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August’s Prime Gaming freebies include Starcraft, Recompile, and more

A nice selection of PC games round out the summer for Amazon Prime Gaming subscribers, with StarCraft Remastered, Recompile, and more.

Man I can’t wait for fall

It’s been a long, hot summer for most of the US, and while some of the most uncomfortable days are still ahead, it’s also almost over. Yep, it’s August, and that means Halloween decorations and pumpkin-flavored everything starting to show up in stores. August also brings the very beginning of the fall/Holiday video game release window.

But before we get to that, and it is definitely coming, there’s the little matter of some free games. Well, there is if you’re a Prime Gaming subscriber anyway. And let’s be honest, if you play on a PC, that should probably be you.

This month, Amazon is handing out some pretty slick games to subscribers. They include the hip-to-hate StarCraft Remastered, as well as classic (and seldom seen) adventure title Zak McKracken, and the gorgeous Tron-like shooter Recompile.

  • StarCraft: Remastered – Command the mechanized Terrans, psi-powered Protoss and insectoid Zerg as they vie for map control of eight unique environments in this upgraded sci-fi strategy experience that pioneered the world of esports.
  • Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders – In the classic point-and-click adventure game, only Zak McKracken, a reporter for the disreputable can save the day. Travel back in time to 1997 and join Zak in a world in which Space Aliens have built a stupidity machine to slowly deplete every human being’s IQ to single digits. 
  • Beasts of Maravilla Island – Embrace the role of a young wildlife photographer who traverses Maravilla Island’s magical ecosystems to discover extraordinary creatures, learn their behaviors and most importantly, photograph their majesty. 
  • Recompile – Take control of a semi-sapient program struggling against deletion in the sprawling 3D world of a Mainframe. Recompile features against intense combat, tight 3D platforming, super-powered abilities and an environmental logic-based hacking mechanic. 
  • ScourgeBringer – Jump in to help Kyhra in this fast-paced free-moving platformer as she explores the vast unknown and slashes her way through ancient machines guarding the seal of her past and maybe the redemption of humanity.
  • Family Mysteries: Poisonous Promises – Plunge yourself into the world of debauched elites, alluring women and corrupted cops, while fighting for power, the ultimate currency. 

Luna, DLCs and more

Of course, as subscribers know very well, there’s a lot more to Prime Gaming than just a selection of monthly freebies. There’s also the rotating collection of monthly games that can be streamed from Luna, and a ton of DLCs.

As you saw above in the trailer, the Luna offerings for August are pretty terrific. They include former Game of the Year Control’s Ultimate Edition, 16bitish side-scrolling action title Steel Assault, all-time classic Myst, and the underrated Garfield Kart.

Scroll down for the full list of all the comped downloadable content.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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