The Xbox Summer Demo Event Has Begun, 50+ Games Now Available

Microsoft is hosting a large, free Summer Game Fest Demo Event on Xbox One this week, with free demos of over 70 games available to download over the next few days. The event runs from July 21 - 27, and many of the games included in the event are [email protected] titles, but not all.

While the majority of demos are already live on the Microsoft Store, more are set to be added throughout the week, so we'll keep adding to this list as they become available.

There are four ways to download these demos:

  1. Via the Xbox Summer Demo Event tab on the Xbox One dashboard
  2. Navigate to 'Store' and then 'Browse Games' on Xbox One. Scroll down, and you'll find the demos section.
  3. Head to the demos section of the Microsoft Store.
  4. Follow the individual links to the Microsoft Store in our roundup below.

Darkestville Castle
Darkestville Castle

  • 9 Monkeys of Shaolin: In this beat 'em up game you'll play as the Chinese fisherman Wei Cheng who wants to avenge the death of his friends and family.
  • Alchemist Adventure: Enter a fantasy world waiting to be explored. Follow the story of Mya, a young alchemist trying to solve the mystery of a forgotten land while searching for her loved ones.
  • Aniquilation: Aniquilation is a variation of a Twin Stick shooter in small planets that can be terraformed as you play! Play with your friends either in competitive VS or co-op modes.
  • Antipole DX: Antipole DX is a fast-paced, retro action-platformer -- using gravity manipulation! Join our mysterious space outlaw, as he explores an “abandoned” spacecraft in hopes of finding his next meal ticket.
  • Armed and Gelatinous: Fast-paced blob warfare! Take on your friends in a fighting game of epic proportions! Grow your girth and firepower by gathering as many weapons as you can!
  • Ars Fabulae: Decades have passed and the Actress returns to the abandoned theatre to uncover an anthology of magical performaces, each with a unique gameplay, distinct setting and... a hidden message.
  • Back to Belt: Back to Belt is an old-school arcade Shoot 'em up spiritual successor of Asteroids. The game itself is an homage to Asteroids 40th anniversary.
  • Bite the Bullet: Run, Gun and Eat your way through this roguelite RPG shooter. In a world where every enemy is edible, what you eat and how much you eat drives everything...
  • Book of Adventum: Book of Adventum is quirky, old skool, atmospheric and compelling FPS adventure, which throws you in the middle of a conflict on a remote island.
  • Cake Bash: Fight to be the tastiest cake in Cake Bash! A frantic four-player party game where adorable drawn-to-life cakes beat the crumbs out of each other.
  • Chickens Madness: Chickens Madness gives you the ultimate power of being and behaving like a chicken in a very unique set of party games against your friends.
  • Clea: Mum and Dad have been experimenting on Chaos Servants, but now, the monsters have been let loose. Clea, with her brother in tow, must escape from the Whitlock Mansion.
  • Cris Tales: Cris Tales is a gorgeous, indie love letter to classic JRPGs with a new perspective. Peer into the past, act in the present, and watch as your choices dynamically change the future -- all on one screen as you play!
  • Curved Space: Curved Space is an intense arcade shooter about battling cosmic energy spiders across warped, physics-defying battlefields. Space stations and asteroids curve and loop around themselves.
  • Dandy Ace: Dandy Ace is an over the top action game that follows this fabulous magician seeking to combine and use his magical cards, fighting and looting his way to defeat the Green-Eyed Illusionist...
  • Darkestville Castle: Dear Potential servant of chaos, being evil isn’t always easy… but boy is it so much more fun than being a good guy!
  • Deleveled: Cleverly conserve momentum to navigate around the map and flick all the switches but be careful; once you’re down there’s no way back up; this platformer has no jump button.
Destroy All Humans!
Destroy All Humans!
  • Destroy All Humans!: Play the demo of the cult-classic remake for free! Experience the first mission of the game and terrorize the people of 1950's Earth in the role of the evil alien Crypto-137.
  • Doodle God: Crime City: Over 500 puzzles to solve and items to create as you play the role of Crime Boss or Cop. You decide how you want to play as you play through multiple hard-nosed storylines & play modes.
  • Dungeon and Gravestone: Rogue-like RPG where one dies over and over again. Generated dungeons are full of difficult traps and puzzles.
  • Dungeon Scavenger Inferno: Dungeon Scavenger is a unique turn-based old school dungeon crawler that sets you on a challenging path of exploration.
  • Ephemeral Tale: Ephemeral Tale is a classically inspired RPG for the modern age, featuring hand-crafted dungeons, classic JRPG-style combat, and a loot-driven progression system!
  • Flowing Lights: Flowing Lights is an Arcade Puzzle Shooter. Each combat is a puzzle that will challenge your reflexes and tickle your neurons.
  • Fractal Space: Live the memorable experience of a first-person, story-driven adventure and puzzle game! Use your Jetpack and Taser-Gun to think your way through zero-gravity puzzles of this mysterious space station.
  • Freshly Frosted: Solve puzzles in the world's most adorable donut factory! Place conveyor belts to guide your donuts between haphazardly placed topping stations and deliver your line of delicious desserts.
  • Galacide: Galacide combines the frenzied action of classic space shooters with the focused, fast-thinking tactics of puzzlers.
  • Gauntlet Force: With an unexpected assault the stormtroopers of the Baroness MadHead destroyed Gauntlet Force Headquarters! She is now ready to conquer the world...
  • Genesis Noir: When a love triangle between cosmic beings becomes a bitter confrontation, you'll witness a gunshot fired by a jealous god—otherwise known as The Big Bang.
  • Haven: Yu and Kay have escaped to a forgotten planet. Play the two lovers settling in an unknown world. Survive together, glide over the plains, camp, restore the planet, fight if you have to.
  • Helheim Hassle: Helheim Hassle is a narrative adventure game with puzzle platforming elements. Play as Bjørn, a pacifist Viking that can detach and combine limbs at will to solve challenging puzzles...
  • Hellpoint Demo: The Thespian Feast: This is a standalone story in Hellpoint universe, a dark and challenging action RPG set in the world where the line between science and occultism is blurred.
Kaze and the Wild Masks
Kaze and the Wild Masks
  • Kaze and the Wild Masks: In Kaze and the Wild Masks, you journey through the Crystal Islands in 90’s classics platformer style. Play as Kaze and save your friend Hogo from a curse that spread chaos around the islands.
  • Klang 2: Lightning-fast combat powered by electronic dance music. Achieve a euphoric state of trance through skillful play in this rhythm-action game with hypnotic beats and high-speed combat.
  • Knight Squad 2: Knight Squad 2 is a chaotic arcade multiplayer game for up to 8 players. Pick an eccentric knight and fight for glory with wacky weaponry. Triumph over your friends in a ridiculous amount of game modes.
  • Kova: AlphaLink: Kova: AlphaLink (demo) pits players in a dystopian intergalactic arena multiplayer battle to shift the tides in the war of factions!
  • KungFu Kickball: KungFu Kickball is a team based fighting-sports game where the best ball kicker wins! Compete against your friends in a fantasy sport that mixes soccer with kung fu action movies.
  • Long Ago: A Puzzle Tale: Solve relaxing puzzles, enjoy a beautiful world and unravel a tale told in rhyme about a brave princess striving for freedom from the status quo.
  • Lost Wing: Storm your way through three unique worlds, beat each stage, and destroy the bosses! Featuring an original electronic soundtrack, multiple play modes, stages, ships and weapons.
  • Mars Power Industries Deluxe: Mysterious puzzle inspired by 2001:Space Odyssey. Manage resources, solve challenging puzzles and uncover what lies beneath the surface!
  • Mayhem Brawler: Mayhem Brawler is an urban fantasy themed beat 'em up that brings back the 90s arcade vibe to present day.
  • Momentus: Gravity Defying Momentum! Push through both Arcade and Endless to conquer the dark forces which cross your path.
  • Nine Witches: Family Disruption: Follow an expert quadriplegic professor of occultism and his faithful assistant as they are sent to a the small Norwegian town of Sundäe to undo an ancient curse and thwart Nazi plans.
Sail Forth
Sail Forth
  • OkunoKA Madness: Download and play the demo to become familiar with KA through six sample levels and a boss battle to taste what OkunoKA Madness is...
  • PHOGS!: In PHOGS! you play as a duo of dogs on a captivating, puzzle-filled adventure. Linked by a stretchy belly, you’ll need to bark, bite and bounce your way through obstacles...
  • Pixel Skater: Fast-paced arcade style skateboarding and a deep combo system that will make you eager to score higher and higher! Try out the tutorial section of Story Mode as well as 3 uniquely themed levels.
  • Ponpu: Get ready to break some eggs in this frantic multiplayer party-game! Ponpu mixes classic gameplay with new crazy mechanics, all packaged in one of the coolest art-styles ever seen!
  • Projection: First Light: Projection: First Light follows the adventures of Greta, a girl living in a mythological shadow puppet world, as she embarks on a journey of self-enlightenment.
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic: Raji: An Ancient Epic is an action-adventure game set in ancient India. A young girl named Raji has been chosen by the gods to stand against the demonic invasion of the human realm.
  • Re:Turn – One Way Trip (Not yet available): Re:Turn - One Way Trip is a 2D side-scrolling puzzle-adventure horror game.
  • Road to Guangdong: A family emergency reunites a young art graduate and her elderly aunt for a memorable road trip across 1990s China.
  • Rover Wars: Battle for Mars: What if MOBAs and RTS games had a baby? Rover Wars combines resource management, farming, building and strategy into an intense tug of war.
  • Sail Forth: Sail Forth is a procedural sailing adventure about classic naval action and exploring beautiful scenery. Embark on a journey through varied environments...
  • ScourgeBringer: From the developers of NeuroVoider, ScourgeBringer is a fast-paced free-moving roguelite platformer, much like a crossbreed between Dead Cells and Celeste.
  • Seasons of the Samurai: Lead a samurai through a series of puzzles set in the eight provinces of Japan. Control the season and the time of day in order to change the configuration of each level.
  • SkateBIRD: Grind on bendy straws, kick-flip over staplers, and carve killer lines through cardboard and sticky tape parks. Above all else, skate birds try their best!
  • Skycadia: Collect bounties on sky pirates in this chill pastel dogfight sim. Take to the skies and collect bounties by shooting down the scoundrels in this light-hearted flying adventure.
  • Solaroids: Prologue: A skill-based spectacle of the classics of old with a dash of retro charm and a heaping injection of kick butt adrenaline.
YesterMorrow
YesterMorrow
  • Space Otter Charlie: Revitalize your puzzle platforming adventures in ZERO GRAVITY! With no fuel, no map, and only a dream, help Charlie and his ragtag team find the resources they need to survive.
  • Swimsanity!: Swimsanity! is a multiplayer underwater shooter with action-packed Co-Op and Versus game modes, all supported by online and local play.
  • Swim Out: Dive into the relaxing and refreshing atmosphere of Swim Out, a strategic, turn-based puzzle game, that will transport you into a sunny day by the swimming pool, the river or the sea.
  • Tesla Force: Tesla Force is a rogue-lite top-down shooter featuring endless procedural gameplay with tentacle splitting action.
  • The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav: Face your Destiny! In Andergast, whose inhabitants are considered to be notoriously superstitious, King Efferdan awaits a state visit from high-ranking dignitaries.
  • The Dark Eye: Memoria: Two stories, two main characters, one epic experience: in Memoria, players travel through different time periods, while following two distinct protagonists.
  • The Last Cube: Venture through six unique areas of the cube-world and overcome three-dimensional brain-teasers in this upcoming puzzle adventure game.
  • The Vale: Shadow of the Crown: The Vale: Shadow of the Crown is a story driven, action-adventure that utilizes the full potential of 3D audio and haptic controller feedback...
  • Tribble Troubles: For the first time ever, play as a Tribble from everyone's favorite "Star Trek" episode, "The Trouble With Tribbles" in this vertical climbing action game!
  • Unspottable: Unspottable Demo is a competitive couch party game for 2 to 4 players. Blend in the crowd of AI characters, hunt down the other players and use the many different environment specific rules to win the game.
  • WarriOrb: Prologue: You play as a mighty demon trapped in an unlikely body. You will have to make your way through the ravaged world to regain your freedom and sanity.
  • Welcome to Elk: Welcome to Elk: Demo is the free intro of this upcoming biographical adventure set on an island like no other. Every character you encounter has a story to tell.
  • YesterMorrow: YesterMorrow is a single-player time travelling 2D platformer, mixing action sequences with puzzle elements.

That's a lot of free demos! What are you most looking forward to trying? Let us know in the comments.