Its the middle of the month, which means new games are now available to download for free with Xbox Games With Gold. Already announced at the start of July are Runbow and Lego Pirates of the Carribean, which came to the service on 16th July. Grow Up is also still available until the end of July.
Runbow is a fast-paced action party game for up to 8 players locally and 9 players online. Platforms and obstacles appear and disappear with each swipe of the background color, so if you can’t see something, IT DOESN’T EXIST! Players can go head-to-head in Run, Arena, and King of The Hill, or hone their skills on their own in Adventure or The Bowhemoth. DOWNLOAD IT HERE!
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game is an action-adventure game that brings the Pirates of the Caribbean world and all its colourful characters to life in LEGO Brick form. Players will experience all the memorable scenes from all 4 films in the humorous and quirky LEGO Video Games style. DOWNLOAD IT HERE!
Grow Up – While out exploring the galaxy with MOM, BUD’s parental spaceship, she goes to pieces. Literally – MOM’s all over the place. The positioning of that moon was inconsiderate. Now her ship parts are scattered far and wide across an entire alien planet so rich in flora and fauna it would make even the most jaded galactic gardener’s head spin. It’s up to BUD to collect all her parts and get them back to the moon. DOWNLOAD IT HERE!
And in July there are more free games coming from the Games With Gold program on Xbox!
Hitting the scheme on July 1st and available for the whole of July is Grow Up. Then from July 16th through to August 16th is a new release called Runbow.
Grow Up – Living the life of a B.U.D. (Botanical Utility Droid) can be tough. Especially when your spaceship breaks into pieces and scatters across a planet filled with amazing plants and wondrous structures! As B.U.D., along with your friend P.O.D., you’ll traverse this open world and recover parts of your ship. Fly, climb, bounce, roll and complete challenges along the way in this wibbly wobbly fun adventure.
Runbow – A fast-paced party action game with a never before seen color mechanic. Up to nine players can race against each other locally or online as platforms and obstacles appear and disappear when the colored background changes. Go head-to-head in one of Runbow’s modes, including Arena, King of the Hill, ColourMaster, and The Bowhemoth.
Kane & Lynch 2 – Play as two violent and disturbing criminals in the action shooter Kane & Lynch 2. Lynch, the psychopath, has his sanity on the edge at all times and Kane, the ex-mercenary, is disillusioned and desperate. Play as both in an epic single-player story driven campaign, or team up with a friend over Xbox Live.
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game – Time for a swashbuckling adventure in LEGO form. Play as characters from the classic film series, each with their own personalities and abilities, and join your friends in co-op play! The wide-open seas are full of bricks for the plundering in LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game.
Bud first appeared on PS4 in Grow Home, so for some Xbox One owners this will be their first experience of the little red robot – unless you happened to catch his standee in the Ubisoft office in The Division.
Crash landing on an alien planet, Bud must explore the land in order to find new abilities and collect seed samples so he can grow various flora to help him reach nine ship parts and put MOM back together – the parental ship AI.
Movement initially feels rather cumbersome, with a floaty jump – odd for a metal robot – and climbing with left and right sequential presses of the triggers. The camera is also troublesome, made worse with my habit of trying to control it, leave it be and its not half as bad.
Once you track down some of BUD’s ability pods, navigation becomes less of an issue. The jet pack and glider are particularly helpful in aiding your traversal of the sharp, geometric open-world. There’s also a Metroid-esque ball ability that can be charged to zoom across open spaces.
Beyond these abilities, BUD can also scan plants that just so happen to have helpful traits – like boosting BUD high into the sky or doubling as a ladder – most of the plants are a variation of these traits so collecting them all isn’t a necessity. Plants are made even more insignificant once you get to one of the huge Star Plants that reach up into the sky.
These Star Plants can be used by BUD to grow new platforms, by grabbing hold of one of the small stalks protruding from the main stalk and controlling the direction and height it grows in. He can even plunge them into glowing rocks that float in the sky. Doing so enables the Star plant to get nutrients to grow higher, revealing more stalks that BUD can sprout. It’s a wonderful mechanic that can get rather dizzying as you ascend.
To help BUD find all the ship parts, collectibles and time gate challenges, he has his best friend overhead in the sky. POD serves as your mini map, able to scout ahead over the globe and locate the next objective or find one of the many crystals, which can be collected in order to boost BUD’s battery capacity, which is drained when using an unlocked ability.
Grow Up can be as challenging as you want to make it. Once you’ve made it to the highest point on the map and unclamped a teleport pad, you can return there to glide to pretty much anywhere on the map and snag each of the missing ship parts. No need to climb or work out how to get to the other points in the world. This can take the edge off of BUD’s other abilities but means you won’t get stuck at a point in the game that seems impassable.
Grow Up is full of charm, from the whirl of old computer noises and BUD’s robotic creaks, all to the chimes of the blissful soundtrack and chirp of the wildlife. The geometric three dimensional world of BUD is a joy to explore once you get beyond the initial confusion of navigation, as well as what it is you’re meant to be doing and how you can do it.
With no enemies threatening to pull you apart, your only foe is gravity. Smashing into the ground from a great height or sinking in the sea will be the only reason you need to respawn. It might not be the most challenging game, but at £7.99 it’s a steal, so sit back and enjoy it. Rush and you can find all the ship pieces in an evening but miss out on a world begging to be explored.
BUD, the small red robot who made his debut on PS4 last year, has hopped over to Xbox One for the sequel – Grow Up.
Available now for £7.99, Together with his best friend, POD, BUD must navigate an alien planet and find pieces so that he can repair his spaceship, MOM. Check out Ubisoft’s new ‘let’s play’ trailer below.
Ubisoft’s charming platformer, Grow Up will launch August 16 on Xbox One in NA and Europe, and August 17 in Japan. Featured in the Ubisoft studio found in The Division, the game centres around a small red robot called BUD who must explore the open-world to find pieces of his spacecraft – sounds a bit Pikmin – using his trusty Floradex 300, a gadget that can spawn various plants that can help him navigate the world.