May is here, so that means it’s time for a new batch of free games for Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. May’s Games with Gold lineup includes four free games, two of which are available to claim now: Yoku’s Island Express and Hydro Thunder Hurricane. One of April’s freebies, the puzzle-platformer Hue, is also still available to claim until May 15. Halfway through the month subscribers will be able to claim Viva Pinata: Party Animals and The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk.
If you’re a fan of metroidvanias and pinball (who isn’t?), Yoku’s Island Express will be a treat. Released in 2018, Yoku’s Island Express beautifully marries pinball mechanics with the side-scrolling adventuring of metroidvanias. You play as a dung beetle who arrives to a relaxing tropical island to become the new courier. Unfortunately for Yoku, things don’t go quite as planned and he has to save the day. The cleverly designed world is filled with platforming tests as well pinball boards that Yoku uses to bounce around and make progress. It’s a charming adventure with colorful visuals and a pleasant atmosphere. It earned a 9/10 in our Yoku’s Island Express review is available to claim all throughout May.
The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk is a point-and-click adventure set in Asposia, a world led by the “flute nose dynasty.” Unsurprisingly, it’s a quirky game filled with eccentric characters. The Last Wind Monk has been praised for its humorous writing, interesting characters, and hand-drawn art. If you’re looking for a narrative-focused game with some light puzzles, The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk is worth trying when it’s up for grabs on May 16. It currently holds a “Very Positive” user rating average on Steam.
Viva Pinata: Party Animals is a Mario Party-esque game that originally released for Xbox 360. Designed as a game show, you compete against friends in fast-paced minigames to see who can earn the most candy. It’s a solid multiplayer game to play alongside family and friends. Meanwhile, Hydro Thunder Hurricane was an Xbox Live Arcade boat racing game. It aims to be chaotic rather than realistic, as it features power-ups and zany obstacles.
Xbox Games with Gold May 2022
- Yoku’s Island Express (May 1-31)
- The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk (May 16-June 15)
- Hydro Thunder Hurricane (May 1-15)
- Viva Pinata: Party Animals (May 16-31)