Every weekend, Windows Central livestreams an Xbox One or Steam game for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers! We call this show Saturday Game School, because learning about new games is always fun.

Tonight on Beam, we played Trove, the free Minecraft-style MMO from Trion Worlds. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay.

Trove

Trove for Xbox One

What happens when you mix Minecraft with an MMORPG? You get Trove from Trion Worlds, a free to play for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Exploring and building together with large groups adds a whole new dimension to the familiar block-based gameplay that Minecraft fans love.

Trove offers a whopping 14 playable classes (I play as a Chloromancer who has magical control over plants and flowers). The sheer variety provides a lot of opportunity for player expression. It helps that the game has no real story that characters must fit within. But all of these disparate character types have their own weapons and moves that make it feel different from the others.

After completing the tutorial, players will arrive in the main hub world, a place where everyone gathers to group up and head off to other locations. You accomplish this by passing through a series of portals, many located on a vast golden tower. Aggressive players can also head into player vs. player (PvP) arenas from the hub.

Trove for Xbox One

The actual gameplay plays like a speedy, streamlined action-RPG. You'll explore vast voxel-based worlds in search of dungeons and loot to complete. Each player gets to customize their own base via Minecraft-style building. Joining a club provides access to a shared world that all club members can contribute to.

You won't find a real story in Trove, but it's a fun massively multiplayer spin on traditional Minecraft gameplay. Check out our full review for more details!

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The Contest

Trove for Xbox One

We streamed Trove for ~90 minutes, starting at 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 1am GMT). During that time, we gave out a total of 16 prize codes:

  • 10 Trove $50 premium currency codes for Xbox One
  • 3 Trove Chaos Cheat codes for PlayStation 4 (North American accounts only)
  • 3 Trove premium currency codes for PlayStation 4 (North American accounts only)

See the contest winners at the end of this story.

How to watch Beam livestreams

Trove for Xbox One

We're now streaming on Beam, Microsoft's interactive livestreaming platform. It provides some welcome improvements over Twitch, such as a cleaner website layout, built-in stream interactivity, and extremely low latency.

You can follow our channel at Beam.pro/WindowsCentral. From there, you'll be able to watch the stream and participate in chat directly from any web browser, including the Windows Phone browsers. Xbox One owners can use the newly released Beam app to watch directly from their consoles.

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  7. We highly recommend that you set a recurring alarm on your phone. Our weekend stream always starts at the same time (9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific), so the phone reminder can be very helpful.

Beam does not offer a Windows Phone app yet, so watching from the browser is the only option on that platform. But Beam does offer apps on Android and iOS. Yes, that's an unfortunate inequity.

Future streams

Trove for Xbox One

Want to know what's next for Windows Central's weekend Beam programming? We stream a different game every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday). The stream always starts at the same time: 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 1am GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):

  • April 15: Dark Arcana from Artifex Mundi,

We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.

Winners

Trove for Xbox One

These viewers won a Trove of goodies!

Trove Premium Currency for Xbox One

  • bxlatinoheat
  • Link1207
  • IOAUniversal
  • Dynamike
  • Deividas
  • OmegaSaitama
  • Dakrkplayer2
  • NarcoSleepy
  • Ectotastic
  • SGT_Torrente

Trove Chaos Cheats for PlayStation 4

  • kanamit
  • mase123987
  • WestX

Trove Premium Currency for PlayStation 4

  • t3chgy007
  • rann78
  • PizzaPurps

Tonight's prizes provided by Trion Worlds. Thanks also to our stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!