As January comes to a close, Twitch has unlocked five new games that you can download for free during February. Once the month ends, you’re out of luck. But if you download them now, you can keep ’em forever. As always, you’ll need a Twitch Prime subscription (which comes with an Amazon Prime membership) to claim them, but at $11 USD a month, you’re actually getting all five titles for less than their combined retail price.
Pikuniku is the noticeable stand-out this time around. Added to Twitch Prime games in late January on the day it released, the adorable title looks like a children’s book come to life, and yet it utilizes a more sarcastic, irreverent tone to tell its story of a town battling a corporate takeover—one that’s sure to resonate with an older crowd. In our Pikuniku review, James O’Connor gave the game an 8/10, writing, «From Piku’s weird wobbly gait and looping jumps in the opening right through to the game’s funny, bizarre ending, Pikuniku is more gripping than its simple aesthetic and playful tone would suggest. It’ll make you feel like a kid again.»
Until February 28, you can also download Dear Esther: Landmark Edition, Downwell, The Flame in the Flood, and Draknek & Co Puzzle Collection. You might remember Dear Esther as the game that popularized the «walking sim» genre, and this special edition of the game comes with remastered audio and developer commentary. Downwell is a fun roguelike for its simplicity, and you can just keep jumping down its randomly assorted pits for hours. The Flame in the Flood is also a roguelike, but one geared towards survival as opposed to fast-paced action. Finally, Draknek is a collection of three puzzle games, the chemistry-focused Sokobond, the building-focusing A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build, and the frustrating but cute Cosmic Express.
Twitch Prime’s Free Games For January 2019
- Dear Ester: Landmark Edition
- The Flame in the Flood
- Draknek & Co Puzzle Collection