Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

12 best horror games on your PC

PC is an evil lab where new horror games grow and are tested. Some of the greatest horror games of our time are word-of-mouth hits, and some of the most popular horror games of the last decade have started exclusively for PC.

That’s why we chose the top 12 horror games currently available on PC. Some of these aren’t PC-only, but start on the platform or live and breathe there. Some of these are horror classics that have influenced countless impersonators, but others are still hidden gems that deserve to keep you at night. Recommended 12 best horror games on PC.


IMSCARED: Pixelated Nightmare is the only game on this list that breaks through .exe boundaries and brings horror into the real world. As you sneak up on IMSCARED’s low-resolution environment, find the keys and try to escape your current nightmare, an entity called WhiteFace finds every move.

When caught, White Face triggers a crash to the desktop, after which a folder containing the text document appears on the screen, cursing the failure. It will also play in your mind in other ways: your browser may suddenly open and land on a spooky YouTube video. Elsewhere, the HTML web document appears in a separate folder, showing a map and an exit to the current area, can you trust it? It may even require you to delete in-game documentation to advance a particular moment. Like Eternal Darkness, IMSCARE D brings its own horror style out of itself-a truly cursed game. -Jesse Gomez

11. Catlady

Within a minute of joining Catlady, it turns out that the main character, Susan Ashworth, a lonely 40-year-old woman committed suicide. Shortly thereafter, she woke up again in a mysterious world, but with the Maggot Queen, who instructed her to remove five “parasites” from the world so that she could finally find peace. Welcomed by someone called.

Catlady is surprisingly easy to play, despite the complex themes of mental health and serious tones. Explore twisted and strange environments, collect various items to solve puzzles, and guide Susan’s decisions through the choice of dialogue with other characters. But beyond that traditional point-and-click adventure trap, there’s an influential story rooted in the real struggle of women who no longer want to live. -Jesse Gomez

10. Dead By Daylight

Dead By Daylight was launched in 2016 as a slightly but meaningful asymmetric slasher horror game. In this game, various moody teens have avoided dangerous guts from the villains of a typical slasher movie. By 2021, it would become the horror game Smash Brothers, turning iconic killer characters like Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers into villains in legendary horror games like Resident Evil Nemesis and Silent Hill Pyramid Head. Bring. Dead By Daylight continues to evolve on that premise, adding new characters and features to its solid foundation on a regular basis. However, one thing remains the same. Playing the game like a group of survivors who look helpless in one round is as fun as playing as a giant and powerful horror movie monster in the next round. -Brian Alterno

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is one of the oldest games on this list, but it’s here for good reason: its gameplay mechanics are the resurgence of the survival horror genre that has flowed into the realm of action games (Amnesia’s recent revival). No puns were intended in the sequel).

Memory loss begins when the main character, Daniel, wakes up alone in the dark castle of Brenenberg. He has no memory of how he got there (hence the name), and as he explores the surroundings, he finds a shadow stalking him. Wandering around the castle are other creatures that chase after you find you. If you can fight back, it won’t be a big problem, but you can’t. The only defense is to run and hide in the dark. This is in stark contrast to action-oriented horror games like Resident Evil 5 released last year.

But here is the kicker. If you stay in the dark for a long time, you will go crazy. It’s not the first game with a “sanity meter” (Eternal Darkness greets you), but its implementation in Amnesia is pretty original. You need to balance the use of light in the game and see what you are doing in the dark to avoid monsters. This is the same darkness that is slowly causing madness.

All Amnesia sequels and follow-ups are smartly built on The Dark Descent’s mechanics and are being watched by other developers. The Dark Descent still holds up today, even if the console controls and interfaces are a bit rough, so if you feel like sitting in the dark for 10 hours, travel to Brenenberg. Don’t stay in the dark for long. — Jobert Atienza

8. World of horror

Junji Ito and HP Lovecraft fans will want to consider adding the World of Horror to their list of scary games to play in October of this year. This “1 bit” horror game feels like you’ve come across a series of eerie and very detailed pictures in MS Paint.

Set in Shiokawa, Japan, players are tasked with blocking the apocalypse by exploring various locations and fighting monsters inspired by Japanese horror manga and urban legends. Of course, this is a horror game, but the World of Horror also adds elements of the Rogue Light and RPG genres.

The tension of the World of Horror, the perfectly paired soundtrack, and the overall challenge must be played on your PC. — Taylor Lyles

7. Stalker

Few games, like the STALKER trilogy, capture the overwhelming darkness and premonition. Whether you’re racing deep into Chernobyl to the scene of the world’s worst nuclear accident, or discovering a secret hidden in the dilapidated city of Pripyat, this lively breath The world is ready to take lives from your body. So, if it sounds like you to face a spirit deep underground or a zombied enemy who was once a blood-sucking mutant in your companion on your toes, it’s time to visit the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Came. -Jesse Gomez

6. 5 nights at Freddie’s

Being in a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant as a kid has always been creepy in nature. A dim, rat-themed birthday party center with a sad pizza, an almost broken arcade room, and a huge animatronic animal band closed in between. A song that looks at the souls of children with a huge, closed-eyed expression. Five Nights at Freddie’s is an entire game about the fleeting joy and ghost magic of the seemingly lifeless collection of the Animatronics Pizza Restaurant mascot, which suddenly comes back to life and becomes a horrifying nightmare, but kids at a birthday party. Instead of becoming, you saw the employee after dark and survived the night on his own.

Five Nights at Freddy’s flips through security cameras and various other devices, with unstable mechanical faces popping up sporadically and generally bumping into the night. It’s one of the few horror games most kids can play without enduring the life of the trauma. Rarely is there a game series that caters to both young and adult horror fans. This is mainly because it is characterized by the agreement of all of us. Animatronic animals are scary. -Brian Alterno

5. Pathological

Pathologic is more advanced than it was when it was released in 2006. Set in a mysterious town plagued by an unknown plague, Pathologic combines horror and mystery to provide a truly unique experience. Choose one of the three player characters who have to survive for 12 days while unraveling the mystery of the “sand plague”.

Every day, new quests are available that bring your character one step closer to the truth. However, be aware that these quests are only available on certain days and will be permanently lost once you pass them.

Pathologic and its sequel Pathologic 2 are truly atmospheric. Jump scare is a bit less, but overwhelming horror remains throughout the playthrough, and your time at Pathologic sneaks into your mind for much longer. -Matt Kim

4. Fasmophobia

Phasmophobia appeared like a bat in hell. Four players equipped with tools such as night-vision cameras, holy water, and radio can participate as amateur ghost hunters. As an Early Access game, there are still many technical issues to solve, but the core assumptions work very well. Maybe that’s why so many Phasmophobia-like things have appeared on Steam in the last few months.

Wander through haunted houses and abandoned prisons, calling spirits from the other side. With enough clues, you can identify the type of ghost that is infested at the location. Guess correctly for a good payday.

As the clock ticks, you are more likely to encounter ghosts and more dangerous. When you suddenly see a friend caught by one of the many evil spirits of Fasmophobia while scrambling towards the exit to escape in a hurry, there is nothing better than that moment. -Matt Kim

3. Chira’s art game

Chilla’s Art is the name of an indie development team formed by two Japanese brothers. Since 2018, the duo has released over 15 micro-horror games on Steam for just a few dollars. These games may be just a few hours long, but they’re packed with horrifying punches.

All Chilla’s Art games are unique experiences, but they are usually played in the first person and focus on the mundane experience of quickly escalating to the terrible. The most well-known is the convenience store, where players take on the role of night shift convenience store employees. As players dawn, restock items, and check inventory, creepy events such as strange customers, unexplained noise, and other horrific encounters begin to intensify as the night progresses.

There are so many Chilla’s Art Games that it’s hard to recommend just one. However, the barriers to entry are very low, so choose a few. It is guaranteed to have a good time. -Matt Kim

2. Puppet combo

Babysitter Bloodbath, Power Drill Massacre, The Night Ripper … No, these aren’t the forgotten grindhouse movies of the 80’s, they’re fun, brutal and totally horrifying games created by solo indie horror developer Puppet Combo. ..

Through Patreon and itch-io, there have been over 20 games in the last decade, all of which are full of intense and relentless moments.Whether it’s fleeing a serial killer during a babysitter or participating in a deadly game of cats and mice with a spiritual nun at a boarding school (appropriately named nun slaughter), it’s cold and stormy. Even when operating the park ranger at night Something Puppet Combo chases them from afar and truly embraces PS1-style VHS horror roots in every game.

Miserable situations, sneaky companions, and relentless murderers make everything in the puppet combo game an unforgettable nightmare. -Jesse Gomez

1. Face

When Konami canceled Silent Hill in 2015, there were many spiritual successors and games that were heavily influenced by Silent Hill’s playable teasers. This includes Psychological Horror Visage, the first game of Sad Square Studios.

Set in the 1980s, Dwayne Anderson, a resident of a large house suffering from supernatural things, is trying to find a way out of the house and learn more about what is causing all the supernatural activities of the house. increase.

As you explore an almost dark and quiet home, supernatural beings make fun of you by breaking light bulbs, turning lights on and off, and closing doors. This constant barrage of sensory horror, coupled with its attempt to maintain Dwayne’s sanity, makes Visage one of the more challenging horror games released in recent years. This is a game of trial and error, but your patience will be rewarded with a fascinating story and lots of jump scare.

It may not be Silent Hill, but Konami’s unpublished game course heritage goes through the veins of Visage while preserving its own identity. -Taylor Lyles

And you have it! These are IGN’s top horror PC games. Do you agree with the ranking? Do you think another entry should be in the list? Please let us know in the comments. If you’re looking for more details, check out our list of Top 10 Metroidvania and the best FPS campaigns ever. And for everything else, stay tuned for IGN.