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If you’re in the midst of half-term, or have the Halloween weekend approaching and need something to occupy your thumbs, then Game Pass has your back today. While the three games it has to offer are far from blockbusters, they each have their own small charms. 

Out today (and rolling out to the service), are Frog Detective: The Entire Mystery (PC), Gunfire Reborn (Cloud, Console and PC) and Signalis (Cloud, Console and PC).

Let’s start with Frog Detective: The Entire Mystery. As can be alluded from the title, this is more than one game. Three in fact, bundling together The Haunted Island, The Case of the Invisible Wizard, and Corruption at Cowboy County. These are cute sleuthing adventures taking place in colourful 3D environments, as you whip out your trusty magnifying glass and attempt to uncover clues that lead you to a Scooby-Doo-like resolution. So, if you want some family-friendly deducting, then don your flippers and leap in.

A little more full-blooded is Gunfire Reborn. This is one of those games that makes good use of a hyphen. It’s an FPS-roguelite-RPG with procedural level generation and up to four-player co-operative play. See, we got four in there. What that word-salad means (one more hyphen) is that you and up to four friends can choose a character, jump into randomly generated dungeons and hunt for loot as you pick off enemies with arcane weaponry. Once a dungeon is done (or you’re lying bloodied on the floor), you can return to camp and admire your spoils. Think Towerfall and it looks like you’re mostly there. 

Finally, we have the swish-looking Signalis. This is the most emphatically Halloweeny (not a word) of the three games, as it’s a survival horror through and through. Think Resident Evil’s game mechanics replicated in the Blade Runner universe and you’ve got it, By Jove. You play Elster, a ‘Replika’, who awakes from years of sleep to find that she’s lost her memory and she’s mostly – mostly – alone in a surreal retrotech landscape. Things are of the psychological horror variety, and you may not want to play alone. 

While there are no more games yet announced for Game Pass inclusion in October, there are some that are due to leave. 

On October 31st we must say goodbye to Alan Wake: American Nightmare (Console and PC), Backbone (Cloud, Console, and PC), Bassmaster Fishing 2022 (Cloud, Console, and PC), Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition (Cloud, Console, and PC), Project Wingman (Cloud, Console, and PC), Second Extinction (Cloud, Console, and PC), Sniper Elite 4 (Console and Cloud) and The Forgotten City (Cloud, Console, and PC).

Do these games feel more like a trick than treat? Let us know in the comments and on our social media channels.

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