Xbox Game Pass’ mysterious Ben & Jerry’s listing was actually a game in disguise
A listing for Ben & Jerryâ€™s ice cream briefly appeared on Xbox Game Pass, but what looked like an erroneous app was actually a rudimentary shooting gallery in disguise.
Titled XBET_Test_Product_4, the game appeared on Xbox Game Pass with an icon picturing a tub of Ben & Jerryâ€™s ice cream. Several Reddit users shared the listing, which was nestled among the usual roster of Game Pass titles.
Downloading the app opened a simple shooting mini-game that could be played on touchscreen devices. The game was untitled, although the words â€śDirectX first-person game sampleâ€ť were in the top left corner, alongside a â€śWindows platform samplesâ€ť watermark.Â
The game appears to have been added to Game Pass by mistake and has since been removed. You can check out gameplay footage, captured before it disappeared, below:
What was the Xbox Game Pass Ben & Jerryâ€™s game?
Despite its icon, the game has no connection to Ben & Jerryâ€™s and is actually a Microsoft-produced sample game used to introduce programmers to DirectX and other development tools. A tutorial on how to create the game â€“ which is simply titled Direct3D game sample â€“ can be found on the Microsoft site, and you can even download the backend code from a dedicated page.
The game itself is a simple first-person shooting gallery. It challenges you to fire balls at a series of floating targets while avoiding obstacles. In some levels, youâ€™ll have to hit all targets within a time limit, while in others youâ€™ll have to strike them in a certain order. Complete all six levels, and youâ€™ll be awarded a final score.
The game was likely added to Game Pass as part of the platformâ€™s backend development. It was possibly being used to test how games appear on the Xbox Game Pass dashboard, and almost certainly wasnâ€™t meant to be visible to players.
It looks like there is, in fact, no Ben & Jerryâ€™s game coming to Xbox Game Pass, with the picture of the ice cream simply used as a placeholder image. But it's an apt one â€“ showing a tub of Ben & Jerryâ€™s â€śHalf Bakedâ€ť ice cream.
At the same time it popped up on Game Pass, the game also appeared on the Microsoft Store for $4.07 â€“ around ÂŁ3.61 / AU$6.13. Itâ€™s not clear whether it was actually possible to buy the game, although its reviews section was filled with tongue-in-cheek comments praising its brilliant gameplay.