Xbox Live Gold surprised subscribers with two free games, both of which are Xbox 360 games, and one of which is actually an Xbox exclusive. In addition to January’s free games, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can currently download splash man for free, however, there are a few hurdles to jump through as the game is free through Xbox Live Gold Brazil. You don’t need to be in Brazil to download the game or need another Xbox Live Gold subscription, but you will need to get an Xbox Live Gold account for the region.

splash man – developed by Twisted Pixel Games and published by Xbox – debuted in 2009 via Xbox Live Arcade and as an Xbox 360 exclusive. Upon release, it generated a very respectable 84 on Metacritic and is to this day widely considered the one of the best Xbox Live Arcade games. Below you can read more about it and also check out a trailer:

The Shattered Man: “You’ve blasted the rest, now blasted the best. Splosion Man has a fifty-level single-player campaign and a separate fifty-level co-op multiplayer campaign.”

It’s not the only additional free game offered to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. By the same trick, but via Xbox Live Gold South Korea, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download dark abyss free. dark abyss is another Xbox 360 game, but developed by Airtight Games and published by Capcom. It came out a year later splash man in 2010. Below you can read more about it and also see a trailer:

Dark Abyss: “Enter ‘The Void’… A grim parallel world of hostile aliens, powerful weaponry and deep mystery… Dark Void’s unique combination of jet-pack powered dogfights and ground combat brings an exciting new dynamic to gaming. Experience a seamless transition between flight and combat in this epic adventure from Capcom.”

At press time, it’s unclear how long either game is available for free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, but it’s likely only until the end of the month.

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