Halloween is nearly upon us! What horror-themed games are you playing?

It’s that time of the year again! Prepare to be haunted by creepy pumpkins, spooky ghosts and probably the scariest of them all: barely edible, tooth enamel destroying candy.

Unfortunately, I’ve never celebrated Halloween here in Amsterdam, but I do enjoy anything with a horror theme. It goes without saying that now’s the ideal time to fire up lots and lots of horror games until you start crying bloody tears.

Anyway, these are the horror-themed games I’ve played recently:

The Darkside Detective

An enjoyable little point-and-click adventure game with fun puzzles and quite a few laughs. Not in the least bit scary, though.

Paratopic

Me after completing this game:

The Last Door

Another point-and-click game. Unlike The Darkside Detective, this one leans harder into horror. I haven’t completed it yet (I’m at episode 4 right now), but I’m really enjoying it so far. It’s quite an atmospheric game and the puzzles are pretty good. Great soundtrack, too.

Horror-themed games I’ve yet to play:

Murder House

Looks like fun. Can’t wait to play it!

So, what ghoulish games are you guys playing this season?

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While not horror exactly I usually get a hankering to play Castlevania: SOTN this time of year. Maybe it’s all the movie monsters. And while it isn’t horror as such I’ve been playing a lot of D2R which has a lot of horror elements in the art and atmosphere as well.

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Nightmare in the Dark on the Neo Geo.

Some of the best music on the system, great animation and aesthetics. The gameplay isn’t totally original (think Bubble Bobble), and it could be a little sharper looking but it’s a fun game and it’s very 1CCable.

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I really want to replay Silent Hill 1.

I don’t really do the typical halloween spooky game thing though so I’ll probably get around to it closer to New Years, which somehow became my unofficial horror game time.

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I too find New Years terrifying. For me, it will be the usual NiGHTS and a bit more of newly acquired Mr. Bones. Maybe some Gex as well with selected levels.
Personally not all that much into Spooktober, but like to add some festivities whenever possible.

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Played a few horror-themed games the past couple of days.

Butcher is a fast-paced 2D shooter with tiny sprites and an abundance of gore.

Played through it in a couple of hours and enjoyed it quite a bit.

I also played another game that features all kinds of monstrous enemies, but it sits on the opposite end of the grittiness spectrum compared to Butcher:

The Arcade Archives release of KiKi KaiKai was on sale, so I couldn’t resist downloading it. I used to play it in the arcade back in the eighties. Still a pretty fun game!

I’ve never really played much of Castlevania II or III so I may try to remedy that. I’ll start with III if I get around to it.

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Picked up Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection since it was on sale. Played it for a bit and… I kinda don’t like it… at all.

It’s a shame, because I was absolutely obsessed with Ghosts 'n Goblins when I played it at an arcade (and on the Commodore 64) ages ago. I also loved Ghouls 'n Ghosts (played the Mega Drive version to death) and I still play the arcade versions of both games every now and then.

I was hoping Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection would have the same effect on me, but alas, it hasn’t (so far, at least). While I’m not a huge fan of the graphics, that’s not what I’m soured on. It’s the gameplay. It just doesn’t feel as solid and snappy as the earlier games.

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Played DUSK for the first time last night. Pretty fun so far!

Today I played a few levels of DUSK '82 (a free puzzle demake for customers who pre-ordered DUSK). I like it!

Tonight I’m probably going to continue my playthrough of The Last Door. I’m at the second episode of season two right now. What I really appreciate about this game is that each episode can be completed in a single evening, so I never go to bed with unsolved puzzles tormenting my mind :slight_smile: