway is that the pop-up messages are predominantly appearing in the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC versions of the game, where mods are more prevalent.

Obviously, it’d be incredibly out of character for Rockstar to simply reveal the release date for the next entry in its biggest franchise in such a haphazard way. Rockstar like to be very measured in the way it reveals games, delivering fleeting teases and drip-feeding little details to build up excitement.

On top of that, casually announced GTA VI would steal all the thunder from its next game: Red Dead Redemption 2. As confirmed in July, Red Dead Redemption 2’s release date is October 26, 2018. The much-anticipated sequel will be available for PS4 and Xbox One. Rockstar hasn’t said whether the game is coming to PC, but one of the programmers working on the game has indicated Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC is in development.

The GTA 6 Release Date Listing In GTA 5’s Online Mode Is Fake

What do you think?

Grand Theft Auto V players in GTA Online have reported receiving in-game messages stating that Grand Theft Auto VI will launch in 2019. Developer Rockstar Games has addressed the rumors, confirming the messages are fake and not from official channels.

GTA Online players reported receiving the message, which reads, “Rockstar Message GTA VI Coming 2019,” on Reddit and the GTA Online forum. This inevitably prompted people to ask the Rockstar Support Twitter account about it. The response follows below; it confirms it is indeed a hoax, as suspected.

Although Rockstar hasn’t provided any information on how this happened, the Reddit community has speculated that an opportunistic hacker is using mods and a flaw in the Rockstar Social Club’s messaging system to send out the message. Perhaps the biggest giveaway is that the pop-up messages are predominantly appearing in the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC versions of the game, where mods are more prevalent.

Obviously, it’d be incredibly out of character for Rockstar to simply reveal the release date for the next entry in its biggest franchise in such a haphazard way. Rockstar like to be very measured in the way it reveals games, delivering fleeting teases and drip-feeding little details to build up excitement.

On top of that, casually announced GTA VI would steal all the thunder from its next game: Red Dead Redemption 2. As confirmed in July, Red Dead Redemption 2’s release date is October 26, 2018. The much-anticipated sequel will be available for PS4 and Xbox One. Rockstar hasn’t said whether the game is coming to PC, but one of the programmers working on the game has indicated Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC is in development.