What’s on the Xbox Game Pass for the retro-gamer?

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service for players with Windows, Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.

Once subscribed you have access to over 100 games, but which ones might be of interested to the retro-gamer?

Here is a list of all the Xbox Game Pass games we think fit the bill. (We’ve included the EA Play games which are available in the Windows and Ultimate subscriptions)

Game Xbox Win Genre Notes
Age of Empires I,II & III Definitive Edition ? ? Strategy Remake of the 1997 original
Atic-Atac* ? ? Action ZX Spectrum version
Banjo-Kazooie ? ? 3D Platform Xbox 360 version of Rare’s N64 original
Banjo-Tooie ? ? 3D Platform Xbox 360 version of Rare’s N64 original
Battletoads* ? ? Beat em Up NES version
Battletoads* ? ? Beat em Up Arcade Version
Battletoads ? ? Beat em Up The new version that came out last year
Bejewelled 2 ? ? Puzzle Candy Crush’s grandmother
Blast Corps* ? ? Action N64 version
Celeste ? ? Platform 2D Platformer orignally written for the Pico-8 fantasy console
Cobra Triangle* ? ? Racing NES Version
Conker’s Bad Fur Day* ? ? 3D Platform No need to buy an expensive N64 cart off eBay
Day of the Tentacle ? ? Adventure Remake of the 1993 LucasArts classic SCUMM based adventure
Digger T Rock* ? ? Platform Nes Version
Doom, Doom 2, Doom 3, Doom 64 ? ? FPS The game that made all Amiga owners end up buying a PC
Double Dragon Neon ? ? Beat em Up Recent version of the arcade brawler
Elite Dangerous ? ? Strategy Follow-up to a BBC Micro game
Final Fantasy VII ? ? RPG Port of the PSX original
Final Fantasy VIII ? ? RPG Remastered version
Fuzion Frenzy ? ? Action Yes, OG Xbox has to count as retro now, this game is 20 years old for gawd’s sake
Grabbed by the Ghoulies* ? ? Arcade Adventure Xbox port. Rare are keen to point out that it wasn’t inspired by Atic Atac.
Grim Fandango ? ? Adventure Remastered version of the LucasArts classic adventure
Gunfright* ? ? Arcade Adventure ZX Spectrum Version
Hollow Knight ? ? Platform Modern old-skool platformer
Jetpac ? ? Action ZX Spectrum version
Jetpac Refuelled ? ? Action Follow-up to some ZX Spectrum game
Killer Instinct Gold* ? ? Fighting N64 Version
Knightlore* ? ? Arcade Adventure ZX Spectrum Version
Lunar Jetman* ? ? Action ZX Spectrum Version
Perfect Dark ? ? FPG Rare’s kinda follow up to GoldenEye
Populous & Populous II ? ? Strategy The classic God-games
R.C. Pro-Am & R.C Pro-Am II ? ? Racing NES versions
Sabre Wulf* ? ? Arcade Adventure ZX Spectrum Version
SimCity 2000 ? ? Strategy Classic isometric city-building strategy game
Slalom* ? ? Skiing The first game released under the Rare brand. NES Version
Solar Jetman* ? ? Action NES Version
Snake Rattle N Roll* ? ? Platform NES Version
Streets of Rage 4 ? ? Beat em Up Awesome recent game in the Streets of Rage series
Tetris Effect ? ? Puzzle It’s Tetris, but with multiplayer
Two-point Hospital ? ? Simulation It’s basically Theme Hospital
Underwurlde* ? ? Arcade Adventure ZX Spectrum Version
Worms W.M.D ? ? Strategy Modern day version of the Amiga classic
Xeno Crisis ? ? Top-down shooter Recent game originally made for the Sega Megadrive

*Available as part of the Rare Replay compilation.

Let me know if there’s anything you think I’ve missed. I’ll regularly update this to show new additions or things that are no longer available.

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