What is Google Stadia?
Stadia is one of a few cloud-based gaming services that have popped up in the last couple of years. Stadia allows you to play graphically intense games on just about any device out there without relying on local downloads. All you need is a stable internet connection.
In essence, you’re playing a game on a server far away that is equipped with sufficient hardware to let you stream visuals and enjoy your games without skipping a beat. This means you can play across devices — a Google Pixel, Android tablet, or even your Google TV.
Free trials on Stadia
If you just want to try Stadia out without even so much as signing up, you’re in luck. Stadia offers a few free game trials so you can test out your hardware and get a feel for it before considering a title purchase through Google’s service. As mentioned, you don’t even need to sign up for Pro or any subscription. Just jump in and start playing with your existing Google account. That’s all there is to it.
There are two ways you can finish out a trial in Stadia. The first way is simply by playing for an allotted time before the trial runs out. Typically, this can be anywhere from 30 to 120 minutes of gameplay. Another way Stadia is starting to offer free game trials is based on achievements. In-game, once your reach a certain point or achievement, your trial will end and you’ll need to buy the game. This method is still in testing and isn’t available for most of Stadia’s free game trials.
HITMAN has been a classic of the gaming genre for years on end and is a great title to test out what Stadia has to offer in this free game trial. This iteration has you start out as an initiate, ready to take learn the ropes for your new career.
PixelJunk Raiders is an artistically gorgeous game that has you defending your planet from aliens with the goal of destroying you and harvesting your life force. Take on hundreds of missions with unique challenges in this 60-minute free trial.
Moonlighter might be one of the best dungeon-crawling games out there right now. By day you keep a shop running with goods and items that you find on your journeys. By night, you take a plunge into the next dungeon on your adventure, fighting creatures and gathering items that you can sell when the sun comes up. You can play Moonlighter in a 60-minute trial on Stadia.
Epistory revolves around writing your own adventure. In this untold passage, you defeat enemies and gather inspiration in order to finish writing that adventure. You can play Epistory in a 60-minute trial on Stadia.
Nanotale – Typing Chronicles is a typing adventure RPG that sets you in a vibrant world where you follow an archivist looking for knowledge. This free Stadia game comes in the form of a 60-minute trial.
Submerged: Hidden Depths
In Submerged: Hidden Depths, the world is sinking. Water levels have risen and humans are forced to survive on the water. This game is a “relaxing third-person exploration game” in a ruinous world. You can play this title on Stadia for free in a 60-minute trial.
A Place for the Unwilling
In a 60-minute trial, you can play A Place for the Unwilling, a narrative adventure where you spend the last 21 days in a dying city making decisions that either save or destroy it. In this game, your choices can make all the difference.
Hello Engineer is an intense construction game that has you set in the Hello Neighbor universe. Much like the Hello Neighbor games, be sure to keep an eye on the ever-weary neighbor next door. You can play Hello Engineer in a 30-minute trial on Stadia.
Enter The Gungeon
Enter The Gungeon is an action-heavy dungeon crawler that replaces your average swords and shields with bullets and bombs – and sometimes lasers. Play by yourself or enter co-op mode and ravage your way through the Gungeon and its many bosses. Enter The Gungeon is available for free in a 30-minute trial run.
Terraria is an open-ended side-scrolling adventure you craft for yourself. Want to take on monsters and bosses? Do it. Want to build an entire city for yourself? Do it! At least, try to get as much done before your 90-minute trial on Stadia is over.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the newest addition to the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Play as Eivor and fight your way through the Dark Ages as you take on Saxon troops. You can play Assassin’s Creed Valhalla free for 120 minutes in this trial.
Ben 10: Power Trip
Did you know Ben 10 was still a thing? Well, Stadia has added Ben 10: Power Trip to its list of free trials to give you a taste of cloud gaming. On Stadia’s trials page, you can play Ben 10: Power Trip for 30 minutes at no cost.
Cake Bash is a classic multiplayer game that forces you to destroy your friends in the absolute cutest way possible. Currently, on Stadia, you can get a 60-minute trial.
Far Cry 6
Far Cry 6 has you pit up against Anton Castillo and his son Diego as they try to bring the nation back to what it once was. Your job is to fight with the revolution and stop them at any cost. You can play Far Cry 6 on Stadia in a 120-minute trial.
One Hand Clapping
One Hand Clapping is a fun platformer that goes about things a little differently. In order to play, you need to have a microphone. That’s right. You sing to play. Solve puzzles, work with characters, and go against many challenges – all with your voice. You can play One Hand Clapping in a 30-minute trial on Stadia.
Do you like racing? Do you think to crash? Good, because Wreckfest delivers a solid racing experience with some ahead-of-its-time graphical processing to give you the best of both worlds. Race on a normal track or take to the ring and duel it out until there is only one vehicle still standing at the end. You can play Wreckfest for free in a 30-minute trial.
Trials added to Stadia on 6/28
Along with the new titles above, an update rolled out to Stadia bringin 48 new gameplay trials to the platform:
- Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion – Play for 30 min
- Chicken Police – Paint it RED! – Play for 30 min
- Chronos: Before the Ashes – Play for 30 min
- Darksiders Genesis – Play for 60 min
- Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition – Play for 60 min
- Darksiders III – Play for 30 min
- Destroy All Humans! – Play for 30 min
- DreamWorks Dragons: Dawn of New Riders – Play for 30 min
- DreamWorks Spirit Lucky’s Big Adventure – Play for 30 min
- El Hijo – A Wild West Tale – Play for 30 min
- Fast and Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R – Play for 30 min
- Get Packed: Fully Loaded – Play for 60 min
- Gigantosaurus The Game – Play for 30 min
- Ice Age: Scrat’s Nutty Adventure – Play for 30 min
- Little Big Workshop – Play for 30 min
- Monster Jam Steel Titans – Play for 30 min
- Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 – Play for 30 min
- My Friend Peppa Pig – Play for 30 min
- PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay – Play for 30 min
- PHOGS! – Play for 60 min
- PJ MASKS: HEROES OF THE NIGHT – Play for 30 min
- Race With Ryan Road Trip Deluxe Edition – Play for 30 min
- Ryan’s Rescue Squad – Play for 30 min
- Spitlings – Play for 30 min
- SpongeBobSquarePants:Battle for Bikini BottomRehydrated – Play for 30 min
- TRANSFORMERS: BATTLEGROUNDS – Complete Edition – Play for 30 min
- The Addams Family: Mansion Mayhem – Play for 30 min
- The Darkside Detective – Play for 60 min
- The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark – Play for 60 min
- Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia – Play for 30 min
Overcooked! All You Can Eat
Overcooked! All You Can Eat is a fantastic mishmash of both Overcooked! and Overcooked! 2, which allows players from all over to come together and team up in whatever kitchen they want. Overcooked! All You Can Eat follows the same style as the original games but adds the ability to play local co-op as well as online co-op, completely changing the rules. The Overcooked! series is such a great set that being able to play online with no hardware required is a fantastic benefit. You can play Overcooked! All You Can Eat right now on Stadia in a free 30-minute trial.
PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle
Have you ever played PAC-MAN and had an overwhelming feeling that you’re too alone? Well, PAC-MAN Mega Tunnel Battle aims to change that by adding 63 other players to your game. In this madness, each player gets their own maze to control. You can eat their dots and overrun their mazes to become the most dominant PAC-MAN around. Those who get eaten are given a second chance in the form of spectator privileges. Spectators can stumble and trip up existing players and cause just as much mayhem.
You can give this wild concept a go with a free 30-minute trial.
Blaze and the Monster Machines: Axle City Racers
Axle City Racers is a fun and exciting monster truck racer. You can take on classic Blaze tracks and more with a few different characters. Blaze and the Monster Machines: Axle City Racers is available in the form of a 60-minute trial on Stadia.
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age
This edition of Dragon Quest XI S is an all-inclusive gaming experience that gives players a few different options for play. Users can choose to play with the original version of the soundtrack or a “grand orchestral” version. Players can even switch between 2D and 3D modes, which allows players to play top-down if they wish.
You can get 120 minutes of play right now on Stadia for free.
Little Nightmares Complete Edition
This bundle includes Little Nightmares and the Little Nightmares Secrets of The Maw expansion. Little Nightmares brings back childhood fears in hopes you’ll be brave enough to confront them, while Secrets of The Maw brings you through a parallel story where you play as the Runaway Kid.
You can play this bundle for free in a 30-minute trial on Stadia.
Super Animal Royale
Sick of battle royale-type games that use human characters to steal the show? Don’t worry, one of Stadia’s newest trials is Super Animal Royale, which is a 64-player top-down shooter/biter that takes you on an exciting and violent journey through the woods. Super Animal Royale lets you team up with others or work solo to take control of the battle.
Stadia is offering a 60-minute trial for Super Animal Royale.
Humankind is a familiar yet modern version of some of our favorite Civilization games. In this story, you create the narrative that fuels your nation. The decisions you make have powerful consequences, which may be negative or positive. Not to mention, Humankind is an absolutely gorgeous game with some stunning visuals.
You can start playing Humankind with a 120-minute trial from Stadia.
World War Z: Aftermath
In the sequel to World War Z, this zombie shooter takes a lot of cues from the hit original title. World War Z: Aftermath features full cross-play, meaning even if you play on Stadia, you can still experience multiplayer with anyone else online. Just hop in on Stadia with a 60-minute free trial to get started.
Risk of Rain 2
As an avid fan of the Risk of Rain series, this addition to the list of free trials on Stadia might be the best offering. Risk of Rain 2 is a wave-based action adventure that lands you on unique and exciting alien planets. You have to defeat waves of enemies, fighting against the clock with impending doom and the knowledge that the more time you spend grinding, the harder the game gets.
Every time you play Risk of Rain 2, things could go completely differently. That in itself makes the game worth it, especially if it’s available as a free trial.
Currently, Stadia is offering a 60-minute trial for Risk of Rain 2, which will get you one or two good rounds in the game for free.
The Jackbox Party Pack 8
The Jackbox Party Pack 8 is one of many different party packs that combine some of the most fun games you can play with friends. The eighth iteration allows for up to 10 players and 10,000 audience members, for those who want to stream and interact with a large fan base. This game has become a must for those who need an interactive, easy-to-learn video game for parties and get-togethers.
Stadia is offering a 30-minute trial to test out what Jackbox Party Pack 8 has to offer.
Want to take a side-scrolling adventure out for a spin? Stadia has a 120-minute trial available for GRIME, which is one of the more generous trials by a large margin. GRIME is a learning experience as you travel an alien-yet-familiar world and upgrade yourself according to your preference.
Need a realistic and immersive moto racing experience? Stadia has MotoGP 21 available for a 60-minute trial right now. This iteration takes place during the 2021 season and lets you experience an authentic two-wheel adventure. You can take the seat of over 120 different riders and hit over 20 different tracks in your race for the best.
SteamWorld Dig 2
SteamWorld Dig 2 is a platform mining adventure that has you taking the role of a lone steambot to discover what terrors lie beneath the surface. SteamWorld Dig 2 is available as a free 30-minute trial.
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox
Escape from the city of Balduq as Adol Christin. Cursed by a strange woman, Adol becomes a Monstrum and must ally up with others. Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is playable in a 120-minute free trial on Stadia now.
PAW Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls
PAW Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls is a fantastic option for younger ones wanting to get into Stadia gaming, considering the inherent ease of access Stadia brings to the table. You can play this PAW Patrol adventure for 30-minutes on a free trial.
As long as you have a Google Account, you can access any of these games for free without creating a Stadia account. If you happen to purchase any of these titles after your trial expires, your progress will be saved via your Google Account.