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.
Free PC games in December 2018
Hacknet has been praised for nailing the feeling of being a master hacker, yet being an entertaining game all the while. You'll attempt to follow the instructions of a recently-passed hacker and discover what's happened to him.
This indie take on late-90s 3D platformers like Super Mario 64 lets you control a couple of kids attempting to discover what's up with the Milky Way Globe. You'll wander in search of 100+ medallions along the way while using an array of acrobatic maneuvers.
Smoke and Sacrifice
Critical reviews were mixed, but Steam users really like Smoke and Sacrifice, a survival-centric open-world role-playing game with a charming look. It seems heavily inspired by Don't Starve, but with its own fun touches in the mix.
The SNK Bundle delivers a fine quintet of classic Neo-Geo titles: Metal Slug 2, Samurai Shodown 2, Fatal Fury Special, Pulstar, and Baseball Stars 2. Relive the past with these retro gems.