The summer hols are nearly here and soon you will be hearing that famous school’s out for summer tune in your head. The dust is settling from all the huge E3 announcements, and now’s the perfect time to jump into an adventure, or maybe explore something a little different. ID@xbox have been doing a bit of digging and are ready to help those looking for a summer adventure.
From now through June 24th, you can save up to 75% on 50 wonderous exploration games in the Explore and Discover Sale. Why not grab your summer gear, and strap on a digital backpack, because there’s plenty on offer to check out in the stunning beautiful sunny sale?
Here’s a short taster on what’s on offer: –
My Time at Portia (20% off) It’s pronounced Port-e-a like the character from “The Merchant of Venice” not the car. Which makes sense because Portia is a thriving port town where your decisions have real consequences. Restore your Pa’s neglected workshop to its former glory by fulfilling commissions, growing crops, mining resources, raising animals, and befriending the quirky inhabitants of this charming post-apocalyptic land!
Armed with your Pa’s old handbook and workbench, you must gather, mine and craft your way to being crowned the number one workshop in Portia. Help the locals rebuild the town and uncover the secrets locked deep away beneath it. Be prepared though…it won’t be easy!
Each character has a story path that you can build out depending on your relationship with them. Make friends, complete requests, exchange gifts, go on dates and let romance blossom!
The Witness (50% off) The Witness is the follow up puzzle game, by industry legend Jonathan Blow, to the smash hit Braid. If you enjoy exploration and puzzle games, then The Witness is for you.
You wake up alone on a strange island and don’t remember who you are or how you got here, but there’s one thing you can do: explore the island in hope of discovering clues, regaining your memory, and somehow finding your way home.
The Witness is a single-player game in an open world with dozens of locations to explore and over 500 puzzles. This game respects you as an intelligent player and it treats your time as precious. There’s no filler; each of those puzzles brings its own new idea into the mix.
>observer_ (70% off) >observer_ explores the nature of fear behind the backdrop of an epic cyberpunk world. The year is 2084. You are Daniel Lazarski, an elite neural detective known as an Observer, and part of a corporate-funded police unit whose purpose is to hack and invade suspects’ minds. When you receive a mysterious message from your estranged son, a high-level engineer for the almighty Chiron Corporation, you journey to the seedy Class C slums of Krakow to investigate. As you hack into the minds of criminals and their victims to find clues, you are forced to relive their darkest fears. How far will you go to discover the truth? >observer_ is also available in Xbox Game Pass.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (35% off) Unwind and enjoy the slow life in Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles, a relaxing open-world adventure game. This family friendly game is set on the vast island of Gemea, a lush frontier with eight distinct environments ranging from tropical beaches to snow-capped summits. Each location has its own flora and fauna, along with changing seasons and a day-night cycle. Gemea, once a paradise, still maintains the appearance of one, yet an evil murk has enshrouded the land and its people in despair. As the hero you will explore Gemea, uncovering the islands secrets and the mysteries within yourself as you embark on a journey of self-discovery. On a quest to become the island’s champion, you join forces with Sprites, creatures who are the only thing capable of dispersing the murk, to save Gemea and its people.
The Gardens Between (40% off) Fall into a series of vibrant, dreamlike island gardens with best friends Arina and Frendt. Manipulate time to solve puzzles in this mysterious realm where cause and effect are malleable. Follow the duo as they unpack and explore their significant moments spent together, lighting up constellations and illuminating threads of a bittersweet narrative. The Gardens Between is also available in Game Pass.
Far: Lone Sails (25% off) Traverse a dried-out seabed littered with the remains of a decaying civilization in this beautiful adventure game. Far starts you out in a unique vehicle that you must fuel and maintain to reach the end of your journey. Through an array of roadblocks and through hazardous weather you need to keep your vessel going. Where will this journey take you? Are you the last of your kind?
This is just a small sample of all the great games on sale June 18 – 24. I’m sure if you delve deep enough you will find at least one hidden gem amongst the Explore and Discover sale.