It is that time of the year again! Halloween has returned, and now is as good a time as any to play all the scary games. We at Indie Game HQ have put together what we consider to be the scariest indie games we have ever played. If any game interests be sure to check the Steam links as the Halloween sale still has another 14 hours.
Tick tock. Tick tock. Huntsman: The Orphanage takes the you to Grimhaven Orphanage, centuries after several of its children mysteriously disappear. Your fate hangs in the balance as you attempt to unravel the mystery of what happened there. Save those who’ve been trapped, but be careful. The Huntsman watches.
This game single-handedly managed to renew my love of the horror genre. It captures the eerie, emotional atmosphere I loved in the horror games when I was a kid. Huntsman: The Orphanage strips down the tradition of gore and ultra-violence and attempts to scare you psychologically.
The game has just released a Halloween Edition and is currently part of Steam’s annual Halloween sale for half off. If you’re a lover of Creepypasta, hater of spiders, and all around horror genre fanatic, Huntsman: The Orphanage is the game for you this season.
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I was in a large room crammed with computer terminals looking to finish my term assignment when a glitch happened on my screen. Fragments of that blasphemous translation of the book some call Necronomicon appeared mixed with my own writing before me.
What followed was one of the most scary scenes I had played on a video game. The Lurking Horror is a 1987 text adventure by the legendary software company Infocom.
This gem not only captures the Lovecraft mythos exceptionally, but it also puts to shame many of today’s “psychological horror” games. To say that The Lurking Horror scared me would be undermining the emotional effects it had on me. To this day, I can no longer step into an elevator without wondering what I will encounter when the doors open.
In a cold distant future the Third World War ravaged society and forced the lucky ones into various underground shelters to escape the wasteland formerly known as the surface. 20 years have passed and claustrophobia and disease are setting in, but those are the least of the shelter inhabitants worries. What lays in the shadows is the real concern.
Various creatures come in all shapes and sizes. The one thing they in common is the fact they are all straight from nightmares. In addition to these creatures the humans in the shelter have, for the most part, absolutely lost their minds. You can trust no one, and Afterfall InSanity will you have looking around every corner and double checking areas as the paranoia begins to set in knowing something could come at any moment.
Afterfall InSanity got a bad rap from early reviews, but I honestly think it is worth checking out now that they have made several patches. If you like survival horrors that feature excellent third-person shooter gameplay, then this game is worth checking out. Now is as good a time as any to buy it as it is available for a mere $2.49 during Steam’s Halloween Sale.
I awoke in the middle of the night, strange noises keeping me from my slumber. Before I could think, I reached for my camera. It’s currently the only thing I have to prove what is happening here. Every night is different and these notes I find.. I feel like they’re leading me somewhere.
I’ve been documenting these occurrences. I swear I’ve seen shadowy figures move across the studio, I swear I’ve seen objects move on their own and I know what I’ve heard. I know you probably don’t believe me. No one else does; especially the people I thought were my friends. I feel like I’m losing my mind. Let me back up a bit. My name is Matthew Clark and this.. is Paranormal.
Paranormal is what the developer calls a “haunting simulator”. Every play-through is different but always terrifying. The best and worst part had to be the ambiance. The sounds of the environment are horrifyingly immersive. Glass shatters and you turn your head, scraping in the distance makes you jump and screams make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. If you haven’t had the chance to play Paranormal yet, you’re missing out.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the scariest indie games. Feel free to add what your scariest indie game is below! We’d love to hear what everyone thinks. Happy Halloween from all of us at Indie Game HQ!
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