Sometimes, you just want to scare yourself silly. It’s a bizarrely human trait, but it’s one that most of us are only too happy to indulge. Which is why we thought it was a good time to write a list of the ten best horror games available for mobile in 2021.
There are some jump scares here, some psychological scares and even some multiplayer fright-fests. But if you’re looking for a horror game for iPhone or Android, we reckon you’re going to find the perfect one in this stylish and well presented list.
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The Room Series
The Room series is all about psychological scares. You’re faced with a series of puzzles you need to solve, while trying to track down a mysterious element that may well open a portal to a hellish dimension.
These aren’t the sort of games that are going to make you jump out of your skin, but they’re likely to stay with you long after you’ve finished playing. More haunt your dreams than haunt your waking hours.
Dead by Daylight
This one offers up some terrifying multiplayer action. One player takes on the role of a psychotic murderer, the other four need to try and survive. What follows is a taut and tense game of big-killer cat and small-squishy mice.
Dead by Daylight works really well on mobile, and it’s always being updated with new killers and survivors. If you want to scare the poop out of your friends, this is the best way to do it.
Don’t let the cutesy graphics fool you, Hello Neighbor is going to have you jumping out of your skin. It might not deal in paranormal horror, but being chased by a man with a mustache wearing a golf sweater is still pretty darn scary.
You play as a kid who’s sneaking into your neighbor’s house. You’re trying not to get spotted, but that’s much easier said than done. Hello Neighbor builds up the sort of buttock clenching tension that most games can only dream of.
Five Nights at Freddy’s Series
These games have become something of a cultural institution over the last few years. They feature killer robots, security cameras and enough jump scares to fill YouTube with content for decades.
There are so many different versions of the game on mobile now it’s hard to suggest which one you should try. So pick whichever seems to suit you and give it a play. We guarantee you’re going to shriek like a lunatic at least once.
Distraint: Deluxe Edition
This one focuses on the dark side of the human condition. It’s about greed, humanity and regret and it weaves a dark and twisted tale that forces you to consider your own moral code. Which is pretty darn cool.
There’s some pitch-black humor here too, as well as some properly twisted happenings. Distraint isn’t for the faint of heart, but more than any other game on this list it’s going to make you ask questions about yourself.
A gory slaughter fest that sees you mowing down wave after wave of the shambling undead. It’s not scary per se, but it does drip and ooze blood and guts at every possible moment.
There are a few times when you’re going to jump, but mostly you’re going to grimly butcher hordes of the formerly living. So who’s the real monster here, eh? Probably the zombies.
A game about a bunch of teenagers on a strange island. Oxenfree is an adventure that’s full of spooks and scares, as well as a really interesting story about growing up.
After opening a spectral rift, it’s up to you how you deal with the ramifications. You need to make choices, using a smart conversation system, and those choices change the direction the story is heading.
Into the Dead 2
More zombies. This time you’re running through them with limited ammo and not much chance of survival. Into the Dead 2 mixes an auto-runner with an FPS and a horror game and comes up with something pretty special.
There’s a frantic pace to the experience and you’re going to have to be on your toes if you want to survive the zombie onslaught. But hey, if you get eaten you can just try again.
A survival horror game that takes its cues from Silent Hill. You’re exploring a weird town, beset by monsters and creepy goings on. There are puzzles to solve, deformed nurses to escape from and much, much more.
On top of all that the game looks gorgeous. It’s tense, it’s weird and it’s guaranteed to make you wince a good few times. This is a perfect homage to a genre that’s got a little lost in recent years.
Hey, you know what’s a good idea? Sneaking into an abandoned insane asylum. Actually, it’s not, and Lost Within is proof of that. It’s a mix between an adventure game and a survival horror and you’re going to spend a lot of the game hiding in lockers.
To escape the asylum you need to discover its horrifying past. To do that you have to run away from diving-suit wearing terrors. Lost Within balances spooks, scares and a creeping sense of fear really, really well.
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