Stifle those yawns and prepare yourself for some Halloween scares with October’s Xbox Games with Gold lineup.
October’s Xbox Games with Gold freebies are entirely average, but there’s more quality on offer than you might think at first glance.
Headlining the Xbox One selection is Maid of Sker, the 2018 first-person survival horror set in a remote hotel. The game plucks its scares from Welsh folklore, and although it doesn’t rank among the best in the genre, it’s an effective and spooky experience.
Likewise, Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut is not the best puzzle game you’ll ever play, but it has some visual style and pays homage to the ’80s horror movie genre with lots of comic moments.
Octobers Xbox 360 games are Eurocom’s 2003 action-adventure game Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, and Double Fine’s fine tale of childhood trick-or-treating, Costume Quest. Both titles are also playable on Xbox One via Back Compat.
The latest Games with Gold titles will be available to download and keep for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members from the following dates.
Xbox Games With Gold – October 2020
- Maid of Sker – October 16 – November 15
- Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut – October 1 -31
Xbox 360 and Xbox One
- Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy – October 1 – 15
- Costume Quest – October 16 – 31
Of last month’s games, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is free until October 15.
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