July was a busy month for Twitch Prime, which is included with any Amazon Prime subscription, as Prime Day 2019 ran for a full 48 hours this year and spawned a huge number of counter-sales in the weeks leading up to it and afterward from retailers trying to compete. Now that August is finally here, the sales are starting to calm down in preparation for fall deals and the holiday season, but in the meantime, Twitch Prime continues to offer regular perks in the form of free monthly games and various in-game loot. This months’ free games are available now through September 3–check out the offerings below.
The most notable freebie this month is Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, which is the 2017 remake of the 1989 Sega Master System title with new, hand-drawn animations and a re-orchestrated soundtrack. It’s a Metroidvania-style game where you play as a young adventurer-turned-lizardman who gradually gains more abilities and forms as you explore. The game earned a solid 8/10 in GameSpot’s Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap review.
“Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap shines as one of the best retro remakes yet. It knows not to tamper too much with the enjoyable, exploration-driven gameplay that made the original so good, instead focusing on updating the presentation to reintroduce the game to a new generation of players,” wrote Heidi Kemps. “While it’s a bit on the short side–you can probably beat it over the course of a lazy Saturday–its small world is packed with personality.”
While we haven’t reviewed the other games Twitch Prime is offering this month, they’re free, so you might as well grab them if they sound interesting. Pumped BMX Pro is an arcade racing game where you pull off bicycle stunts and trick combinations in side-scrolling, platform-style levels. Then there’s Mable and the Wood, another Metroidvania-style game where you can hunt down beasts and take their form, granting you power to either save or destroy the world. Finally, you can claim Automachef, a resource-management game where you design kitchens, program machinery, and literally put out fires.
Free games are cool, but some of Twitch Prime’s other benefits are even more appealing, like the free 12 months of Nintendo Switch Online and free skins, outfits, emotes, and more for games like Apex Legends, Red Dead Online, League of Legends, and Grand Theft Auto Online. You can check out all those offers over at Twitch.
As a reminder, to claim these free games and loot from Twitch Prime, you just have to make sure your Twitch account is linked to your Amazon Prime account. And if you’re not already subscribed to Prime, which gets you plenty of other perks like free two-day shipping, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial anytime. After the trial ends, Prime membership costs $119 / £79 a year.