When Halloween approaches each year, many of us look for cool games to play with scary themes or funny characters. There are people who search for bloody, gory, slasher games while others go the opposite direction towards cute witches, ghosts, and goblins wrapped in a puzzle. With this in mind, we put together a short list that includes a little of both. So, whatever your preferred game genre for the spookiest night of the year, you might just find one here that is perfect for your taste.
Grave Matters Minesweeper is a challenging puzzle game that brings you scary monsters, buried skulls, and an eerie atmosphere. You play Harey Burke, the grave-digger, and tote your trusty, four-legged companion Bobby. Your job is to dig up enough safe graves to move onto the next level. What makes them safe? They need to be free of the evil Steamborgs who will drag you to your doom.
You will select a grave to dig up and if it is empty then you are in the clear to dig another until you reach the level goal. But, if the grave holds a skull then you know a Steamborg is buried nearby. You and Bobby have some special skills to help you both sniff out those crazed monsters. So, plan your moves carefully, use your special skills, and solve your way through the 60 levels of Grave Matters Minesweeper, if you dare.
Grave Matters Minesweeper is a challenging puzzler with just enough creepiness to keep you playing. It is universal and available for free with an in-app purchase on the App Store.
Skullduggery! is a different type of puzzle game where you will use strategy, skill, and elasticity to survive. Fling your skull to collect valuable coins, land in a hand for help, and avoid dangerous obstacles until you reach the level goal.
This game offers both single and multiplayer modes with 24 challenging levels if you choose to play alone. There are hidden rooms, treasure chests, and collectible objects that come in handy as you play. So, just pull back on that brain matter and fling your skull while defying gravity, slowing down time, and changing direction all in mid-air.
Skullduggery! is a fun, upbeat, hard-to-put down adventure. It is universal and available for on the App Store for a limited-time price of $2.99.
Securing the cabin
While Knock-Knock Game may not be new, it still brings the eeriness and ghostly creatures you need this time of year. With cartoon-style graphics and a gibberish-speaking character, you will still be surprised and disappointed when you do not make it through the night.
In Knock-Knock Game you will guide the Lodger through his cabin making sure it is secure. Travel from room to room with your dim candle turning lights on along the way. You must look for places to hide as you walk through the cabin so that when a dangerous apparition is upon you, it will disappear when it doesn’t see you. Troubling as it is, those nasty creatures keep turning off the lights that you turn on and you just never know when one will be waiting for you in the next room.
Knock-Knock Game is twisted little adventure and is fun as well as challenging. The game is universal and available for $2.99 on the App Store.
Solving by sound
Dark Echo is a very unique gaming experience where sounds, lines, and shapes are your only saviors. You must find your way to the exit in each level by listening and looking and all before you are taken over by evil. The sounds you make will bounce off of the surrounding environment, revealing its shape, so that you can find your way out, hopefully.
Because of the audio experience of Dark Echo, it is highly recommended that you use headphones and play with dim to no lighting in the room. As you try to make your way to the exit by moving your finger, the scenes intensify. You feel the pressure of that horrific entity on your tail and once that red embodiment catches up to you, it’s game over.
Dark Echo provides a freaky, intense type of game where your heart will begin to pound under pressure. It is universal and available for $1.99 on the App Store.
Escaping the mansion
What would Halloween be without a little haunted house action? Til Morning’s Light gives you the cursed, 200 year-old mansion filled with ghosts, ghouls, and other spookiness. Locked inside by her so-called friends, Erica must escape before dawn or she will become a spirit of the mansion herself.
You will help Erica escape by solving challenging puzzles, unraveling clues to the mansion’s curse, and collecting useful tools in this awesome adventure. Til Morning’s Light is not just about the puzzles and solving the mystery, however, because as you make your way around the rooms of the mansion you will be faced with devilish creatures that you will need to destroy. Pay attention to the controls because each beast is defeated differently.
Til Morning’s Light brings an enjoyable combination of puzzle and action to a haunted house themed game perfectly suited for this time of year. The game is universal and available for $6.99 on the App Store.
What list of games like this for Halloween would be complete without some zombie take-down action? Recently-released, The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land, official game of the wildly popular AMC hit “The Walking Dead,” lets you train, fight, and hunt your way through locations from the show.
Join the cross-bow carrying, motorcycle-riding, rebel hero Daryl Dixon in this new role-playing game. You will train other survivors, choose your team for missions, and take out zombies in a turn-based experience. Hunt your way towards Terminus and several other locations throughout the current 10 game episodes. Do you have what it takes to build a skilled team and survive against the walkers?
The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land is easy to pick up and play and brings the perfect amount of zombie-eliminating action that fans of the show are sure to enjoy. The game is universal and available for free with in-app purchases on the App Store.
Surviving five nights
The frightening Five Nights at Freddy’s requires patience, focus, and gives you in return just the right amount of disturbing creepiness. You are a nighttime security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, which by day is a jolly, family-oriented dining and entertainment spot. But, by night those clever animatronic robots that made kids laugh all day come alive, for real.
You will need to keep an eye on the security cameras, blind spots, and available power supply until morning. Survive the first night and move onto the second. The problem is that the extremely dangerous and terrifying characters are after you. Only close the doors when necessary and turn on the lights when you suspect something is near, otherwise, you will run out of power completely and then, well, it’s all over.
Five Nights at Freddy’s is the first in this horror game series, so you can also check out Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, and Five Nights at Freddy’s 4. Each game is universal and available for $2.99 on the App Store.
Wrapping it up
Again, everyone likes a different genre when it comes to gaming. From upbeat, skull-flinging puzzles to surviving a night with wicked, robotic animals, this list is sure to have something for you. If you have a great game that you would like to suggest for everybody to try out this Halloween, feel free to share it in the comments.