Horror games come in all shapes and sizes. Some are about classic monsters, such as zombies, werewolves, and the like, some dab into the science fiction realm, others…well, they aren’t always blatantly spooky in their nature, but they can freak you out nevertheless.

Our list features ten amazing cross-platform horror games. This means that you shouldn’t have any trouble playing them, regardless of the hardware you’re using for gaming purposes. Our selection is quite varied and diverse, but you can be sure of one thing: these are all super scary. Let’s take a look, shall we?

GameReleaseGenreDeveloper
7 Days To Die 2013-12-13 Adventure The Fun Pimps Entertainment LLC
Phasmophobia 2020-09-18 Horror co-op Kinetic Games
Dead By Daylight 2016-06-14 Adventure Behaviour Interactive
Inscryption 2021-10-19 Horror Daniel Mullins Games
Alien Isolation 2014-10-06 Action & Shooter The Creative Assembly
Resident Evil 2 Biohazard Re2 2019-01-25 Action Capcom Development Division 1
Detention 2017-01-12 Adventure Red Candle Games
Song Of Horror Complete Edition 2019-10-31 Horror Protocol Games
We Were Here Too 2018-02-02 Adventure Total Mayhem Games
We Were Here Forever 2022-05-10 Co-op adventure Total Mayhem Games
Left 4 Dead 2 2009-11-16 Action & Shooter Valve
The Forest 2014-05-30 Adventure Endnight Games Ltd
Sons Of The Forest 2023-02-23 Survival Horror Endnight Games
Layers Of Fear 2023-06-15 Bloober Team
Layers Of Fear Masterpiece Edition 2016-02-15 Adventure Bloober Team SA
Darkwood 2017-07-17 Adventure Acid Wizard Studio
Omori 2020-12-25 Indie Omocat
GTFO 2019-12-09 Action 10 Chambers Collective

Dead by Daylight

Release date:2016-06-14
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Behaviour Interactive

Asymmetrical multiplayer mixed with a slasher film? Dead by Daylight does just that and is excellent at it, too.

Four Survivors need to team up in order to stay alive and evade the terrifying Killer. If you ever wanted to either run from Jason or become Jason himself, you can now make that dream come true.

What’s interesting about Dead by Daylight is the fact that each session features a procedurally generated Killing Ground, which surely keeps things fresh and you on your toes, as you never know what to expect. As a Survivor, you need to work with others in order to survive your ordeal, but you can be selfish, too. As the Killer, your task is to slaughter your prey, plain and simple.

Dead by Daylight is certainly one of the most memorable asymmetrical multiplayer games on the market and one of the prime examples of excellent online horrors. Be sure to give this one a shot.

Key features
  • Asymmetrical multiplayer horror game
  • 4 players play as Survivors, one plays as the deadly Killer
  • Procedurally generated maps
  • A robust progression system and lots of unlockables

Phasmophobia

Release date:2020-09-18
Genre:Horror co-op
Developer:Kinetic Games

Another excellent multiplayer horror on this list, Phasmophobia lets up to four players cooperate as paranormal investigators uncovering the mysteries of the supernatural world.

This won’t be easy, as the visitors from beyond don’t like being disturbed.

Your goal is to go to various haunted places and gather enough evidence of paranormal activity for the ghost removal team. Naturally, them spooks don’t really enjoy that, so you’ll need to be extremely cautious. With twenty different ghost types and lots of gear that you can use to investigate them, there’s no way for you to get bored here, especially now that Phasmophobia is super immersive thanks to its minimalist interface, VR support, heck, even voice recognition!

Phasmophobia’s premise is unique, that’s for sure, and its execution pretty much flawless. If you’re looking for something super creepy to play this Halloween, this one might be an excellent choice.

Key features
  • You play as a paranormal investigator conducting research on ghosts haunting various places
  • Lots of gadgets that you can use
  • It’s super spooky and amazingly immersive
  • VR support and voice recognition features

Resident Evil 2 Remake

Release date:2019-01-25
Genre:Action
Developer:Capcom Development Division 1

Capcom did it again! The remake of the second Resident Evil game, considered to be one of the greatest of all time, surpassed the original, that’s for sure. It’s perfect for both newcomers and old-timers.

Get ready to experience the story of Leon and Claire as if it was 1998 all over again. RE2 Remake doesn’t just update the visuals; it actually boasts remade gameplay as well, with greater emphasis on stealth and tactical elements. Still, it should be very familiar to those who played the original almost twenty-five years ago (feel old yet?).

What else is there to add? You can’t really go wrong with Resident Evil if you’re looking for awesome horrors. Grab Resident Evil 2 Remake now!

Key features
  • An excellent remake of one of the best survival horrors of all time
  • All sorts of upgrades to the gameplay, including more emphasis on stealth
  • Outstanding visuals and audio
  • The game features a what-if mode titled The Ghost Survivors

Alien: Isolation

Release date:2014-10-06
Genre:Action & Shooter
Developer:The Creative Assembly

Alright, let’s spice things up a bit and include something from the science fiction realm on this list.

A video game sequel to one of the best sci-fi horrors of all time, Alien: Isolation goes to great lengths in order to replicate the feel of the original movie and offer an absolutely terrifying experience in space. And as you know, no one will hear you scream there.

You play as Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda, who ends up stranded on Sevastopol, a space station owned by Seegson Corporation. There, she’ll have to face hostile humans and androids, but the biggest threat is the titular Alien. Undefeatable and always on the prowl for you, it’s going to make you pee your pants pretty often.

The game received a bunch of DLCs which offer plenty more fun stuff to do. All in all, this science fiction combination of horror and stealth is amazing and you should totally give it a shot if you’re in for some deadly hide-and-seek.

Key features
  • An excellent stealth/horror game set in the Alien universe
  • The titular xenomorph is a one mean baddie
  • First-person perspective for a more immersive and intense experience
  • A couple of DLCs are also available

The Forest

Release date:2014-05-30
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Endnight Games Ltd

Your plane crashed somewhere in the woods and you’re on your own. Worse yet, cannibals are out there to get you. What do you do?

The Forest is certainly an interesting take on the survival horror genre, as it boasts non-linear gameplay, an open-world environment and typical elements of modern survival games, such as crafting and gathering resources. The horror theme makes it unique among such titles and so do your enemies. Alright, cannibalistic mutants don’t sound like anything super unusual and innovative, but their behavior is unique and the fact that they’re usually aggressive towards you doesn’t mean they’ll always be hostile. Sometimes they might just observe you from a distance or just be cautious, but otherwise not inimical to you.

All this stuff makes The Forest one of the most unique survival games on the market. If such games are your thing, you should grab it straight away.

Key features
  • Really puts survival in survival horror
  • Cannibals are quite an interesting adversary: they seem to be hostile, but they won’t always attack you
  • Lots of freedom in how you play
  • Non-linear gameplay and no set missions

Layers of Fear

Release date:2023-06-15
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Bloober Team

Time for a change of pace. Layers of Fear doesn’t feature any action, instead, it’s a classic psychological horror adventure affair where you explore a Victorian mansion as a mentally disturbed artist seeking to complete his magnum opus.

Working on the masterpiece causes the artist to slowly descend into madness, which is the source of the game’s terror (and obligatory jump scares). Gameplay-wise, it’s all based on exploring the mansion, completing various puzzles and uncovering secrets from the protagonist’s past.

It’s definitely something for those who seek tense atmosphere without any combat or other action sequences. It’s just you and your brains against the mansion and the puzzles it throws at you.

Key features
  • Quite a handful of jump scares and generally a very creepy atmosphere
  • Memorable visual style and Victorian aesthetics
  • Lots of puzzles to solve
  • It’s focused on the (creepy) story

Darkwood

Release date:2017-07-17
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Acid Wizard Studio

Here’s another survival horror set in the woods and focused on crafting among other things.

Darkwood seems to be quite original in its premise, as it’s set in the 80s in a Soviet Bloc country engulfed by a mysterious forest which traps people. Worse yet, there’s a plague decimating the population of survivors and transforming them into monstrosities.

The semi-open world gameplay and the focus on exploration, crafting, and trading. There are branching storylines in here, too, depending on your interactions with the NPCs, so if you’re looking for something with greater replayability, then you’re in for a real treat here.

Additionally, the game does not rely on jump scares, so if you’re looking for something super creepy without any cheap tricks, Darkwood is a very reasonable choice.

Key features
  • A super creepy horror game set somewhere in the Soviet Bloc
  • Various survival mechanics and quite a lot of freedom in how you play
  • Branching storylines, which increases replayability
  • No cheap jump scares, just expertly crafted, super dark atmosphere

Detention

Release date:2017-01-12
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Red Candle Games

Here’s another gem of a horror: an adventure game set in the 1960s in Taiwan, blending historical themes with Taiwanese mythology and folklore.

If Asian spookiness is your thing, then Detention is something you might want to check out.

What’s the story all about here, anyway? Two students, Ray and Wei, end up trapped in Greenwood High School somewhere in the mountains. The place is haunted by creatures known as the lingered and you obviously need to avoid them, uncovering dark secrets of the past along the way.

Detention boasts a unique visual style and a soundtrack by Weifang Chang, who makes use of traditional Taiwanese instruments. It’s a very decent horror, especially if you’re looking for something completely different from the Western stuff.

Key features
  • A horror adventure game set in a haunted high school
  • Creepy monsters roam the hallways
  • Atmospheric soundtrack featuring traditional Taiwanese instrumentation
  • Lots of dark secrets to uncover

Omori

Release date:2020-12-25
Genre:Indie
Developer:Omocat

This one is most definitely the most unique game on this list.

A surrealist psychological horror in the form of an indie old-school JRPG? Well, that surely is attention-grabbing, isn’t it?

And no, it’s not a traditional horror per se, but a psychological one, as anxiety, depression, suicide, and trauma are very prevalent themes here. You play as a socially-isolated teenager named Sunny who happens to have an alter ego, the titular Omori, living in a surreal dream world known as Headspace.

So, the game is set in both worlds and you explore the surroundings, engage in turn-based combat with statuses based on emotions, solve puzzles, complete side quests, manage your party, collect items and more powerful weapons, etc. It’s certainly a dark, emotional game, despite its cutesy visuals.

Key features
  • Probably the most unusual horror game on this list – and one of the most unique ever released
  • Turn-based combat with statuses based on emotions
  • Powerful themes
  • You explore both the real world and a dream world named Headspace

GTFO

Release date:2019-12-09
Genre:Action
Developer:10 Chambers Collective

We’ll end our list with another excellent cooperative multiplayer horror game where you and your friends, as a group of prisoners, must explore a wretched facility known as The Complex and face the monstrosities that dwell there.

Make no mistake: it’s a demanding game where all four members of the team must cooperate with each other closely or else they all risk getting wrecked by the monsters populating the levels. You need to collect resources, utilize stealth, and coordinate your actions, especially once all hell breaks loose because you awoke one of the mutants.

It’s gory, it’s intense, it’s challenging. Even the title is pretty unwelcoming. If you feel like this is something you’d love, be sure to grab GTFO for your Halloween session with your buddies. You’ll need each other during the game.

Key features
  • A co-operative science fiction horror
  • You join a group of four prisoners exploring an abandoned facility
  • Teamwork is necessary for your survival
  • Difficult and tense

And that’s all, folks! These are some of the most amazing horror games available on the market right now.