Twitch Prime now includes a monthly bundle of games

Shadow Tactics

Like it or not, subscription services are becoming a greater part of the gaming sphere with each passing month. Humble Monthly, Origin Access, the XBox game pass (which now includes PC games) among others. Many of us already have a subscription to Amazon Prime, which brings with it a slew of perks and giveaways on streaming mega-hub Twitch.tv, and now you can get a monthly bundle of games as part of the service.

The first month’s lineup is an impressive lot, including time-bending FPS Superhot, teen horror adventure Oxenfree, Hotline Miami-esque Mr Shifty, board-game adaptation Tomb of Annihilation and (last, but by no means least) brilliant Japanese-themed Commandos tribute Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun.

To access all of these goodies, you’ll first need to claim the items via Twitch’s rewards drop-down panel (the crown in the top-right corner of the UI), and to install the games you’ll need the official Twitch desktop app. Yes, it’s one more installer/storefront to have cluttering up your desktop, but it’s also very cheap games, and you really should play Shadow Tactics. It’s quite utterly lovely and it’s great that more people will have a chance to play it. If it’s somehow managed to sneak under your radar (appropriately enough), here’s the trailer:

Also available via Twitch’s present slew of giveaways is the original Devil May Cry. Word is that the port is a little on the cheap side (it’s capped to 1080p, and misbehaves if you run it at over 60fps), but it’s an otherwise fun look at the missing link between Resident Evil and the modern character-action genre. Perhaps takes the wind out of the recent Devil May Cry 1-3 HD collection released recently, though.

The first month of Games With Twitch Prime is live now, and will be available for the next two weeks. Make sure you tag them while they’re available if you’ve got an Amazon Prime subscription.

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  1. Viral Frog says:

    "That’s 10 games in the next two months, all for FREE and yours to keep forever."

    https://blog.twitch.tv/level-up-your-video-game-collection-with-free-games-with-prime-785fac856490

    Yes, you can immediately cancel after the fact and they're yours. You do need to download the games via the Twitch desktop app, however.
  1. heretic says:

    Shadow Tactics is indeed amazing, great Commandos style game set in feudal Japan – hope they will release a sequel or expansion!

  2. hlm2 says:

    If I claim Shadow Tactics and then cancel prime can I still play it do you know?

    • Viral Frog says:

      “That’s 10 games in the next two months, all for FREE and yours to keep forever.”

      link to blog.twitch.tv

      Yes, you can immediately cancel after the fact and they’re yours. You do need to download the games via the Twitch desktop app, however.

  3. Dynamique says:

    That’s a nice bundle. Yet owning all the others I only want Shadow Tactics; and I don’t want Twitch or new Store Apps… Guess I’ll pass.

    • Viral Frog says:

      You’re not really paying for Twitch at all. It’s Amazon Prime that you’re paying for. Linking your Twitch account to Amazon Prime is free, no additional cost besides your monthly (or annual) Prime subscription. If you already have Prime, there’s not really any reason not to link the two. You do have to download these via the Twitch desktop app, unfortunately. So that doesn’t help with your concern over having another app… but I’m not sure that it’s a storefront app. I’ve never used it.

      • weird says:

        The app is primarily for voice chat (it used to be Curse Voice). There’s a link to the Twitch store on your Games library page, but it’s not built into the app and not in your face.

  4. BooleanBob says:

    So do you lose access if you stop subscribing to Prime? That’s pretty insane value if not. I kind of have to assume they’re front-loading the good stuff to get people on board.

  5. revan says:

    Not ecstatic about another app for downloading games, but this is enticing. Might sub just for a month to get this.

    • Nolenthar says:

      Do you pay a tax on the number of apps you have installed on your PC ? When I started PC Gaming, I had to create a disk boot for every game I wanted to play to ensure proper memory distribution. I don’t miss those times but if modern PC gamers can’t even be arsed to install an app to enjoy free games, I guess that shows how spoilt this generation have become ;)

      • revan says:

        Umm, mate I gamed on Commodore 64 in the late eighties. Am in fact 33 yrs old. I’d hardly call myself a modern day spoiled generation. Still love to play all the good old RPGs of the last two decades of the twentieth century

        As someone who works in infosec, I love my computers tidy. So yeah, I’m not a fan of downloading a slew of apps for every individual game. Yes, we had to go through many hoops in the past. Doesn’t mean we have to do the same today.

        This is a great deal regardless, though. If I may offer a little advice, don’t make assumptions about other people without enough information.

        • Nolenthar says:

          First of all I never meant you were young, I just said modern PC Gamers which mean people playing today.
          Do you understand how ridiculous that sounds to complain about yet another marketplace ? Having a choice, as opposed to being locked out to a single marketplace like console dudes, is what ensures competition on the pricing. If you want to buy a game today you may find a sale on humble bundle, steam, GoG, fanatical etc… It’s great. You may also find deals catering to a specific mentality. Humble Bundle will support charity, GoG is DRM free, Twitch is an app centered on streaming with games on top of that. It’s Golden Age of PC Gaming.

          I fully understand that you want to keep your computer tidy, but I am not convinced having 6 gaming app instead of 3 will really untidy everything ;)

          • Martel says:

            Being an asshole and then putting a smiley face at the end doesn’t make it a benign comment ;)

          • Cederic says:

            The thing is, it’s not just six gaming storefronts/apps.

            It’s six demands for personal data, six additional vectors for malware, six pieces of software demanding your personal data and shipping it nefariously to the US to abuse, six different exposures of your credit card, six automatic start up mechanisms (each using three different ways to subvert Windows) to disable and six different attempts to find the game you want to fucking play.

            No, free games aren’t enough to entice me to add this one.

      • mike69 says:

        You don’t miss those times yet feel it’s a weakness on the part of the user that they desire something better? How obnoxious.

        And yes there is a tax, or at least a cost, known as ‘mental effort’, something always considered in the usability and experience world, and consolidation is a fairly basic component of making data easier to find and issuing batch tasks (updates) more efficiently.

        • Nolenthar says:

          I don’t think it is a weakness but PC Gaming is about customization and choice. If you don’t want to choose between CPU, GPU, control method, marketplace, then you have that cut out for you, and that’s called a console.
          But again in this case, it’s also an user choice. Get free games with a new app (let’s make it clear, twitch is not offering free games for no reasons and it’s clearly to increase market penetration) or don’t get those free games.
          But I stand my point that PC Gaming allows you to use several marketplace while leaving your environment easy to use, and that’s something to celebrate.

      • MajorLag says:

        Dude, I grew up programming in DOS 3.0 on an IBM XT. Applications back then were so much simpler it’s ridiculous. There was no registry, no shared libraries, and only one thing ran at a time. Every application you add to a modern desktop OS absolutely does have a tax, unless it’s one of those portable ones where it still works like in the old days, doesn’t use the registry, and keeps its libraries to itself.

        • Nolenthar says:

          Can’t say you’re wrong but we’re talking of an app which will allow you, at the very least and in that context, to own 6 games. All of the games you will install will have those registry keys and will take space on your machine. On top of that, you know as well as me that the apps who really have a “toll” on your computer are mostly apps running at start up or launching plethora of services at startup. An app I just launch when I want to play a game hardly has any toll, all things considered.
          As far as I’m concerned, I just honestly think someone is missing out if he is locking himself out of different marketplace. Having a favourite one is fair enough, but they all have something to offer.

  6. Wut The Melon says:

    Does this work if you only get the free Amazon Prime trial / student prime (free trial)?

    • frightlever says:

      It’s free. Give it a go and report back whether it worked.

    • frightlever says:

      Actually, I went and looked. I have a lot of time on my hands. 300 seedlings to pot up and it’s sub-zero outside. Pfft.

      From here:

      link to amazon.co.uk

      “Twitch Prime is included with:

      Annual and monthly paid Amazon Prime.
      Prime Student (see note below).
      Amazon Prime free trials.
      Prime video-only memberships”

      I mean, sure, I could pot them up in my kitchen but all that muck and mess, I’m not sure the seedlings would survive it. Hahaha. See what I did there?

      My head hurts. Stupid pre-St Patrick’s Day night.

      • malkav11 says:

        But not, unfortunately, grandfathered family members of original Prime subscribers. We just get free shipping and Prime Now and such, not things like streaming or Twitch Prime. :/

        And since free shipping is still the main value of Prime to me, forever ending my free ride and paying $100/yr is kind of a lot for a few random games on an app I don’t want to use. If I did get them for free, shoot, why not.

      • Wut The Melon says:

        Thanks for the info! I’ll probably give some variant of it a shot later this month then. Not sure which free trial I should get as I’ll live in three different countries over the next year and a half but it sounds like it doesn’t really matter.

  7. geldonyetich says:

    It would certainly be strange if this happened just because I paid for an annual Humble Monthly bundle and life likes to skew on the unpredictable side. You’re welcome, I guess.

    • Iggy says:

      Humble imho knew about amazon plans to do this and that’s probably the reason for that sweet 20$ voucher to the store (yeah, I upgraded to annual plan too).

      • mike69 says:

        That ‘sweet $20’ voucher will just be used to buy replacements for all the games you’d have never bought had you not had the yearly subscription. I’d want at least double that.

  8. zulnam says:

    This is not a bad deal but I have too many games on too many apps. What i don’t have enough of is time.

    “Not bad” doesn’t cut it. When i will want to play any of those games i will buy them off GoG/Steam.

    • Imaginary Llamas says:

      TBH I would probably be more interested in Humble Monthly type subscriptions if they were every two months – being every month quickly leads to too many games, not enough time (even before considering the backlog of other games I have…)

  9. VFRHawk says:

    Anybody know if this includes Superhot VR?