To paraphrase a line from my favorite Disney song, “Life’s no fun without a good scare.” Sometimes, I get the urge to be scared by a creepy YouTube video or a scary video game. Sadly, good horror games are hard to come by, but Humble Bundle is trying to fix that with its Humble Spooky Horror Bundle, a collection of well-received, indie horror games. As with previous bundles, gamers can decide how much money to spend, which will determine the games they will receive. The following list includes the games participants can obtain in this, the spoopiest of all Humble Bundles:
Pay what you want (pay $1 or more):
- Dead Age — A unique zombie survival horror game with vaguely Final Fantasy-esque turn-based combat. Strategy is key to survival in Dead Age, and players who plan to overlevel their characters and steamroll through combat are in for a rude awakening. The graphics might not be for everyone, but gamers who want a one of a kind zombie experience will enjoy this game.
- DreadOut — Silent Hill and Resident Evil might be the biggest names in survival horror, but Fatal Frame is a close second and stands out by requiring players to take pictures of ghosts. DreadOut tries to copy this combat mechanic, and what the game lacks in storytelling chops makes up with a plethora of ghosts and ghoulies ripped strait from Indonesian myths and legends. Furthermore, this version of DreadOut includes a manga and the official soundtrack.
- DreadOut: Keepers of the Dark — A follow-up/standalone expansion to the original DreadOut, Keepers of the Dark pits players against new ghosts and horrors in the terrifying Mirror Realm. It’s more of the same, but the same is still a decent horror experience.
- Lakeview Cabin Collection — This game apes and celebrates everything that is 70s and 80s horror and does so with a sense of humor and pixel graphics. As the name suggests, The Lakeview Cabin Collection is not just one game but a collection of games that tasks players with escaping and/or killing crazy murderers. Experimentation is key to victory, and while the game provides players with plenty of viable strategies, the murderers can easily ruin these plans, so players should prepare to die. A lot.
- Coupon for 10% off the Humble Monthly subscription (for new subscribers only).
Pay more than the average (pay $6.22 or more as of writing this article; may increase or decrease as time goes on):
- Layers of Fear: Masterpiece Edition — Gamers who have wondered what goes on in the mind of deranged painters who may or may not have killed people will enjoy Layers of Fear. Most of the game is spent wandering the deranged halls of the painter’s house (or mind), but most of the horror comes from the game’s creepy atmosphere. While some portions of Layers of Fear are obviously inspired by P.T., I couldn’t ask for better source of inspiration. Also, this version of Layers of Fear includes all of Layers of Fear‘s DLC, Layers of Fear: Inheritance.
- Alien: Isolation — Arguably the best game to ever carry the Alien name, Alien: Isolation forces players to explore a claustrophobic space station while avoiding the titular Alien, or Xenomorph if you want to get technical. Unlike other horror games, this creature doesn’t follow pre-programmed paths and instead utilizes a complex AI to stalk the station as a real, living monster would. This seemingly minor detail ramps up the scares even more, since the Xenomorph is truly unpredictable and forces players to stay on their toes. If that isn’t the hallmark of a truly memorable and frightening survival horror game, I don’t know what is.
- Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location — Everyone knows about Five Nights at Freddy’s, so it would be pointless to introduce the franchise here. However, unlike previous FNAF games, Sister Location is plot oriented and includes new gameplay styles never seen in a FNAF game. Of course, a gamer’s enjoyment of Sister Location is completely dependent on whether or not he or she likes the FNAF franchise, but anyone who played the previous games and complained about samey gameplay might enjoy Sister Location.
Pay $10 or more:
- Dead by Daylight — Dead by Daylight is the only game in this Humble Bundle that focuses on multiplayer. This game casts one player in the role of a murdering monster and up to four other players as helpless human survivors. Some gamers might liken Dead by Daylight to the kickstarted Friday the 13th game, but Dead by Daylight has been around longer and has more content and balance patches. Moreover, Dead by Daylight includes a wide variety of killers, each with his or her own strengths and weaknesses. Oh, and the game includes Jason Voorhees’ unofficial rival, Michael Myers from the Halloween franchise, as DLC. Dead by Daylight isn’t for everyone, especially gamers who want a single-player campaign, but fans of asymmetrical multiplayer games will enjoy this one.
This Humble Bundle will only be available for two weeks, so act fast if you want to save big on some excellent horror games.