One of my favorite yearly celebrations is upon us. Yes, All Hallow’s Eve (or more commonly known as Halloween) is almost here. I don’t know about you but it’s getting harder and harder for me to properly celebrate this day. I am definitely too old to actually put on a costume and go trick-or-treating around. And I’m unfortunately getting too old for those fun drunken costume parties… Lucky for me, I found another way to properly celebrate Halloween: playing some really scary games on my Mac!
That’s right, and that’s why I want to share with you my Halloween tradition. To help you get started, I give you the 7 most scary games currently available on the Mac. These should perfectly mix with your favorite horror movie and help you get into Halloween’s mood, no matter how old you are
Without further ado, these are the 6 most scary Mac Games you can play right now.
7. 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 and is pretty damn hard. If you die, you have to start all over from scratch! This adds extra pressure.
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…
You can get Don’t Starve on Steam.
The original BioShock is one the most memorable FPS from this generation. That alone gives it enough weight to be part of most Top Mac Games list, but we have included it here because it has enough merits to be considered one of Mac gaming’s most scary titles.
This game is not about jump-scares (although it has some unintentional ones). It’s about creating one of the most unsettling, desperate and scary places ever: the city of Rapture. Full of crazy, 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 from beginning to end. Add to that an amazing story and great gameplay mechanics, and you get an incredible game that also happens to be scary. We like it so much, it made our Top 5 First Person Shooters Mac games.
You can get BioShock at GamersGate.
5. The Darkness II
Perhaps the bloodiest game on this list, The Darkness 2 puts you in the shoes of mob boss Jackie Estacado. Jackie managed to control the Darkness within for some time, but an attack on his family’s business by unknown forces brings out the monster inside.
With his tentacles and demon powers, Jackie will literally rip apart his enemies, giving you some serious gore to witness. The story may not be as good as the original The Darkness’s, but the gameplay is much more refined. IGN’s beautifully summarized how I feel about this game in their review: “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”.
You can get The Darkness II at GamersGate.
Slender is a free, experimental take on the horror genre. This first Person survival horror game that will surprise you both because of its simplicity but also because of its powerful effect on you. Slender takes place in a dark and scary wood. With only a weak flashlight at your disposal, you have 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 your life.
I won’t lie to you, this didn’t sound that scary to me at first, but once you find yourself on those dark woods, you will fill the tension slowly 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 that made Slender such a fun experience. The game tries hard but fails to deliver. This is why the original Slender remains in our countdown.
You can get Slender for free at Softonic.
3. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, A Machine for Pigs is a the latest first-person horror game from the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Dear Esther.
The Dark Descent is one of the scariest games I have ever played (which explains why it has been part of every horror Mac games list out there) and this new Amnesia game doesn’t disappoint.
It may have less jump-scares than The Dark Descent, but that’s only because A Machine for Pigs focuses on creating a truly immersive and dreadful atmosphere that will keep you on your toes every step of the way. Gone are some of the first game’s signature features, such as the sanity meter, but instead A Machine for Pigs delivers a better horror experience than its predecessor.
You can get Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs at GamersGate.
2. Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
Diablo needs no introduction. Blizzard’s latest Diablo game is not only addicting and fun, it’s also a perfect game to play on Halloween. Also, with the release of Reaper of Souls, the Diablo 3 we’ve been enjoying for the last 2 years got a whole lot better.
I know what you’re thinking, Diablo 3 is not that “scary“. Granted, the game is not full of cheap jump scares, but the atmosphere is just perfect for an intense Halloween gaming session. Killing demons and monstruosities by the hundreds? Facing the devil itself? Sounds Halloween enough for me
You can get Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls at Battle.net.
1. The Walking Dead: The Game
What can be said about this game that hasn’t been said before? Developed by Telltale Games, The Walking Dead: The Game is based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed comic book and television series by Robert Kirkman. The game does a great job at recreating the hopelessness of a zombie infested world.
It has it’s fair share of jump-scares which is to be expected in a world full of flesh eating zombies. Yet, the true scariness of The Walking Dead comes from the atmosphere it creates. It will show you how the world has gone to hell, how zombies will literally tear you apart and how survivors can be even more brutal and monstrous than the zombies themselves. It also helps that this game is a monument to story-telling in video games. It tells an amazing story that evolves depending on the choices that you make.
The Walking Dead: Season 2 is out there too but to me, the original Walking Dead is simply better.
You can get The Walking Dead: The Game at GamersGate.
Including first-person shooters, RPGs and even story-driven 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! In spite of their differences, 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!