Horror Games

Horror games are a genre of computer games which evoke in the players a sense of horror, fear, anxiety, foreboding, disgust or shock. At the turn of the 1980s and early 1990s, there appeared the first games horror games such as Elvira (two parts), Waxworks, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In the second half of the 90s, horror has become a very popular genre of among computer games. We have been given such titles as, for example, Blood, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Doom.

Survival horror

The subgenre of adventure games inspired by horror-fantasy theme was survival horror. It is believed that the first game in this genre was Haunted House released in 1982. In such productions, the main goal of the game is to keep the hero alive. The name survival horror was first used in 1996 by Capcom during their advertising campaign for Resident Evil.

Gameplay in horror games

Horror games usually emphasize avoiding fighting and focus on solving puzzles that stand in our way. Usually, the player has a very limited amount of life, as well as few weapons and other resources. Therefore, he must be very cautious to use them wisely. The player doesn’t defeat his enemies using weapons, but rather with cleverness and ingenuity.

The locations are dark, claustrophobic, and make the player anxious. The sounds in the game intensify the tension. There are also frequent jump scare scenes – this is a technique that involves a sudden presentation of a frightening event, object or character (with a corresponding scary loud sound) in such a way as to induce fear. This technique is used to surprise – jump scares are often preceded by a calm, even idyllic scene.

Horror Movie Games

The titles which are most important games of the genre include Outlast, Amnesia, Fatal Frame, and F.E.A.R.

Until Dawn

Until Dawn

Released in 2015 from developers Supermassive Games, the downloadable horror adventure Until Dawn began life as a PlayStation 3 title but became a PlayStation 4 as development on the older system ...

Outlast 2

Outlast 2

A  first-person psychological survival horror game from Red Barrels, Outlast 2 is the 2017 sequel to the critically acclaimed downloadable 2013 game. As journalist Blake Langermann, players are ...

Dead Space

Dead Space

What do you get when you combine the survival horror of Capcom's Resident Evil series with the atmospheric horror that is outer space? You’d get 2008’s Dead Space, a rare gem of a game from ...

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Originally released in 2010 for Windows PCs and Mac, Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a downloadable single-player survival horror game that relies upon a combination of psychological horror and puzzle ...

Secret Neighbor

Secret Neighbor

Secret Neighbor is a downloadable multiplayer horror game. Growing up, one particular genre of tale that would get everyone quaking in their boots was the haunted house story. Naturally, almost every ...

Call of Cthulhu

Call of Cthulhu

Call of Cthulhu is a downloadable RPG game based on the works of an early 20th-century American writer H.P. Lovecraft. Though under-appreciated during his lifetime, H.P. Lovecraft’s lore continues to ...

Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation

Released in 2014 and developed by Creative Assembly (the guys famous for their Total War series), Alien: Isolation is as much its own take on the Alien mythos as it is an homage to the first film ...

The Conjuring House

The Conjuring House

Horror games occupy a unique niche in the gaming world. They are neither action-heavy iterative experiences a la Call of Duty nor are they isolated, self-contained narratives like the installments in ...