With all things pumpkin spice invading the shelves, that can only mean one thing: Halloween will soon be upon us! To horror fiends (like myself) Halloween is a year-round affair; but if you’re the type who reserves their scares for chilly October nights, you might be searching for spooky games to keep you up late into the night. Sure, there’s Amnesia, Resident Evil 7, and Dead by Daylight, but there are a handful of horror gems that might have slipped your mind.
For those of you looking for a scare on the Nintendo Switch, Detention is a terrifying point-and-click adventure game with real-world implications. Taking place in 1960’s Taiwan, this horror title from Red Candle Games is a horrifying mystery that intertwines with elements of Chinese/Taiwanese religion, culture, and myth. With it’s creepy yet thought-provoking puzzles, atmospheric terrors, and an unanticipated conclusion, Detention is good for a good, yet thoughtful, scare.
Doki Doki Literature Club
Oh, Doki Doki Literature Club…For those of you who have played the game, there’s not much that needs to be said. However, for those of you who may be DDLC virgins, do yourself a favor and do a blind playthrough of this free Steam game. When I played the game through for the first time, I expected a quirky visual novel with some hint of spooky happenings, but I wasn’t nearly prepared for everything Doki Doki had to offer. If you’re into anime and enjoy reading or visual novels, do yourself a favor and experience this one for yourself.
If you’re looking for a horror experience that can be relived more than once, Until Dawn is the perfect choice for you. With its neverending list of twists and turns, each accompanied with a cacophony of choices, Until Dawn mirrors a teen slasher film with endless possibilities. From the writing to the excellent use of mo-cap, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this narrative-driven experience. And, if you’re feeling extra spooky, you can check out the DLC made for the PSVR: Rush of Blood.
If you’re into the horror genre at all, you’ve probably explored the halls of Mount Massive Asylum in Outlast. The first in the series was one of the first of its kind, and Outlast 2 definitely put a new spin on what made the original so terrifying. That being said, the Outlast DLC, “Whistleblower,” is where the series truly shines. In this prequel to the original, your interaction with The Groom will quickly cement “Whistleblower” as one of the scariest games you might ever play.
Evil Within 2
I’ll be honest, as much as I wanted to love The Evil Within, I just couldn’t convince myself to finish it. However, when Bethesda announced The Evil Within 2 I was more than willing to give the series a second shot. And I am so glad that I did. Clever villains, an open-world with spooky side quests, and an enthralling overall narrative, this sequel definitely fixes the mistakes made with the original. And it released right around Halloween last year!
Does the thought of being trapped miles below the ocean waves scare the hell out of you? Yeah, me too! That’s why Narcosis is a truly fantastic horror gem. With limited light, resources, and oxygen, you have to safely make your way to the surface – with your sanity still intact. Indie developer Honor Code really set the bar high for future underwater horror games, and this is a development team you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on.
I get it. Jump scares and blood and gore aren’t for everyone. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the Halloween fun! Basically, Graveyard Keeper is a much darker version of the farming simulator Stardew Valley. This “medieval cemetery management sim” brings the player face-to-face with dangerous dungeons, ethical dilemmas, and all the joy of farming and cemetery management.
Has your favorite horror game been mentioned in the list above? If not, we would love to hear about the games that keep you up at night in the comments below! And, as always, keep coming back to Level 3 News for all of your nerd culture needs.