Freebie alert: Amazon is giving away eight video games (worth over $70) to all Prime members

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Step right up: This Prime Gaming video game giveaway makes you a winner before you've even clicked 'Start.' (Photo: Amazon)
Step right up: This Prime Gaming video game giveaway makes you a winner before you've even clicked 'Start.' (Photo: Amazon)

Sometimes a deal that seems too good to be true is, in fact true. This is one of those times. During the month of September, Amazon is giving away $72 worth of free video games (valued on Steam) to Prime members.

Not a member? Believe it or not, you can still get the sweet, sweet swag. Sign up for the free 30-day Prime trial here, and you can take advantage of this free offer. Once the trial is over, you can either subscribe to Amazon Prime for $13 a month (or $119 a year) or just cancel altogether. No hard feelings.

Along with on-the-house games that change every month, Prime Gaming (formerly Twitch Prime) offers free level-up options for characters, boosts, skins and more. And even if you cancel the service, you can keep the games in your digital library. It's an amazing deal.

To take advantage, download the Amazon Games app. Games can be played on Windows desktops and laptops, Android smartphones and tablets, Google Chromecast, PS5 and PS4, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One, Android TV and more. So no matter where and how you like to game, you're all set.

Knockout City

Velan Studios and EA offer a epic new take on dodgeball. (Photo: Amazon)
Velan Studios and EA offer a epic new take on dodgeball. (Photo: Amazon)

The classic gym class game of dodgeball gets taken to the extreme in EA's Knockout City. Customize your character and enter a world that feels equal parts Fortnite and The Fifth Element, with some splashes of Splatoon thrown in for good measure.

This colorful environment invites a wide-array of play styles, and the more you score, the more swag you unlock. Play on your own or with a team to ascend to the top of Knockout City. This game just dropped in May of this year, and Prime Gaming is already making it available for free for all their subscribers, so even if you can dodge a ball, you won't want to miss this deal.

Shop it:Knockout City, free with 30-day Prime Gaming trial (was $20), amazon.com

Sam & Max Hit The Road

The debut game of the iconic LucasArts duo. (Photo: Amazon)
The debut game of the iconic LucasArts duo. (Photo: Amazon)

You may remember Sam & Max if your youth was full of point & click PC gaming, but you might not know that the duo first debuted in comic book form, in Steve Purcell's 1987 Sam & Max: Freelance Police. After the success of Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island, LucasArts decided to adapt the Sam & Max series, particularly the 1989 book On the Road, and assembled a full voice cast including voice acting legend Bill Farmer (the voice of Disney icons Goofy and Pluto).

The end result, Sam & Max Hit The Road, was a massive hit that launched an entire series of Sam & Max adventures, still remembered fondly by old-school PC gamers worldwide. Now's your chance to relive the game that started it all.

Shop it: Sam & Max Hit The Road, free with 30-day Prime Gaming trial (was $6), amazon.com

Candleman: The Complete Journey

A dream can be a dream come true, with just that spark from me and you. (Photo: Amazon)
A dream can be a dream come true, with just that spark from me and you. (Photo: Amazon)

If you're one for atmospheric indie games, Candleman is sure to spark something in you. You start out as a small, forgotten candle on an abandoned ship, looking for a sense of purpose. Inspired by a distant lighthouse, you decide to step out into the world. But there's a catch: the path before you is dark and full of mystery.

The wick upon your head can only burn for 10 seconds total, exceed that and you lose. Navigate using the ambient light provided by these strange new worlds, light your own flame sparingly, and enjoy a journey like few others.

Shop it: Candleman: The Complete Journey, free with 30-day Prime Gaming trial (was $15), amazon.com

Puzzle Agent

Its Twin Peaks meets puzzles in this darkly humorous adventure. (Photo: Amazon)
Twin Peaks meets puzzles in this darkly humorous adventure. (Photo: Amazon)

Agent Tethers is in the lowest department at the FBI; literally the lowest, since the Department of Puzzle Research is on floor Z9. But when he's called to Scoggins, Minnesota to get the factory that produces erasers for the White House back up and running, he faces insurmountable puzzles and a hidden world that feels like The Crying of Lot 49 played out across the Coen Brothers' Fargo.

From the mind of Graham Annable, Oscar-nominated co-director of The Boxtrolls and creator of the cult comic Grickle, comes an adventure/puzzle game from the team at Telltale Games that is sure to satisfy crossword enthusiasts and Twin Peaks fanatics alike.

Shop it: Puzzle Agent, free with 30-day Prime Gaming trial (was $5), amazon.com

Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis

Join Nina and Max on another glode-trotting adventure. (Photo: Amazon)
Join Nina and Max on another glode-trotting adventure. (Photo: Amazon)

Last month, Prime Gaming introduced subscribers to the Secret Files franchise with the original installment, Secret Files: Tunguska. Clearly, the fans spoke, and September brings the second game in the series, Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis.

The game features similar gameplay mechanics to the original, but if you've not played it, don't worry. In terms of both gameplay and storyline, you'll be able to catch up pretty quick. Enjoy another adventure with Nina Kalenkov and Max Gruber, and meet a new playable character in the form of Bishop Parrey, tasked with transporting apocalyptic prophesies.

Shop it: Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis, free with 30-day Prime Gaming trial (was $10), amazon.com

Tools Up!

Like a Jim Henson home renovation show riddled with tension. (Photo: Amazon)
Like a Jim Henson home renovation show riddled with tension. (Photo: Amazon)

Whether you have a love of adorable party games or home renovation shows, Tools Up! has what you need. If you've been looking for a simple local co-op game when company comes by or for when the kids are off from school, the team at The Knights of Unity has cooked up a fun and challenging game that presents your construction team with a series of home renovation tasks that must all be completed before the home owners return.

Tools Up! requires coordination and communication between you and your teammate as you try to work around limited resources and a tense time limit.

Shop it: Tools Up!, free with 30-day Prime Gaming trial (was $6), amazon.com

Unmemory

Reading comes alive in this story of unsolved murder. (Photo: Amazon)
Reading comes alive in this story of unsolved murder. (Photo: Amazon)

Unmemory bills itself as "A game you can read. A noir novel you can play." And in the same way 80s neo-noir movies like Scarface and Blade Runner reimagined the iconography of post-war film noir through a modern genre lens, Unmemory reimagines one of the earliest forms of narrative gaming, the text-based adventure, and gives it a new spin with modern indie-game flair.

You read the story of a protagonist hunting down the man who killed their criminal girlfriend, and solve puzzles to advance further through the story. Along the way, the game explores concepts like time, music, pain, touch, taste, places or smell to place the player in the mindset of the story's protagonist, who suffers from memory loss. Unmemory is a meticulously crafted reimagining of the text-based game that showcases so many new possibilities within the genre.

Shop it: Unmemory, free with 30-day Prime Gaming trial (was $10), amazon.com

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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