The Walking Dead: No Man's Land
If you love the horror TV series The Walking Dead on AMC, then this is the perfect mobile game for you. No Man's Land combines town management with tactical turn based combat to create a zombie apocalypse survival game. Here, you have randomly generated characters living a small refuge with limited resources. You are vastly outnumbered by the undead, and every single trip outside the uncertain safety of your refuge could lead to certain doom. It is an intense strategy game that will keep you glued to the progress of your characters.
It is up to you, the player, to be able to help them survive getting new resources, upgrading the base, and of course, fighting against the dangers of the undead walkers. Each character has its own class (there are several classes available), and success is often determined by being able to choose the right person for the job that needs to be done.
The game is set in the universe of the famous TV series and you basically follow the path of the show's characters -this means that you get to visit iconic locations such as the Prison and Terminus. Of course, the biggest draw of the game is when you are able to get characters from the show as part of your team of survivors. Michonne, Daryl, Rick, and the rest of the show's main cast are available, though do not expect them to be so easy to obtain.
When a zombie outbreak spreads inside a school, the military and police are unable to stop the dangerous undead from killing everyone in the campus -so they are forced to barricade the entire school in order to keep the monsters locked in. Sadly, students Logan and Megan are still inside the school, along with a soldier named Sgt. Williams. They have managed to find a safe room to lock themselves in. According to Williams, there is an exit they can run to, but in order to reach it, they have to escape the zombies.
Players get to choose between any of the three characters in this thrilling endless runner. Unlike most endless runners where players get to see the horizon, they are running to, Corridor Z locks the camera in front of the character -which means that you are constantly looking at the zombies that are chasing after you. During the run, players must knock down obstacles or fire weapons in order to slow down the horde that is chasing them and the run ends when they are unable to escape.
Scary is definitely the best word to describe this game. Eye: The Horror has players take on the role of a thief who is targeting the home of a rich old lady who recently died. So yes, there is no living person in the house which should make it an easy mark right? Of course not (this is a list of horror games after all), naturally the house is occupied by the old woman's ghost and she will instantly kill if she finds you. Still, the call of the loot is too strong and your character decides to rob the house anyway.
The money is scattered throughout the house, and you have to collect enough before the game allows you to exit the house. The longer you stay, the more chances you get of encountering the ghost. It also does not help that there are almost no lights in the house and you can only see a small distance ahead of you. Throughout the house are bloody eye marks on the walls. If you touch these, you can see the house from the ghost's perspective and know where the ghost is. This is a great tool for surviving a game without weapons -though be prepared for the shock if you learn that the ghost is very near your location.
Five Nights at Freddys 2
Five Nights at Freddys 2 continues the creepy tradition started in the first game: a late night shift guarding a creepy fast food joint with super-disturbing mascots that move on their own. This game is a frantic kind of slow-burn. There are plenty of moments when nothing is happening punctuated by moments where you have totally lost sight of one of the obviously bloodthirsty animatronic mascots and have to figure out if they are headed towards you. It also does not help that much of the place is already pitch dark to begin with.
The best part of this game series is not just the game itself, but the rich subculture that comes with it. There are plenty of wild theories and scary stories about the plot of the game, and being able to experience the story firsthand is nothing short of absolute fun.
The Walking Dead Season 2
Telltale's Walking Dead series is still, without a doubt, its best interactive story game series to date. In Season 2 players get to see the world from the perspective of Clementine. The game starts off a bit of time after the events of the first game -after Lee passes away and Clem is forced to fend for herself. The game opens with her meeting Omid and Christa, but things quickly turn for the worse and Clem is once again separated from her friends. In the course of the game, Clem meets other survivors and tries to find a place for herself, but life is not easy when you are child -especially life in a world full of walkers.
This sequel explores not only an expanded view of the TWD world, but also the scary consequences of being a child. Clem may be the protagonist of the story, but that does not mean that other characters -who are mostly adults, will follow her lead (if they listen to her at all). This gives the game a two-sided level of fright -from the fear of being attacked by zombies and the absolute helplessness of being a little girl.
Into the Dead
Into the Dead is our favorite endless running game for mobile devices. Here, players wake up after a crash landing in the middle of nowhere. Surrounded by zombies, the only choice to be made is to run and try to avoid getting caught by the undead. The visuals and presentation of the game is top-notch, making full use of limited mobile hardware to create a truly terrifying atmosphere.
You are not completely hopeless against zombies as there are perks and various abilities that will help you make longer runs and actually take down a few of these flesh eating undead. You can even have a companion doggie run alongside you that will automatically attack zombies in your way. Of course, as an endless runner, it is never a matter of being able to escape the zombies -but simply a matter of being able to stay alive for as long as possible in each run before you are inevitably caught.
Mental Hospital III
The plot of this game is literally screaming horror a mile away: a car breaking down forces people to go inside a long abandoned mental hospital that is rumored to have conducted creepy experiments in the past. Seriously, if you have no idea what kind of horror awaits you, you might be browsing in the wrong genre. Jokes aside, Mental Hospital III brings back the classic point and click and run gameplay of the original games.
The control inputs are simple: move, turn around, run, and toggle nightvision. That toggle nightvision is very useful and creepy at the same time, which is perfect for this game. Most of the monsters that you eventually meet will make your skin crawl, and that is exactly what this game is all about. If you have been looking for a good escape-cum-puzzle game with plenty of dangerous horrors at every corner, this is it.
Mental Hospital IV
This game manages to deliver exquisitely beautiful graphics while at the same time, stay insanely creepy. Of course, making the player scared is the whole point of Mental Hospital IV and it does a great job at it. This is thanks to the amazing art direction and well detailed graphics (we have to say, it is kind of unnerving that such a scary mobile game makes us want to take so many screencaps). The controls are simple (the buttons have icons that are self explanatory) and the main goal is straightforward: solve puzzles and run.
This game feels like it was directed by a horror genius, there is plenty of suspense that is further agitated by the camerawork and use of various visual filters. One of the most jarring sequences involve being able to see the now-derelict Hospital in its previous, pristine state -and yet see that when it was fully bright functional, it was also a whole lot scarier.
The School: White Day
Originally released years ago for the PC as White Day: A Labyrinth Called School by Korean developers Sonnori, this game is the perfect piece of Asian horror turned into a game. The visuals are stylized, with Kazuma Kaneko-inspired character designs and monsters making them timeless and effective even more than a decade after the game's release.
The game has players in the role of a young boy who was told to go to the school after dark. He meets a few other students there and soon enough, they are all involved in a strange series of events that are both chilling and disturbing. Most of the game is spent running and hiding and being scared -and yet it is still plenty of fun to play.
Slendrina: The Cellar
It does not take much to figure out that Slendrina: The Cellar is full of cheap and shallow jumpscares, and yet the game's outright, tongue-in-cheek honesty about how crude it is works in its favor: it stays scary for embracing what it is.
The monster, despite being named like a female version of Slender Man, is a mix up of Sadako and other iconic female ghosts in Asian horror. The gameplay is a little simplistic, and involves collecting books in a dark, maze-like cellar while trying to minimize contact with the titular monster. It is a simple yet effective game that will keep horror fans scared and amused.
It is hard to talk about Hotel Insanity without having to allude to the fact that this game is trying its hardest to live up to its name. So yes, this game really is pretty insane. On the surface, it feels like your typical horror game with the super dark environment, move and collect items, solve puzzles kind of feel. And then, without warning, the game does its darned best to kill you. It is scary to play a game like this: where the developer intentionally designed the game to force players to keep running and winning is hardly an option.
We have no doubt that this game probably has a backstory and an ending, but in the several times we have played it, every single moment was spend disarming dangerous traps, running away from axe carrying murders, and looking for coins that we can use to buy apples from vending machines in order to curb our ever rising hunger meter (yes, in this game, if the monsters do not kill you, hunger will). You have to keep moving and progressing, and the deeper into the derelict hotel we went, the more we are convinced that this is less an abandoned hotel and more like an alternative entrance to hell.
Hide and Seek: Tale of Dorothy
This JRPG styled game may look simple and innocent at first with its text based dialogue, cute 32-bit sprites, and retro-soundtrack. But a few minutes into the game will instantly tell you that this is not your ordinary RPG and that the protagonist, Dorothy is in a very real danger of getting into some danger if you are not careful with actions. Scares in this game come in a variety of forms, ranging from lighthearted to morbid to violent jumpscares -whoever said that old school graphics has limited range in expressions should take a cue from this game.
Hide and Seek will have you explore a very haunted house as titular character Dorothy (who, as we are made to assume in the start of the game, actually lives in that very house but has no memory of it). Each puzzle you solve brings you closer to understanding the nature of the house (or not), and maybe, hopefully, help you find a way to the exit or at the very least, to safety.
Hide and Seek 2: Story of Demian
Also known as Hide and Seek 2: Stranger, this game follows the same trend as the first Hide and Seek game where players must traverse a strange and very haunted house in order to seek answers. In this case, the player character is Demian Gwyn and he is seeking for a way to cure his disfigured face. And yes, the location is alluded to be the same house as the one in Dorothy's story.
Scares come plenty in the game, but the real meat of horror lies in the very macabre plot that surrounds both the first game and this second one. If Gywn and Dorothy seem like they have their work cut out for them, even the demon, Sue has a morbid past to carry on her back as well. Obviously, we won't spoil the details of the plot, but just know that if you like a good horror story about the supernatural, then playing both Hide and Seek games should be on your to-do list.
Asylum (by TabomSoft)
Asylum is another JRPG style game by Tabomsoft. Here, players take on the role of a young girl who wakes up in what appears to be a run-down mental asylum. Despite being derelict and seemingly abandoned, she is not alone. The asylum of full of very dangerous beings that the player must avoid in order to survive. Knowing what to do and what not to do is a matter of trial and error, but common sense should often be followed (Protip: when you are hearing noises outside the door, it is rarely a good idea to check it out by opening the door).
The game relies heavily on tension and narrowing your field of view in order to maintain a sense of horror and danger -and it works. If you like skulking about dark and dangerous asylum corridors without knowing if the next step will kill you, then this game is certainly right up your alley.
Deep Sea Girl Story of Ari
While Tabomsoft's previous offerings in this list puts players in very contemporary horror locales (haunted house, mental hospital), this one has quite the modern approach. Deep Sea Girl puts you in a very urban environment, particularly, a massive theme park with an underwater theme. Though the location may not be a typical spot for horror, the game does a good job of putting in an appropriate level of scare and tension to the mood.
The game combines classic horror spooks like invisible ghosts and more visual frights like monster fish as active dangers that the players must manage to escape and avoid. Like the previous game, progress is made when you solve various puzzles and uncover more about the truth of the location you are in and the complete story of why you, a young girl named Ari, ended up in such a situation in the first place.
Despite being a relatively short game, The Jusou is a pretty frightening game to play. The premise is that you, the player has been passing by a certain house for a long time. You know that there was once a family with a young boy that lived there and that they have moved out about 10 years ago. You also know that no one has been in that house since then. Recently, you think you saw signs that someone might be in the house, and for some inexplicable reason, you find yourself entering the gates in order to investigate.
The premise of the game is pretty eerie, and that sets the mood for how the rest of The Jusou plays like. This escape game comes with a huge degree of frights and jump scares, and it has all the hallmarks of a good, honest to goodness, asian horror movie. The production value and delivery is very well done -all naturally optimized and streamlined to give you the most amount of scares as possible.
Dark Corridors 2
A school is plagued by mysterious deaths, or more specifically, suspicious suicides, and there are also rumors of ghosts in the hallways. It does not take long before you are targeted -you suddenly find yourself in the middle of the school at night, the lights are all out and there are strange noises all around. The only thing you need to do to survive is to run. Dark Corridors 2 is an endless runner set to the theme of a slightly surreal Korean horror story. The artwork is very Japanese anime inspired with its cute schoolgirls in sailor uniforms, but do not let that charming facade make you drop your guard. This is a full-on mobile horror game full of dangerous twists and turns.
The corridors you run through are narrow and full of dangerous things -from moving cabinets, falling vases, and closing gates. As you progress further, you get faster -and so do the obstacles. The obstacles also change with the environment, the further you go in, the more dangerous things get: trees that move, entire stretches of flooring that open up to a bloody abyss, and other ghastly things await."