Amazon recently announced a major change for its Twitch Prime service, which has offered free games and loot on a monthly basis for several years now: Going forward, Amazon’s gaming benefits for Prime members will be known as Prime Gaming rather than Twitch Prime. While largely just a name change, the move marks Amazon’s effort to continue growing the number of freebies it offers to members each month and a greater focus on partnering with major publishers to offer exclusive content for huge titles like Grand Theft Auto Online and League of Legends.
The name change comes during a particularly great month for Prime Gaming benefits, as over 20 games are currently up for grabs. The five newest games available to claim include Treachery in Beatdown City, Blazing Chrome, Chroma Squad, Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, and Warsaw.
Treachery in Beatdown City is the standout here. The beat ’em up released earlier this year, and though it harkens back to old school arcade games, it adds more depth to the formula with RPG mechanics, character strengths/weaknesses, and a tactical menu that gives each fight a strategic bent. It earned an 8/10 in GameSpot’s Treachery in Beatdown City review.
Blazing Chrome, a 2019 run and gun, is also noteworthy. Machines take over the world, and as a member of the resistance, you have to run through a series of chaotic side-scrolling levels, obliterating every mechanical enemy in sight. Blazing Chrome thoroughly nods back to 16-bit shoot ’em ups, and you can even play local co-op with a buddy.
Chroma Squad is a tactical RPG inspired by Power Rangers that released in 2015, while Warsaw is also a tactical RPG that takes place during WWII. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is a sequel to the 1994 fighting game. A Legend Reborn is a departure from the original as a beat ’em up. The main character, a kung fu master, is voiced by Shaquille O’Neal himself.
In addition to August’s freebies, you can still claim a ton of classic SNK games. Throughout the rest of the year, Prime Gaming is giving away more than 20 SNK games, and 14 of them are available now, including Metal Slug 2, The King of Fighters 2000, and SNK 40th Anniversary Collection.
In total, 23 games are free for Amazon Prime members right now. Prime Gaming also gives away free in-game loot for popular games each month. In August, you’ll be able to snag new goodies for Red Dead Online, Apex Legends, Grand Theft Auto Online, and more.
August 2020 free Prime Gaming titles
Available throughout August
- Treachery in Beatdown City
- Blazing Chrome
- Chroma Squad
- Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn
Bonus free games
- Dungeon Rushers
- Dead in Vinland
Free SNK games with Prime Gaming
Available through December 31
- Art of Fighting 2
- Baseball Stars 2
- Blazing Star
- Fatal Fury Special
- The King of Fighters 2000
- The King of Fighters 2002
- King of the Monsters
- Metal Slug 2
- Samurai Shodown II
- Sengoku 3
- Shock Troopers 2nd Squad
- SNK 40th Anniversary Collection
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