The 10 Best Horror games for Mac

My first Mac Horror games list was created to celebrate Halloween 2013, and boy has it change since. In the past 18 months, amazing games have made it to the list, including some of 2015’s finest, like Outlast and Metro: Last Light Redux.

But don’t worry, this round-up isn’t limited to first person shooters (although I have listed the best ones here, in case you’re interested). It also includes adventure games, point-and-clicks and more. I have covered many genres to make sure that there’s something for all of you, no matter your gaming preferences.

Halloween may still be a few months away, but if you’re up for a tense gaming session, these scary Mac games are exactly what you need. In no particular order, these are the best horror Mac games:

BioShock Mac

BioShock

BioShock may seem like a strange pick, specially when the newer and definitely amazing BioShock Infinite is also available on Mac. BioShock Infinite is a better game in many ways, but the original BioShock is darker, grittier and scarier.

BioShock is not about jump-scares (although it has some unintentional ones). It’s about immersing you in one of the most unsettling and desperate places ever. The game takes place in Rapture, a city full of blood-thirsty people ready to do even the most gruesome and terrible things. Rapture’s atmosphere is so intense, it will keep you at the edge of your sit throughout BioShock’s terrific story. Add to that great gameplay mechanics, and you get an incredible game that also happens to be one of the most scary Mac games out there.

Get it from the Mac App Store:

BioShock

by Feral Interactive Ltd

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2011-01-26

  • Genre

    Games

  •   $19.99
  • Platform

    Mac OS X

  • Version

    1.1.1 ⋅ 6.8 GB

  • Additional

    InfoGallery

BioShock

BioShock – one of the greatest games of all time is now on the Mac!

Before you buy, expand this description to check the system requirements below.

Welcome to Rapture. A city where opportunity awaits those brave enough to grasp it. A city where the artist need not fear the censor. Where the scientist is not bound by petty morality. Where the great are not held back by the weak.

Set in an alternate 1960, BioShock places you in the middle of an underwater utopia gone badly wrong. With a provocative and intelligent storyline, this is a game that is alternately beautiful, thrilling, funny, frightening and always involving. An experience that makes you think while you play.

Key features:

• Award-winning – BioShock has won numerous game of the year awards and features in Metacritic’s top 10 highest rated games of all time.

• Genre blender – Combines a clever mix of genres: First-person shooter with elements of role-playing and stealth.

• Superb visual style – An art deco world with advanced visual effects combine to create a creepy, immersive environment in which players can lose themselves.

• Sophisticated concept and story line – BioShock incorporates ideas about science and politics, raising profound questions about human nature, the role of government in society, and the morality of harming individuals for the greater good.

• Replayability – No two gamers will play BioShock the same way. Players are encouraged to explore all the nooks and crannies of Rapture.

• Exquisite sound design – Outstanding voice acting helps drive the narrative. Music from the 1940s and 1950s echoes through Rapture’s abandoned hallways.


Important information regarding BioShock:

• Please note that we cannot reply to comments or questions left in Mac App Store reviews. If you require assistance, please contact our support team at [email protected]

• BioShock does not support Intel GMA series graphics cards.

• In order to run the game with satisfactory performance, your Mac must meet these minimum system requirements: 1.4GHz CPU / 1.5GB RAM / 8GB Free Space / 128MB Graphics Card (not Intel GMA).

• This game is not currently supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive).

• Full system requirements are available on the BioShock mini-site at feralinteractive.com/bioshock.


© 2002-2009 Take-Two Interactive Software and its subsidiaries. Developed by 2K Boston and 2K Australia. BioShock, 2K Games, the 2K logo, 2K Boston, the 2K Boston logo, 2K Australia, the 2K Australia logo and Take-Two Interactive Software are all trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. in the USA and/or foreign countries. All other marks and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved. Unreal® is a registered trademark of Epic Games, Inc. Unreal® Engine, Copyright 1998-2009, Epic Games, Inc. All rights reserved. Havok.com™ Middle-ware Physics System ©1999-2009 Telekinesys Research, Ltd. All rights reserved. See www.havok.com for more details. Mac and the Mac logo are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. Feral and the Feral logo are trademarks of Feral Interactive Ltd.

 

Outlast Mac

Outlast

Outlast was just released on Mac a few weeks ago, but many already see it as the platform’s scariest game. Developed by indie studio Red Barrels, Outlast is a terrifying experience.

The game puts you in the shoes of a freelance journalist who decides to investigate a psychiatric hospital lost in the mountains of Salt Lake County, Colorado. That was obviously a bad idea, as hell breaks loose and you find yourself alone in a nut house full of homicidal patients. To make matters worse, you are completely incapable of combat. With no weapons at your disposal, you will have to be quick on your feet and smart to stay alive. Needless to say, Oulast is a must if you enjoy horror games.

See it in action.

Get it from GOG.com (DRM free!)

 

The Darkness 2 Mac

The Darkness 2

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 within. Jackie managed to control it for some time, but an attack on his family brings out the monster inside.

This is when the game truly starts. With his tentacles and demon powers, Jackie will literally rip apart his enemies, providing serious gore to witness. The story may not be as good as the original’s, but  the gameplay is much more refined. IGN’s beautifully summarizes how this game can make you feel: “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”.

Get it from the Mac App Store:

The Darkness II

by TransGaming, Inc.

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2012-05-03

  • Genre

    Games

  •   $19.99
  • Platform

    Mac OS X

  • Version

    1.1.0 ⋅ 9.2 GB

  • Additional

    InfoGallery

The Darkness II

***COMIC-BOOK INSPIRED SHOOTER RECEIVES GREAT CONSUMER REVIEWS***

"...I got the game on sale, and it's running beautifully... Great game!"

"This is honestly the best game out there for the mac right now.  Overall the game story is great, so is the gameplay.  It is on my top 5 games."

"If you liked the first game, then I would recommend this one!"

Inspired by the popular comic book series produced by Top Cow Productions, Inc., The Darkness II is an intense first person shooter that delivers a twisted and gripping narrative of tragedy, modern crime drama, and supernatural horror.

Players will be taken down the brutal and personal path of Jackie Estacado, head of a New York crime family and wielder of an ancient and ruthless force of chaos and destruction known as The Darkness.

It’s been two years since Jackie Estacado used The Darkness to kill the men responsible for his girlfriend’s murder. He’s been unable to shake the memory of Jenny’s death since bottling up his supernatural power and now The Darkness wants out. A sudden, unprovoked attack by a mysterious organization known as the Brotherhood heralds the start of a full-scale war and opens the door for The Darkness to reemerge, setting Jackie on a journey to hell and worse.


Key Features

4-Player Co-op Campaign (LAN) - Play as one of four unique characters each capable of wielding weapons infused with Darkness powers.

Quad-Wielding Chaos - Slash, grab, and throw objects and enemies with the Demon Arms while simultaneously firing two weapons, adding a new dimension to the FPS category.

Harness an Unstoppable Power - Master the Demon Arms and summon the powers of The Darkness for even more explosive gameplay.

Kill the Lights - The vicious powers of The Darkness manifest only in the shadows so use the environment to your advantage and watch out for enemies who will use light as a weapon.

Intense and Personal Journey - Experience a dark, twisted and gripping story written exclusively for the game by acclaimed comic book author Paul Jenkins whose credits also include The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine, and the original The Darkness game.

Distinctive Graphic-Noir Style - Graphic novel shading and color combined with the dramatic lighting of film noir pays tribute to the source material and brings the pages of the comic series to life. Inspired by the popular comic book series created by Top Cow.


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

OS: Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or higher
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo processor
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Hard Drive: 12 GB free
Video Memory: 256MB
Video Card: AMD HD2600 / Nvidia GeForce 9600GT with at least 256 MB VRAM    

RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS

OS: Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 or higher
Processor: Intel Core i Series processor
Memory: 4 GB RAM or higher
Hard Drive: 12 GB free
Video Memory: 512+ MB  
Video Card: AMD HD4870 with at least 512 MB VRAM

 

Amnesia The Dark Descent Horror games for Mac

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

This is one of the goriest games I have ever played. Amnesia: The Dark Descent takes place in a dark and foreboding castle, filled with monsters and puzzles to solve. The atmosphere is dreadful and will make you feel anxious from start to finish.

The Dark Descent offers several stealth mechanics, allowing you to peek through doors, slowly sneak around and more. This will help you avoid the monsters that inhabit the castle. But if you’re spotted by one, your only choice will be to flee, as the game doesn’t give you weapons. Other than fighting to stay alive, you will also have to manage your character’s sanity levels. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is a newer alternative from the same developer, but The Dark Descent is simply scarier.

Get it from the Mac App Store:

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

by Frictional Games AB

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2012-03-29

  • Genre

    Games

  •   $19.99
  • Platform

    Mac OS X

  • Version

    1.3.1 ⋅ 1.3 GB

  • Additional

    InfoGallery

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

The last remaining memories fade away into darkness. Your mind is a mess and only a feeling of being hunted remains. You must escape. Awake... Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a first person survival horror. A game about immersion, discovery and living through a nightmare. An experience that will chill you to the core.

Hardware Requirements:
- Intel Processor.
- ATI/AMD or NVIDIA graphics card, no other types of hardware supported.

If your computer does not match the requirements, the game will freeze, crash or not run at all.

 

Slender Mac

Slender: The Eight Pages

Slender is an unique take on the horror genre. The game takes place in a dark and scary wood, and with only a weak flashlight at your disposal, it asks you to find the eight pages that are scattered throughout the woods. 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 your life. I won’t lie to you, this didn’t sound that scary at first, but once you find yourself on those dark woods, you will feel the tension build.

Slender: The Arrival is the developer’s latest take on the genre and aims to create a fully-blown (paid) experience using the same principles from Slender. Unfortunately it tries hard, but fails to deliver. This is why the original Slender remains in this round-up, keeping the title of best free horror game for Mac. For other amazing free Mac games, check this.

Get it for free from Softonic

 

Mac games Don't Starve

Don’t Starve

Don’t let Don’t Starve’s cute graphics fool you. This survival adventure game from Klei Interactive is full of stressful moments, specially 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 gets specially scary when the first nights come and you barely have means to fight the darkness. 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 scary enough for you, I challenge you to investigate one of the many caverns scattered throughout the world or dig up graves to see what you can find…

Get it from GOG.com (DRM free!)

 

the walking dead

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 just like both of them, it does a great job at recreating the hopelessness of a zombie infested world.

The game has its fair share of jump-scares, but its true scariness comes from the desperate atmosphere it creates. The Walking Dead will show you how the world has gone to hell, how zombies will literally tear you apart and how survivors can be even more dangerous than the zombies themselves. And if that isn’t enough, the game is a monument to story-telling in video games, featuring an amazing story where your choices have consequences.

The Walking Dead: Season 2 is out there too, but it never managed to meet the original The Walking Dead’s high standards.

Get if from the Mac Game Store

 

Metro Last Light Redux Mac

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 you a spot here. If Last Light Redux is one of the most chilling experiences on Mac, its 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. 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.

Get it from the Mac App Store:

Metro: Last Light

by Deep Silver

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2013-10-17

  • Genre

    Games

  •   $19.99
  • Platform

    Mac OS X

  • Version

    1.3 ⋅ 7.9 GB

  • Additional

    InfoGallery

Metro: Last Light

It is the year 2034.

Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within.
Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above.

But rather than stand united, the station-cities of the Metro are locked in a struggle for the military vaults of D6 - a gigantic bunker complex rumored to contain food, medicine, weapons... and maybe more. A civil war is stirring that could wipe humanity from the face of the earth forever.

As Artyom, burdened by guilt but driven by hope, you hold the key to our survival – the last light in our darkest hour…

Based on the internationally bestselling novel METRO 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky

System requirements:
Minimum: 
OS: 10.8.4 (Mountain Lion)  
Processor: 2.7 Ghz Intel Core i5 
Memory: 8 GB RAM 
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 512 MB 
Hard Drive: 10 GB available space

Recommended: 
OS: 10.8.4 (Mountain Lion)  
Processor: 3.2 GHz quad core Intel Core i5 
Memory: 16 GB RAM 
Graphics: NVidia Geforce GTX 680MX with 1GB 
Hard Drive: 10 GB available space

Languages available in game:
English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Russian and Dutch.

 

Doom 3 Horror games for Mac

Doom 3

Does Doom 3 really need an introduction? Ported to the Mac by Aspyr Media, Doom 3 is as 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. And while the game is over 10 years old, it’s still one of the most scary experiences you can have on your Mac.

Get it from the Mac App Store:

DOOM 3

by Aspyr Media, Inc.

  • Rating

  • Premiere

    2011-12-15

  • Genre

    Games

  •   $9.99
  • Platform

    Mac OS X

  • Version

    1.3.1 ⋅ 1.5 GB

  • Additional

    InfoGallery

DOOM 3

The Gateway to Hell is Open.

The ruins of an ancient Martian civilization have unlocked the secrets to teleportation, and the Union Aerospace Corporation's (UAC) will stop at nothing to harness this world-altering technology. As part of a marine detachment sent to protect the facility, your duty seemed simple enough until the invasion. Now, in an epic clash against pure evil, you must fight to understand who is with you, who is against you, and what must be done to stop this nightmare from reaching Earth. DOOM 3 draws you into one of the most frightening and gripping 3D gaming experience ever created.

*** Please Check System Requirements Prior to Purchasing. If you are unsure about your system specs, head over to GameAgent.com and let the MacMatch feature do it for you!***

In order to run the game with satisfactory performance, your Mac must meet these minimum system requirements: CPU Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo / 1.8 GHz / 1GB RAM / HD Space: 2.0 GB / ATI Radeon x1600; NVidia Geforce 7300; 128MB VRam

*Supported Video Cards: Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GEFORCE 7300, 7600, 8600, 8800, 9400, 9600, GT 120, 320M, 330M. ATI RADEON X1600, X1900, 2400XT, 2600, 3870, 4670, 4850, 5670, 5750, 5770, 5870, 6630, 6750, 6970. Intel HD Graphics 3000

MULTIPLAYER REQUIREMENTS:
•Internet (TCP/IP) or LAN (TCP/IP) play supported
•Internet play requires broadband connection

NOTICE: Integrated video chipsets are not supported (GMA 950 Mac Mini(2006,2007), iMac(2006), Macbook(2006,2007), GMA X3100 Macbook(2007,2008), MacBook Air(2008))

NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended(Case Sensitive)

NOTICE: This game is rated M for Mature by the ESRB.
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Among the Sleep Horror games for Mac

Among the Sleep

Among The Sleep may be first-person game too, but it’s nothing like the other first person games featured on this list. Developed by the Norwegian studio Krillbite Studio, Among The Sleep lets you immerse yourself in the limitless imagination of a child.

The game lets you play as a two year old child who is awaken one night by a mysterious force. Among The Sleep takes place between dream and reality, and while it all occurs in an eerie house, the game will throw strange creatures and surreal environments at you.

Get it from GOG.com (DRM free!)

 

Your Turn

With first-person shooters, adventure games and even point-and-click games, this list has something for everyone. I’m confident that no matter your particular preferences when it comes to gaming, at least one of these should be a good fit for you. And most importantly, they all have what it takes to put a chill on your spite. What better way to celebrate Halloween than that?

Do you have a favorite Horror Mac game that wasn’t included here? Let us know in the comments!

  • ikir

    Very nice list! The first Amenia and Penumbra Overture were super scary

    • http://macgamerhq.com/ Mac Gamer Ric

      Was not aware of Penumbra Overture, will definitely check it out, thanks man!

    • http://macgamerhq.com/ Mac Gamer Ric

      Man, I just did a huge update on the list and realize I didn’t check Penumbra at all! I will definitely put it in my to-do list for next time 😉

  • Nosferatu

    Plus Metro 2033 Redux, Anna – Extended edition

    • http://macgamerhq.com/ Mac Gamer Ric

      Yep, I could mention Metro 2033 Redux too, agreed. I didn’t know about Anna, although the name rings a bell. I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the heads up man.

      • mikelyons

        The problem with Metro 2033 Redux is that for any Mac owner with an Nvidia GPU there is a show stopping bug basically that hurts performance so badly as to make the game unplayable even on higher end hardware and I’ve yet to hear of any fix in the pipeline for this. If you have Steam installed, go visit the game’s forum and you will find a thread with Mac users complaining about this, warning others, etc. I hope it gets fixed but for now because my 2013 iMac has an Nvidia GPU I wouldn’t be able to play it. Just a head’s up. I think it is fine now on AMD hardware so good for Mac users with that as I understand it.

    • http://about.me/henrycupcake henrycupcake

      Outlast ,,, the ultimate horror game just made it to the mac OS X platform as well

  • mikelyons

    Good list. I like games like this, a lot. 😀

    I played the Darkness II not long ago and it was a great game I thought. Nice visuals, plenty of action, even interesting characters. This is a Cider port that ran well too in my experience. I had no problems with it, performance was good on my 2013 27″ iMac.

    • http://macgamerhq.com/ Mac Gamer Ric

      Thanks Mike, glad you like it. Did not know it was a cider port, it’s good to know that some do have good performance :) At the same time, a 2013 27-inch iMac isn’t to shabby when it comes to GFX power!

  • Camilo Alonso López Cristoffan

    Good list Ric!
    As I have said before Amnesia: The Dark Descent is really scary… If you play by night with no lights you are sure to be scared and have more than one jump due to its really good atmosphere… You can really be immersed onto it.

    • http://macgamerhq.com/ Mac Gamer Ric

      Thanks man, I promise I will upload your gameplay vid too 😉 By the way did you play Amnesia: A machine for pigs? If so, did you like it more or not as much as The Dark Descent?

      • Camilo Alonso López Cristoffan

        I have not played it yet. I’m playing other games, but I’m not sure if because these other games are better or because I’m scared as shit to play the second installment of Amnesia…
        I’ll be waiting to see the video on-line =D!

  • http://macgamerhq.com/ Mac Gamer Ric

    The list was completely overhauled, hope you like the new additions 😉

  • Josh Hatchett

    I crapped my pants a lot during Amnesia.