There’s only one thing a self-respecting gamer should do this Halloween weekend:
Play Horror games.
And lucky you, when looking at the quality of horror games on Mac, you will notice one thing: The games are getting better and better.
In 2015 alone, some excellent Mac horror games were released. There’re Outlast and Metro: Last Light Redux, and that’s barely the tip of the iceberg.
But fear not. This round-up is not limited to first-person shooters (although you can find the best ones here, if you’re a fan). It also includes adventure games, point-and-clicks and more. In fact, with so many great horror games out there, there’s definitely something for everyone.
With Halloween around the corner, these scary Mac games are exactly what you need. Without further ado…
The Best Horror Games for Mac:
Alien: Isolation is the latest and greatest Horror game to come to the Mac.
Set fifteen years after Ridley Scott’s original film, Alien: Isolation embarks you on a journey to the Sevastopol space station. This may sound like a standard Alien-scenario, but Isolation is unlike any other Alien game you’ve played before. With Isolation, The Creative Assembly created a game that finally captures the essence of the original film.
Isolation is about survival. The monster is to be feared and respected. It can’t be killed. All you can do is run and hide.
Luckily, the Sevastopol is full of places to hide, including vents, lockers, and cabinets. This means stealth will be your best weapon against the monster, killing robots and psychotic survivors.
The bottom line?
BioShock may seem like a strange pick since the newer and shinier BioShock Infinite is also available on Mac. And BioShock Infinite is a better game in many ways. But if you’re looking for a scary experience, the original BioShock is a better choice.
This game is darker, grittier and scarier.
BioShock is not about jump-scares (although it certainly has some), it’s about immersing you in one of the most desperate places ever. The game takes place in Rapture, a city full of bloodthirsty people ready to do the most gruesome and terrible things. Rapture’s atmosphere is so intense it will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout BioShock’s terrific story.
But here’s the kicker:
The gameplay mechanics are great, making this horror game extremely fun to play.
Outlast was released not too long ago, and many see it already as the Mac’s scariest game.
The game puts you in the shoes of a freelance journalist who decides to investigate a psychiatric hospital lost in the mountains. That was obviously a bad idea, as hell breaks loose and you find yourself alone in a nut house full of homicidal patients. Plus, most of the corridors, rooms and sewers you’ll navigate are pitch black. The only way to see is by using the low-battery video camera you have on you.
It gets worse:
You are completely incapable of combat.
With no weapons at your disposal, you will have to be smart and quick on your feet in order to stay alive. Needless to say, Outlast is a must if you enjoy horror games. You can watch it running on Mac OS X and see for yourself.
The Darkness 2
Here’s the deal:
The Darkness 2 is the bloodiest game on this list and that’s quite an achievement.
Developed by Digital Extremes, The Darkness 2 puts you in the shoes of mob boss Jackie Estacado, a man inhabited by a dark force. Jackie managed to control the darkness for some time, but an attack on his family brings out the monster inside.
This is when the game starts.
With his tentacles and demon powers, Jackie will literally rip apart his enemies, providing tons of gore and blood to witness. The story may not be as good as the original’s, but the gameplay is much more refined. IGN beautifully summarizes the game’s achievement: “It may not end up being the best shooter of 2012, but it could very well be the one that makes you feel the most powerful”.
Soma is a first-person shooter that takes place on an underwater research facility. It’s Rapture meets the Nostromo, and that’s the best part of the game. The horror and tension come from the environments here, not the characters.
The game will ask you to go from one end of the facility to the other. And along the way, you will have to hide from the monsters that roam the corridors and discover what happened to all the missing employees.
There are no weapons and you can’t fight back. All you can do is run and hide.
Just like in past Amnesia games, you can interact with everything around you. You can grab door handles, yank cables, move items and more. This will give you one more reason to fully explore the claustrophobic metal corridors around you.
Bonus: Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a great, cheaper alternative from the same developer. The Dark Descent takes place in a dark and foreboding castle, filled with monsters and puzzles to solve.
Slender: The Eight Pages
Slender is a unique take on the horror genre. The game takes place in a dark and scary wood. It gives you a weak flashlight and asks you to find the eight pages that are scattered throughout the woods.
The problem is, the Slender man is out there and is looking for you.
Staring at the Slender will cause everything to fade to black, so your only hope is to run for it. I won’t lie to you, this didn’t sound that scary at first, but once you find yourself in those dark woods, you will understand.
But here’s the kicker:
This is the best free horror game for Mac you can find.
Pro tip: Slender: The Arrival is the developer’s attempt to create a fully-blown (paid) experience using the same principles. Unfortunately, although it tries hard, it fails to deliver. Stick with the free, original version (and if you fancy other great free Mac games, check this Top 10).
Get it for free from Softonic
Don’t let the cute graphics fool you. This survival adventure game is full of stressful moments, especially when the night comes.
The game revolves around a day and night cycle, giving you daytime to prepare and night-time to survive. And if you die, you will have to start all over from scratch. This makes Don’t Starve particularly punishing and adds extra pressure throughout the game. Don’t Starve really gets scary when the first nights come and you barely have means to fight the darkness.
Here’s the thing:
Monsters lurk in the shadows and the only thing preventing them from killing you is light (from a torch, a campfire, lantern, etc).
If this isn’t stressful enough for you, I challenge you to investigate one of the many caverns scattered throughout the world. Or dig up graves if that’s your thing.
The Walking Dead: The Game
The Walking Dead: The Game is based on the award-winning comic book and television series by Robert Kirkman. And it too does a great job at recreating the hopelessness of a zombie infested world.
The game has its fair share of jump-scares, but the actual horror comes from the desperate world it recreates. The Walking Dead will show you how the world has gone to hell, how zombies could tear you apart and how survivors can be even more dangerous.
Want to know the best part?
The game is a monument to story-telling in video games, featuring an amazing story full of choices that matter.
Bonus: The Walking Dead: Season 2 is out too, but it never managed to meet the original’s high standards. Worth a shot if you already played the first one.
Metro: Last Light Redux
Metro: Last Light was recently enhanced and improved for next generation consoles. Reborn as Metro: Last Light Redux, the game looks amazing. But looks aren’t enough to earn a spot here. If Last Light Redux is one of the most chilling experiences on Mac, it’s because of its setting: the post-apocalyptic city of Moscow.
As the name of the game suggests, most of the story takes place inside the metro system, with occasional missions above ground.
Here’s the deal:
If you want to make a truly scary world, you better pay attention to the details.
Needless to say, the beautiful graphics help bring Last Light’s world to life. The attention to detail, the gritty colors, they all help make Last Light’s world frightening and desolated. And the game’s stealth mechanics are the perfect feature to go along with it.
Bonus: The original Metro 2033 also received the Redux treatment and is a worthy alternative.
Does Doom 3 really need an introduction? Ported to the Mac by Aspyr Media, Doom 3 is as old-school as it gets. Set in 2145 on Mars, the game takes place in a research facility where an experiment goes horribly wrong. A gateway to Hell is accidentally opened, causing a demon invasion. As a space marine, you will have to fight your way through the base and find a way to close the gateway and stop the demons from invading Earth.
Doom 3 isn’t subtle, but the endless waves of demons will keep you at the edge of your sit for the entire campaign.
The bottom line:
While the game is over 10 years old, it’s still one of the scariest experiences you can have on your Mac.
Bonus: The game is currently $5, the cheapest I’ve ever seen it!
With first-person shooters, adventure games and more, this list has something for everyone. I’m confident that no matter your particular preferences, at least one of these will be a good fit for you. And most importantly, they all have what it takes to put a chill on your spine. What better way to celebrate Halloween than that?
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Updated October 29: Alien: Isolation and Soma were included. Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Among the Sleep were removed.