How to Get Xbox Game Pass on PC

In this article, I’ll show you how to get Xbox Game Pass on PC. If you thought that Xbox Game Pass was a console-only service, it’s actually available on Windows PCs too! I’ve been using Xbox Game Pass on PC for about a year now. Although I’ve paused my account a few times, it has been one of my top resources. Xbox Game Pass is a service from Microsoft’s Xbox that makes available 100+ video games for digital download on a subscription basis.

I’m not attempting to upsell you the service, but it’s truly one of the best gaming services out there. You can play day-one releases as well as past releases from Bethesda, EA, as well as tons of mid-tier indies like Hades and Stardew Valley. The setup is easy so I’ll get started.

What You Need to Get Started – How to Get Xbox Game Pass on PC

How to get Xbox Game Pass on PC
Some of the Games Currently on Xbox Game Pass (Check for Current Selection)

The Game Pass service is originally something available on Xbox consoles. Within the past few years, it has been ported over to Windows PCs that have gaming capability. It is not a streaming service like GeForce Now. You can download the games and play them locally. When your subscription runs out your game data is backed up to the cloud until you want to renew your subscription.

You’ll need at least Windows 10 installed on a PC, with moderate system specifications for many of the games but not all of them. Xbox allows you to browse the current games on its service before you even sign up, so you can see what the requirements are if you have your eyes on a particular game or two.

You’ll also need an internet connection, which seems like it might be obvious but maybe not. In all honesty, though, you’ll only need it to sign up and download the games. Your computer can be offline for up to 30 days before it will need to be re-authorized. For the best experience though I recommend a stable internet connection. Most likely you’ll want to check the app regularly though to see what games are new too. They are updated frequently and often highly anticipated games get released under the cover of night as a big surprise. You can also see some of the games which are coming soon, but some just show up.

Next, Download the App on Windows – How to Get Xbox Game Pass on PC

This part is pretty simple. Just for the record, you can set up your account in either the Game Pass app or the Xbox website. Your first month is only $1, so you’d be crazy not to go for that deal honestly, and after you do signup you can cancel at any time immediately, pro-rated. Xbox is literally raining money.

The Xbox PC Game Pass website is here: https://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox-game-pass/pc-game-pass

Either join on the website with whatever account information you need to add (Note: you may need to set up a Microsoft account if you don’t already have one, but you can use the same one as your Windows login or a new one quick and free.) Afterward, click the download button in the upper right that says “Download the App.”

How to get Xbox Game Pass on PC
Screenshot of Xbox GamePass Website

Run the Install, and You’re All Set

And that’s it. Prepare to play tons of awesome games that you can download at any time. Even if you do find yourself unable to afford it for a period of time, you can always see what games are new in the app. If you are a gamer though, you’ll most likely always want to have it, because you will save tons of money on games with it. Heck, even as I just was writing this, a popular new game just dropped in the new games.

Oh, and just one other thing to mention, I have found a very helpful resource for ranking games on Game Pass and getting a comprehensive view of what’s available through a third-party website called Gamepassta. You can check that out at https://www.gamepassta.com/

Anyway, I hope this article helped you figure out what to do. Thank you for reading this article, I’m Mr. Dave Pizza, enjoy your games!

Starbound – Completing the First Planet (Quick Guide)

In Starbound, you use Terraria-style mining mechanics to collect materials and progress through the galaxy. This game was released in 2016. It has had some resurgence thanks to a re-release of the game on the invaluable Xbox PC Game Pass platform. I figured since I didn’t find immediate coverage of my own questions, new players may be wondering how to progress in this game. The game takes place in outer space. It has a plotline involving being stranded in space after a cataclysmic invasion destroys the planet. With some basic tools, you’re left to fend for your own. With a damaged spaceship, you escape to the orbit of a wild alien planet. Now that everyone knows the background, let’s get into how to make it past the first planet!

Some Initial Tips on Starbound For Beginners

Your Trusty New–Broken–Ship

You could also compare Starbound to Minecraft, but the storyline is more similar to a combination of Terraria and an RPG. I’ve been wanting to try Starbound from Chucklefish ever since I first learned that it was similar to Stardew Valley.

The initial planet represents the core repeating questline of the game’s open world. Completing it is a good way to set the course for the rest of the game. Thanks to the brief intro of the game at the Protectorate base, you’ll have a useful tool called a Manipulator. It’s kind of like a mix between a mining pick and a phaser. It allows you to mine materials from the inside and collects dirt, ore, objects, and more. This, and your broadsword, will provide what you need to complete the first quest. Collecting core fragments for a special arc temple that will allow you to reconnect with an alien space station.

Currently Orbited World

If you’re already at this stage, you have more or less figured out how to get through the intro. You may want to experiment a bit to figure out the controls before moving on. For starters, the action bar at the top of the page allows you to place items into it. You can then access them quickly with your mouse. By default, your manipulator, magnifying glass, and broadsword will already appear on the bar from the start.

Starbound Action Bar
Action Bar

I recommend grabbing the flashlight out of your ship’s locker as well because it can get quite dark when traversing through the caverns of the planet! Torches also help and are easy to craft using lumber harvested from trees and bits of coal mined from the dirt. Dangling plant matter from the ceiling of caves can also be used to craft ropes, which are helpful when exploring.

Being Careful in Starbound

When you create your character in Starbound, I highly advise you to choose the casual mode for your character. The more difficult settings can be totally brutal. When getting started, survival mode is really not necessary to be challenged by the game.

Additionally, you should act quickly to cook food from ingredients you find along the surface. This will be vital after getting damaged by creatures or accidental falls when exploring. You can also find or craft bandages and health kits, but this might be difficult on the first planet. They are however dropped by several of the creatures around, and inside, the planet.

There are so many strategies and techniques when getting started. It’s kind of excessive to go over all of them, which is why I’m focusing on the basics. The best thing to do when you get started is just explore. See how things work, hoping to find out where the quest is. Do try a few things like harvesting, mining, cooking, and crafting though. This will help you with the overall strategies of the game. It’s also fun.

Finding the First Temple and Mine

The temple is an ancient-looking structure that is easy to find. It’s also where you get your first quest and the first step in teleporting to the next area. Just walk along the surface of the planet until you find it. It might seem like a long distance, but after you pass over the three major hills on the first planet, you should arrive there fairly soon. It’s a big gray stone structure with an open platform. You won’t miss it.

Stabound Arc
The Temple

You will get a quest to obtain 20 core fragments. There are a couple of ways to get them, although overall there is probably only one superior way. Some people suggest mining for core fragments deep below the surface where the rocks are filled with red lava. While this is possible, it can be really frustrating if you spend 20 minutes digging and fall into a pool of lava! Try this method instead. First, ransack the crates through the mining outpost. Next, defeat the big monster in the basement of the mine. I’ll tell you how.

Once again, this is a location you’ll find by walking along the surface. One notable aspect that will help you find the mine quicker is that the entrance is manned by a human. He tells you to check the mine for fragments–well, that was simple, right?

Collecting the Core Fragments

Using your flashlight, torches, manipulator, and sword, make your way through the platforms of the mine. You can move through surfaces underground, by pressing down (S-key) and space bar–a traditional platformer mechanic. Open up the crates with your manipulator and collect as many fragments as you can. Then go after this guy in the lower right corridor. You will have to use the E-key to open the doors.

Starbound Mine Monster
All the boxes behind him are filled with core fragments.

He is a bit tough to destroy in one go. If you are in casual mode, good news: your hit points will still apply even if he forces you to regenerate on your ship. You most likely won’t have enough armor to get away with it in one strike. After you defeat him, collect the fragments and head back up to the surface then to the temple.

Turn in the Core Fragments and Teleport to The Ark

Turn in the Fragments
Turn in the fragments.
Save the teleporter
Teleport to the Ark, and save the teleport location.

And, that’s pretty much it. After being teleported to The Ark, a survival ship with refugees, you have completed the quest. From here, you can save teleporter locations to access your ship and talk to the grand protectorate about the following storyline.

This guide is also summarized on YouTube

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This is actually the first guide, or game guide at least, that I’ve written to be totally honest. The pressure to make some has been quite strong for a while, so I decided to make Starbound the game to start with, since it happens to be my current obsession. Check back again for more tutorials, or explore the vast amount of indie game coverage here at MrDavePizza. Thanks!

Pupperazzi – A Simple but Entertaining Concept

Dogs dashing, catching, posing, and dogs riding scooters to surfboards throughout the whole game. Pupperazzi is a comedy game with a pretty clean content concept. In all honesty, I initially wasn’t too interested in the game, until I saw it was on Xbox Gamepass where I tried it for free. To my surprise, I found this game very funny, and it had enough achievement-based gameplay that it was actually quite fun. I know games like this aren’t for everybody, but I thought it was a good romp that didn’t require too much brainpower. So, here we go with my complete thoughts on Pupperazzi.

You know, this game only takes around 2 hours to complete the main story, but I’ll just preface this with the overall purpose of the game: it’s good for your heart and good for your spirit. Oh, and before I go on, I suppose I’d better tell you what it is. Pupperazzi is a dog photography game. That’s the most comprehensive description. It’s uber cute, and def family-friendly, so let me just unleash a flood of heart bubbles next. Here we go, with Pupperazzi.

The Woof, What, When and Where of Pupperazzi

I’ve talked about dogs on here before. Particularly in my review of Doggone Hungry. Plenty of friends before me have played Pupperazzi already too. I was looking up completion times for some wholesome titles recently, and Pupperazzi clocked in around 2 hours, which is about the perfect time for me. If you’re already interested, you could just go play it and most likely finish it in a day, although the actual completion time may vary. I can see some players zooming around weird dog landscapes for days snappin’ photos of all the crazy stuff dogs can do. But I see no harm in that.

Things start off pretty straightforward. You chat with a friendly sea captain dog who shows you the ropes with a scattered “thank ye” here and there. You’ll learn how to frame, zoom, capture, crouch, center, and one of the best mechanics: “dogNET.”

“dogNet” and More


The website dogNET is a place where you can share your dog photos online and earn followers. Followers unlock quests and rewards. There are also a plethora of objectives to complete like “photograph a dog surfing,” or what have you. It adds a compelling reason to keep taking photos and naturally leads to you learning how to have fun with catching special dog moments in the game. (It’s also not bad at some basic photography skill-training for real life in my opinion, as someone who is a casual hobbyist photographer.)

Each DogNet post gets responded to with messages from the community from a few categories of response types, mostly full of praise or tips. Even though it isn’t, and that’s important, it feels real and immersive in a weird but fun way.

The longer you play, the more things unlock and you get some really fun objectives. In addition, there are also many new features unlocked with your progress such as new film type, lenses, the ability to dress up the dogs, new levels of course, and yeah, you can pet the dogs too which is pretty sweet.

Golly That’s Wholesome

The game definitely has a vast demographic, that’s for sure. But it doesn’t matter who you are–unless you’re afraid of dogs I guess, which happens (no judgment)–the game has something for just about anybody interested. The game is really easy on the eyes most of all, and if you need to change the tones of this dog world a bit, there are a selection of alternative filters which will turn the world into a range of different palettes, like the pastel barista theme or super colorful solarized filter.

There is no combat, no feelings hurting, rudeness, or snootiness. The cats are well, cats, the humans are… you’ll just have to see (they’re basically robots, but it’s funny,) plus your character is literally a camera with legs. So, it’s safe to say there’s a lot more focus on cute dogs than anything else. By the way, there are various toys around the levels that you can pick up and throw fetch with or other similar activities. I was fond of the remote control racecar; the dogs got really excited about that and it was fun to watch.

Also, did I mention this? Don’t get too caught up on realism in Pupperazzi because the humor is silly and the dogs seem to have a lot more hobbies than you’d expect.

Here’s a List of Features of Pupperazzi

  • Dogs. Dogs everywhere.
  • Take photos of just about anything.
  • Post any photo on dogNET and gain followers.
  • Cool levels with different things to explore.
  • Pet the dogs to make them happy.
  • Objectives and achievements unlock more content.
  • Earn bones to purchase new camera gear at the shop.
  • Save your favorite photos in your own album.
  • Add photo samples automatically to Puppypedia.
  • Cute graphics and an original soundtrack.
  • Doggos (of course.)

Keep On Wagging

Anyway, that’s it pretty much. This game is fun and easy to play. I was really surprised at how much I liked it, to be totally truthful. It’s been years since my family had our own dog, but the virtual petting and silly fun that dogs are known for was almost like the real thing.

Pupperazzi is really well thought out and no “bone” goes unturned in the experience. I think you’ll find some joy in playing it if you find the concept interesting. It’d be great for Twitch, parties, or whatever you like. Or just to play on your own. If you do happen to take an interest in it, it’s currently available on Xbox PC GamePass. And I’ll provide ItchIO and Steam links below as well.

Thanks for reading Mr. Dave Pizza. I’m currently working through the best wholesome indies on Game Pass. I’ll keep doing that as much as I can, but I cover all sorts of things from visual novels to major indie releases. So, stop back, have a look around, and please enjoy all the content here!

The Gunk – Not Really Sure What This Is But It’s Fun

Discovered through Game Pass, I’m rather fond of this new title, The Gunk, from Image and Form/Thunderful Development, which just launched a few days ago. It fits neatly into the category of games I usually enjoy which are casual character development, soft sci-fi, and familiar mechanics of resource-collecting games. And this version of those styles is well presented here. While the game is really very straightforward without much need for introduction, a quality I appreciate, I’ll share some highlights on my experience playing through the first few areas plus what you should know about this game.

The Gunk: The Funk

I might note some various games and movies because there are elements of my geek lexicon that are scattered throughout The Gunk. To begin with, the story is about a descent into an alien world from a hovering ship, with two friends that are looking for materials to haul for trade, or more accurately scrape by. After a little exploration, they discover the planet they are on is a feast of tradeable materials that, if they discover the mystery of, will most likely go further in making them rich. It’s got a Starlord feel for sure, or Rae–I don’t know it’s space harvesting, practically its own archetype now. After that, you craftily explore mines, caverns, and contained areas to collect materials that are energy sources for their operations.

This storyline is not a storyline as much as a guided tour through a planet. There is some casual character development of the two friends who work this operation along with their robot. There is, however, some background given in the levels I played as the characters communicate with each other over radio, a neat way to keep things relevant but also on track.

Visual Styles in The Gunk

I think it’s unlikely that The Gunk is to any extreme a borrower of style from games I can think of, but it does remind me quite pleasantly of an indie game I played called Twin Stones. The primary similarity though is design, not gameplay. The worlds combine scaling chasms and lush green platforms in a similar way, and it is very welcoming to casual play. It’s something new, but also a style I can pick up and play straight away. So, it’s familiar, basically.

Aside from the environment, the particle effects, whether it’s the rock scanner or heaps of pink gunk–in The Gunk–are very clean and cool in the usual sci-fi way. The harvesting vacuum reminds me Slime Rancher. We’re talking about a whole different experience here, but it’s nice to see fun mechanics getting revived whatever their origin might be. I compare in only an admirer’s way. I still think there is some other game I’m thinking of here but I really have no idea, so kudos to the devs.

Out Now

The Gunk is out now for free with a Game Pass subscription. It’s certainly worth your time and it is so in a way where even if you just play the first few areas, it’s a nice traditional romp in space game for all kinds of players. (There is a very slight presence of mature language, but it seems to be minimal.)

You might want to play more though, for which I give the green light all the way. I have taken a look at some areas further into the game and there is no shortage of adventure and creativity. If you’d like to play this you can find it on Microsoft at https://www.xbox.com/en-us/games/store/the-gunk/9P008L2LS87F

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Power Rangers Battle for the Grid: Review

The Power Rangers Battle for the Grid DLC packs showed up on Steam today. While the DLC’s don’t interest me yet, I did remember I have been eager and hopeful about the core game which is available on Xbox Gamepass, and I knew what I had to do, review the core game! It’s not accurate to sort Power Rangers into any category I decided. This is because it’s a phenomenon in and of itself. As a millennial, I was raised on Zordon and Tommy. So, I knew I could check this out without extending my spirit too far. Thus, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: The Power Rangers Battle for the Grid.

Ahem… IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME!

Whatever your cultural disposition, I suspect it’s probably not hard to be aware of the Power Rangers, with whatever your impression of them is. When I was initiated into this series, news specials were brooding over the violent themes of the show and its impression on children. I know it didn’t have that impression on me, although I guess there were stories of kids scissor-kicking teachers in the neck and summoning Zords. I don’t know. For me, it was a show that catered to the creative but easily entertained. It was so simple.

Teenagers morph into spandex outfits with dinosaur coins. Then start fighting a random themed kaiju or whatever you want to call the monsters. Rita would make the monster grow, you’d use the Zord, and win. 100% of the time, it works every time. Shake and bake.

If you’re already lost and need more information on what the heck Power Rangers are, you can definitely stop by for lore at the fabulous Ranger Fandom Wiki

Amazon.com: Power Rangers Mighty Morphin Legacy Edition Morpher Action  Figure: Toys & Games

Ah, Yes, I Remember

This game made me realize how special watching this show was as a kid. Not to go full-blown nostalgia too much, but when it came to the toys, this “Morpher” belt buckle thing they sold in the 90s that I begged for was one of the coolest things ever. I was a tiny disappointed when it didn’t literally turn me into a power ranger, but you were in your heart Tiny Dave Pizza. The masks you could get during Halloween were also haute couture.

My sister enjoyed playing power rangers too, so it wasn’t just a boy thing. Throw in too many kids though, and EVERYBODY wanted to be the red ranger. And then, when he was introduced in the TV show, they wanted to be the white ranger. I actually related more to Billy the blue ranger because he was a friggin’ nerd like me.

Bangarang, 2D Fighter

The shows didn’t fade out of existence by any means either. After the feature film starring that purple goop villain, the show started crossing over into all sorts of new themes. There were space rangers, jungle rangers, and all sorts of stuff. Apparently, the American TV show I watched in the 90s wasn’t even the origin of them, there were power rangers for eons practically in Japan, but I’ll level with you, I’m no otaku. It was all around the time I decided I need to grow up and away from these colorful heroes, but this game brought it all back. So let’s talk about it.

This is a 2D Fighter, although more like a 2D platform with 3D models. As if I need to explain that. But anyway, there are a variety of modes to select from. Online, versus, story, arcade, training… I tried the story mode first, which was pretty good for me because it had strong visual novel elements. If this game had been a pure visual novel, I probably would play it from start to finish. Maybe I will anyway. The CPU combat was not terribly difficult for a beginner though at least at first. I just kind of took it one move at a time.

Jason and Tommy, the red ranger and green ranger, were formidable foes in any regard, although Jason seemed to get super strength and focus a couple of rounds in. That didn’t eliminate me, but I’m not totally sure how I won. When Kimberly, the pink ranger, stepped in though, she kicked my butt! It was like a maelstrom of hurt from that pterodactyl bow.

Power Rangers Battle For the Grid “Aye-yi-yi-yi-yi!”

Personal revelation: I don’t know if Alpha 5 will ever be playable, but I think that would be hilarious. If you don’t recall, that’s the android in Zordon’s headquarters where the rangers go to morph and talk to Zordon. I’m not really even sure if he shows up in this game, but I don’t think so, which is kind of a shame, but not a total loss.

Additionally, I tried some other types of gameplays like Versus and Arcade. Button mashing is one thing, but trying to legitimately act like this high-quality game is going to put up with that is a laugh. I like this game quite a bit, it’s easy to get into. With a little practice, I might continue playing it, because let’s face it, this is extreme nostalgia-level content here. And it makes it easier to be patient during the learning curve.

I particularly enjoyed the representation of the character Goldar, one of Rita’s henchmen. I just always liked the way he looked. That was one cool thing about Power Rangers, you got to see all these gnarly monsters, but they weren’t too scary for kids.

That’s about it for Power Rangers Battle of the Grid. I can’t offer any tips on training or button combos, but if that’s your playstyle you can learn! I seriously suspect if I played this online I would get pwned by Bulk and Skull. So much solo content though, I don’t need to. It’s available on everything including Steam as well as Xbox Gamepass. I might check out the Switch version. If you’re looking for a game with lots of replay value, check it out!

Power Rangers Battle for the Grid: Final Thoughts

I did what I could. Try it yourself! It’s not bad.

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