If you're not in a spot where you can watch your favorite scary movie or play a console game, check out these apps guaranteed to give you a fright this Halloween.
1. Sarah is Missing (SIM)
Once you unlock Sara's phone, you'll be plunged into a world of lies, mystery, and secrets. Look through text messages, emails, retrieve lost files and data, watch suspicious videos, and search through pictures to piece together Sara's last moments.
You'll dig into Sara's phone with the help of the mobile assistant IRIS, who might be hiding a few secrets of its own.
The game has multiple choice-based endings, hidden sub-plots, and quite a few jump-scares.
2. I am Innocent
In I am Innocent (iOS, Android) is a detective game where you'll investigate a series of murders that somehow link to the disappearance of your sister. No one is who they seem as you dig deeper and unearth secrets.
How you interact with the characters can improve or hurt your relationships. You start getting messages from a mysterious person named Ghost, who connects you to Erwin Finch. Finch has been kidnapped and needs your help.
Use your resources to enhance photos, collect information, search archives, to figure out how Ghost knows what happened to your sister and help Finch.
There are Tetris-style games built in that, once you beat them, unlock more information. The game is similar to Sarah is Missing but with longer and more intricate gameplay.
3. The Outlived
The apocalypse is nigh and you, one of the last living people, have one main goal: survive.
Explore the post-apocalyptic wasteland, abandoned hospitals, infected prisons, police stations, and a secret laboratory from before the end of civilization.
Gather valuable resources from the locations, craft weapons, build a shelter, and try to find other survivors.
Not everyone is friendly though. You'll encounter bloodthirsty zombies, nefarious survivors, wild animals, and mutant creatures.
The Outlived plays more like a traditional video game. The display is reminiscent of The Walking Dead and Dead Rising series.
4. Thimbleweed Park
Join a band of misfits to solve a murder in Thimbleweed Park. The game is set in 1987 in the rundown, surreal, forgotten town of Thimbleweed Park, which has secrets of its own.
Explore a haunted hotel, a destroyed pillow factory, and an abandoned circus to figure out the town's secrets.
Play as Agent Ray and Junior Agent Reyes, a Mulder-and-Scully-esque duo, Frank the ghost, a cranky clown named Ransome, or game developer Delores. Characters can work together, or make solving the murder more difficult.
Thimbleweed Park is a noir parody, nostalgic in its pixelated style, and humorous. If you're looking for a more lighthearted, but nonetheless fun game to play, this is it.
5. Watson Scott Test
The Watson Scott Test isn't a mobile app game, but you can get it for PC. The game is a "personality test" that seeks to discover your deepest and darkest fears.
Are you afraid of snakes? Spiders? Are you a liar? Do you believe in ghosts? Are you sure you're alone in your house?
These are just a few of the questions you'll answer during the Watson Scott Test.
The 30 question multiple choice test blurs the lines between fact and fiction, with a creepy and tense atmosphere. If you play with headphones, you'll get to experience Steam's 3D spatial audio feature that increases the creep-factor.
6. Horror Hospital
The dark holds a fear that some children take into adulthood. The possibility of what could be hiding in the shadows is something we don't want to imagine.
In Horror Hospital (iOS, Android), you've got to save your friends from a haunted hospital navigating your surroundings with just your cellphone light. As you make your way, your friends will send you messages to direct you.
Creep down dirty hallways with bloody handprints, dismembered corpses, and overturned beds. Just be careful where you shine your light; you never know what you'll find.
The game's graphics aren't top notch, but it's good for suspense and gentle jump-scares. It's a watered-down version of 2013's Outlast.
7. The Fear
Instead of a haunted hospital, in The Fear you have to find your family in a creepy house after a car accident.
You swerve in the night to avoid a strange figure in the road. When you came to, your wife and child had vanished. Of course, when you make it home, the electricity is out. Someone... or something is following you, spirits lurk, children laugh, and there are weird, threatening notes everywhere
The Fear actually has a solid plot and a good ending. The graphics are better than Horror Hospital and effective jump-scares. If you're a fan of this game, the company made three.
8. Life is Strange
Life is Strange tells the story of a girl named Max who starts having visions of an impending disaster. Soon she learns she can bend time and might be able to save her best friend Chloe.
When a student goes missing, Chloe and Max start investigating and start finding out their hometown has a dark side. As Max changes the past, it impacts the future.
The graphics in Life is Strange are beautiful, even on a smartphone screen. The plot is intricate and accompanied by a great soundtrack. The game reacts to your choices, so it can end in different ways.
You can also find this game on PS4, XBox One, and PC. There is a second installment if you like this one.
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