It’s Halloween night, and while you’re sitting on the couch waiting for trick-or-treaters to show, why not curl up with one of these terrifying iOS games? A lot of games feature friendly monsters and zombies, but we’ve picked our favorite creepy, dark, and freaky iPhone and iPad games to make your evening a little scarier.
10. Contract Killer: Zombies
Glu’s latest freemium first-person sniper game has a few notable improvements over Contract Killer. For one, you’re sniping undead zombies instead of mafioso, and two, the gore factor is upped in a big way. Some missions even have you defending a human ally while they’re surrounded by zombies– a scary position to be in.
Our Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a bloody shooter with busty undead blondes and shotgun fun, how can you say no?
9. Dead Escape
In this adventure game, you have to combine items to puzzle your way through the zombiepocalypse. Ordinary items, which your character picks up at a convenience store and other survivor holdouts, are your only key to surviving. If you like an end-of-the-world game with more puzzles than twitchy shootouts, check out Dead Escape.
Our Bottom Line: Dead Escape moves slower than one-legged zombie, but it’s a good choice if you desire a puzzle-based adventure game.
There’s no horror like psychological horror, and Dream:scape really gets inside your head. You play as a recently deceased man named Wilson, who has to explore his own memories to reconstruct his life. As you wander the beautiful yet desolate environment, you’ll have plenty of time to reflect on your own frightening existence.
Our Bottom Line: Dream:scape is an immersive and intriguing mystery/ adventure game that will keep you playing to the end.
7. Paranormal Activity: Sanctuary
The Paranormal Activity movies showed us that evil spirits are all around us, but this iOS game lets you fight back. Paranormal Activity: Sanctuary is an augmented reality/ GPS game where the real-world map of your neighborhood will be splashed with color depending on how evil or good the local magical charge is. You can then cast spells and photograph pentagrams to battle for your side. This might be a good one to load up before you roam the streets looking for candy and/or souls.
Our Bottom Line: Restless demons lower property values. Better do something about that.
6. HellGore (formerly iRequiem)
Action games don’t get more sick and twisted than HellGore, aka iRequiem. In this super-gory game, you play as a murderer who has to kill all of Hell. To do this, you’ll have access to knives, guns, spells, and a few demonic vehicles. The bosses get bigger and bigger, and so do the splattery blood effects. HellGore isn’t for squeamish gamers, but if you can handle the gore, it’s quite fun and scary.
Our Bottom Line: This over-the-top gorefest has the same campy appeal as Evil Dead, but it’s also a bit simple and schlocky.
5. Alive 4 Ever
One of the most suspenseful twin-stick shooters on the App Store, in Alive-4-Ever you play as a team of survivors who have to collect gold, guns, and vaccines. Each level is bite-sized, but the constant level progression and collectible items will make you want to keep playing much longer. Zombie shooters don’t get much better than this.
Our Bottom Line: Alive-4-Ever is simply one of the finest two-stick shooters we’ve played on the iPhone.
4. Dark Meadow
Infinity Blade is a fun game, but its setting is a bit more fantasy and sci-fi than straight-up horror. Dark Meadow is a creepier take on the same mechanics. You’ll still slash and dodge your way through monstrous beasts, but in Dark Meadow you’re also exploring an abandoned hospital haunted by the ghost of a girl. Think of it as Infinity Blade with just a dash of Silent Hill.
Our Bottom Line: Dark Meadow is what you’d get if you set Infinity Blade in a decrepit hospital and gave it a grim sense of humor.
3. Call of Duty: Zombies
Nazi zombies aren’t really scary– to us, they’re a bit silly. But that doesn’t matter when they sneak up on you just when you think you’ve barricaded the last doorway. This intense survival game is even better when you play it with a friend online, and there’s nothing that will make you jump out of your seat more than a house full of historical zombies.
Our Bottom Line: If you enjoyed the Zombie Nazi levels in Call of Duty: World at War, then you will be shocked at how well it translates into a mobile game.
2. Rage HD
For a classic scare, you may want to check out Doom Classic, but Rage HD is an on-rails shooter that’s both freaky and fun. In a blasted future, Rage serves as an entertainment venue that’s part shooting gallery and part Roman Colosseum. The on-rails action means that you can’t choose your own path, but you can still blast a number of enemies, power-ups, and bonus targets as you fight to survive.
Our Bottom Line: Rage HD is a fast-paced tour of a beautiful world that might contain a deeper game.
1. Dead Space
Dead Space also topped our list of the year’s best games (so far) a few months ago, so it’s no surprise that it’s also the scariest iOS game you can buy this Halloween. You play as a vandal who is tasked with dismantling a giant space station. Eventually, you begin to realize that your actions might unleash a horrible alien/zombie/demon virus on the station’s citizens. Freaky hallucinations, monster sneak-attacks, and horrible blood-stained corridors are just a few of the things that make Dead Space one of the scariest (and best) games on iOS.
Our Bottom Line: Dead Space for iOS is just about everything we’d hoped it would be: action-packed, scary, challenging, and a total blast.
Got more scary games suggestions? Let us know in the comments!