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Yeah, yeah, we’re immature. But you have to wonder: did Microsoft put these two games together for launch on Game Pass on purpose? Are they sitting there, chuckling like Beavis and Butthead at their dirty joke? Because yes: we have floppy in the form of Floppy Knights (Console and PC), and hard in the form of Hardspace Shipbreaker (PC).

Handily, we already have a review of Floppy Knights for you to peruse. This is a turn-based strategy game that steals some notes from Advance Wars, but is mostly a deep, involving little game that is well worth your time.

We were most impressed with how it splices in a bit of deckbuilding, as you draw cards from a deck that allows you to make moves, pull off attacks, or drop down the titular floppy knights to attack for you. There’s a lovely cartoon aesthetic to give you something to look at as you spend hours on individual maps, trying to work out how to solve them.

Hardspace Shipbreaker, meanwhile, is a PC-only title on Game Pass, so fans of the ‘box without access to a PC will need to wait this one out.

It does exactly what it says on the tin. Hardspace Shipbreaker is a simulation game that puts you in the interstellar boots of a spaceship salvager, using various tools to dismantle and then reappropriate bits of tech that you find inside. 

What makes this so alluring is that the ships are often many times as big as you are, so you are swinging about with tethers and ropes, trying to find the next bit of lucrative salvage. It’s that bit where Rey scrambles around in the carcass of a star destroyer in Star Wars: Force Awakens, but writ large to a whole game.

This is all done in glorious first-person and, frankly, it sounds and looks like the kind of game that could easily be ported to the Xbox. Come on, Focus Interactive, get on it!

Game Pass still has some big hitters left in the rest of the month. Sniper Elite 5 (Console, PC) will be with us on May 26th, and both Pac-Man Museum+ (Console, PC) and Cricket 22 (PC) are due for May 27th. 

There are some leavers too, making way for these new games. EA Sports NHL 20 (Console), Farming Simulator 19 (Cloud, Console, and PC), Knockout City (Console and PC), Resident Evil 7 Biohazard (Cloud, Console, and PC), Spellforce 3: Soul Harvest (PC), Superhot: Mind Control Delete (Cloud, Console, and PC) and Yes Your Grace (Cloud, Console, and PC) are all due to leave at the end of the month.

So, are you floppy or hard? Sorry, couldn’t help one last mention of it. Let us know in the comments or on our social channels.

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