Horror has been and remains one of the most popular genres, so we decided to recall the best free games that allow you to plunge into the atmosphere of horror.
High-quality horror is now worth its weight in gold. We are talking about those games that from the first seconds pull you into their worlds and keep you in suspense until the end credits run across the screen. Better quality horror games can only be high-quality horror games that you can play absolutely for free. And there are far more of them than you might think.
You know about some, you do not know about others, and you probably heard about some, but did not even suspect that these are horror movies. So, here are the 8 best free representatives of the genre, which shine brightly against the background of endless horror games of the same type.
Slender and the Eight Pages
Even before the wave of let-plays, memes and that horrible Hollywood adaptation, we had a humble indie horror movie called Slender and the Eight Pages that was really fun to play. The very concept of horror was obscenely simple. As an unnamed protagonist in a dark forest, we had to collect 8 pages hidden in a huge location.
But as soon as we picked up the first page, the ominous Slenderman began to hunt us down, who became more and more aggressive as we approached our cherished goal. The game quickly became iconic and spawned a slew of less successful copycats. And if this phenomenon has passed you by, then you can catch up without spending a penny on horror.
Who Said Puzzles Can’t Be Scary? HollowPixels’ free indie horror game Project H plays great to your expectations, skillfully playing all the clichés of the genre and creating an exciting and eerie atmosphere. From the start, the game pulls off a clever trick, bewildering with its adorable pixel style.
Here, unlike many horror games, you will not have to run away headlong from a dangerous pursuer, but quickly solve puzzles, trying not to pay attention to the horror surrounding the hero. This is what makes Project H stand out from hundreds of other horror games. This is actually a virtual questroom in which ghosts have settled.
Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion
The horror genre, which relies on numerous screamers, frankly unpleasant images and attempts to put pressure on the psyche, by default is not suitable for particularly impressionable people. But if you’ve been putting off your acquaintance with this format for a long time, then we recommend starting with Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion from Lag Studios.
It’s definitely a horror, but not nearly as scary as the rest of the games in this collection. It hooks with its pleasant visual style and ironic attitude to genre clichés, while teaching the player standard mechanics. But keep in mind that the closer you get to the finale, the more the atmosphere begins to thicken.
Port of Call
This is one of those games that set the right mood from the very beginning and never slow down for a minute. A free project from the studio Underdog Games was created for veterans of the genre and gives exactly the emotions that we are used to expect from horror – a feeling of constant worry, anxiety and, of course, a complete lack of understanding of what is happening.
The game is played fairly quickly, and the main emphasis in it is placed on the plot component. In the very first minutes, the main character tries to understand who he is and how he ended up in this place, but in the future there will be even more questions, and the degree of tension will inevitably grow. Overall, Port of Call, with its unique style, is a breath of fresh air in the oversaturated genre.
Fears to Fathom – Home Alone
This is one of the rare horror games made in the format of episodic games, where in each episode we are introduced to a new protagonist. At the moment, only the first episode is available on Steam, titled Home Alone, authored by indie developer Rayll. And this debut episode does its job perfectly, making players feel completely alone in a rather tense situation.
And to get out of this situation and survive until the end credits of Fears to Fathom – Home Alone, you will have to search for the right solutions through trial and error.
Doki Doki Literature Club
If you have heard about Doki Doki Literature Club, then you understand why it was in the third place it deserved. And if not, then you’re probably surprised that our selection of the best horror films includes a dubious visual novel. But the fact is that the most outstanding horror films are usually disguised as something innocent. Just remember the movie Get Out (2017), which began as a romantic comedy about a guy who decided to meet his girlfriend’s parents. Or the indie horror film Five Nights At Freddy’s, set in a children’s restaurant.
Doki Doki Literature Club, released in 2017, does the same trick by pretending to be a regular dating simulator that lies in the thousands somewhere in the bowels of Steam. But remember, this is just a cover.
SCP Containment Breach
On Metacritic, SCP Containment Breach does not have a single review from professional critics, but it contains a lot of rave reviews from gamers, thanks to which the horror managed to gain cult status. It was released in 2012 by developer Jonas Rikkonen and has stood the test of time, remaining one of the genre’s most outstanding exponents.
At the center of the gameplay SCP Containment Breach is an attempt to escape from a giant research complex, which is filled with research objects that have escaped to freedom. Of course, the game was not without an oppressive atmosphere and direct contact with supernatural creatures, thanks to which it was remembered by many gamers.
Reminiscence, while not reinventing the wheel, adds a unique gameplay element to the horror genre, making the passage really addictive. The fact is that the protagonist of Reminiscence, trying to save his family, has the ability to rewind time and even jump at different points in the time stream. It would seem that in such conditions nothing threatens him, but it is at the moments of manipulation that horror elements are also connected over time.
The creatures living outside space and time will interfere with your heroic attempts in every possible way, changing the environment and using it against you in rather unpleasant, and more often downright creepy ways.