Horror games to play this Halloween

Looking for something spooky but not in the mood for a movie? Here’s a list of games for a first-hand horror experience. 

Five Nights at Freddy’s Series 

“Five Nights at Freddy’s” first released in 2014 by indie game developer Scott Cawthon. You play in first-person as an overnight security guard watching over Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. As you progress through the week, you learn more and more about the establishment and things that went … wrong. Try to make it to 6 a.m. and see if you can survive “Five Nights at Freddy’s.” In the main series, there are currently a total of seven installments with an eighth one in development. 

The games are available on PC, Xbox and Playstation.

Dead by Daylight

“Dead by Daylight” was developed in 2016 by Behavior Interactive. It is a multiplayer survival game where you can either play as a survivor or the killer. As a survivor, you have to try and restart five generators and escape before getting killed. The killer needs to find and kill all of the players before they can escape. 

It is available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Android and PC. 


“Phasmophobia” is a psychological horror game still in early access. It is a four-player online co-op game where you and your friends can go ghost hunting. While it is still in development, Phasmaphobia offers a unique experience to players. It listens to you and will react to the things you say. 

Phasmaphoia is currently only available on PC. 

Doki Doki Literature Club

What first appears to be a light-hearted dating simulator, quickly turns into a psychological horror game. It is a story-driven, visual novel that will shake the player to the core. 

“Doki Doki Literature Club” is a free game available for Windows, Macintosh and Linux machines. It was released in 2017 by Team Salvato. Please listen to the warning prior to playing this game as it contains some deeply disturbing imagery and is not suitable for everyone. 

Silent Hill Series 

“Silent Hill” is a classic horror game. The first game in the series was initially released in 1999 and was developed by Team Silent, Double Helix Games, Vatra Games and Climax Group.

In the original game, you follow Harry Mason while he looks for his missing adopted daughter. Depending on what actions you take throughout the story, you will get different endings. 

The original “Silent Hill” can be played on any PlayStation system, Game Boy Advance, Xbox, PC and Wii. The most recent installment of Silent Hill is P.T. – which stood for Playable Teaser. Unfortunately, P.T. was never developed into a full game, therefore people can only experience the demo. 


“Subnautica” might not originally come to mind as a horror game, but for those afraid of the ocean, this is a great way to get some scares. It is an open-world survival adventure game developed by Unknown Worlds Entertainment in 2014. You explore an entirely oceanic, alien planet after your spaceship crash lands there. 

It is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and Mac. 

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