If you want to try a horror game, but you’re not too fond of gruesome, violent or too scary imagery, you’ll be happy to learn that there is a special sub-genre of scary stuff which is kind of adorable in its own special way.

We’ve picked ten of the cutest horror games around. Enjoy!

Make no mistake, though: these can get scary and disturbing, too. So don’t get fooled by charming premises or visuals, even if these are cute horror games, they are horrors after all!

Cute But Horror
GameReleaseGenreDeveloperSale
Bulb Boy 2015-10-29 Adventure Bulbware 78%
Undertale 2015-09-15 Indie tobyfox
Happy Game 2021-10-28 Puzzle Amanita Design 71%
Smile For Me 2019-05-31 Indie LimboLane 93%
Omori 2020-12-25 Indie Omocat
Bendy And The Ink Machine 2017-04-27 Indie TheMeatly Games, Ltd. 73%
Battleblock Theater 2014-05-15 Adventure The Behemoth 73%
Inside 2016-07-07 Adventure Playdead 74%
Fran Bow 2015-08-27 Adventure Killmonday Games HB 6%
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus 2021-06-30 Visual Novel Team Salvato
Cult Of The Lamb 2022-08-11 Indie Massive Monster 48%
Yomawari Night Alone 2016-10-25 Strategy Nippon Ichi Software 67%
Corpse Party 2016-04-25 Adventure Team GrisGris 52%
Duck Season VR 2017-09-14 Adventure Stress Level Zero 21%
Eversion 2010-06-07 Indie Zaratustra Productions 33%
Detention 2017-01-12 Adventure Red Candle Games 34%

Little Misfortune

Release date:2019-09-18
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Killmonday Games

What a great way to relive your childhood adventures this is!

Little Misfortune effectively captures the spirit of the period when we were all careless and carefree, all the while infusing this somewhat nostalgic atmosphere with some actual horror.

Don’t worry, though, there’s not too much creepiness here. Little Misfortune is an interactive story where you get to explore the world as an eight-year-old Misfortune Ramirez Hernandez who seeks Eternal Happiness as a gift for her mom. Interestingly enough, the game shares its universe with Fran Bow, another cute horror that’s on this list (you’ll find it below).

The tale involves going into the woods, uncovering some mysteries, heck, there are even missing children and a monster! A little mischief is in here, too. It’s definitely one of the sweetest games on this list, that’s for sure.

Key features
  • A cutesy interactive story with a little creepiness thrown in for a good measure
  • Lovely visuals
  • It’s pretty great at capturing the nostalgia of childhood adventures
  • The game shares the universe with Fran Bow

Yomawari: Night Alone

Release date:2016-10-25
Genre:Strategy
Developer:Nippon Ichi Software

This is basically Silent Hill, but cute and with a little girl as the main protagonist.

The story is as follows: you’re a girl who walks her dog, but returns home with only Poro’s leash in her hands. Her sister goes after the pupper, but she disappears as well. Our protagonist decides to take matters into her own hands and find them both, but she soon finds out that her city is not what it was. It’s creepy and roamed by evil spirits…

This is what Yomawari is all about. You need to avoid the creepy monsters and find clues which will help you find your sister and dog. The game features lovely visuals reminiscent of jRPGs (but without the pixels) and is one of the most interesting cute horrors that you might want to try out.Be sure to give it a shot!

Key features
  • A cutesy take on Silent Hill (sort of)
  • Your task: find your missing sister and dog
  • Your hometown got transformed into something terrifying by some dark forces
  • And it’s crawling with evil spirits

Fran Bow

Release date:2015-08-27
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Killmonday Games HB

The titular character and Bruce Wayne surely would have a lot to talk about.

Fran Bow is set in 1944. The Second World War rages on and a tragedy strikes the Bow family. Fran ends up in Oswald Asylum, full of psychological issues and suffering from severe trauma. And this is where you come in.

Fran Bow is a point-and-click adventure game where you collect items and then use them to solve puzzles, talk to NPCs, and play some mini-games, too. Despite its psychological horror premise, the game features somewhat artsy and cutesy visuals. Yeah, it’s all a little creepy, but in quite an adorable way.

Key features
  • A psychological horror with a traumatized girl as the protagonist
  • You even get to play as a cat at one point
  • Various mini-games
  • Memorable visual style

Ib

Release date:2022-04-11
Genre:Adventure
Developer:kouri

Yeah, when it comes to artsy horrors, we’ve got Layers of Fear, but if you’re looking for something somewhat nicer and cuter, try Ib instead.

You play as a girl who’s visiting an art gallery with her parents. Things take a dark turn when you suddenly discover that you’re all alone, with not a living soul in sight. The place also starts getting darker and darker…

This Ib is in fact a remake of an indie classic, with updated graphics and new content, including additions to the gameplay. The game is an exploration adventure title where you need to walk around the above-mentioned gallery, find clues as to what to do next, and avoid various traps. It’s a lovely little title with overwhelmingly positive reviews on Steam (as of the day of writing this), so you might want to give it a chance.

Key features
  • A fun little exploration adventure title blending pixel art and creepiness
  • You get to explore a dark, twisted art gallery
  • Seven different endings based on your actions and choices
  • The remake features updated visuals, a new soundtrack, and various additions to the gameplay

Duck Season

Release date:2017-09-14
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Stress Level Zero

Another nostalgic throwback, Duck Season is a spooky spin on a classic game from the NES. Video game makers these days apparently love to ruin our childhoods…

It’s Summer 1988 and your mom just brought you a new game for your Kingbit Entertainment System. Duck Season looks and plays amazing, but as you will soon find out, there’s something special about it. And by special we mean super, super creepy.

Duck Season (the actual game, not the in-universe title) is yet another childhood nostalgia sim with a dark twist on this list. The game features seven different endings, seven mini-games that you can play on the KES, several short films that you can watch on VHS, and a couple of sub-plots, too. It’s also a VR-only title, so keep that in mind.

Key features
  • A horror take on 80s games
  • Seven different endings
  • Plenty of mini-games to play and short films to watch
  • Lots of Easter eggs and secrets to discover

Eversion

Release date:2010-06-07
Genre:Indie
Developer:Zaratustra Productions

A platformer about rescuing a princess? Huh, that sounds very familiar. Trust us, though – it’s totally unlike anything you’ve ever seen in Mario.

Your name is Zee Tee and your mission is to rescue the Princess of the Flower Kingdom who was kidnapped by the Ghulibas of the north. The flower-like hero can use a special power, the titular eversion, to overcome various obstacles, but it comes at a price. The zany and whimsical lands become absolutely nightmarish.

Eversion features three different endings and plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. Remember: the game looks cutesy, but the moment things take a dark turn it becomes unsuitable for children.

Key features
  • A retro-style side-scrolling platformer…
  • …with a dark twist
  • Three endings
  • Eight worlds to explore

Doki Doki Literature Club!

Release date:2021-06-30
Genre:Visual novel, horror
Developer:Team Salvato

Huh, a visual novel on this list? Make no mistake, while this seems like a “slice of life” affair, it slowly turns gruesome and rather horrific.

For the most part, it plays like your typical dating sim where you woo the members of your character’s school’s literature club. How do you do that? Well, Doki Doki features a mini-game where you compose poems. Each girl likes different words, so it’s up to you to pick the right ones.

Later on, however, things go really awry and the game turns into a psychological horror full of disturbing imagery. If you love terror-infused visual novels, Doki Doki Literature Club! is one of the best picks, especially now that it’s a free-to-play title.

Key features
  • Two different endings
  • Three different girls to woo
  • You capture their hearts through a mini-game where you compose poems and pick the right words
  • Lots of psychological horror in this one

INSIDE

Release date:2016-07-07
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Playdead

If you loved Limbo , you’re probably going to love its spiritual successor.

Exploring military bases is never a good idea, as you’ll probably end up in the middle of some scary science experiments. This happened to the protagonist of INSIDE. The boy was poking around in the worst of places and now he’s facing some real monstrosities.

Gameplay-wise, INSIDE is a 2D puzzle platformer boasting a really creepy atmosphere and an ambient soundtrack. It looks great and very moody, so if you’re looking for something stylish in the realm of cutesy horror, this one’s a great pick.

Key features
  • A mixture of a platformer and a puzzle game
  • Ambient soundtrack
  • Unique visual style
  • You can download a demo to try INSIDE out

Detention

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

Set in the 1960s Taiwan, Detention features a high school story…from hell. After all, you end up in a place crawling with creepy monsters and full of dark secrets.

Two students are trapped in Greenwood High School. It’s a remote place located in the mountains, so good luck escaping it, especially in this weather! So the pair explores the campus, discovers it is crawling with horrifying monsters known as the lingered and pick up scent of a dark, mysterious past of the school.

All this sounds pretty creepy, so why is Detention on this list? Well, just look at the visuals! Yeah, they’re dark and atmospheric, but they’re unlike anything else in the horror department. The music is unique, too, featuring a blend of various genres with traditional Taiwanese instrumentation. Might be something you’ll find yourself returning to quite often. All in all, it’s quite a package. Grab it if you’re looking for a good Asian horror.

Key features
  • Set in 1960s Taiwan
  • You get to explore a creepy high school with creepy monsters crawling around the campus
  • The music features traditional Taiwanese instrumentation and blends various genres, such as electronic, rock, and lo-fi
  • Expect quite a few of references to Taiwanese culture as well

Bendy and the Ink Machine

Release date:2017-04-27
Genre:Indie
Developer:TheMeatly Games, Ltd.

Now, the creators of this game seem to hate cartoons. And they want you to hate them, too.

Bendy and the Ink Machine tells the story of Henry, a dude who winds up in Joey Drew Studios, a seemingly abandoned place. But why? This is up to you to find out. You’ll also have to face the Ink Demon. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

The game, inspired by the BioShock franchise, is a first-person survival horror featuring exploration, combat, and puzzles. Its pretty unique premise makes Bendy and the Ink Machine something you might want to take into account when choosing your next spooky adventure.

Key features
  • Survival horror gameplay blending puzzles, exploration, and combat
  • The titular Ink Machine is a real troublemaker
  • You even get to fight monsters using a Tommy gun and…bacon soup cans
  • Inspired by the BioShock series

As you can see, horror games don’t necessarily need to be super violent or mega creepy. The somewhat cute titles we’ve listed above prove that you can have something that’s both adorable and somewhat terrifying. Be sure to check out G2A.COM for more suggestions and hot deals!