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Xbox Games with Gold offers Midway Arcade Origins in July

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Plus three other games you probably haven’t tried yet

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the gridded, isometric playing course of Marble Madness; a magic wand respawns the marble for a few seconds after the game’s clock has run out.
Atari’s Marble Madness (1984), the very best game of the 31 in Midway Arcade Origins (2012) for Xbox 360. Mark Cerny, lead designer of the PlayStation 4 and PS5, was the game’s developer.
Image: Atari Games/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers get four free games in July with Microsoft’s Xbox Games with Gold program — or maybe they get 34 free games, if you count all the retro arcade hits in the Midway Arcade Origins anthology.

The collection of coin-op classics, which launched for Xbox 360 in 2012, is the prize of this month’s foursome, but it’s not available until July 16. The two Xbox One games are the 2018 survival adventure Planet Alpha and 2020’s unusual tower-defense game from ACE Team and Atlus, Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break.

There’s also Conker: Live & Reloaded, published in 2005 for Xbox, available beginning Thursday, July 1. All Xbox 360 and original Xbox games are playable on Xbox Series X and Xbox One through backward compatibility.

Here’s the full July 2021 lineup for Games with Gold:

  • Planet Alpha ($19.99 ERP): Available July 1 to 31.
  • Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break ($29.99 ERP): Available July 16 to Aug. 15.
  • Conker: Live & Reloaded ($9.99 ERP): Available July 1 to 15.
  • Midway Arcade Origins ($19.99 ERP): Available July 16 to 31.

Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can still download three of June’s Games with Gold titles: The King’s Bird and Injustice: Gods Among Us (available until June 30), and Shadows: Awakening (until July 15).