Every month Microsoft offers Xbox Live subscribers free games as a perk for their subscription to the online service.

In preparation for the free offerings in April the Xbox team has announced a special bonus in the monthly giveaway.

The Games with Gold program began in July 2013 for the Xbox 360 and June 2014 for Xbox One. Microsoft has given away 44 and 12 games respectively for each console and it really is a great way to build up your games library. Even if you have no interest in the game when it is made available you should still download it so your account shows you own it at no cost for future download/use.

According to the Xbox Wire these 56 free games have been downloaded over 100 million times and gamers have earned more than 5 billion points in Gamerscore playing them over the last 21 months.

So what are the free offerings for April?

Time to stock up the library.