Happy Halloween! If you're like me and grew up loving any and all things Halloween, you'll know that scary games are one of the best ways to get into the spirit of the season. This month we've asked some TechRaptor staff what their favorite scary game was and why, and put together a list of some games that fuel nightmares (like this burger) and some that are just spooky fun. Warm up that Pumpkin Spiced Latte, turn down the lights, and get ready to get scared.
Sunless Sea [GOG]
Sunless Sea may not have as much blood and gore as other horror games, but it'll still give you nightmares. Between cannibalistic cults, ever-increasing terror and madness, and freakish sea monsters like the Albino Moray, there's more than enough to keep you laying awake in fear for weeks. —Courtney Ehrenhofler
DreadOut stands out to me because of how familiar its setting and superstitions are, as someone who lives in Singapore and Southeast Asia in general. The game is set in Indonesia, but the props ("I have that rice cooker!") and atmosphere are so similar to my own experiences that it becomes nostalgic, and it makes the situations and scares in the game feel uncanny. DreadOut would probably scare a more western audience due to how different Southeast Asian horror can be, but for me, it's because of how close to home it feels. —Samantha Ooi
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream [GOG]
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is a point and click adventure game based on the Harlan Ellisen story of the same name. Players must play as five humans being tortured by a psychotic machine, only known as AM, as they attempt to navigate through five different scenarios created by the machine to torture them. Less scary but more psychological, the game preys on the fears of the five humans, each of them suffering from some form of trauma as AM mutates and tortures them to its own liking. Depressing and tragic, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is a unique if twisted sci-fi tale sure to give the players their own psychological scars. —Robert Grosso
Call of Duty Zombies (Series) [Humble]
While it's not a traditional “horror” game, Call of Duty’s Zombies mode has always kept the right amount of spooky fun, jump scares, and Tricks & Treats galore … just instead of candy it's bullets and boss fights. —Alex Parker
Sound design is essential for a horror game. Perception kicks this up to an extreme by having you play as a blind woman. With no way to see the threats, you need to wander around a mysterious house and use noises to figure out what's going on. It's legitimately terrifying, and a great way to spend the spooky season. —Samuel Guglielmo
Halloween is all about having fun and making something scary more lighthearted. Luigi's Mansion is just that. It's not going to make you jump from fright, but you're going to have a lot of fun exploring the spooky mansion and sucking up quirky ghosts. —Austin Suther
Personally, I believe some of the best horror is created on a limited budget. While September 1999 isn't as robust or long as the rest of the games on this list, its razor sharp no nonsense storytelling and less is more style captured my imagination in ways few games ever have. September 1999 is easy to get lost in, and that to me is the entire point of the holiday. —Nick Maillet
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