Halloween is upon us, the entire month (or just a single day, if you’re too tired to have fun all-month long), of ghosts, demons, vampires, horror movies, and potentially, elaborate front lawn decorations.
There are many ways to celebrate Halloween month, but the two most important camps are: spooky, for things that get you goosebumps and make turning off the light seem like a bad idea; and there’s spoopy, for a more party-and-fun-oriented take on Halloween. It’s the difference between the Xenomorph stalking you through dark corridors of a dark space ship, and a Chestburster doing a dance number in a diner.
With that in mind, we’ve split the games you should check out on Halloween 2022 into two groups: the spooky and the spoopy.
Get the fake blood, light the candle in a pumpkin, and dab like an old-school vampire, we’re diving into a list of video games to play on Halloween, based on the vibe you’re going for.
|Unavowed||2018-08-08||Adventure||Wadjet Eye Games||Read more|
|The Medium||2021-01-28||Horror||Bloober Team SA||65%||Read more|
|Alien Isolation||2014-10-06||Action & Shooter||Creative Assembly||82%||Read more|
|Amnesia The Dark Descent||2010-09-08||Adventure||Frictional Games||85%||Read more|
|Amnesia Collection||2010-09-08||Adventure||Frictional Games||84%||Read more|
|Amnesia Rebirth||2020-10-20||Adventure||Frictional Games||94%||Read more|
|Dead Space||2008-10-20||Adventure||EA Redwood Shores||29%||Read more|
|Dead Space 2||2011-01-27||Horror||Visceral Games||Read more|
|Dead Space 3||2020-04-23||Adventure||Visceral Games||Read more|
|Phasmophobia||2020-09-18||Horror||Kinetic Games||Read more|
|Resident Evil 0 Biohazard 0 Hd Remaster||2016-01-19||Adventure||CAPCOM CO., LTD.||83%||Read more|
|Resident Evil 2 Biohazard Re2||2019-01-25||Action||CAPCOM CO., LTD.||86%||Read more|
|Resident Evil 3||2020-04-03||Action||CAPCOM CO., LTD.||86%||Read more|
|Resident Evil 4 Ultimate Hd Edition||2014-02-27||Adventure||CAPCOM||74%||Read more|
|Resident Evil 5||2009-09-15||Adventure||CAPCOM||76%||Read more|
|Resident Evil 6||2013-03-22||Horror||CAPCOM||78%||Read more|
|Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Biohazard 7 Resident Evil||2017-01-23||Horror||CAPCOM CO., LTD.||77%||Read more|
|Resident Evil 8 Village||2021-05-07||Horror||CAPCOM CO., LTD.||77%||Read more|
|Viscera Cleanup Detail||2015-10-23||Indie||RuneStorm||60%||Read more|
|Thimbleweed Park||2017-03-30||Adventure||Terrible Toybox||Read more|
|Saints Row Gat Out Of Hell||2015-01-23||Adventure||Volition, High Voltage||72%||Read more|
|Graveyard Keeper||2018-08-15||Adventure||Lazy Bear Games||72%||Read more|
|Ghost Master||2003-08-23||Strategy||Sick Puppies||51%||Read more|
|Fall Guys Ultimate Knockout||2020-08-04||Casual||Mediatonic||60%||Read more|
The Dark Pictures Anthology
Supermassive Games’ Dark Pictures Anthology is a perfect option for Halloween.
Whether you’re spending it alone and looking to be spooked, or throwing a party and looking for something to play with your friends, these games have your back. No matter which one you pick, you’re in for a cinematic, frequently really scary horror experience with an excellent multiplayer idea.
See, these games tend to have a fairly big cast, and the Movie Party mode is all about transferring controllers from person to person, so that they play only the character they choose, making choices, completing QTEs etc. There are three games already out, and the fourth is coming out shortly after Halloween, in case you still need to conquer your fears before Black Friday stakeouts.
If you miss the immersive sim nature of Dishonored, but also wish it was gloomier and spookier, you should take a look at Gloomwood.
It’s a moody game which puts you in the unfortunate shoes of a prisoner trying to escape from a cursed city patrolled by evil steampunk plague doctors. Thankfully, you’ve got your sword cane, a revolver, and a suitcase which can hold some extra stuff.
The world is intricately designed, enabling creative solutions and a lot of good stealthing, if you’re into that. Don’t be fooled by old-school looks, either. Gloomwood might look like it came from 2000, but the developers have proved with their previous game, ULTRAKILL that excellent gameplay doesn’t need photorealism, it needs to be fricking good. And Gloomwood certainly delivers.
|Developer:||Phobia Game Studio|
What better time to play a game about being a monster than the day celebrating fictional monsters of all shapes and sizes?
Carrion isn’t very glamourous, being about a blob of mutated worms, but it is very good, and it’s incredibly fun to be an amorphous murderous mass humans can’t do much against. It won’t make a good costume, but it will make your evening for sure.
Of course, you’re the blobiest from the start, the is well paced, so it takes time for you to rediscover bits of yourself and get new abilities, and certain areas force you to split your existence to squeeze into smaller places. The whole thing is like a side-scroller, and the contained locations are full of foolish humans you can rip to pieces…or run from, if they learn how to fight you.
|Developer:||Wadjet Eye Games|
Unavowed is a modern, yet old-school adventure game which is sure to appeal to any fan of urban fantasy shows and novels.
Set in New York City, the game takes your character, a survivor of demonic possession, on journey beyond what most people see in the city. Thankfully, there are the eponymous Unavowed, people devoting their lives to protecting the world from the lurking supernatural evils.
The game has a pleasant, low-resolution aesthetic, but both the backgrounds and character are full of character and evocative detail nonetheless. As for the gameplay, it’s very much a point and click game, counting on your decisions and ingenuity more than on reflexes. You have a character with a customisable origin story, and there are four companions who can join your weird journey.
|Developer:||Bloober Team SA|
The Medium, from experienced horror developer Bloober Team, is a break from the studio’s usual style.
Instead of first-person deeply immersive psychologically exhausting scares, The Medium is a third-person horror game. It follows Marianne, the titular medium who can see the physical and spiritual worlds at the same time, which the game represents by splitting the screen in half to show both.
This dual vision is the way to overcome many obstacles blocking Marianne’s investigation. Troubled by a recurring dream, she travels to an old, abandoned holiday resort to seek answers… and to find more than she bargained for. The Medium is a unique, interesting, and engaging third-person psychological horror with a soundtrack composed by Akira Yamaoka of the Silent Hill fame.
|Genre:||Action & Shooter|
Although Creative Assembly usually dabbles in strategies of the Total War sort, their foray into the horror genre turned out to be really, really good.
Based on the Alien license, Isolation follows the daughter of world-famous Ellen Ripley, Amanda. The developers have done an outstanding job capturing the atmosphere and aesthetic of the 1979 Alien movie.
Amanda is stuck on a space station which suffers from some technological problems, in that its technology is unable to contain a fully grown Xenomorph, and then other bits of technology got a bit too murder-happy. If you’re more interested in a good Alien game, Isolation should keep your Halloween night frightful and full of breath held as the Xenomorph paces by the locker you hid in.
Amnesia is one of the best known horror games of the generation, and it played a part in popularising the FPP horror with a helpless protagonist.
In The Dark Descent this unenviable role falls to an Englishman called Daniel, who wakes up in a sprawling and neglected Prussian castle. In addition to a growing fear of the dark he also has to stay alive, because he is hunted by some dark presence.
Daniel is in no condition to fight, so his only defence against the monster stalking him is hiding, hoping for the best and trying not to lose his mind because of the horrible events and the oppressive darkness. While old Prussian castle might be too elaborate a setup for this year’s Halloween decoration, you can play around with the game’s level editor and make a virtual spooky tour this way.
Dead Space (series)
|Developer:||EA Redwood Shores|
What do you get when you take huge ships straight out of Alien, add in some gruesome body horror from John Carpenter’s The Thing and have it all confronted by an engineer rather than a hardened mercenary?
You get Dead Space, and things only get weirder from there. Necromorphs are terrifying enemies, and your best chance against them is cutting off their limb with a plasma cutter.
In addition to undead body horror and huge mining space ships there is also a cult revering the Necromorphs and mysterious alien artifacts called “markers”. The games became a franchise, with comic books and novels fleshing out the setting. If your favourite brand of horror is being faced with incomprehensible nightmares from the far reaches of the cosmos, DS should be right up your alley.
Do you know these reality shows about ghost hunters? And also these movies about ghost busters?
Phasmophobia is kind of like that, except ghosts can mess you up in the long run. There are more than different ghosts whose existence you need to prove with conclusive evidence, and each spectral visitor requires a different approach from your team of ghost-hunting intruders.
Phasmophobia is just the perfect game for a Halloween for 2020: it takes place in mostly down-to-earth settings, it’s best played with friends, and if you have a VR headset: even better! You can get royally scared and have a good time with your friends, all in the safety of your own. The only downside is that after playing Phasmophobia your cosy home may feel a bit more spooky.
Resident Evil (series)
|Release date:||1996 – 2020|
|Developer:||CAPCOM CO., LTD.|
Resident Evil games are a treat.
They seem to span the full range of possible horror expressions, from a fixed-camera survival horror of the original, through more action-packed, shooting-intensive entries, to the modern FPP immersive horrors. The series has plenty of zombies, mutants, crazed scientists, and body horror of the “eyes, tentacles, and aberrant growth” variety.
There are also sprawling mansions, police departments set in sprawling mansions, and a love of bizarrely complex locks. If you remove all the deadly monsters and extremely toothy dogs and whatnot, many of Resident Evil locations could serve as great horror theme parks, or themed paintball courses, why not. Either way, RE is a great series to give a shot this Halloween.
|Developer:||Other Ocean Interactive|
How does that sound: a snobby knight killed before the battle even begins now comes back as an undead with double the ego.
If that sounds fun, welcome to MediEvil, a 1998 classic resurrected (get it?) in 2019 with new graphics, familiar gameplay, and the same prick of a knight, Sir Daniel Fortesque min the leading role. In other words: a proper remake.
MediEvil is an old-school third-person hack and slash game mostly focused on melee combat, which puts Sir Fortesque through a gauntlet of trials of tribulations as he tries to posthumously save his honor and protect the land from the evil overlord Zardok. How it works out for him is only up to you! MediEvil is good fun, with a lot of goofiness that is rare in games nowadays.
The Typing of the Dead: Overkill
Learning to type fast might be for nerds…but what if you add rampaging zombies to it?
That’s the promise of The Typing of the Dead: Overkill, a spin-off of the House of the Dead series, which replaces on-rails FPS gameplay with on-rails precision typing gameplay. In essence, each dreadful zombie has an associated phrase you need to type before it’s too late. Simple? Yes. But also fun!
It might sound easy, but try avoiding typos when there’s a whole bunch of undead jerks coming to eat your face! The game is as silly and ridiculous as the classic HotD, and if you want something fun, intense, and entertaining to fire up for fifteen minutes or half an hours, then Typing of the Dead is exactly the type (eh, eh?) to fit into a limited time slot. It even has co-op, if you can believe it!
Cult of the Lamb
Cult hit of summer 2022, Cult of the Lamb launched and quickly gathered a following, partially thanks to its fun premise, and partially because it is damn good.
As a sacrificial lam saved from slaughter, now you must repay your (divine? savior by building a cult in their name. Cult assembled from other cutely anthropomorphic animals, to be clear. It’s like Happy Tree Friends Cthulhu.
Cult of the Lamb’s main course are roguelike crusades your characters perpetrates in regions near the central temple. There’s all the good stuff: enemies to fight, perks to acquire, weapons to loot, etc. But there’s also village management segment, involving resource gathering, building houses for cultists, worship duties, and, of course, bloody sacrifices granting boons to you and the cult.
Viscera Cleanup Detail
Viscera Cleanup Detail is a game about cleaning up alien goop and pools of blood after heroes are done stopping alien invasion.
If it doesn’t sound like a funny game, you haven’t seen the mop physics, or haven’t knocked over a bucket filled with murky water right after your co-op friend was done cleaning the floor. VCD is a physics-based, co-op friendly game where shenanigans are easy to unleash.
There’s even a DLC which should make you feel right at haunted home at Halloween, House of Horror shifts the clean-up action to a piece of atmospheric real estate where some unwise people decided to taunt the supernatural forces. You’re supposed to clean what’s left of these folks. There’s also a DLC which has you clean a Bond villain lair, and the aftermath of Santa Claus’ bad day.
Thimbleweed Park is something of a counterbalance for Unavowed.
The development was led by veterans of the genre who worked on many LucasArts adventure classics, and the sense of humor certainly carried over. The game’s story involved an FBI investigation of a mysterious murder, and there are more characters to play than just the FBI investigators: agents Ray and Reyes.
Thimbleweed Park is a delightfully surreal small town mystery story filled with odd characters and weird locations, including a sad clown and a destroyed pillow factory. The game is a point & click adventure, using an old-school verb commands system to interact with the world and its inhabitants. If you’ve been craving classic games like the Monkey Island series, Thimbleweed Park is exactly that.
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell
|Developer:||High Voltage Software, Volition|
The Boss was kidnapped by a literal Satan and dragged off to Hell so that they marry Satan’s daughter. Which is a major bummer.
Now Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington have to go to Hell themselves and rescue their boss, and, one could argue, friend. In the process you’ll fights devils, grow wings to fly gracefully through the hellscape filled with cameos by the likes of Blackbeard.
The game isn’t exactly wacky, but it IS filled with the irreverent humour expected of the Saints Row series, and the gameplay reflects a lot of the aspects of the bigger instalments, like SR3 or SR4. There are plenty of collectibles, side missions, and just a cool-looking open-world romp switching the usual urban environments for, well, Hell. It’s a cool place you start if you want a cheeky Halloween this year.
|Developer:||Lazy Bear Games|
Although nominally this game is about a truly grave matter, it isn’t really a serious one. You’re playing as a person dropped into a mildly fantasy world to manage the graveyard of a nearby village.
In addition to digging holes in the ground you’ll craft gravestones, give sermons at the graveyard temple, grow vegetables… There’s a lot of work ahead of you, and most of it requires a lot of resources.
As you start crafting, harvesting, and burying, you’ll gradually earn experience you can spend on unlocking new blueprints and recipes, which can drastically improve the quality and efficiency of your work. With a DLC you can even create zombies to do some menial jobs for you, freeing up much of your time so you can, for example, delve the dungeons underneath your house. This game has a lot.
Commanding a crew of ghosts is no easy task, especially when every ghost is a creature of odd habits and peculiar tastes.
When you add hapless mortals to the mix, things get interesting, and pretty silly. Sometimes you just need to scare mortals away, sometimes you must your ghosts’ powers to manipulate the humans into doing something BEFORE scaring them mindless.
Every mission is a different location, with new tasks and new ghosts to recruit, if you can sever the chains that tether them to the mortal realm. GM is filled with humour, from riffing on horror cliches to the names of ghosts and mortals you encounter, and the gameplay is a pleasant mix of puzzles and strategy. You also get a cool mansion as a base, and it only lacks Luigi scared witless in the corner.
Your objections are heard and considered, but on the other hands: this game is called Fall Guys, and the game is really into fun costumes for the beans.
How is this not considered a Halloween classic? If you need something creepy, just look for the official artwork of the Fall Guy bean skeleton. You’ll be scarred for life. Not speak about the horror of other people from the other teams!
In addition to its obvious Halloween theme, Fall Guys is just a damned fun game, pitting up to 60 “beans” awkwardly waddling their way to victory. There’s a whole bunch of different games, individual and team-based, and they are all great fun thanks to the silly, friendly nature of FG. The winners get crowns for being the beanest on the block and can spend them on cosmetic stuff.
|Developer:||Night School Studio|
Have you ever partied so hard you woke up in Hell with no recollection of what happened?
The protagonists of Afterparty might have, and now they have to outdrink and outparty our lord Satan himself to return to life. People can only hope to match this level of partying, and you can help protagonists Lola and Milo accomplish this goal, and get one of several possible endings.
Afterparty is a lovely and funny adventure game, which begins with you in Hell effectively challenging Satan to a drinking contest, and goes on to have you prove your strong head to Satan’s buddies, like Apollyon or old chap Asmodeus before challenging the big guy himself. If Halloween is usually a time to party for you, give Afterparty a chance. Just don’t end up like Milo and Lola.
Pick your fright
This concludes our list, but the topic is hardly exhausted. Hopefully you’ve found something to keep your mind supplied with visions of ghosts, demons, and skelligtons. Especially for the moment the lights start flickering out on October 31st for seemingly no reason whatsoever.