With games like the two featured on our cover this month – Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within – 2014 is a good year for scary games. In the indie scene, too, it has been good time for the genre. If you’re a fan of horror video games and being scared by interactive experiences, here are some smaller games that hopefully you haven’t missed, but if you did, here’s a good excuse to go back.
Released only a few days ago, Neverending Nightmares earns its horror genre descriptor immediately with a gothic art style, frequent gore, and a general sense of unease throughout the whole experience. You can find our review here, and also see some gameplay by checking out our Friday horror live stream.
Among the sleep
Casting players in a role much different than that of the average horror game protagonist, Among the Sleep has players playing as a toddler exploring a darkened house, among other creepy environments. It’s a setting and story rarely touched on by video games, and its experience is a memorable one. You can head here to find our review.
Able to comfortably fit in either the adventure or horror genre, Lifeless Planet is a creepy experience set on an alien world. You won’t find monsters chasing you down, or even blood, but Lifeless Planet is a strange mystery that deserves a look for fans of horror. You can find our review here.
The Room Two
The Room Two’s horror trappings are all about ambiance and sound design. Exploring the objects of a small room in silent isolation gives the impression there is something behind you at all times in the quiet room. It’s like exploring your older sibling's bedroom when you know you’re not supposed to be in there. You can find our review of the game here.
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
A pair in a two-part (so far) series, the Danganronpas aren’t really horror games as much as they are psychological thrillers. When characters are being killed off in horrific ways, though, it’s hard not to place the two games in the genre. In both games, teenagers are placed in situations forcing them to murder each other and try to get away with it. It’s like Battle Royale, or The Hunger Games – films that could be considered horror, but typically aren’t defined as such. You can find our reviews of the two games here and here.
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