Before Discord, it was very difficult to meet and engage with likeminded players through traditional social media platforms. Since its public release back in 2015, the social app has gone on to become a staple within the gaming community, connecting millions of players worldwide daily with its streamlined chat functionalities.
It makes sense that Discord would then branch out, launching its own digital storefront in 2018 alongside a subscription service called Nitro, not to be confused with Nitro Classic, which only includes some extra chat perks. Discord Nitro serves as a sort of Netflix for games, granting subscribers access to a rotating set of games that can be played at any time for $10 a month.
The Nitro service may not have as many big exclusives or AAA titles to offer as other popular subscriptions, but it still has a decent selection of great games from a variety of well-known publishers like Playdead, Double Fine Productions, and Deep Silver.
However, the service’s rotating library can make it challenging to know which games are worth your time. That’s why we’ve created this list to highlight the best games you should play on Discord Nitro. Make sure to check back as we’ll be adding new titles in the future.
Kingsway is a top-down RPG in which you use a mock computer operating system reminiscent of Windows 95. The game incorporates every aspect of a traditional RPG into its OS, with enemies and traps appearing as pop-up windows and backpacks as file folders that need to be organized as you collect more loot and consumables. While the concept of Kingsway is interesting enough alone, it’s the game’s retro-inspired aesthetic that really makes it stand out.
The End Is Nigh
The End Is Nigh comes from the mind of Edmund McMillen, most known for creating the 2D platformer Super Meat Boy. The game is similar to SMB in both its controls and challenging platforming levels that require split-second timing from the player. While clearing stages in TEIN can be very frustrating, the game’s design falls in line with its overall theme of rewarding you for perseverance.
Tooth and Tail
Tooth and Tail is an RTS game set during an alternate version of the 19th century when a society of anthropomorphic animals is facing chronic food shortages. This leads to the emergence of several rivaling factions, each with their own ideology and solution for overcoming the famine. The game has you leading a customizable clan into battle on procedurally generated maps and engaging in animal warfare.
Coming from Runic Games, creators of Torchlight, Hob is an action adventure game set in a gorgeous but brutal world that’s been plunged into chaos. The game is presented without any text or dialogue and it’s up to you to unravel the mysteries of this land by exploring with your mechanical arm which is useful for both combat and traversal. Hob’s colorful cel-shaded visual style pair nicely with its interesting character designs.
Dandara is a 2D action-platformer that has you leaping from surface to surface, defying gravity via a unique dash mechanic. The game is brimming with otherworldly creatures and salt-filled caves to explore as you try to save a society on the brink of collapse. Dandara has a steep-learning curve and requires both speed and skill in order to survive its mystical and hostile world.
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a stealth-based RTS game set during the Japanese Edo period where a new Shogun has rose to power and organized a group of specialists to deal with a rebellion. You assume control a team of deadly assassins, lurking in the shadows as you take out enemies with an array of traps and lethal weaponry. The game features a diverse cast of characters whose personalities and relationships evolve over the course of the story.
Full Metal Furies
Full Metal Furies is the second game to come from developer Cellar Door Games, best known for creating Rogue Legacy. The game is a co-op based action RPG that supports up to four-player local and online co-op and has you and your friends trying to save a war-torn world from destruction. Each of the four playable characters has a unique pool of abilities that can be combined to bring down even the most powerful of enemies.
Battle Chef Brigade Deluxe
Battle Chef Brigade combines the action of side-scrolling brawlers with the strategy of tile-matching puzzle games to create a thrilling and addictive experience. The game has you exploring outdoor environments and slaying exotic creatures to be used as ingredients in cook-off battles where you and another chef go head-to-head. The Deluxe version adds local multiplayer, a new playable character and a couple new game modes that are worth checking out.
Sometimes you just need a game that allows you to sit back, relax, and ponder the important questions in life like, “What if I had become a civil engineer?” Bridge Constructor starts out fairly straightforward, asking you to create structures to help vehicles get from point A to B. Things quickly get more complicated as you gain access to a variety of materials such as wood, steel, concrete, and cables while dealing with a fluctuating and often tight budget constraints.
20XX is a Mega Man X-inspired Roguelike action platformer that has you exploring randomly-generated futuristic levels, shooting and slashing away at enemies as you try to clear a series of challenges. While permadeath can sometimes be a pain in Roguelikes, 20XX’s approach to progression removes some of the headache, allowing you to use ‘Soul Chips’ earned during a particular level to unlock new types of upgrades for your next attempt. This creates a less punishing gameplay experience where your character becomes stronger the more you play.
Regular Human Basketball
Regular Human Basketball is a quirky multiplayer party game that has you and your friends fighting to control a giant mechanical, basketball-playing robot. Each team controls their robot by hitting a series of switches that correspond to a certain action, whether it be up, down, jump, or grabbing a metal basketball via a flailing magnet-arm. While you’ll need perfect synergy to skillfully land shots with your team, the inevitable arguments that erupt from missing a shot can be just as enjoyable.
Sundered: Eldritch Edition
Sundered is an action-platformer with beautiful hand-drawn visuals set in an H.P. Lovecraft-inspired shifting world. You play as Eshe, a woman forced to battle terrifying creatures in dark, ever-changing caves by drawing power from ancient relics at the cost of your humanity. The Eldritch Edition includes local co-op functionality for up to four players as well as a new boss and areas to explore.
Inside is a 2.5D puzzle-platformer from developer Playdead, creators of Limbo. In it, you seize control of an unnamed boy and solve puzzles in an abnormally quiet and hostile world filled with zombie-like humans and vicious dogs. Just like the developer’s previous work, Inside presents interesting and often bizarre solutions to challenges you encounter in its world.
Obsidian is known for creating amazing and immersive RPGs and Tyranny serves as a reminder. The game has you playing as a Fatebinder, an individual with a great amount of influence over law and order throughout the land. Whether you choose to use that power for good or evil is completely up to you as the game adapts to whatever path you’ve decided to forge.
This War of Mine: Anniversary Edition
This War of Mine is a survival title that shifts its focus from the ‘elite-soldier’ POV typically portrayed in games and instead centers on a group of civilians facing the harsh realities of living in a war zone. With food and medicine scarce and danger lurking around every corner, the game forces you to make tough moral decisions when it comes to who you trust and how you spend your days and nights. The Anniversary Edition adds new characters, locations, and ending to the game.