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 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.
The Best Free Horror Games
15. The Static Speaks My Name
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.