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When we first wrote this article a few years ago, the horror games genre wasn’t great. There were a few good ones. However, the quality deteriorated quickly after that. The last couple of years have seen a revival of horror games on Android. The arrival of VR also helped peak interest in the horror genre. There are now better games in the horror genre. Here are the best horror games for Android!

Another World

Price: $3.99
Another World is a port of an older game from the early 1990's. You play the role of a scientist who ends up in another world. There, you'll be chased by a wolf monster while you solve puzzles and try to find a way home. The game isn't horror on its own, but the atmosphere and tension can be pretty scary. It also doesn't help that this game will trap you if you don't solve the puzzles properly. It's a no holds barred kind of game. You can pick it up for $3.99 with no in-app purchases. It's definitely one of the more underrated horror games.

Dead Effect 2

Price: Free with in-app purchases
Dead Effect 2 is a creepy sci-fi shooter. You play the role of one of three characters. Your goal is to level up, find new weapons, and defeat the bad guys. It features tons of alien bad guys, lots of dark corridors, and a 20-hour campaign mode to play through. The graphics are pretty good on their own. However, they do get a boost if you're using an Nvidia Shield device. It's not typically what you'd think of when it comes to horror games. However, it's about as close to a horror shooter as it gets on mobile.


Price: Free / $1.49
Distraint is one of the newer horror games. It features hand-drawn graphics and a simple premise. The controls are very simple and you should be able to learn them quickly. It doesn't typically rely on classic horror elements like jump scares. Instead, it tries to creep you out with its story line. In fact, it bills itself as a psychological horror game. It's a bit short and you should finish the game in a few hours. However, it's also only $1.49 so it feels like you're getting what you pay for. It's fun and you can download it and try it for free before buying it.

Five Nights at Freddy's series

Price: $2.99 each
The Five Nights at Freddy's titles are a series of highly popular horror games. They rely on the classic jump scare. Your job is to sit somewhere and keep an eye out for living robots. They are, of course, trying to kill you. You win the game if you can survive. There is also a healthy amount of lore and story. There are five games in total to play through. The mechanics vary between the games. However, the core premise remains the same. Each game is $2.99.

Fran Bow series

Price: $1.96 each
Fran Bow is another series of horror games. Each game is a different chapter in the story line. Unlike many games that package the whole series in a single title, Fran Bow breaks the mold by making each chapter its own downloadable game. It's a puzzle game where you must self-administer medication to go into an alternate world. The story line is excessively creepy. It's a decent series overall. Each game in the series will run you $1.96.

Into the Dead

Price: Free with in-app purchases
Into the Dead has been around for a while and it's one of the better horror games. It's an infinite runner. You'll then be tasked with running away from a never-ending zombie hoard. During the run, you'll find weapons and other stuff to help. It's a highly intense game because it never ends. You simply go for as long as possible without dying. There are also secondary objectives to complete. It should give you plenty to do for a while.


Price: Free / $4.99
Limbo is one of better horror games in recent memory. You play as a boy searching for your lost sister. The game has monochrome, minimalist graphics. You'll solve puzzles in order to proceed. It has a creepy atmosphere. There are also plenty of traps and bad guys to avoid. It also features auto-save, achievements, and more. About the only downside is that some believe the game is a little short. It should only take you a few hours in order to complete the game. Still, it's really good.


Price: $1.99
Octave is another of the newer horror games. You play the role of a guy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. You're dragged into an alternate reality where things just don't add up. Outside of its horror elements, it's a puzzle game with hidden object elements. Apparently, you also run a lot. The story line is enjoyable and creepy. You can pick up the game for $1.99 and it has no in-app purchases.

The Walking Dead series from Telltale

Price: Free / $4.99 with in-app purchases
The Walking Dead is a series of horror games from Telltale Games. They are based on the popular comic book series and TV show of the same name. In each game, you'll play through five episodes of story line and try to survive the zombie hoard, crazy people, and other obstacles. There are a total of four games in the franchise. They all have elements of adventure, puzzle, hidden object, and more. They can get delightfully creepy at times, but they're mostly just entertaining. Each one will give you the first chapter of the game upon downloading. You'll have to purchase the four remaining chapters in each game with in-app purchases.


Price: Free with in-app purchases
Unkilled is among the best FPS horror games on mobile. It's a zombie shooter with a whole bunch to do. You'll have over 150 mission to complete, a bunch of bad guys and bosses to kill, and there are even online multiplayer. The graphics are also pretty good. The developers have gone through a lot of trouble to make sure there is tons of content and most missions have enough zombies to make anyone a little tense. It's a lot of fun, even for a freemium game.

If we missed any great horror games on Android, tell us about them in the comments!

Joe Hindy
Hi everyone! I'm Joe Hindy the Android Authority app guy!
  • Guest

    Where is “LIMBO” game?

    • JosephHindy

      Will be added on the next update. I wrote this before that came out :)

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  • Joker74

    how about a decent strategy game, not one of these crap clash of clans stuff with in game purchases!

    i cant believe i can find no games to play on my tab s 10

    • KK

      I wish too but you can almost find none of these either without IAP or Ads. I think piracy is part of the problem that they came up with the IAP model.

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  • Mariska St Anne

    Does anyone know of any games in the style of Saw? Puzzles or challenges but with consequences for failing?

  • Colin Burns
  • Guest

    Samantra – The Horror Game scaryyyy

  • Goda Game Studio

    Hi everyone, We’re happy to launch a new trivia guessing game for horror movies fans on Android(Ios version will be available soon).
    The gameplay is simple: You guess the horror character name from zoomed in photos, that’s all :).
    If you like the game, give a rate and review please :).
    Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.goda.games.closeuphorror
    Amazon Store: http://www.amazon.com/gp/mas/dl/android?p=air.com.goda.games.closeuphorror
    Thank you!

  • Karishma Khoja

    You guys missed Hide and Seek. It’s a great horror rpg. You should check it out! :)

  • Blowntoaster

    Jump Scare horrors are best played in a room with carpets or soft surfaces. throwing your S6Edge + or Xperia Z3/5’s after a Five Nights Jump Scare on high volume will end in tears…. :)

  • Martin

    My android horror game project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k1U8ks5dVY

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  • Arjun D. Teron

    Dead effect 1 n 2

  • Raphael Alexander

    Dead space was removed from google play but you can get it on one of those other app stores, I use appvn.

  • Guest

    I also miss “Hide an Seek”. It’s a great game!

    • Katerine Luznacki

      best horror game ever!

  • Zhaki Karakashi

    There are some great horror games on the list, but you mainly ruined it for the readers for not including Hide an Seek in the list. As the other comments suggest Hide and Seek is my favorite scary game for android for me too.

  • Shahe Ansar

    Ellie, FYI it’s made by the guys who made Murder Room

  • GSV

    Nice list, one game that I’d recommend is Sanitarium, a classic isometric horror game ported to Android. Also FNAF can’t scare even a 5 year old kid.