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Tropico 5, Opus Magnum and six others coming to Origin Access this month

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EA has announced the games coming to its Origin Access subscription service this month—the two standouts are wacky city builder Tropico 5 (opens in new tab) and head-scratching puzzle game Opus Magnum (opens in new tab).

As Alex wrote in his review (opens in new tab), Opus Magnum is one of the most satisfying puzzle games ever made, and you're given plenty of freedom to solve its alchemical, machine-based puzzles the way you want. It's made by Zachtronics, so if you enjoyed the likes of SpaceChem (opens in new tab) and Shenzhen I/O, you'll love it.

Tropico 5 is less spectacular, but it's still a solid city builder (opens in new tab) that lets you play as the ruling dynasty of a banana republic. If nothing else, it's a chance to reacquaint yourself with the series before Tropico 6 (opens in new tab), which is due out early next year.

As a reminder, EA's basic Origin Access costs $5/£4 per month or $30/£20 per year, and gives you access to free games and limited trials of new titles. EA launched Origin Access Premier in July (opens in new tab), which costs $100 a year, netting you full access to new EA games when they come out.

The other games coming later this month are:

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.