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December 2021 Xbox Games with Gold Announced

December 2021 Xbox Games with Gold Announced - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 23 November 2021 / 972 Views

Microsoft has announced the Xbox Live Games with Gold for December 2021. Two Xbox One games and two Xbox 360 games will be free to download next month.

The Games with Gold for December are:

  • The Escapists 2 ($19.99 ERP): Available December 1 to 31
  • Tropico 5 – Penultimate Edition ($24.99 ERP): Available December 16 to January 15
  • Orcs Must Die! ($14.99 ERP): Available December 1 to 15
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet ($9.99 ERP): Available December 16 to 31

Here is an overview of the games:

The Escapists 2

From the tundra to the desert, join up with three of your friends to form the ultimate crew and engineer the wildest escapes from some of the toughest prisons in the world. Live by the rules, attend roll call, and follow strict routines, all while secretly planning and executing your bid for freedom!

Tropico 5 – Penultimate Edition

In this Penultimate Edition, including The Big Cheese and Hostile Takeover add-ons, expand the reign of your dynasty from the early colonial period to beyond the 21st Century. Build your city’s infrastructure, plan your trading routes, and utilize new technologies, in the fifth installment of the fan favorite city-building series.

Orcs Must Die!

As a powerful War Mage, defend twenty-four fortresses from a mob of beastly enemies, using all manner of weapons and traps at your disposal. No matter how you get it done, you’ll have a blast destroying rampaging monsters in this fantasy, action-strategy game.

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

Explore unique environments in the 2D action-adventure game, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet. Make your way to the center of the mysterious Shadow Planet, all while solving complex puzzles and battling bizarre creatures, as you fight to save your home world.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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3 Comments
Rafie (on 23 November 2021)

Not a good selection to end the year off with.

  • +3
Mr Puggsly (on 24 November 2021)

Nothing the appeals to me. I'd be happier if they at least gave us notable OG Xbox and 360 games. I'd like some of the new additions to BC.

  • -1
TheTitaniumNub (on 24 November 2021)

Meh games for sure. Appeal to a very specific crowd of people. Tropico is really good though I think.

  • -1