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!
Dead Effect 2
Price: Free to play
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.
Distraint: Deluxe Edition
Price: Free / Up to $4.49
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. The Deluxe Edition is a bit more expensive than the normal version, but it includes a bunch of extra stuff.
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. These games have quite the following on YouTube as well so there is a bunch of content to watch there. 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. Some people consider them scary and some don’t.
Fran Bow series
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 2
Price: Free to play
Into the Dead 2 is the latest in a popular series of horror games. It’s an infinite runner. Your goal is to survive for as long as possible. The game also includes a story mode with multiple endings, weapon and ammo perks, and more. The game also includes more game play mechanics than its first iteration. Thus, it’s the one we’d recommend first. The first Into the Dead is still pretty good, though. Both horror games are freemium.
Oxenfree is one of the newer horror games. It’s a thriller about a bunch of teenagers. They rip open a ghost rift and deal with the consequences. It features deep character interaction alongside the normal story line. The graphics aren’t much. However, the retro style does play well with the atmosphere of the game. IT runs for $4.99, but it has no in-app purchases. It’s also available on other platforms, like Nintendo Switch. That makes this an actual console game.
Sanitarium is an adventure-escape horror game that is truly creepy. You play as a girl who loses her memory after a car accident and you end up in this game’s world. Everybody is super creepy and you have to escape. The puzzles are pretty decent and the game also includes 20 Google Play Games achievements to help keep you going. You also get a choice between touch mode and control pad mode depending on what you like more. It’s a good port of the 1998 PC game of the same name. The graphics won’t win any awards, but it’s definitely one of the creepier horror games on the list.
Thimbleweed Park is a Noir thriller game with horror elements. Thimbleweed Park has 80 crazy residents and you have a dead body to deal with. There are all kinds of weird happenings around the town and your job is to find answers. There are five playable characters, a bunch of jokes, two difficulty levels, a hint system, and more. This one isn’t necessarily scary, but it has a lot of the same elements as horror games. Think of it like a Bruce Campbell movie. It’s not scary, but you still watch them during Halloween, right? Thimbleweed Park is the same way.
Slayaway Camp and Friday the 13th
Slayaway Camp and Friday the 13th are two horror, puzzle, gore games from Blue Wizard Digital. They have very similar graphics and controls. You solve puzzles, kill things, and see lots and lots of blood. You do have to enable gore mode, though. Slayaway Camp includes 140 levels and Friday the 13th includes over 100. That should be more than enough to keep you going for a while. These are easily among the best mobile horror games ever made. Slayaway Camp costs a cool $2.99. Friday the 13th is free to download with in-app purchases up to $9.99.
The Walking Dead Telltale series
The Walking Dead is a series of horror games originally 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. Telltale Games doesn’t control these games anymore. We have a link to the first one below, but you’ll need to search Google Play for the others.
If we missed any great horror games on Android, tell us about them in the comments!