With all this news of Nintendo’s newest subscription service and the ‘classic game selection’, it’s easy to forget about the companies that have those benefits currently. Twitch Prime (a subsection of Amazon Prime’s yearly program) has featured some impressive PC indie titles in the last little bit including Oxenfree and Titan Souls. Now the service is offering the Granddaddy of atmospheric walking sims, Gone Home, as their latest free game until June 7th.
Amazon Prime has surprisingly been around since 2005 and started being more games’ focused in the last few years. Early last year, they offered a blanket deal of 20% off most gaming pre-orders and last October they teamed up with Twitch to create a premium (or Prime) service with the popular streaming site. Along with that partnership was a stronger focus on ‘free’ content like games, skins, and other virtual loot.
While the schedule for promoted titles is as regular as PlayStation or Microsoft’s platforms, there are still strong freebies given out every now and then. Gone Home is no exception to this. Originally released in 2013 on the PC, the game was divisive to players based on the limited interaction found within the gameplay: Namely exploring a seemingly abandoned house and collecting your sister’s notes as clues to what transpired.
However, the game’s sharp writing and believable narrative were praised and soon became a staple for other walking sims such as Firewatch and Everyone’s Gone to the Rapture. Gone Home was eventually ported to the Xbox One and PS4 last year, showing it’s staying power over the years. Currently the devs at Fullbright are still working on their follow up game, Tacoma, a sci-fi walking sim that once again explores a monumental event through items and logs left behind by the former tenants.
In order to download Gone Home, you can go the the game’s Twitch page and get it from there before June 7. Obviously the $99.99 USD yearly subscription to Amazon Prime is needed to take advantage of this deal which you can set up here. Hopefully these two interconnected Prime services will continue to expose audience to these classic indie games.