There’s Lots to Love in This Week’s Xbox Games

Xbox Games February 23-26

It’s another new week and that means another big crop of games coming to Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass. There are nineteen new games headed out the gate this week that cover just about anything you can imagine so no matter what your pleasure is in gaming, Microsoft has you covered.

So without further ado, here’s what’s coming down the pike.

Tuesday, February 23

Curse of the Dead Gods

You seek untold riches, eternal life, divine powers – it leads to this accursed temple, a seemingly-infinite labyrinth of bottomless pits, deadly traps, and monsters. Your greed will lead you to death, but that is not an escape. Rise to fight again. Delve deeper again. Defy the malignant deities that linger in this place. Battle through hordes of enemies in dark, cavernous passages filled with traps and secrets of all sorts – fire-spewing statues, explosives, hidden spikes, and worse.

Heavy Metal Machines

Heavy Metal Machines is a one-of-a-kind Free-to-Play Multiplayer Vehicular Combat game where players engage in 4v4 intense battles, controlling lethal vehicles in post-apocalyptic arenas.

Killer Queen Black (Xbox Game Pass)

Killer Queen Black, inspired by the eSport arcade game, Killer Queen, lets you fight for your hive with three ways to win. Will you claim your victory by hopping on the snail, hoarding berries, or wiping out the enemy’s queen? With multiple ways to win and personas to play, this indie gem is fun for all and mastered by few. There’s a Killer Queen Black community of new and experienced gamers enjoying hours of competitive fun, what are you waiting for? Join the hive and enjoy online cross-party platform play as well as eight-player local support for PC and console.

Taxi Chaos

Get behind the wheel and get ready for a brand-new taxi experience! Drive around the city as the seasoned cab driver Vinny or the self-proclaimed ‘influencer’ Cleo, and pick up the craziest of customers! Power through midtown in a strong muscle car, race past the parks in an exotic supercar or drift around the business area in a Japanese tuner taxi. Whatever you choose – your challenge is to deliver your passengers on time! At least, if you want to make any money.

Wednesday, February 24

Active Neurons 3 – Wonders of the World  (Xbox One X Enhanced)

In the third and final installment in the Active Neurons series, you’ll have to teleport from one space to another to get closer to your goal, solve logic tasks to get through blocked areas and move objects to get energy sources to win.

Horned Knight

Horned Knight is a challenging 2D action-platformer where you must overcome all fears, enemies, and traps as the Hero Knight. Rewrite destiny, with your trusty sword, young Knight – the realm depends on it! Horned Knight reintroduces the Golden Age of arcade gaming in a hardcore, retro-styled 2D action platformer that pulls no punches. Play as the hero knight, and use your sword to rid the castle of ghouls and undead lurking in the dark. Fitted with multiple levels, responsive controls, and puzzle-like combat, Horned Knight emboldens the player to conquer unique pixel art obstacles with the support of generous checkpoints and an invigorating soundtrack.

Retrace: Memories of Death

Explore an atmospheric realm of mystery that blends pixel art gameplay with hand-painted character portraits. Solve logic-based puzzles and overcome pulse-pounding action sequences, uncover secrets about the sinister parallel dimension and explore deep relationships with Freya’s companions. Will the terror of this experience bring the survivors closer together or tear them apart forever?

Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Heart of the Forest (Xbox One X Enhanced)

Explore the myths and monsters of Europe’s last primeval wilderness. Play as Maia, who arrives at the ancient Białowieża Forest looking to explore her family history. Visit real-world places of mystery and power. Witness how nature clashes with technology and greed. Heart of the Forest adapts the mechanics of the legendary title from the World of Darkness universe, emulating the experience of a classic role-playing session. It’s tailored for World of Darkness veterans and newcomers looking for an accessible entry into this rich, acclaimed universe.

Thursday, February 25

Aery – A Journey Beyond Time

In Aery – A Journey Beyond Time you are in the role of a flying god-like creature which observes the world and their inhabitants while they grow and evolve. You can quite literally fly through history and the different stages of human development, follow an interesting story through time, and enjoy the speed of flying at the same time. This story-driven game is non-violent so that you can enjoy the intuitive and relaxing gameplay in 12 different stages of the development of our earth.

Spooky Chase

Spooky Chase is without a doubt a challenging experience. Every year we play scary games for the Halloween season. Running away from monsters, zombies, ghosts, and the list goes on. This time, you gonna run away from your own past. Watch out for every step you made and DON’T GIVE UP. If it has someone who can defeat you, it is YOU.

Tinker Racers

In this survival racing party game, the challenge is to stay in sight on chaotic miniature tracks. You want to be leading the race to be the camera target. Especially because everyone that leaves the camera dies! Race with mini-RC cars on tracks that your parents never allowed you to race at home.

Friday, February 26

Akuto: Showdown

Akuto: Showdown is an isometric, fast-paced action game where players fight with different weapons in intense battles. The game is set on various stages where players have to not only watch out for opponents but also for the environment from killing them. Cars on the streets, trains, and gunslingers – all waiting for your one careless step. The arenas are set in many different themes like Wild West or medieval Japan.

Beyond Enemy Lines – Remastered Edition

The world is near to a nuclear apocalypse, a soviet separatist group captured the control chip of a military satellite. It is your job to recover the chip! Equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and equipment, you operate in absolute secrecy as a lone wolf far beyond enemy lines. Think your way in, observe your enemies, sneak into their base and complete your objective. You have total freedom to choose your path – guns blazing or silent assassin – it’s your choice! Beyond Enemy Lines is an unforgiving, intense experience where skill and tactical decisions matter!

Demon Hunter 3: Revelation 

Having defeated the beast from another dimension, Dawn Harlock had hoped to spend the rest of her life in peace. However, circumstances have placed the life of a child at stake and brought her out of retirement. Now she must once again solve supernatural riddles and hunt hellish demons in this hidden object puzzle game.

Dungeons & Bombs

Dungeons & Bombs – challenging puzzle game where you need to save your princess… with the beard. This is a dynamic fusion of classic puzzles with boxes and bombs. When enemies drag people into their dark lair and do their vile deeds there, the hero and his faithful sword always come to the rescue. But what if the hero does not have a sword, but only a lot of enthusiasm and an endless supply of explosives? Well, bad for them. Go through dark labyrinths of dungeons and try not to blast yourself up!

Katana Kata

Katana Kata – is a souls-like game, where not only your timing matters but also directions of strikes. You will fight your way through a bunch of enemies in different locations to kill the former apprentices of your master and fix his mistakes of the past. You will die a lot, but as an apprentice learn their way through the kata with mistakes, you will learn your way through every enemy on your path. You will try different weapons until you find what better suits your fighting style. Your fighting skills will grow, but true mastery is in your head in knowing your enemies and the nuances of the fight. The core of the fight in Katana Kata is in the combination of strikes, blocks, parry, and dodge – pretty easy to learn, but with a lot of nuances to master, so even after a lot of deaths and repetition every fight can feel different.

RetroMania Wrestling

RetroMania Wrestling is a pickup and play arcade wrestling game with beautiful 2D sprites, incredible backgrounds, and fast-paced arcade-style gameplay. As the official sequel to the 1991 arcade classic WrestleFest, it features wrestlers such as the Road Warriors, Tommy Dreamer, Johnny Retro, Nick Aldis, and more!

The Lost Cube

The Lost Cube is a tough 2D Pixel Art platformer game. Ulrik is on the journey to recover the read magical cube which is taken away by the evil dark forces leaving the village land unfertile. The red cube combined with Ulrik’s ordinary guitar plays a magical melody witch can bring back happiness and life to the village. Ulrik must stay calm and focused to survive the unforgiving environment and defeat the evil dark forces.

Thunderflash (Optimized for Xbox Series X/S)

Inspired by nostalgic retro games you know and love, Thunderflash will drop you into the combat zone and the intensity will never let up. Play a solo mission or with a partner, and choose from bad boy commandos Rock or Stan, and go up against an army of mercenaries, military weapons, and more!

Written by
Suzie is an avid gamer and has been since 1995. She lives in the desert with her own personal minion while dreaming of pixel worlds beyond Earth.

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