Best Free Horror Games to Play: Ranking All the Games in 2021

Mahirul Alam Chowdhury
By Mahirul Alam Chowdhury
6 Min Read
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We bring you some of the most interesting free horror games that go easy on wallets too.

Great horror can be hard to find especially if you look in the big-budget or AAA sector of gaming. Furthermore, even the titles from renowned companies can feel monotonous after playing a few games. Hence, we bring you a list of the finest free horror games. Combining uniqueness with affordability.

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Free Horror Games

Slender: The Eight Pages

Slender: The Eight Pages
credits: Slenderman Wikia

Slender: The Eight Pages has become a classic over the years. Spanning from movies to creepy internet copypasta stories and lore. Although the game is now a decade old, it never fails when it comes to the scare factor. The goal is simple you have to locate 8 pages in a desolate location where the flashlight is your only friend. Until you look behind and Slenderman is right behind you breathing down your neck.

At Home Alone

At Home Alone
credits: At Home Alone Steam

At Home Alone is a psychological horror game that does not rely on scary monsters coming for you or escaping a creepy place. Instead, the game narrates the childhood of a girl who became subject to disturbing occurrences at her home when she is alone. That can leave anyone mentally scarred.

Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion

Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion
credits: heise online

As the name suggests, the game is filled with jump scares, which can be disturbing at times. But the game excels by not being a traditional jump-scared-filled horror game. This horror title starts off with a more light-hearted and cartoonish touch. Although it can be a little off-putting and boring for some horror fans, the game grows scarier and creepier as the game progresses. Intensifying the thrill.

SCP – Containment Breach

SCP – Containment Breach
credits: SCP

A part of the SCP foundation lore and wiki. The game incorporates the lore well in a survival horror experience. In a research facility where dangerous monsters and abominations are roaming freely, the game makes sure every playthrough is new with its procedurally generated maps. Can you escape this hellhole?

The House In The Woods

The House In The Woods

The House in the Woods might not have much in terms of gameplay but it perfectly executes the horror vibes where you feel something breathing down your threat every second. Especially with its restricting PS1-like retro graphics, the fear factor multiplies tenfold. Players are always kept at the edge with its well-executed sound effects and certain moments that we should not spoil. The game is also heavily inspired by the Blair Witch Project which one can see from the aesthetics of the game.

Doki Doki Literature Club!

Doki Doki Literature Club!
credits: DDLC

Another game that starts of with a completely different vibe. DDLC might seem like a stereotypical visual novel with some dating or romantic narratives. But as you progress you witness some horrifying and disturbing occurrences ranging from psychopathic, suicidal, and beyond that plays with the human psyche.

Dead by Daylight (Mobile)

Dead by Daylight (Mobile)
credits: Dead by Daylight

Much like its PC counterpart, Dead by Daylight Mobile is an asymmetric survival horror multiplayer game where 1 player takes the role of a savage killer while others have to escape as it tries to hunt down everyone. This 4v1 game combines great gameplay with a creepy and helpless atmosphere. Moreover, the game crosses over with some of the most popular cult-classic franchises. From Resident Evil to Nightmare on Elm Street. Although the game is only free on mobile.

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Best Free Horror Games (A Complete Tier List)

  • Must Play (S-tier): Dead by Daylight Mobile, Doki Doki Literature Club!, The House In The Woods
  • Recommended (A-tier): SCP – Containment Breach, Slender: The Eight Pages, At Home Alone, Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion

The free horror games in the S tier although do not offer much when it comes to pure gameplay, it manages to compensate well with the atmosphere, sound, and narrative. One of a kind experience especially DDLC which is now a cult classic. While Dead by Daylight is now one of the most popular multiplayer horror games. Must play titles for any horror fans.

The games in the A tier are provided unique horror experiences from spooky locations, monsters to sudden jumpscares. The games in this list especially SCP and Slender are the ones every horror in addition to non-horror fans should try out for a quick thrilling gaming session.

Mahirul Alam Chowdhury is a writer and HR Manager at GameRiv.