Another day, another change in the line-up for Games with Gold. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is still available until May 31st and is reviewed here. As is usual for Games with Gold, there are 2 more games free to download and own and offering games from a different genre.
First of all we have Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris which is available from May 16th to June 15th, and secondly, there’s LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga which is available from May 16th to May 31st.
Let’s look at them in a little more detail...
Available May 16 - June 15
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is not what you might expect if you’re a fan of her previous titles. It’s the second in the spin-off series where the temple delving is still there, but this time it’s with a top down view and gameplay more reminiscent of Gauntlet or Diablo 2 than Lara’s usual platform adventuring.
There’s also a 4 player co-op mode which is how the game is best played, especially considering the amount of puzzles in the game and there are 4 characters to choose from. Lara Croft, of course, Carter Bell, Horus, and Isis. Lara and Carter are the humans and Horus and Isis are the Egyptian Gods.
Regarding gameplay, they’re all as powerful as each other but they do have different types of attacks and different abilities they can use to navigate the temple.
Lara Croft begins with her usual twin handguns and she also has a nifty grappling hook which can be used in a variety of ways. She can hook onto pretty much anything, including other players and other players can use her rope like a tightrope, inching their way across bottomless pits or holes filled with spike traps.
Horus and Isis can both use their magical staves to emit beams of light to destroy enemies by the dozen. They also both have an energy shield they can use which protects them from damage from all directions but the shield can fail which will leave them vulnerable.
Carter Bell uses similar weapons to Lara but it’s worth noting that all players, including the Egyptian gods, can pick up and use weapons like the automatic rifle, rocket launcher, and machine gun, etc.
You won’t keep these weapons forever and it makes the game a bit more arcade than RPG because they end up just being collectibles that will last you a short time before you revert back to your original gear. You won’t be hampered by this though as the base enemies are fairly easy to overcome.
There’s plenty of enemies to kill and there’s a strong emphasis on puzzle solving which actually scales with the amount of players involved. This is where teamwork and coordination will become important as you will really rely on your allies to make sure you don’t drop to your death, and to be able to progress deeper into the temple of Osiris.
The massive bosses are fun to look at and play against and sometimes they will involve chases where you have to dodge and evade traps while also avoid the creeping death from behind.
It mixes things up and provides more longevity than you might otherwise find in this type of game.
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is FREE for a whole month via Games with Gold, so download it now and get some excellent co-op gaming in.
Available May 16 - May 31
At its core, it’s a two-player action RPG with plenty of awesome spectacles and memories for the nostalgic as well as every alien, robot, station and ship being rendered as Lego, which makes me want to act like a 7-year-old and get my own Lego out again!
It’s really cool to see the Lego droids and even things like the tables and decorative stuff like vases just look great.
You start in the Cantina, which serves as your hub between missions and films and it’s chock full of unlockable items that you can buy with the coins you collect as you play. There are six doors, one for each film, and each film has around 4-6 missions based on scenes from the film itself.
You’ll be doing your best to collect as many coins as you can as you’ll be able to get things like new characters and even create your very own character that you can play with in missions you’ve already beaten.
You can also unlock characters by completing missions and it’s very satisfying to see them all loitering around the Cantina and gives you the motivation to go out and collect more. If you want to start a bar brawl, you can do that too and each character will pick a side depending on whether they’re aligned with the Light or Dark side of The Force.
The gameplay itself consists of mostly fighting enemies as a LEGO Jedi, repulsing blaster shots and slicing through enemies like a hot knife through butter as well as collecting those all-important coins.
To make things more interesting, you can also find droids which are needed to unlock certain areas of the game as well as finding certain objects that need to be constructed from Lego.
To build the items, you just hold a button down but it’s still cool to assemble them and there’s a wide variety of objects you can make and you’ll need them to advance the story.
There’s tons of content to unlock and discover and it’s a very humorous and easy-going game which is accessible by all age groups.