Twitch is the rapidly-growing video game streaming service, of course, which airs esports competitions and lets people showcase their gaming skills to potentially many thousands of viewers.
Don't want to watch someone else play video games? Fair enough – but Twitch has something else on tap that every kind of PC player can get behind: free games. If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, then you automatically have access to Twitch Prime. It's a service that eliminates ads from videos, lets you grant free monthly subscriptions to support streamers, and now includes several free games each month.
Even if you'll never use the streaming service, all Amazon Prime subscribers should snag the free Twitch Prime subscription and download these free PC games from the Twitch desktop app; they're yours to keep forever. And if you do love and use Twitch, then Prime and its myriad goodies is just the cherry on top.
The selection changes monthly, so we'll keep this space updated as new games arrive. And if you haven't snagged the several free August games still available as of this writing, then be sure to scroll down to the bottom for details on those. September's free games, meanwhile, are available from 31 August until 30 September.
Free PC games in September 2018
The Adventure Pals
Would you believe that an action-platform game about a boy, his pet rock, and a giraffe named Sparkles is utterly silly? It's true, and it's that silliness that gives The Adventure Pals its life as you explore, fight, and use the giraffe's tongue as a helicopter.
Guild of Dungeoneering
Dungeon-crawlers are a dime a dozen these days, but Guild of Dungeoneering is different. Why? Because rather than explore the terrain, you're building the terrain around your hero by playing cards featuring rooms, traps, loot, monsters, and more.
Gunpoint must be some kind of shooter, right? Nope. Amusingly enough, it's a stealth game in which a little gadget allows you to view and rewire electrical devices, letting you spring traps on unsuspecting guards and concoct other hilarious shenanigans.
Thinking about busting out tricks on your bike, but too timid to crank out 360 tailwhip to backflip combos in your neighbourhood? No worries: jump into Pumped BMX+ instead and do it easily, pain-free, and… well, actually free thanks to Twitch Prime no less.
How old is Strife? Well, Strife runs on the original Doom engine – so yeah, it's ancient. But this 1996 first-person shooter was formative for incorporating story-driven role-playing mechanics, and it could be a fun relic to dive back into today.
Free PC games in August 2018
This fan-favourite platform-action game finds you exploring beneath the surface in search of loot and exciting challenges. SteamWorld Dig has a Metroid-like feel to the world and is also packed with personality.
Build up and oversee a thieves' guild in this Victorian-era, board game-esque experience, which finds you recruiting thugs, blackmailing folks, and using other shady tactics to amass power. Besides the single-player story campaign, there's also online and local PvP battles.
Jotun: Valhalla Edition
Jotun is a gorgeous, Norse-inspired action game. It puts you in the boots of Viking warrior Thora, who must atone for her "inglorious" demise and prove her worth to enter Valhalla. You might need the grit of Thor (or Thora, for that matter) to survive this tough experience.
You'll need to work together or die hilariously in Death Squared, a tense cooperative game about guiding little robots through trap-filled obstacle courses. It's best experienced with two or four players as you attempt to navigate in unison and avoid a grim demise.
Got an itch for old-school PC role-players? You might be able to scratch it with this compendium of classic Wizardry games: 1990's Wizardry 6, 1992's Wizardry 7, and 2001's Wizardry 8, the last of which shifted from lo-fi pixels to 3D graphics.