Games with Gold’s October offering is ringing in the season with some spooky games and classic titles for all your Halloween gaming needs.
The Xbox Series X’s launch is imminent, but that doesn’t mean the current generation is slowing down. Microsoft is continuing to entice gamers to subscribe to their Xbox Live Gold service with the Games with Gold program, and the September offerings are sure to send a chill up your spine.
All of the Games with Gold offerings this month take a Halloween theme, though some are more playful than terrifying. If you’re trapped at home and cannot get out for Trick or Treating, Microsoft has you covered with these spooky games.
SLAYAWAY CAMP: BUTCHER’S CUT
A “puzzle game” for people who hate puzzle games, Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut is an isometric puzzle game in the spirit of Friday the 13th. Players take control of Jason Voorhees-pastiche Skullface and complete various puzzle rooms with the ultimate goal of trying to kill camp counselors. The over 300 puzzle levels don’t just stop with Skullface, though, as there are 60+ Killers to play as to keep gameplay fresh.
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Developed by Blue Wizard Digital and published by Digerati Distribution, Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut will be available October 1st to 31st for Xbox One.
MAID OF SKER
While Slayaway Camp is a fun and energetic puzzle game, Maid of Sker hits Games with Gold just in time for a more traditional horror jaunt. Based on the classic British folk tale of the same name, Maid of Sker follows Elisabeth Williams as she uncovers the dark truth surrounding a remote hotel’s grounds. This first-person survival horror title is packed with gore and horror and sure to keep fans on the edge of their seats this Halloween.
Developed and published by Wales Interactive, Maid of Sker will be available October 16th to November 15th for Xbox One.
SPHINX AND THE CURSED MUMMY
One of the titles acquired by when Nordic Games picked up the THQ library, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy is a throwback to classic mascot games of the past. Originally released in 2003 on the PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox, players take control of the demi-God Sphinx, who must find his way home after retrieving the Blade of Osiris. Aided by the mummified body of Tutankhamen, Sphinx blends third-person action-adventure gameplay with stealth segments. Despite being well-received, Sphinx languished in obscurity against other big titles at the time, such as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Beyond Good & Evil. Despite this, it proved beloved enough to warrant a Switch re-release in 2019.
Developed by Eurocom and published by THQ Nordic, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy will be available October 1st to 15th for Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Over the years, Double Fine’s Costume Quest has quietly become a gaming staple. Originally released in 2010, the game follows twins Reynold and Wren as they go trick or treating. The player chooses one of the twins to control, who must then rescue the other when a monster kidnaps them. Fortunately, the player character gains the ability to transform based on the costume they’re wearing. Costume Quest has an adorable veneer, but at its core is a deep and engaging adventure game with battles reminiscent of classic role-playing games.
Developed and published by Double Fine Productions, Costume Quest will be available October 16th to 31th for Xbox One and Xbox 360.
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