It's time for the second wave of the Games with Gold December lineup as Microsoft makes two more games free for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. They can now claim copies of Tropico 5 - Penultimate Edition and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet as the latest subscription bonuses.
The two games tout backward compatibility support as well, allowing newer generation consoles play them natively. As such, Tropico 5 - Penultimate Edition is available to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S owners, while Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet can be claimed and played on both those consoles as well as the Xbox 360.
Use the links below to directly claim the games while using a Gold-active Microsoft account:
Tropico 5 – Penultimate Edition: Available December 16 to January 15 (Xbox One)
Return to the remote island nation of Tropico in the next installment of the critically acclaimed and hugely popular ‘dictator sim’ series. Expand your Dynasty’s reign from the early colonial period to beyond the 21st Century, facing an all-new set of challenges, including advanced trading mechanics, technology and scientific research, exploration and multiplayer modes.
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet: Available December 16 to 31 (Xbox 360)
In this Insanely Twisted, 2-D action-adventure game, explore unique environments and battle bizarre creatures as you make your way toward the center of the mysterious Shadow Planet! Solve complex puzzles and upgrade your ship with alien technology as you fight to save your home world.
Keep in mind the previous Gold freebie The Escapists 2 is still available for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S owners to claim, with the promotion set to end on December 31. With the final two waves of the year now out of the way, an announcement regarding the January titles should land soon.
All Xbox 360 games claimed via Games with Gold promotions will continue being playable even if the Xbox Live Gold subscription is discontinued. However, claimed Xbox One games are only playable while the account has an active subscription.
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