Cheap and easy Gamerscore to help you earn 10,000 Microsoft Rewards points

By Sean Carey,
As you may have already seen, the 10,000 Microsoft Rewards points for 10,000 Gamerscore challenge is back. Starting today, and running until January 26th, you can earn yourself a maximum of 10,000 Rewards points simply by popping achievements in Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S games. Make sure you activate the punchcard in the Microsoft Rewards app on your Xbox console before you start unlocking achievements.

Microsoft Rewards

Now, 10,000 Rewards points are worth almost $10 if you're using the auto-redeem feature to claim an Xbox gift card, so naturally, you're not going to want to spend a lot of money (or time, because time is money) trying to complete this challenge. In this roundup, we've tried to detail the best way to unlock 10,000 Gamerscore without spending any of your hard-earned cash. Your mileage will, of course, vary with some of the examples we've provided.

Xbox Game Pass

If you're an Xbox Game Pass subscriber, this will be your best place to start in the quest to reach 10,000G. There are several quick completions in the Xbox Game Pass library that will give you a cool 1,000Gs each.
You can check out the full list of games included in the Xbox Game Pass for console library here.

The Games With Gold backlog

If you've been claiming the free Games with Gold on offer each month, you might have a couple of easy completions that you've since forgotten about. Be sure to check out our complete list of Xbox Games with Gold Games to see if you've got any outstanding games that could be used to reach the 10,000G target. According to the challenge's requirements, achievements unlocked in Xbox 360 games do not count towards the challenge, so just bear that in mind.

Easy and quick completions such as Batman: The Enemy Within - The Telltale Series, Gone Home: Console Edition, #IDARB, We Were Here, and many, many more have been Games with Gold at one point or another.

Free Xbox Games

As far as free games go, you're going to be somewhat limited. Most free-to-play games are huge grind fests that take tens or even hundreds of hours to complete. However, Rec Room, a free "social app" offers a chunky 700 Gamerscore that can be unlocked in under 10 minutes. The remaining 300 Gamerscore is a massive grind, so bear that in mind if you want the full 1000G.

A free game that does offer a full 1000G and is a straightforward completion is Korgan, which according to estimates, takes between one and two hours to complete. Be sure to follow our Korgan walkthrough which details how to unlock all of the dungeon crawler's achievements.

For more freebies, check out our best free Xbox One games of 2020 article which also goes over some of the game's achievement lists.

Xitilon

Over the past few months, Xitilon has become a well-known name in achievement-hunting circles thanks to some of its games receiving effortless title updates worth 1,000G each. In our recent interview with the publisher, Xitilon revealed that at least nine more of its games would be receiving similar title updates throughout January. Overnight, Bullet Beat received its second title update, meaning the shoot-'em-up is now worth a total of 3,000G. If you've previously purchased any of the Xitilon games, it might be worth revisiting to see if the games you own have had another title update. Also, keep an eye out for more title updates dropping this month. If you don't already use it, TA has a great feature that will notify you each time a new DLC appears for games you own. Head into the Settings tab in the Gamer Menu and then into Site Settings. From there, scroll down to the DLC section and toggle the "PM me when new DLC appears for games I own" button to receive a notification once we pick up a new DLC achievement list.


Full list of Xitilon published games

Depending on how much of a seasoned achievement hunter you are, your mileage with this guide will vary. If you know of any other games that offer some easy Gamerscore and are either free or cheap, let us and the community know down in the comments.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.