Microsoft offering free Kinect game until Monday

New Kinect Central home page on Xbox Live offers mansion-exploring Haunt title from Parappa the Rapper studio for free until Monday.

Gamers searching for a free Kinect game are in luck. From today until Monday, Microsoft is offering the Kinect-exclusive mansion-exploring game Haunt for free. The title can be accessed through the just-launched Kinect Central homepage on Xbox Live, according to the announcement from Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb.

Haunt is free for a week.

Normally, Haunt sells for 800 MS points, or $10. Developed by PaRappa the Rapper studio NanaOn-Sha, Haunt launched early this year and has players exploring Benjy's Mansion, a haunted house full of ghouls and mystery.

The Haunt giveaway is for Xbox Live users in the United States only. Microsoft made no mention of extending the offer to other regions. For more on Haunt, check out GameSpot's review.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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sonicriders02
sonicriders02

Why not just give us a free Kinect, because I never used mine often, and after 2 months of not using it, I turned it on, and it was broken. Great, more Microsoft crap.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

"Microsoft is offering" or "Microsoft offers". No, really, I don't care about fast reports, news poetics and such bullc***. It just shows laziness.

Brebber
Brebber

that's horsesh!t.......im canadian damn it and i use your services just as much as any other US citizen, where is my free gear?

Earthen80
Earthen80

What!? Microsoft giving away stuff for free??? Wow the Kinect must really need a boost in the US.

Haasdude
Haasdude

Whew, glad I didn't jump on it when it was on sale for 5 bucks a couple weeks ago. Very fun game!

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

My Kinect tends to gather dust but I grabbed the demo for this a couple weeks ago.  Saw it for free and had to grab it. It really is a decent title full of mindless-fun.  Best use of walking mechanics thus far. (not perfect, but best I've seen)

dacsts
dacsts

for everyone outside of the U.S., you can still get it for free, just make a new hotmail account, when it asks for your info, choose united states, 10012 for a zip code and a phone number with a NY structure,join xboxlive on your xbox and link this newly created account to an offline profile, and thats it, i do not know if the zip code or the phone number really matter, but better safe than sorry, anyway i am mexican an i am downloading it right now

slayerSS-3
slayerSS-3

Good game but why only for USA, they are trying to win more public there or they just dont want to share it outside USA?Doesnt make a lot of sense really, NanaOn-Sha is a Japanese company so...

blackace
blackace

Haunt is actually a decent game. People will always hate on the Kinect, even when they don't own one. In any case, you have to have your Kinect plugged in to get the update that provides the FREE game. If you don't have a Kinect, you can't get the free game. As soon as I plugged in my Kinect, the update popped up. Haunt is over 700MB in side. Thanks M$.

Spacerac
Spacerac

WTF?! I don't care about the Xbox, I just can't believe the Parappa team is working for the Xbox! I guess Parappa 3 really is a dream...

darkslayerM
darkslayerM

Its free just create an US acount and its free to every one

With US account its free and i m Portuguese

thanks

 

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

United States only? Good going screwing the rest of us, Microsoft. 

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Eh!? Free in the US, while ROTW have to pay??  Come on MS get a f***ing grip!!

Shame-usBlackley
Shame-usBlackley

A free Kinect game or a sock in the fuc*ing face? It's the same damn thing. Some different delivery systems for the same punishment. 

abnergoinbig
abnergoinbig

i actually think this game is fun. downloaded it today, played a little until first save and enjoyed it.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Well, free offers aren't that common, I guess. News of sales on better games would be more helpful to me though.

Heil68
Heil68

Do you need Live Gold to get it?

 

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Oh what a surprise, US only!

None of this stuff ever hits the UK.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

For those of you who don't like Kinect, simply don't download the game.  It's about the most simple thing that you can (not) do.

 

For the rest of us that do enjoy our Kinect, we'll be happily playing our free game thanks to Microsoft!

 

 

Burnt_Brains
Burnt_Brains

Microsoft and free don't go in the same sentence. I don't even have a kinect so this is useless to me.

jer_1
jer_1

Did anyone actually care? Might as well give away free candles or matchbooks, those might actually get used.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Ok, now give away stock options to Canada Only...

Dire_Weasel
Dire_Weasel

A Kinect game? For free? That's about $20 too much.

KillerJuan77
KillerJuan77

For the ones that have a Kinect this is a must buy. Plus, the main ghost is voiced by TIM SCHAFER!

SolidTy
SolidTy

It's U.S. only, and you can't get it for free unless you have Kinect and you plug it into your Xbox to search...

Armysniper89
Armysniper89

 @slayerSS-3 I think it is probably an export restriction or some agreement with the developer not to spread it to the four winds.

Tikeio
Tikeio

 @Heil68 If you did, it wouldn't be a "free" game. lol

Raxyman
Raxyman

 @Dragon_Nexus Or Brazil.

Basically Microsoft is says "fuck the rest of the world, if you're not in USA you're a savage and an animal". And i don't know how they got that crap of Windows sell so damn well. I used to defend Xbox but to hell with it! PS3 all the way...

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @Burnt_Brains 

Your post was 100% useless.

 

1) "Microsoft and free don't go in the same sentence".

--That statement completely contradicts the truth, because it's in response to an article about Microsoft giving away a free game.

 

2) "I don't even have a kinect so this is useless to me."

--Well, here we having a winning statement! (heavy on the sarcasm, just in case you don't get that).  Sony giving away free PS3 games is useless to me, because I don't have a PS3.  But, then again I don't go posting on every "free PS3 game" article and complain about it.

 

 

blackace
blackace

 @jer_1 The game is actually pretty good. What are you going to do with free candles? Burn yourself?

Shame-usBlackley
Shame-usBlackley

 @jer_1 What's the difference between a candle and a Kinect game? In ten years, the candle will have been used.

xhawk27
xhawk27

 @Dire_Weasel

 If Sony ever gave away a free Move game that would be $120 too  much.

 

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

 @Raxyman Really? You'll sell your console and buy another one simply because you don't get a $10 freebee?

 

Smells like a troll to me.

abnergoinbig
abnergoinbig

 just connected it and downloading now. im gonna give it a shot. I hope its fun.

blackace
blackace

 @xhawk27 

Yeah, but you pay for PSN+ so.... If you cancel PSN+ that free game doesn't work.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

 @Llama345 If you play for PSN+  how is it exactly free?  It's part a bundle.  Let it expire and see how long you have those free games.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

 @Raxyman I like the PSN+ system. It's like renting games forever for way more than you'd ever be willing to pay for them.

Raxyman
Raxyman

 @Dragon_Nexus I already owned a PS3 idiot! Because of the heaps of exclusives that the PS3 had i always wanted to have both Xbox and PS, and now that i do, i can see that PS3 is better. Learn to interpret what people are saying

 

And it's not just because i don't get the freebie, it's a matter of principles. I have a Kinect too, and even though i still think it's an awesome hardware, man how do i regret having bought it... As if weren't enough having only Rise of Nighmares as a good game, the voice command doesn't work if you're not in the USA, even though i clearly know how to speak.

Besides, you need Live Gold just to PLAY online, PS does that for free, with a monthly subscription for PS+ you get awfully a lot of stuff. Ratchet and Clank All 4 One, Lara Croft and the Guardian of the Light, Hard Corps Uprising, Virtua Fighter 5, Infamous 2, LBP2 and some more indie titles were all for free in a sigle month of plus.

 

 @y3ivan Read above, yes, you need to be plus, still, compared to a indie kinect game the Sony pack is better, you don't have any privilege by being Gold so...

y3ivan
y3ivan

 @Dragon_Nexus and yet ps3 owners didnt receive any free stuff since the Sony security fukup