Being involved in video games these days, there is one universal horror – the price of a new release. If you can get past practically emptying your wallet, you then have to worry about the gamble of whether or not the game will be any good. You know where that’s not a concern? With free horror games.
I say leave the horror to the developers and give your wallet a break. With the following best free horror games, you can immerse yourself in truly terrifying games without any concern for buyer’s remorse. Note that all of these free horror games are available on PC, whether that’s through Steam, Kongregate or another platform.
Developer: The Whale Husband Publisher: The Whale Husband
The name alone is terrifying, but The Static Speaks My Name is less a game designed to scare than it is to leave you questioning mortality and your life’s choices. The morose game focuses heavily on the concept of suicide as you follow a man during his last night alive. It’s jarring, it’s themes are uncomfortable, and you will need to listen to an hours worth of cheery music afterward.
The Static Speaks My Name is creepy as you realize just who you’re controlling and slowly unravel the insanity of his world and the perception of it. The ten-minute game effectively gets under your skin, something that outwardly scary games often can’t do.
It’s the tenth in the Cube Escape series, but may also be the one that will stick with you the most. Paradox is a unique crossover of a movie and a video game that sucks you in with unusual imagery, a zany story, and puzzles that will drive you mad. But in an entertaining, “I can’t put this down,” kind of way.
Players follow the perilous journey of detective Dale Vandermeer, who wakes up in an unknown room, trapped at the hands of a memorable foe. Can you solve the series of puzzles needed to save Vandermeer from a grisly fate?
Paradox is a strangely attractive game with imagery brought to life via handmade paintings by renowned artist, Johan Scherft. Bob Rafferty and David Bowles provide the vocals, which is an impressive cast for a game that doesn’t come with a price tag.
Developer: Total Mayhem Games Publisher: Total Mayhem Games
Okay, to be candid, only the first episode of this frozen quest is free, but it’s a fulfilling experience that won’t leave you dissatisfied.
Trapped in a mysterious castle, the world outside frozen over, you have only a walkie-talkie and a voice to guide you. Hindered by challenging puzzles, you’ll be joined by another player – either someone you know or a complete stranger – in this co-op mystery.
If you’ve played Myst, you’ll see the inspiration come through with punishing puzzles that will require you to work together. Overcome your obstacles, and you may just escape your atmospheric prison. We Were Here won’t outright terrify you, but the haunting visuals are sure to keep you on edge.
You won’t be setting up clever traps to thwart off dastardly villains in this free horror romp. Instead, you’ll relive your childhood, that first time you were left home alone and were left scarred by the psychological horrors that unfolded.
In At Home Alone, you play a young girl left home alone. What antics will she get herself into when her mother is at work? As the day progresses, things get incredibly weird, especially as unusual people start appearing at your doorstep.
It’s not the longest interactive adventure you’ll ever play, but it’s one that will stick with you as you unravel the mystery of what happens when you’re At Home Alone.
Ivan Zanotti isn’t a household name. At least, he wasn’t. Not until he introduced Steam users to Imscared – A Pixelated Nightmare.
Just as the name implies, Imscared is set in a pixelated world, where unspeakable horrors await around every corner. Those horrors, though, aren’t your usual gruesome monsters or brain-eating zombies. Like Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, they toy with your mind. What’s scarier than a towering behemoth of a foe? How about a BSoD that makes you think your computer has crashed?
That’s just the start of how Imscared toys with its players. What’s most impressive is that Ivan brought this free horror delight to life using only Game Maker 8, FL Studio, and MS Paint. Sure, it’s not flashy or that great to look at, but Imscared is a delightful game to add to your horror library.
Developer: Blue Wizard Digital Publisher: Blue Wizard Digital
It’s not quite the setting you’d expect to find Jason Voorhees, but everyone’s favorite campground killer fits in fairly well in this horror puzzler. Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle captures the gory whimsy of the popular film series.
Guide Voorhees across more than 100 puzzles spanning the serial killer’s theatrical adventures. You’ll play as various versions of the hulking fiend across memorable environments, like the classic Camp Crystal Lake and the Grendel of Jason X. With a limited number of moves, it’s up to you to get Voorhees to his next prey.
It’s quite the gruesome puzzler that remains faithful to the popular horror franchise, complete with unique kills that even Mrs. Voorhees can be proud of.
Growing tired of playing through the same Five Nights at Freddy’s games over and over? Wish you could really take control of the animatronics that stalk Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria? Ultimate Custom Night gives you that ability in the greatest mashup since Super Smash Bros. Well, for the horror community, at least.
Ultimate Custom Night features over 50 animatronics from the long-running series, and they’re yours to place and customize as you wish. Build your own world of nightmares by assigning a difficulty and choosing which animatronics you want to go up against. In Ultimate Custom Night, you’ll face every hazard and impediment featured throughout the series, including managing heaters, A/C, power generators, and laser traps.
As the name implies, it’s the ultimate Five Nights at Freddy’s experience, especially for those that have mastered all of the main games and are looking for an ample challenge.
Developer: Team Psykskallar Publisher: Team Psykskaller
Whether you tackle it alone or with friends, Cry of Fear is going to pull and violently tug on your nerves.
In the dark of a cold Scandinavian night, Team Psykskaller sends you on a quest for survival. Monsters approach from the shadows as you maneuver through the deserted town, looking for answers behind the unstoppable nightmare. Play through the campaign to unlock different endings and score helpful unlockables that will send you back to Scandinavia for another evening of terror.
Originally built as a Half-Life mod, Cry of Fear has evolved into its own full-length horror experience. Along with the challenging solo mode, there is a co-op campaign for up to four players and 12 custom campaigns that highlight the game’s modding support.
Not every horror game has to leave you shivering in the corner. Sometimes, it’s nice to enjoy a playful game, so long as it’s enjoyable. Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion may be vibrant and cartoonish, but it’s a delightfully cute free horror game that gives you a break from the relentless scares of more serious titles.
Well. Temporarily, at least. At its core, Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion is just as nervewracking as your favorite horror titles. It sets you up with a false sense of security that cardboard skeletons are all you’ll have to fear. Then, things take a turn for the worst when the real horrors of Spooky’s come to light.
Lag Studios created a two-tier horror game that sends you through classic horror settings, all on the run from the true monstrosities of Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion.
Developer: No More Room in Hell Team Publisher: Lever Games
It’s one of the most iconic lines in zombie history – When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth. Spoken by Ken Foree in both iterations of Dawn of the Dead, it’s a fitting title for the zombie romp developed by the No More Room in Hell Team.
Crafted from Half-Life 2, No More Room in Hell throws players into an infected world where the undead reign supreme. Survival isn’t just a matter of avoiding the extended arms of the shambling corpses. It’s about working together in this zombified co-op experience. Wield a host of weapons, including a chainsaw, and fight through hordes of the undead.
Unlike most zombie games, in No More Room in Hell, being bitten is a death sentence. As the virus courses through you, it’s your choice whether or not to tell your teammates and accept your fate, or keep them in the dark and become a potential danger to them later.
No More Room in Hell is completely free to play, making it a must-play for any fan of zombies, teamwork, and free things.
Developer: The Game Kitchen Publisher: Phoenix Online Publishing
Very few games need to be visually stunning to be effective. The Last Door proves this with a mesmerizing journey filled with gruesome terrors, all depicted in a rather bleak pixelated world.
Death surrounds you as you set forth on a quest to stop an ancient evil from emerging. Solve puzzles, interact with a host of unusual people, and avoid becoming a victim of the darkness spreading across Victorian England in this episodic horror mystery.
You may quickly hop onto Steam to download The Last Door and cry foul as it’s not free. I’m not a liar, though, as you can play the first season on several Flash-based websites, including Kongregate. While maybe not as ideal as playing on your favorite device, The Last Door doesn’t require much to be enjoyed, so the browser version is just as effective.
Developer: Justin Ng Guo Xiong Publisher: Justin Ng Guo Xiong
Turn up the volume, plug in your headphones, and get ready for a horror experience sure to stick with. Lurking is a sound-based game that engulfs you in darkness and sends you exploring using audio pulses. Every pulse you generate illuminates the world in white outlines, giving you just a glimpse of your path.
Complicating matters are villains of darkness that respond to every noise you make. As you explore the world of black, an asylum rampant with deadly escaped patients, you’ll have to tread carefully, or else you’ll draw them closer to your position. Surviving requires patience and care to only make the noises necessary to progress.
Lurking also converts sounds picked up by your microphone, so be sure to play in a quiet room to avoid alerting the things that stalk you in the dark.
Not all is as it seems in the Doki Doki Literature Club. Coerced to join by a friend, you try to make acquaintances with the other members – but something just doesn’t seem right. Doki Doki Literature Club! starts off as an innocent visual novel revolving around the titular club, but once its members start to show their true colors, things get incredibly weird.
The horrors of Doki Doki range from subtle to eerie as the club and your relationships fall apart around you. Nothing is as it seems as game starts to corrupt and you’re left questioning what’s part of the experience and what’s your computer going haywire.
It’s a clever free horror game that will leave you feeling uncomfortable and creeped out, maybe even a little untrusting of those you’re closest with.
Everyone’s favorite creepypasta comes to life in Slender: The Eight Pages. It’s a simple experience that’s sure to send chills down your spine as you explore isolated woods and abandoned buildings in search of the titular eight pages. Hot on your tail is the towering and mysterious Slenderman. While you can run, it’s impossible to hide from Slender as you collect more and more pages.
Slender: The Eight Pages starts with a slow burn, but the more you collect, the more active Slenderman becomes. When your screen distorts and your speakers blare an unsettling noise, you know he’s not far behind. Equipped with only a flashlight, can you collect all eight pages before becoming part of Slenderman’s collection?
You’ll want to play this one with the lights off and the sound turned up to get the most out of the ambient noises and dim lighting.
You know the individual SCP files and recognize that they’re nothing you want to come face-to-face with. Yet, in SCP – Containment Breach, you’re trapped in the depths of the SCP Foundation’s research facility in the midst of an outbreak.
Around every corner lies something scary, something that’s looking to slaughter, maim, devour, or infect you. Can you escape the facility without falling victim to the terrifying fiends once contained within?
There are two versions of SCP and the most recent upgrades the visuals so you can see what’s about to kill you in pants-destroying clarity. SCP-173, SCP-106, and SCP-096 are just a few of the cretins once secured within the foundation’s facility. If you can escape them, you may just make it topside alive.
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