Look out behind you! Sorry – we must have seen a ghost. We'd blame this skittishness on playing too many scary games on our Switch, because like everyone else, we love being terrified. If you're the same then you may well be wondering which are the best titles to load up on your console when you're in the house alone on a darkened night.
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. Not all of them are outright horror games, but each and every single one of these titles is spooky in its own way. Don't say we didn't warn you!
Little Nightmares boasts some superb character and environment design, and exceptional sound too, with parts of the Maw screaming as if the ship was a gigantic bionic seafarer. Its story is compellingly told, and the way the main game connects with the DLC is immensely rewarding. If you're not afraid of a few scares – and let's be honest, you wouldn't be reading this list if you weren't – then Little Nightmares is a moreish puzzler with an exceptionally creepy cast capable of turning any stomach.
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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.
Observer's world is rich and open, the game is involved and requires more from you than you might expect, and the story has been created in such a way that it allows you to make choices, but without slapping you in the face with objectives telling you to perform action A or walk to point B. As for the scare factor, well, everyone’s going to have their own personal scale when it comes to what makes you moisten your trousers, but if dread, unease and a total lack of predictability sound like your cup of tea, you could be looking forward to a long, sleepless night after playing this one.
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...
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...
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!
Detention is a horror classic that deserves a place on your Nintendo Switch. Its story has an important message behind it as it introduces themes that seem almost unfair when viewed through the eyes of a child, but that only helps to escalate the horror. Through a terrifying atmosphere, chilling ghouls, and a soundtrack that will sink its teeth into you, Detention is a suitably horrifying title that needs to be experienced first-hand.
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 game, 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 horror 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 recommendations in the comments section below.