It’s that time of the year again, when you bring out the big bag of candy, put on your spookiest outfit, and turn off the lights and pretend no one’s home. It’s Halloween!
And to celebrate, we rounded up 10 of our favorite VR games which span a number of horror and thriller sub-genres.
Coincidentally, most of the games below support SteamVR-compatible headsets and PSVR. If you’re looking for Quest titles, skip to the bottom section for a few choice suggestions.
Take one part Soviet brutalism, two parts puzzle-adventure, mix them up in the low atmosphere of a mysteriously abandoned off-world colony, and garnish with a slice of Cold War espionage. That’s the sci-fi thriller Red Matter (2018) in a nutshell. You’ll find it on all major VR headsets, but the Quest port is by far the most impressive technically speaking, as Vertical Robot has managed to squeeze in an incredible amount of detail on the mobile platform.
Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted
The makers of the famous jump scare-tastic Five Nights at Freddy’s, Steel Wool Studios, have done the unthinkable and made a version for most of the major VR headsets (excluding Quest). There’s also some fresh DLC if you’re looking for more reasons to soil yourself.
Resident Evil 7 biohazard (PSVR)
If you own a PSVR, you might look no further than Capcom’s Resident Evil 7 biohazard (2017), one of the best VR adaptations on the PlayStation Store currently. Sorry folks, but the version on Steam still doesn’t have VR support, so PSVR only for now
Link: PlayStation Store (PS4, PSVR)
Released via Early Access for PC back in 2014, the horror-survival game The Forest (2018) wasn’t supposed to be a VR game, but developing studio Endnight Games have tossed in some pretty serviceable VR support. You can build, fend off cannibals, and play the entire game in VR, including multiplayer. Yes, there’s a PS4 version. No, it doesn’t have PSVR support.
Link: Steam (Rift, Vive, Index)
Zombies popping out left and right, dwindling ammo, there’s not much more to say about Vertigo Game’s multiplayer shooter Arizona Sunshine (2017). Ok, maybe one thing: practice your headshots.
Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul
Oh, great. More creepy haunted houses. I better walk around and hope I’m not murdered. To death. (It’s an adventure game from VRWERX)
Ubisoft and Elijah Wood’s production company SpectreVision got together to make this chilling psychological thriller in 2018. The demented, ever-changing house hides some pretty challenging themes inside.
A Chair in a Room: Greenwater
It’s an oft overlooked oldie (relatively speaking, it’s from 2016), but it’s still a goodie. A Chair in a Room (2016) from Wolf & Wood Interactive is more of a puzzle game with some horror elements to it than a pure horror game as such, but it still has plenty of creepy atmosphere to sop up on the spookiest of holidays.
Stress Level Zero’s Duck Season (2017) is a bit of a mix between ’80s nostalgia and twisted horror; the contrasts here between fun and happy memories and dark imagination of you, a kid at home trying to play the Duck Hunt-inspired game-within-a-game, borders on the schizophrenic. Truly unsettling.
Sólfar Studios’ rogue-lite bow-shooter is drenched in gothic horror. You fruitlessly battle against increasingly powerful monsters with your trusty bow, all in service of an achievement-based progression system that advances between sessions, revealing yet more unseen horrors.
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What about Quest games?
The number of titles available on Quest currently pales in comparison to what you can find on the other, more established VR platforms. That said, there are a few spooky titles worth checking out (besides Red Matter, that is):
- Dreadhalls – An oldie in the mobile VR realm, but still extremely capable of putting you on edge as you race down dank dungeon corridors from ghastly horrors in search of a way out.
- The Exorcist: Legion VR – A multi-chapter horror-adventure that teaches you about the value of friendship. Just kidding. It’s all about ghosts and exorcism and shit.
- Please, Don’t Touch Anything – Ever unintentionally caused a nuclear holocaust? This confangled button-pushing escape room will keep you coming back for more gruesome deaths, including your own.
- Face Your Fears II – Not as great as the original, but there’s more than a few classic phobias to confront in this casual adventure game.
- Richie’s Plank Experience – Go 80 stories high and walk the plank. Great for a couple of laughs (and screams) at the expense of others.
Update (October 30th, 2019): We’ve overhauled the list to include more spooky games for all major VR headsets. Did we miss your favorite VR horror game? Make sure to tell us in the comments below!