Being afraid is something most people try to avoid, but you’re not like most people. If you like adrenaline rushes, mind fucks, and being terrified this list is for you. Today I will explore the top six indie games that are guaranteed to scare you. So put on some fresh pants and tread carefully, you never know what’s lurking around the corner.
6. Five Nights at Freddy’s
Normally teddy bears and rabbits aren’t scary, but these are no normal mascots. These animatronic monstrosities will try to kill you and stuff your corpse into one of their friends. What’s worse is that your only means to fight off the fiends is usually a flashlight, and a cheap one at that. FnaF has an interesting back story and is a great series for fans of jump scares. It also has lead to some great reactions from people on youtube, if you have some free time.
5. Slender: The Arrival
A favorite of creepy pasta fans, this game was actually made in collaboration with Eric Knudson, the creator of Slender Man. Slender: The Arrival uses horrific images, puzzles, and creepy sounds to put players into an uneasy state. Players will struggle to survive and keep their sanity as they try to find their lost friend and avoid the Slender Man’s grasp. I know few who have beaten this game, and none that weren’t scared.
Considered one of the scariest games ever created, this title will not disappoint any horror fan. Playing as a Journalist investigating an abandoned mental asylum, you soon find a bigger story than you can handle. Full of mystery, suspense, and hellish creatures, Outlast provides a memorable experience that will leave you shaking and wanting more. Luckily Outlast II has recently released to give fans another taste of true terror.
3. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Unable to remember your past or how you got in the castle, the only thing you know for sure is that you have to run. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a game about immersion, giving players full control of their fate. There are no cut scenes, time skips, and no weapons. Your survival solely depends on you and your ability to evade the terrifying denizens hunting you. Lets just hope you have the skills to survive.
Stranded on a ship, you must navigate a labyrinth filled with traps, environmental hazards, and a deadly beast that wants to kill you. This is Monstrum. Unable to kill the monster chasing you, the player must use their wits to run, hide, and trick the monster to avoid being killed. But the developers didn’t make it easy. Monstrum’s best feature is its randomization. The game actually changes the ship’s layout and chooses one from several monsters to pursue you. Monstrum keeps players afraid and disoriented, never giving them a moment’s rest.
Dark, terrifying, and beautiful are just a few words to describe this entry. From the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, this title is set in a decaying underwater facility filled with hostile robots and creatures. As you struggle to survive you must also solve the mystery of how you got to the facility and what has happened to you. It’s a non-stop heart pounding adventure that will make even the bravest player pause in fear. If you are seeking a horror game to scare you then you can’t do any better than SOMA.