One of the greatest RPGs ever made and a classic Star Wars space sim head up Prime Gaming's free games this May

The Nameless One from Planescape Torment looks anguished in front of an orange background.
(Image credit: Black Isle)

Amazon has announced the games it's giving out in exchange for your Amazon Prime tithe this May, and there are one or two doozies in there. It kicks off next week with 1998's hottest Star Wars banger Rogue Squadron 3D, but as May wears on you'll also get the chance to pick up games like Planescape: Torment and Lake, as well as various other games and some free knick-knacks for your FIFAs, Overwatches, Destinies and what-have-you.

It begins on (groan) May 4, with Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D. Don't confuse that with the far-more-recent Star Wars: Squadrons, this is the dog-fighting sim from 1998 that originally launched on the PC and N64. It's long in the tooth in more than a few ways, but it's a great bit of nostalgia for anyone who remembers when PCs were a correct and soothing shade of beige. The ship-to-ship combat holds up pretty well, too. It's still an excellent way to get your fix of classic Star Wars space combat.

Later, on May 11, you can pick up Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition. Although I refuse to believe that anyone reading this hasn't heard about Planescape, here's the skinny: It's one of the best RPGs ever. That's not hyperbole. It's a fact. Don't get me wrong, the combat ain't great and you're basically handicapping yourself if you don't dump as many stat points as possible into wisdom, but it was one of the best-written videogames of all time when it came out in 1999 and that holds true today. It's not for no reason that the devs behind Disco Elysium, our number one PC game of all time, cite it as a major inspiration.

Finally, the last game I should highlight is Lake, also coming on May 11. While Planescape is a beautifully-crafted journey to the centre of the self and Rogue Squadron is, well, Star Wars, Lake is a bit more humble in its goals: It's a chill postman sim that sees you get to know the residents of a small town as you deliver their mail. You drive around, deliver post, and chat to people. That's it. It's lovely.

All of these games come via the Amazon Games App, which you've almost certainly forgotten you have if you're anything like me. But free is free and a great game is a great game, so it's worth remembering your login to nab this stuff. Oh, and they're not the only games you can pick up in May. Here's the full list from Amazon, all of them are distributed via the Amazon Games App:

  • May 4 STAR WARS™: Rogue Squadron 3D
  • May 4 Super Sidekicks 
  • May 4 Samurai Shodown IV
  • May 11 Planescape Torment: Enhanced Edition
  • May 11 Lake
  • May 11 Robo Army
  • May 11 Last Resort
  • May 18 Kardboard Kings
  • May 18 The Almost Gone
  • May 18 3 Count Bout
  • May 18 Alpha Mission 2
  • May 25 Lila's Sky Ark
  • May 25 Agatha Knife
  • May 25 King of the Monsters 2
  • May 25 Kizuna Encounter
Joshua Wolens
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One of Josh's first memories is of playing Quake 2 on the family computer when he was much too young to be doing that, and he's been irreparably game-brained ever since. His writing has been featured in Vice, Fanbyte, and the Financial Times. He'll play pretty much anything, and has written far too much on everything from visual novels to Assassin's Creed. His most profound loves are for CRPGs, immersive sims, and any game whose ambition outstrips its budget. He thinks you're all far too mean about Deus Ex: Invisible War.