If you haven’t tried Google’s cloud gaming platform, then there really hasn’t been a better time to give it a try. However, even if you’re an avid Stadia user – or anywhere in between – then read on to find out how you can get hours of gameplay on 3 of Stadia’s most fun games absolutely free! And what’s even better is you don’t need a Stadia account to give this a try.
What’s On Offer?
Google are offering free play time on each of the following 3 titles.
All you need is a Google account. So if you don’t already have a Stadia account, then you can still play.
Riders Republic – 120 Minutes Free Play Time
Jump into the Riders Republic massive multiplayer playground!
Grab your bike, skis, snowboard, or wingsuit and explore an open world sports paradise where the rules are yours to make—or break.
Battle against over 50 players simultaneously in a massive multiplayer playground.
Compete in an all-out mass start race—collide, grind, and fight your way to the finish!
Customize your character to show off your style to your friends or show up the competition.
Bike, ski, snowboard, or wingsuit through a seamless open world in Career mode or multiplayer events.
Go wild on the heights of iconic US national parks like Yosemite, Zion, and Bryce Canyon.
Control: Ultimate Edition – 30 Minutes Free Play Time
A corruptive presence has invaded the Federal Bureau of Control…Only you have the power to stop it. The world is now your weapon in an epic fight to annihilate an ominous enemy through deep and unpredictable environments. Containment has failed, humanity is at stake. Will you regain control?
Winner of over 80 awards, Control is a visually stunning third-person action-adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Blending open-ended environments with the signature world-building and storytelling of renowned developer, Remedy Entertainment, Control presents an expansive and intensely gratifying gameplay experience.
Hello Engineer – 30 Minutes Free Play Time
Hello Engineer is a multiplayer machinery-building construction game set in the Hello Neighbor universe. Scavenge, craft and overcome challenges in the sandbox world of a mysterious amusement park. Put together incredible machines built of scrap, and beware of the Neighbor.
Check out our Hello Engineer – Early Access First Look for more info on this game.
How To Claim
You can claim one of the following game demos and be playing on your favourite device within minutes.
Simply use one of the links below to head over to the relevant landing page for that game. Once there, click the “Play For Free” button. After logging in to your Google account (if you haven’t done already), you will be taken directly to the game which should load right away.
Once you have initiated the demo, you will have the allotted time for that game to play it. This time will pass whether you are playing the game or not. You cannot pause the demo timer in any way – that includes exiting out of the game and come back later. So make sure you are ready to play without distraction to get the most out of your free play time!
What do I need in order to play?
- Device (Desktop/Laptop Computer or Tablet or Other Mobile Device/Smart Phone or Android Smart TV with Stadia App Installed or TV with Chromecast Ultra/Chromecast with Google TV)
- A decent Internet connection – At least 8Mbps (Internet Speedtest – The Global Broadband Speed Test)
- A Google account
If you are playing Riders Republic you might want to set up an Ubisoft account in advance.
How do I play Stadia on other devices?
Once installed, log in to your Google account using the Google Stadia app.
If you want to play on your Chromecast Ultra or Chromecast with Google TV, you will need to use the “Add account to Chromecast” setting in the Stadia app.
After lunching you game you can easily swap what device/screen you want to play on by using your Stadia app. Simply find the game in the app, select the screen you wish to play on and click the Play button.
Can I Use a Controller with Stadia?
If you don’t have an official Stadia controller you can connect your favourite controller to Stadia by plugging it in to your device. The Stadia app will help you set up the controller for use with mobile devices or a Chromecast device.
Depending on what device you have, you may need a USB to USB C/Micro USB converter to connect your controller to your mobile device.
More Demos & Free Games on Stadia
Stadia has several additional free to play demos. You need a Stadia account to play these though. Don’t worry, you can get register for a free account.
Stadia doesn’t just have free to play demos. It also has a few totally free to play full games too. Again, you will need to register for a free Stadia account to enjoy these.
If you are new to Stadia, these demos serve as a great example of how quick & easy it is to set it up and load into a game. Furthermore, it means people can try out the service to see how well their device(s) and internet connection will handle it.
As a result, hopefully more people will have the opportunity to actually test the Stadia cloud gaming platform for themselves, eliminating some of the stigma spread by misinformation.
Not only that, but Google are giving away some seriously good play time on some seriously good games. Personally, I think Stadia has much better games to offer. But these demos do a great job at showcasing the types of games available and how well they run on the platform.
This kind of frequent release of demos by Google and the game developers they work with is a great way to sell games and attract new players to this underrated gaming platform. Therefore, I really hope that we see more demos and free play time in the near future.
What do you think of the free play time Stadia is offering? What games would you like to see demos or free play time on? Let us know your opinions.