Do you like to be scared? C’mon, admit it, you just love going to see a trashy horror movie and having the bejesus scared out of you, all while clutching your fellow fright junkie and wondering why you’re doing it. Not that I know from experience, mind you (ahem).
Well with the advent of portable gaming systems, sometimes referred to as iPhones or iPads, we can easily not just watch, but really get immersed into a frightful experience anytime we like.
Of course with Halloween fast approaching, this is a popular topic and so, we thought this to be the perfect time to clue you, our loyal readers, into some freebies that will exercise the hairs on the back of your necks.
Here are our top ten favorite free scary games that will frighten, thrill and entertain you while, and well after, you’re finishing your Halloween treats.
Dead Effect – This game features stunning graphics, smooth action and terrific gameplay. It will draw you in and, especially on the iPad, you will be in the troubled ship fighting for your life.
Unlike some fps games, this one gives you clues along the way as to what you need to do next and, while there is definitely some hunting around, it serves to get you familiar with the ship and help you get around faster once you really get rocking. There are quite a few ways to customize the game and overall it just works extremely well.
Believe us when we say, the immersive effect is powerful, your heart will beat faster, and you will be caught up in the action.
The Drowning – A stellar fps game that starts with you in a small boat heading to an unknown shore and quickly escalates to a fight for your life against the undead.
You are warned in the App Store that you must be 17 years old to download the app, and for good reason. It’s one scary ride!
Hideous creatures must be killed before they kill you and when you turn around to see what’s behind you it may just be one of them.
Haunted House: Dark Mansion – If you like moving around in fps mode, this app will definitely appeal to you. By moving around a dial that acts like a joystick, you easily move in all directions trying to accomplish the tasks that you’re given.
As you move around the movement of the scenery around you is very smooth and overall the gameplay is fun, quick and responsive.
From the haunted house to a ghost that is always after you, to spooky sounds and background music, this is a fun game for all ages.
Slender Rising Free – At the start you have two modes to choose from; day or night. The day ambiance is an eerie foggy scene while in the night mode everything is dark so you have to find your way around with just a flashlight (you can only see what is lit up by your flashlight).
It’s a lot more creepy than you might expect and this free version give you a taste, along with some ads, of the full version.
We like that you can sample the wares this way. But just try to not get sucked in the whole experience, we dare you!
DEAD TARGET: Zombie – The gruesome icon for this game is just the start of the amazing visual and gameplay experience that you’re in for.
The story line of prisoners being made into super combat killers that are turned into zombies in a blackmail scheme gets you going and then it’s kill or be killed.
Featuring robust 3D graphics and easily controlled movement and action, this game is simply a horrific thrill to play.
With lots of upgrades and achievements along the way, this game will keep you entertained long after trick-or-treating is over.
Eyes – the horror game LITE – If you’re into horror games, Eyes will not disappoint. It’s a fun game with top notch graphics and gameplay.
This game will keep you on the edge of your iPhone moving and spinning to find what you need and move on before the ghost finds you.
The imagery, suspenseful feel, and the constant threat of jumpscares in this game suck you in and don’t let go.
Along with the extra effects, like the lightening and shaking furniture, this is one of the creepiest games we’ve come across.
Shiver: Vanishing Hitchhiker Collector’s Edition HD – This is hidden objects game like no other. It starts you off with a video that lays down the plot and sends you on a fun, and spooky hunt.
Dark scenes and surprises keep you jumping as you explore around with your flashlight to solve the caper of the vanishing hitchhiker.
This title, with its engaging soundtrack and detailed artwork, works quite well on the iPad and we suggest you play it on one if available.
The free version gives you feel for the quality that imbues this game and while, of course there are pitches for the full version, there’s enough here that even if you don’t upgrade you’ll enjoy the ride.
Slender Man Origins 2 Free – This game is billed as an “intense survival horror game” and, to be perfectly honest, we can’t argue with that.
The storyline and eerie soundtrack make for a chilling intro to this adventure as you move around dark surrounding to solve puzzles and try to put the pieces together.
But the soundtrack is not just for a somber melody, you’re advised at the start to use headphones because in this journey you will often be aided by paying attention to the sounds in each setting you’re exploring.
Once again, we encourage players to use an iPad if possible. The terrific graphics and interactivity scream for a larger surface to give you a better view of what’s going on and the danger that lurks around the next corner.
Dark Meadow: The Pact – This game creates a gorgeous and enticing world for you to experience. The introduction sets the bar high and the unfolding adventure delivers throughout the game on all counts.
Impressive graphics, intriguing dialogue that will make you smile sometimes and other times make you dread what might be coming next, and all together creepy monsters make this a Halloween must-have.
As you explore your surroundings you uncover bits and pieces of the back story and get hints as to how to move forward. It a scary thrill ride that you won’t want to end.
Garden of Fear – Prepare to be scared right from the start with no let up in sight. You wake up in a strange place, a labyrinth, and have little to go on beyond a few items and your wits.
The ominous atmosphere of the challenge throws a punch and hits you square in the face.
If you really want to experience it as intended, play it alone with the lights out and headphones on. The immersive 3D graphics will pull you in and you’ll be in the game in no time.
In some ways this is a bit reminiscent of old text adventure games, since you have to keep track of where you’ve been so you don’t go around in circles but, as you’d expect, it goes light years beyond that to a frightful experience you won’t forget.
All of these games represent the current state of the art in mobile gaming and for true gamers the genre couldn’t be more exciting and rewarding.
We’re dead serious when we say that the device you carry around every day is a gaming platform disguised as a phone.
Try some, or all, of these games but just do those around you one favor, don’t scream too loud.
Top Ten Free Scary Games for Halloween — published by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
What do YOU think? We’d love to hear your comments, let us know what apps are scaring you and why!