Here it is friends. October! My favorite month. It is filled with thrills and chills. Speaking of thrills it only seemed to proper to make this month’s Top 10 horror themed. Yes, it’s time to get spooky.
Here are some games to help you get into the Halloween spirit.
1. Five Nights at Freddy’s
I don’t think I could compile a list like this without including this game. Five Night’s at Freddy’s is a horror game that, while it has limited gameplay, has been a fan favorite. Many of our favorite gamers to watch have been playing the games as they try to survive the night as an employee of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. While there isn’t a lot to the gameplay, the setting, music and overall theme does bring the scares.
2. Betrayal at House on the Hill
Betrayal at House on the Hill is a favorite here at Real Women of Gaming. Wizards of the Coast developed this tabletop game that is a great one for any Halloween party. Players choose a character and start to explore the house by choosing different cards. The house builds as you play. Meanwhile, players are trying to acquire helpful items without flipping the tile that will set off an event that will lead to sudden yet inevitable betrayal of someone in your party. Then it is a game of survival against whatever horror has been unleashed.
3. Slender: The Arrival
This one may be a little controversial to some people due to recent events. Slender: The Arrival is a survival game. Armed only with a flashlight, the player explores abandoned areas. Slenderman, based on the Creepy Pasta, flashes in and out of the player’s line of sight. His frequency and aggression depending on the level.
4. Dead of Winter
Dead of Winter brings in an antagonist we can’t seem to get enough of, zombies. Wait…are the zombies really the biggest threat to the players? Every player chooses a character to play. Every character has a hidden agenda. A player could be hoarding gasoline because their card says to or they could be hoarding it because they are secretly working against everyone else. How do you know who to trust? With the undead at your door and shady people at your back, this game is a great horror tabletop.
5. Silent Hill
Silent Hill is a horror game that has spawned multiple sequels and two movies. The games are set in a fictional town inspired by the real life burning Centralia in Pennsylvania. The town has multiple dimensions, one regular and the others are monster infested. The protagonist must complete different tasks and try to survive the monsters and baddies of the town. The games and the first movie are very popular. The games have been featured on many playthroughs and the characters have been used by many cosplayers.
There is a long history of people using “talking boards” to communicate with the dead. They gained popularity in America during the Spiritualist movement which began in the mid 1800s. The Ouija board has letters, numbers, “yes”, “no” and “goodbye” written on the board. The players use the planchette as a tool to communicate with the spirits following the rules of the game. There has been controversy that has come from many religious groups about a game being marketed for children that could open a door to demons or evil spirits. Does it really, though?
7. The Uncle Who Works for Nintendo
Recently, I was watching one of my favorite YouTubers and they started to play The Uncle Who Works For Nintendo. It is a text-based horror game. The player clicks on different options that then change the direction of the game. The game is fun. It also isn’t that long, even if the player goes for all the different endings.
Rippers is perfect for gamers who love both RPGs and the idea of being monster hunters. This game is set in a Victorian world with monsters on the loose. The players create characters who hunt the monsters down in a Van Helsing fashion. It sounds like a blast for a Halloween themed campaign.
9. Fran Bow
Fran Bow is a game that our own Vanri the Rogue has been playing. After the murder of her parents, Fran is sent to a mental asylum for children. Her beloved cat, Mr. Midnight, cannot be found. After having a dream about him, she decides to run away to find him and her only living relative. The player solves puzzles and finds objects to help Fran on her quest.
10. Elder Sign
Elder Sign is a personal favorite. I know it is found on a lot of these lists, but that’s because it’s a great game. The main goal of the game is to choose a character to help keep the Old Ancient Ones, like our lord and savior Cthulhu, from leaking into the Earth. Characters have special abilities to try to help them get artifacts and keep their sanity. The only problem is that you are reliant on the dice which, honestly, are always trying to kill us. It is a kind of complicated game, but so much fun. What more could you ask for this Halloween?
There you have it, my fiendish friends. I hope you bring out some of this frightful fun for Halloween this year!
Always keep sparkling!