|Screenshot of The House 2.|
Conclusion: "safe" fear is actually good for you!
Since we care about the physical and mental well-being of our readers, I have compiled a short list of the best free horror games online. Enjoy them with the lights off and your headphones on.
Five Nights At Freddy'sDesigned by Scott Cawthon, this game is quite possibly one of the scariest games one can play online. In it, the player controls a character who just got a job as a night security guard at a pizza restaurant à la Chuck E. Cheese called Freddy Fazbear's Pizza.
Seems harmless enough, right?
To play Five Nights at Freddy's is to get in touch with crushing paranoia. The player is not able to move or fight back. The only way to protect yourself is to track the robots' movements through several security cameras and, if they get too close, shut the doors at the office to deter them from getting to you.
The success of this game has been so overwhelming that Hollywood will adapt it into a movie.
Warner Bros is heading up the project and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment (The Ring, The Grudge), Seth Grahame-Smith, and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions (both from the Beetlejuice sequel) will be producing it.
|View of one of the security cameras.|
Want to try your fate at Freddy's? You can find the original game (right now it has three sequels) at Desura.
Slender SeriesFirst released on June 2012, Slender: The Eight Pages is a first-person minimalistic game where the player needs to collect eight pages of creepy scribbles and drawings while avoiding an encounter with the dreaded Slender man, a faceless creature with extremely long limbs.
|The eight pages.|
A follow-up to the not-so-scary Slenderman, it was deemed by IGN as "pure horror" and that only a "few horror games thrust you directly into the heart of fear (...). Slender is the kind of game that unearths that long-lost sensation inside of you whereby you'd play a game for the addictive novelty value it possessed and not the budget that was thrown at it."
|Slender found you.|
The game was a huge hit among horror players and has spawned numerous games, most of which still follow the same gameplay as the original but are set in different places. Here is a list of all Slender man games, even though some are only available for download:
Slender: The Eight Pages
SCP Slender Mod
Slender: The Nine Pages
Slender: The Remake
Slender 2D: Sanatorium
Slender: Gaze of Horror
Slender: The Arrival
Slender Man's Shadow
No matter what Slender game you decide to play, you will definitely enjoy jump scares and a lot of tension.
|Screenshot from Slender: The Arrival.|
The House 2If you are simply looking to quench your thirst for jump scares, look no further. This sequel to Sinthai's point and click flash game The House is filled with them, and since it is short enough for you to complete it in less than an hour, you will get instant gratification.
|The House 2.|
(...) Legend has it that there is a house in a small town that has been closed and left empty for decades. The house belonged to a wealthy family. But then one day, all family members; father, mother, daughter, and the maid were found dead in the house from what appeared to be suicide. From that time, the neighbors have closed the house for good as they believe that the house where the whole family committed suicide is cursed. Some said that they heard a woman's screaming voice from that house. Yet no one dare to enter the house.....[will] you?It is up to the player to enter this forsaken home and investigate each of its rooms, gathering clues along the way to find out what really happened to the deceased family.
|Enter with caution.|
Prepare to flush the toilet over and over again, click on the light switch again and again, check out the same piece of paper several times...before a creepy ghost jumps out in the screen and makes your heart skip a few beats.
So maybe there is a method to Sinthai's madness? You can check out the game at Sinthaistudio.com
|One of the clues you will find.|
Dungeons NightmaresDungeons Nightmares is a very intense indie horror game. It is not only randomly generated (i.e., every time you play, the game will be different) but also filled with jump scares, paranoia-inducing darkness, and sound effects guaranteed to make your heart beat faster.
|"Keep moving. They know where you are."|
Dungeons Nightmares plays with one of the most basic human fears: fear of the unknown. It is not made clear where you are or what is going on, and every corner you turn seems darker than the last.
|A ghoulish woman will come after you.|
You can check out this game at Gamejolt.com.
Are you ready to try your hand at these beauties? These games are not for the faint of heart and Fanboys Anonymous does not hold any responsibility for ruined underpants. So play responsibly.
What do you think of these games? Any other games we should had included in this list? Let us know by leaving your comments below!