10 cellular horror video games to play in the dead of night

10 mobile horror games to play in the dark

Limbo is a darkish and creepy cellular recreation.


Halloween is over, however that does not imply you may’t benefit from the horror style. Whether or not you are into films, TV reveals or braving a Stephen King novel, horror’s scares can final all 12 months lengthy. And horror video video games aren’t any totally different. (Try our full record of scary PC and console video games.)

We have pulled collectively an inventory of 10 cellular horror video games for Android, iPhone and iPad that’ll make you lose sleep all year long. 


iOS $3, Android $5



A bunch of associates hanging out on a seaside take a flip for the more severe when the kids unintentionally open a ghostly rift. Quickly the group is combating for survival, struggling by time loops, and doubting if everybody is really who they are saying they’re. 

I can not communicate extremely sufficient of this choice-based recreation. Oxenfree calls itself a “supernatural teen thriller,” however deftly avoids tropes and cliches, offering characters with depth and an enchanting, eerie plot. It is a fast recreation you possibly can play in a single sitting, however there’s a number of endings so you may all the time return.

Plus, Oxenfree 2: Misplaced Indicators is coming in 2022, so now is an ideal time to play (or replay!) the unique recreation. Value noting that Netflix purchased Night time College Studio — the sport’s developer — in late September as a part of its push in direction of gaming.

What Stays of Edith Finch

iOS: $5 


Big Sparrow

What Stays of Edith Finch is a darkish, emotional journey by the seemingly cursed Finch household tree. Edith, the final dwelling member of her household, returns to discover her large ancestral dwelling. The home appears to go on eternally and is filled with rooms and secret passages to discover. 

The sport performs out like a collection of brief tales, giving the participant a snapshot of Edith’s ancestors. As you progress, Edith maps out her household tree in a pocket book. What Stays of Edith Finch is a strolling simulator and a thriller puzzle recreation, and it is engrossing sufficient to play in a single sitting. 

With out giving an excessive amount of away, the sport is darkish, with themes of human and animal demise, suicide, psychological sickness and extra. It is a good recreation, however in case you’re triggered by any of those subjects (or subjects that you just think about is perhaps associated), know that you’re going to encounter lots of them on this recreation.

Gone House 

iOS: $5


Annapurna Interactive

Gone House will suck you in from the very begin. You play as Katie Greenbriar, dwelling from a year-long journey in Europe. If you arrive dwelling (in the course of a thunderstorm no much less), your loved ones has seemingly vanished. Discover all of the nooks and crannies of the sprawling home. Gather clues and unravel what occurred to your loved ones when you had been gone. 

The stress created within the recreation by sheer thriller is nearly extra horrifying than if there have been bounce scares. As a die-hard thriller recreation fan, I discovered Gone House immersive, engrossing and emotional. Whereas taking part in, I discovered myself turning on all of the lights within the recreation to stave off the unnerving feeling of being alone on this abandoned home. I felt disappointment and frustration as I opened doorways and located nobody behind them, however the emotional payoff was so bittersweet and satisfying. 

It is a bit cumbersome typically to play it on iPad and may benefit from including controller help sooner or later. However it’s undoubtedly nonetheless price a play.

Very Little Nightmares

iOS and Android: $7


Very Little Nightmares/Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET

Very Little Nightmares is the prequel to the console recreation Little Nightmares. The Woman within the Yellow Raincoat wakes up in a mysterious mansion and should navigate enemies, unstable structure and clear up puzzles to make it out. I felt Very Little Nightmares was a tad much less creepy than the console video games, so in case you’re not an enormous horror fan, this can be a tamer recreation that you may safely try. 


iOS: $4, Android: $4



Limbo, a side-scrolling platformer that faucets into the spooky black-and-white aesthetic, is each bit as creepy because it appears to be like. Waking up as a small boy in a mysterious forest, you must clear up puzzles to navigate by nightmarish chiaroscuro landscapes stuffed with horrific monsters and traps. 


iOS: $7



Inside, from the makers of Limbo, is a beautiful, eerie puzzle platformer with an interesting story and creepy, moody background music. Just like What Stays of Edith Finch, there are some darkish and unsettling parts of manipulation and physique horror which may be triggering for some. You play as a faceless younger boy in an remoted, chilly world of muted colours. It does not take lengthy to appreciate that the opposite characters you come throughout within the video games haven’t got one of the best intentions and there are darkish secrets and techniques to uncover. Regardless of the paradox of the primary character, the best way the builders convey his disappointment and exhaustion is unmistakable, including one other layer of environment to the sport. 

Sara is Lacking

Free on iOS and Android


Kaigan Video games/Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET

Sara is Lacking is a comparatively brief cellular recreation, however it’s actually immersive. You discover a lacking woman’s cellphone, and the app shows as in case your smartphone is hers, full with alerts, texts and error messages.

When you unlock Sara’s cellphone, you may be plunged right into a world of lies, thriller and secrets and techniques. Look by textual content messages and emails, retrieve misplaced information and information, watch suspicious movies, and search by photos to piece collectively Sara’s final moments. Your search is guided by the Siri-like cellular assistant Iris, which is perhaps hiding a couple of secrets and techniques of its personal.

The sport has a number of choice-based endings, hidden subplots and fairly a couple of bounce scares.

I Am Harmless

Free on iOS and Android


Guts United/Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET

I Am Harmless is a detective recreation just like Sara is Lacking. Nevertheless, the gameplay is longer and extra intricate. You may examine a collection of murders that someway hyperlink to the disappearance of your sister. Nobody is who they appear as you dig deeper and unearth secrets and techniques.

As in actual life, the way you work together with the characters can enhance or harm your relationships. You begin getting messages from a mysterious particular person named Ghost, who connects you to a kidnapped particular person named Finch who wants your assist.

Use your sources to boost photographs, accumulate data, search archives, determine what occurred to your sister and assist Finch. There are built-in Tetris-style video games that, when you beat them, unlock extra data.

Thimbleweed Park

iOS and Android: $10



Discover a haunted lodge, a destroyed pillow manufacturing unit and an deserted circus to determine the secrets and techniques of the surreal city of Thimbleweed Park.

Play as Agent Ray and Junior Agent Reyes — a Mulder-and-Scully duo — or Frank the ghost, a cranky clown named Ransome, or recreation developer Delores. Characters can work collectively, or make fixing the homicide harder for others.

Thimbleweed Park is a humorous noir parody set in 1987, nostalgic in its pixelated fashion. For those who’re on the lookout for a extra lighthearted recreation for this time of 12 months, that is it. 

Life is Unusual

iOS and Android: Free obtain for episode 1, then purchase particular person episodes or season move ($1-$10)


Sq. Enix

Life is Unusual is not essentially a scary recreation, however it’s price together with for its thriller and suspense. The sport tells the story of a woman named Max who begins having visions of an impending catastrophe. Quickly she learns she will bend time and would possibly have the ability to use her powers to avoid wasting her greatest good friend Chloe.

When a scholar goes lacking, Chloe and Max begin investigating and be taught that their hometown has a darkish aspect. As Max modifications the previous, it impacts the long run.

The graphics in Life is Unusual are stunning, even on a smartphone display screen. The plot is intricate and accompanied by a terrific soundtrack. The sport reacts to your decisions, so it may possibly finish in numerous methods. You may as well discover this recreation on PS4, Xbox One and PC. There’s a second installment, Life is Unusual: Earlier than the Storm, in case you take pleasure in this one.

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