In the event that any of your closely-guarded timbers start to shiver uncontrollably as you read this news article, there’s probably good reason for your unlikely predicament. Microsoft are providing Travellers’ Tales’ 2011 licensed platformer, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, with a new lease of life via their Xbox Games with Gold service this month, alongside three other forgotten best-sellers soon to become available to Xbox Gold subscribers – technically – free of charge.

Takeaways:

  • Heading over to the Xbox Live Marketplace straight after consuming this report in all of its glory will find both the bizarre robot-starring sci-fi platformer Grow Up as well as the short but sweet, all-guns-blazing thriller Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days lying in wait already, the former exclusively for Xbox One from July 1 to 30 and the latter a backwards-compatible 360 title available until July 15.
  • Come the month’s halfway point, Kane & Lynch developers IO Interactive will pass the virtual baton onto side-scrolling Xbox One racer Runbow and TT Games’ aforementioned buccaneering, block-busting 360 odyssey through The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest, At World’s End and On Stranger Tides, available July 16th – August 15th and July 16th – 21st respectively.
  • There’s been no sign of a Salazar’s Revenge-themed follow-up to the latter project yet, though, so those looking for a LEGO rendition of Javier Bardem’s undead antagonist might need to get inventive with LEGO Pirates‘ character creator instead or squint a little while checking out the film in cinemas this summer.

Much as some Xbox players have already bemoaned the lack of AAA megamoths in this month’s Games with Gold line-up after the likes of Watch Dogs and Ryse: Son of Rome in the past two months alone, there’s a lot to be said for exposing lesser-known gems to mainstream audiences which they likely would’ve missed after all.

Yours truly can well remember downloading Ubisoft’s Valiant Hearts: The Great War last summer with little-to-no expectations due to its non-existent marketing campaign, only to come away stunned by what ended up as one of his favourite gaming experiences of 2016. Who’s to say the same won’t ring true here for those Gold subscribers brave enough to take that exhilarating plunge into the unknown?

See for yourselves whether that eventuality might come to pass this month via just under two minutes of gameplay footage of the quirky quartet of freebies below…

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