~The Game Pass Thread~

Atomicrops is the most exhausting game I’ve played in a while. It’s great.

This is something I am interested in trying. Do I want the Xbox Game Streaming app? The Xbox Game Pass app?? The Xbox Game Pass Beta app?!

I think all you have to do is point your browser to Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) on Xbox.com, at least on iOS (which I’m using). It may be different on an Android phone. I tried running Minecraft Adventures on my iphone but it told me my screen was too small, and I had trouble getting the touch controls to work. I’ll try it on an ipad later.

Atomicrops was on my wishlist. Yay!

Looks like nine new games I’ll want to play this time.

I’ve been playing a bit of the leaving ones. Touryst has a few frustrating puzzles & minigames ~2 hours in. I managed to beat them so far, but if there’s more I’ll probably give up on the game. I didn’t have a great first impression of Undermine. It gets better after learning it a bit and reaching the 4th level.

Yeah The Ascent looks like it could be great.

Wow, that’s a great package of games on the way! Game Pass is simply killing it.

I just gave up and uninstalled after enjoying what little bit I played (14%). I was probably missing something obvious but I walked around Touryst Island and Ybiza for 30+ minutes scouring every inch and looking for any way to make progress. I think I was supposed to deliver the first monument core to the old touryst but the temple was closed by a construction worker. I tried to look for a hint online but no luck there either.

How has no one mentioned Crimson skies? With the new iOS cloud beta, that means I could play it on my iPad, right?

Here’s an odd one. I just looked at Recently Added on the Xbox Console GP section, and there’s a game there not listed in that Coming Soon article- BLOODROOTS, which describes itself as a “One-hit kill die-retry murderballet”. Looks stylish and fun.

Yeah, I was stuck there too for a few minutes.

There’s a door we can open up on the side of that place with the construction worker.

The Twyn monument was my biggest problem. I hope there’s nothing else like that again.

I am all over flight simulator. Seriously looking forward to that.

D’oh! Missed it completely.

This is decent fun, I suppose. It’s Hotline Valhalla. Perfect for Game Pass where it doesn’t really matter if you like it or not.

So I spent a couple hours more with Touryst. That was the worst part.

Unfortunately it requires us to finish % of stuff to see the ending. We can skip a few things (surfing!), but not everything.

Bounced off of Touryst, because I couldn’t figure out how to bounce off of the bloody umbrella to grab that money on top of the tree. But I quite liked Undermine for a couple hours worth of dying like a peasant levy, and It Lurks is a bit like Terraria for people who need glasses, so that worked out. Was a nice break from the usual Rocket League till I rage quit due to incompetence. My own, or the other players. Either way. :p

Did they take flight sim off or something? It was a day one game pass game, I thought. I know I played it on game pass a few months ago.

It has been on game pass for PC for months. The Series X/S version won’t be on it until July 27.

Ohh, gotcha. Thanks. Didn’t occur to me people were talking about console.

The nice thing about It Lurks Below is that a single purchase gets you an installable copy on both Xbox and PC. I think the saves may transfer back and forth between platforms since it is Play Anywhere, but I haven’t had a chance to independently verify that yet.

I tried it out last night and really enjoyed my initial experience. A fun little 2DTerria-like survival crafter game.

The only stumble I had was with settings. I couldn’t get the game screen just right until I switched from Windowed to Full Screen (but I also have a weird monitor).

I know that, at least for cloud play games, any progress you make when playing on the cloud, if you load that game up on your XBox, the progress syncs up.

It’s really pretty well done and seamless.

I’'m liking Eastshade a fair bit. It’s a walking sim/adventure game (there are some puzzles and some inventory items but it’s all very basic and straightforward) set in a idyllic romantic-era setting with anthropomorphic animals, while the player is a painter who wishes to fulfill your dead mother wishes of visit Eastshade and paint four special places.

The game is gorgeous at times, nailing the atmosphere it clearly wanted to convey. In quests you have to paint several vistas, to give the paintings to your clients. To paint, you need inspiration, that you gain doing quests, visiting new places, talking to special characters, and basically living your adventure in Eastshade.
In the game you ride a balloon, you do psychedelic drugs, search for hot springs, find the mystery of the lost architect, solve enigmas, discover a lost tribe, witness special eclipses and much more.

It was one of my favorite games of that year. It has everything I want out of an RPG and none of the boring combat! I did agree with most of the reviews that there was room for the painting part to be more mechanically interesting, given what a focus it is of the concept.

I either forget doing some of these things or had no idea they were in there!