Who doesn’t like a good scare? It’s almost time for Spoopy Season again, my friends. And what better way to celebrate than by checking out the best indie horror games. It goes without saying, but the Internet has become a place of refuge for fans of the genre. Ever since Five Nights at Freddy’s spooked the market, and before that with games like Slender: the Eight Pages, the ‘net widespread with the anxious.
Top 10 Indie Horror Games
Today, as we prepare for All Saints’ Day, let’s take a quick look at ten increasingly Spoopy games you can play without breaking the bank. In most of these cases they are totally and legit free. In others they are – in the at least – inexpensive. Let’s not waste any more time and jump To the right into our list.
10. The Redemption Project
The Salvation Project, developed by Lenat_1 at itch.io, has its roots in the Satanic Panic of the 1980s and 90s. In the game, players control a single mother who lives – and dies – on the words of a cheap muppet named Seth, the host of a religious program called The Salvation Project. Seth is oddly fixated on helping this mother protect her home from the looming threat of Satanism. to a suspicious extent.
It’s up to you to confiscate Satanic objects from your child’s bedroom, leave the lights on throughout the house and board up the windows! And don’t worry about the demons lurking around your house…
PLAY THE SALVATION PROJECT
9. No players online
In No Players Online you’re thrown into an abandoned first-person shooter and have to play Capture the Flag like it’s Solitaire – alone. But, are we ever really alone? I’ll leave it at that because the charm of No Players Online lies in living its story without external information.
DO NOT PLAY PLAYERS ONLINE
8. The incident in building 71
In The Building 71 Incident, you play as an unnamed character who infiltrates a building that’s closed due to “gas leaks,” only to find it has been inhabited by a cult. This is not the type of game you would be interested in if you are looking for open jump scares. Its use of atmospheric and implied horror puts this in a league of its own. I was very interested in whether this was inspired – at least in part – by the horror web series Local 58, but as of this writing there is no concrete evidence one way or the other.
PLAY THE INCIDENT IN BUILDING 71
7. Bonnie’s Bakery
It’s not just one New Idea to cross obnoxiously cute pics with bitter horror. But if done right, the possibilities are endless. In Bonnie’s Bakery, a large part of the game consists of sequences in which players must serve pastries to forest animals, similar to Diner Dash. But halfway through, things take a dark turn and the game evolves into a first-person survival horror title. I’ll skip the specific details, but know this one has a shake – and some difficult – heel turn.
PLAY BONNIE’S BAKERY
6. Monkey phobia
I never thought a Roblox experience would have landed on this list, but here we are. In the first-person survival horror Apeirophobia, players are thrown – headfirst – into the back rooms. In addition, the skills and strategy are required to overcome some of these levels astronomic. I applaud – and Scream at – the developers for including a first-person platforming level in a survival horror game, which they did, by the way the hardest part even. Try Apeirophobia anyway. I think you will dig it.
Related: Roblox Apeirophobia Walkthrough Level 0-6
What would you do if you stumbled across someone’s cell phone, but it was? nowhere being found? In SIMULACRA this is the premise. You have found a missing person’s cell phone and must use the clues found inside to find out What happened to them. Analyze their photos, send text messages to their friends and retrace their steps to solve this puzzle and, hopefullive to tell the story.
4. Therapy with Dr. Albert Krueger
In therapy with Dr. Albert Krueger, you play as Taylor Lee, who is in a therapy session with the enigmatic (and possibly psychopathic) dr Albert Krueger. It’s a simple but stylishvisual novel that has several moments that will leave you unnerved.
3. Doki Doki Literary Club
Doki Doki Literature Club is the very defined a viral one masterpiece. In fact, I’d bet you have at least heard about it in passing. If not, it’s best to go in blindly – don’t read any further lest you do ruin one of the largest and most disturbing gaming experiences for themselves.
In the Doki Doki Literature Club you play as an unnamed (allegedly) male high school student who is asked from his childhood friend Sayori to join the literature club at their school. Reluctantly, he decides to join and meets fellow members Yuri, Natsuki, and Monika. But, Nothing is much as it seems at the Literature Club, and before long the boundary between the player character and the player disappears all in all.
PLAY DOKI DOKI LITERATURE CLUB
Related: Doki Doki Literature Club Plus Release Date and Details
2. Buddy Simulator 1984
It’s kind of amazing how a game can make you feel uncomfortable quiet tug at your hearts. In Buddy Simulator 1984 it does just that – and more. In this somewhat short but totally immersive story, you play as… yourself. At the beginning the game presents itself as a simple MS-DOS game with what appears to be an AI almost sentient. In due course, the AI will transform the game into a text-based adventure, then a top-down black and white experience, then a 2.5D RPG, and finally at last into a first-person game similar to Elder Scrolls: Arena. It is a urgentbut nice declaration of love to the past game eras.
PLAY BUDDY SIMULATOR 1984
I don’t think I will ever play a game like OMORI again. However, it’s a simple yet deep top-down RPG similar to Undertale the The game ends on a sad but hopeful note, OMORI leaves you in the sorrow and sadness that comes with taking responsibility for your own actions.
OMORI follows…well…to avoid spoilers, let’s just say it follows OMORI as they explore a mysterious world called Headspace in search of their missing friend Basil. It’s manifesting itself as a traditional turn-based RPG, so you can imagine there will be one a lot of grinding. You may be wondering how OMORI ended up at the top of any list of indie horror games, and unfortunately there’s not much I can say about that, except… try it once. It’s one of the most memorable games of recent times for me, and that’s all I’ll say about it.
Related: How to get all endings in OMORI