One of the newest games on this list, The Gunk took us by surprise when it released just before Christmas. Not that we didn’t expect it to be good; from the same developer that brought us Steamworld Dig, we expected great things. We just didn’t expect it to be quite so good. The first 3D game from Image & Form, The Gunk nails adventuring, set in a world that simply begs to be explored.
You take on the role of Rani, and along with your friend Becks, you land on a mysterious planet, filled with a strange type of gunk. Being on a weird planet is nothing new – travelling the galaxy is what the pair of you do. But this planet is different. There’s something odd about the gunk, and Rani is compelled to explore. Thus begins a journey across the planet’s gorgeous landscapes, uncovering a long-lost history and some very dark secrets lurking in the planets’ depths. It’s a story that will keep you captivated, but The Gunk‘s satisfying gameplay is what makes it so worthwhile. This is undoubtedly one of the best single player games currently available on Xbox Game Pass. We just love it.