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Spooky Games That Aren't Horrific

Whether at Halloween or other times of the year, people love games that spook and scare them. There are loads of games that offer experiences as disturbing as you want. However, it can be hard to find games that have a spooky or scary theme but don't take things "too far".

This is our list of spooky games that stay on the site of fun frights rather than dark disturbances. This ranges from games like Monster Prom that has some mature language but doesn't double down on the scares, to games like Costume Quest that takes a tongue in cheek approach to scares.

This list includes 21 games from the last 12 years, with 239 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to get scared but not horrified.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 16
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to MA 15+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Battle, Brain Game, Collecting, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Role-Play, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Strategy and Traversal
Total Likes: 239
 

 

Knights And Bikes!

Release Date: 26/08/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Knights And Bikes! is a hand-painted adventure in a fictional late-eighties British island. You work together as Nessa and Demelza to explore its coast on bikes to find treasure, mystery and trouble. There’s fighting with frisbees, water balloons,...

Bugsnax

Release Date: 12/11/2020, updated in 2022

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Bugsnax is a whimsical adventure where you track, trick, catch and eat anthropomorphic food in all shapes and sizes. But as you do, you literally become what you eat. It's silly puzzling fun from the creators of [link to game/Octodad+Dadliest+Catch...

Cozy Grove

Release Date: 19/03/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Cosy Grove is a life-simulation where you camp on a hand-drawn island. You play a scout and explore the ever changing island's forest to find secrets and help the local ghosts. Like Animal Crossing, it has a children's story-book look, but is a...

Luigi's Mansion (Series)

Release Date: 19/10/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube and Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

The three Luigis Mansion (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Gamecube or Nintendo Switch) games each challenge you to investigate a haunted mansion. As longstanding Nintendo character Luigi, you play a ghostbuster to capture various mischievous ghouls. The puzzles...

Monster Prom

Release Date: 27/04/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Monster Prom is a role-playing game set in a high school for monsters where you are looking for love. You make choices about the dating-focused narrative by exploring the campus and talking to different monster characters. It has some light...

Trash Sailors

Release Date: 05/05/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Trash Sailors is a hand-drawn sailing game, where you control the group of castaways after a tsunami flooded the world. You navigate the ocean and build your raft with trash nearby which you can recycle into fuel, raft spare parts, and even weapons....

Costume Quest (Series)

Release Date: 19/10/2010, updated in 2011

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Costume Quest is an adventure game where you play a trick-or-treating child when they encounter a monster that kidnaps your sibling. You travel the neighbourhood collecting items for your costume, candy and fellow children as companions in order to face...

Morkredd

Release Date: 12/12/2020

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Morkredd is a puzzle game about light and shadow, where two characters work together to push a glowing orb of light in a pitch black world, avoiding to step into shadow - even each others' - which results in their death.

The Spirit and the Mouse

Release Date: 26/09/2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

The Spirit and the Mouse is a puzzle game where you play a mouse with electrical powers who solves people's problems. You overhear conversations between townsfolk and use these hints as you explore and then solve simple puzzles to help them out of their...

Spooky Chase

Release Date: 23/10/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Spooky Chase is a running, jumping game where you play a ghost collecting a series of flags. However, each route you take to a flag is then followed by enemies when you go after the next one. You play each level multiple times to collect each flag, but...

Obakeidoro

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Obakeidoro is a hide and seek adventure game. You play with up to four people, three are humans hiding from the other player who uses a monster to chase them down. The humans have 3 minutes to work together to get away.

Pumpkin Jack

Release Date: 23/10/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Pumpkin Jack is an adventure game where you run, jump and explore a kingdom, fighting enemies and solving puzzles. Pumpkin Jack is a Halloween themed character, and the world and other characters underline this.

Guacamelee 2 (Series)

Release Date: 09/04/2013, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Guacamelee is a running, jumping and fighting game with an emphasis on exploration of a maze of levels. You play humble farmer turned luchador, Juan, on a mission to find upgrades and battle enemies. It's a world inspired by Mexican culture and...

Harmony's Odyssey

Release Date: 19/10/2022, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Harmony's Odyssey is a puzzle game where you solve mixed up mythical dioramas full of riddles, creatures and magic. Play is simply a matter of selecting and moving the sliding pieces, but there are clever clues in the fantasy world to see how they fit...

Help! I'm Haunted

Release Date: 02/11/2018

Platforms: iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

It's Help! I'm Haunted is a retro running, jumping and shooting game where you work through levels of ghosts to rescue residents. You play freelance exorcist Harry B. Spooked against the swarm of sinister spooks infesting Neotransylvania.

Unusual Findings

Release Date: 12/10/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Unusual Findings is a point-and-click adventure set in a Speilberg-esque 1980s where three friends uncover mysteries in their hometown. You play by investigating each area, finding items and talking to people, but unusually this is a point-and-click...

Monster Mingle

Release Date: 23/04/2015

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Monster Mingle is a creative monster maker game where you choose bodies, eyes and mouths to make friendly creatures. Once they are made you can help them explore the world and find each unique island. It stands out for the simplicity of the fun on...

Paper Cut Mansion

Release Date: 27/10/2022

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Paper Cut Mansion is a action-adventure where you explore a mysterious mansion floor by floor. You play by poking around each area, solving puzzles and battling enemies to slowly unlock abilities that help you survive.

Boo!

Release Date: 23/10/2017

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Boo! is a Halloween-themed puzzle game where you decorate pumpkins using cauldrons of coloured paint. The twist is that to create each design, you need to cover up different parts of the pumpkin using an assortment of items. The challenge is to apply...

Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters

Release Date: 01/01/2013

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Pieces: Board, Cards, Dice and Figures

Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters is a co-operative traversal game where you explore a haunted house looking for treasure. You play by rolling a dice to move, finding treasure and fighting ghosts. It is a co-operative race where you must act quickly or be...

Lulu's Temple

Release Date: 14/04/2022

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Lulu’s Temple is a retro-inspired fast and furious action-adventure about an archeologist venturing deep into a pyramid filled with horrific creatures with only his torch and gun to protect him.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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