Look out behind you! Sorry – we must have seen a ghost. It's close to Halloween, after all, which means that all sorts of spooky things are creeping out of the woodwork to scare the bejeezus out of us. The scariest holiday combined with the cold and darker nights makes this the best landscape to play horror games in.
So to help you get in a frightful mood, we've rounded up the best scary Switch games that will get you in a right panic this Halloween. Not all of them are outright horror games, but each and every single one of these titles is spooky in its own right.
Yomawari: The Long Night Collection brings two terrifying games together into a single collection. You play as two different children who suddenly find themselves completely alone in a nightmare version of their hometown. Sounds like a hoot to us! Just make sure you don't play with the lights off...
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Bulb Boy might look like something from Cartoon Network on first inspection, but play it and you'll actually find a pretty grim adventure game. You'll face a wide variety of gory deaths and battle a poo monster, of all things. It's gross, but strangely compelling, and the perfect game for some Halloween fun.
Outlast 2 takes place in the same universe as the original, but has you play as a husband and wife investigative journalists Blake and Lynn Langermann. Armed with only a camera, you have to investigate the mysterious death of an unknown pregnant woman. Nothing can go wrong there, surely? Both Outlast games are must-have experiences for those who love to be scared witless, but the first one is perhaps the best. Still, this is worth a look when you're finished filling your underpants in fear.
Resident Evil is the granddaddy of survival horror games, so it would be an absolute crime for it not to feature somewhere on this list. Thankfully, two excellent entries have already made their way to Switch in the Revelations Collection – the latter of which is ideal for co-op if you have a friend. In fact, we'd recommend you bring someone else along - it might be less scary that way...
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ might not look scary on paper, but you are playing as a crying baby who's trying to escape from a religious fanatic of a mother trying to kill him. That backstory and the myriad of horrific monsters, weapons, and environments make this a must-play on Halloween. Twisted, but brilliant.
10. DOOM (Switch)
DOOM needs no introduction. This action shooter reboot isn't all that terrifying – in fact, it's the denizens of Hell that should really be scared with you on the rampage – but the Hellish setting and all that blood and guts on display mean it's perfect for a Halloween romp. Heads won't so much roll as explode in a shower of blood!
Darkest Dungeon is a turn-based RPG in which you have to send a team of adventurers into a deep dungeon to gather treasure. This isn't your typical Tolkien-esque fantasy environment, though. The dungeon is an absolutely terrifying place to explore – so much so that your party members can actually lose their minds to the horrors they witness. Pray the same doesn't happen to you!
Layers of Fear: Legacy is a horrifying walking simulator in which you have to explore the house of a mad painter. The scares are psychological here, and even a simple pan of the camera can alter the environment considerably. You'll be terrified to take a simple step in this artistic mind-messer, making it the ideal game for this time of year.
The original Outlast proved that indie developers can do survival horror – and do it well. You play as the freelance journalist Miles Upshur, who decides to stop writing about Brexit and new-age diets and go looking for a story inside a long-abandoned asylum. However, it might not be quite as abandoned as it looks...
Oxenfree is basically a video game version of Stranger Things. You play as a group of youngsters who are trying to escape from a bunch of horrifying supernatural monsters. They have plenty of time to muse on the meaning of life though, so if you fancy something a little less terrifying, this is a good option - but be warned, there are still some seriously disturbing moments...
Detention takes place in the uniquely horrifying time period of 1960s Taiwan, which was then under martial law. You play as a variety of different characters as they explore a school under siege by a variety of supernatural events. If you're strong of heart, you might just figure out what the heck is going on; this might not look all that spooky, but believe us, it's a chiller.
LIMBO is the spiritual predecessor to INSIDE, and tells a harrowing story entirely without the use of words. It's pretty powerful stuff, and your imagination will run wild at what it all means. Oh, and there's an absolutely massive spider to contend with. That provides enough horror on its own!
The Walking Dead is where Telltale largely made its name. This is an adventure game that ties in to the TV series of the same name, though it goes its own way and tells a brand new story in the same universe. Having said that, all of the tension, difficult decisions, and zombies make an appearance here. It's a shame that Telltale's story has come to an end before it could properly conclude the series, however.
INSIDE is the spiritual successor to LIMBO, and it builds on its predecessor in every imaginable way possible. It's a very similar game in many ways, with side-scrolling elements, a gorgeous, moody art style, and a vulnerable protagonist at the heart of it. Everything's just bigger, better, and way more affecting.
Dark Souls: Remastered might not be best described as a horror, but it's packing plenty of frights nonetheless. Between the daunting difficulty, horrific monsters, and a claustrophobic dark setting, Dark Souls will have you as tense as a night spent in a haunted house. It's arguably the perfect Halloween experience, as it mixes frights with action and excitement. Enter Lordran if you dare!
Where does your favourite horror game rank on this list? Did it not even make the cut? Share your favourite Halloween recommendations in the comments section below.