Since time began, mankind has been obsessed with the ideas of fear and survival. Millions of years of evolution have ingrained these basic animal instincts into our cultural psyche, to the point where we eventually began to use the concept of fear as entertainment – in scary stories, scary movies and, now, scary games.
For those of us who love a good fright, horror games are the logical next step up from films because we are plonked right in the middle of the action, constantly making decisions that may lead to our own safety… or our demise. As people, we’re certainly no strangers to survival, so we may as well have a bit of fun doing, right?
If you’re on the hunt for some top quality horror gaming, then you’ve come to the right place! Here are three types of scary game that you would be very wise not to avoid.
If your wallet is as partial to a flutter as your heart, you may intrigued to hear that there are more horror-themed casino games available to play than ever – particularly when it comes to the world of online slots.One awesome game we’ve come across recently is 888casino’s wickedly entertaining Nightmare on Elm Street. The idea is to keep the famous Freddy out of your dreams via a series of engaging mini-games, which also give players the chance to unlock prizes and bonus rounds. There are also two progressive jackpots available, both of which are bound to get the blood pumping.
The Twilight Zone slot machines from International Gaming Technology are awesome, featuring amazing 3D graphics and the visualizations are among the best in the business. And, or course, it features the voice of original Twilight Zone host, Rod Serling. Other symbols in the game include those of a lady, orb, eye, dinosaur, space ship, window, eye, and lots of other monsters and creatures. You’ll be hard pressed to find a slot experience that encapsulates the essence of a classic horror TV series better than this one.
The Walking Dead slot machines from Aristocrat Technologies just hit the Vegas strip last November, and fans of the apocalyptic megahit on AMC are eating it up (zombie pun). Created by the same team that created the Tarzan slot machine, this one features gut-churning graphics and soundbites taken directly from the series. There’s also a penny slot version with a massive $500K jackpot–and Negan promises not to take half of it!
Horror Film Spin-Offs For Consoles
As with any awesome film, after watching it a few times we’re often crying out for another way to engage with the story. Done right, spin-off games for video game consoles can be a really good way to scratch that itch.
Few games in recent memory have done a better job of doing just that than Alien: Isolation, a game that’s certainly had its fair share of glowing reviews in the past few years. Available on all major console platforms, Alien: Isolation does justice to Ridley Scott’s masterpiece as an ostensible sequel to the 1979 film. It’s a fantastic interpretation that’s as visually stunning as it is packed with suspense. Two Xenomorphic thumbs up.
Evil Dead: Hail to the King is a survival horror video game developed by Heavy Iron Studios and published by THQ for the PlayStation, Dreamcast and Microsoft Windows. The game takes place 8 years after the events of Army of Darkness, and features Ash back at S-Mart–suffering from fierce nightmares. His girlfriend Jenny takes him back to the infamous cabin in the woods to face his fears, but calamity ensues when the duo cross paths with a series of fiends unleashed by the Necronomicon.
The Blair Witch video games are a trilogy of psychological horror action-adventure games (for Windows-based PCs), focusing on the backstories and the mythology of the Blair Witch film franchise. All three games use the Nocturne Engine and were published by Gathering of Developers, although each game was developed by a different team. The games are Blair Witch Volume 1: Rustin Parr, Blair Witch Volume 2: The Legend of Coffin Rock, and Blair Witch Volume 3: The Elly Kedward Tale.
Virtual Reality (Oh boy!)
Okay, so this is where things get a little more serious. When we talk about the vast possibilities that modern virtual reality (VR) technology offers, it’s quite hard to look past first-person horror/survival as a genre of game that’s perfectly suited to being enhanced by VR.
It shouldn’t come as any real surprise then to learn there are a plenty of horror-themed releases scheduled for release this year. We’re particularly excited about Ghost Theory, a strange exploration into the paranormal that involves solving puzzles and high octane ghost hunting. The developers have announced this will be available on a variety of platforms, though it’s looking like a Playstation VR job to begin with.
Emily Wants to Play is another VR game with a reputation for being absolutely chilling! You’re a pizza delivery guy and this is your last drop-off of the night. The house is all boarded up, but it’s raining so you can be excused for venturing inside. What happens next depends on you, but one thing is certain: Emily doesn’t play nice!
The Brookhaven Experiment is supposedly so scary, players have been known to pull their VR headsets off before finishing the game. It takes place in an abandoned building overrun with zombies!