Best Horror Games 2022

Looking for the best new horror games but don't know where to start? Check out this ultimate list of must-play horror titles.

If you’ve been searching for a creepy new horror game to scratch that spooky itch and make your skin crawl, then you’ve come to the right place.

From tense survival horror adventures to Lovecraftian nightmares brimming with madness and despair, we’ve got something in store for every horror lover.

In this list, we’ll help you find your new favorite game by highlighting the best horror games of 2022, including best indie horror games and best multiplayer horror games.

We’ll be updating this list in the future with new titles, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any of your favorite spooky games!

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House of Ashes is the latest installment in Supermassive Games’ ongoing choose-your-own-adventure horror series The Dark Pictures Anthology.

This time around, players take on the role of Special Forces soldiers on a mission to find weapons of mass destruction when they encounter something far worse.

They quickly find themselves forging an alliance with the enemy to survive against a common threat: unearthly creatures that have spilled out from an ancient Sumerian temple.

Like previous Dark Pictures games, House of Ashes can be played solo or with a friend via online/local co-op.

Reminiscent of games like Hello Neighbor, Gravewood High is a stealth horror game set inside a deadly, constantly shifting high school where several students have gone missing.

You play as one of the few remaining survivors tasked with escaping Gravewood High in spite of the Teacher, a crazed instructor-turned overlord that chases you around.

The more you explore Gravewood, the more dangerous its halls become, with the Teacher taking on new physical forms and abilities designed to hunt you down.

Replayability is front and center in the story, with each playthrough introducing new level layouts, spawns, etc.

If you’re a fan of roguelike deckbuilders like Slay the Spire, then Inscryption will likely scratch the same itch with a dash of unsettling atmosphere.

The game comes from Daniel Mullins, the creator of Pony Island and The Hex, and explores similar themes of horror while serving as a love letter to video games at large.

In it, you take on the role of a prisoner forced to play a sadistic card game against an unhinged host with multiple personas shrouded entirely in darkness.

The main gameplay component is card-based battling using animals as vessels for violence, though you’ll also encounter escape-room-style puzzles that reveal new cards.

The thought of exploring your own mind can be a nightmare in itself for many players, a notion that In Sound Mind attempts to analyze.

Billed as a psychological horror game with frenetic puzzles and unique boss fights, it centers on a disorientating story with sentient mannequins, a feline companion, and more.

Your character awakes in a mysterious building that appears to take on a life of its own as you encounter victims all exposed to the same experimental chemical

The search for answers causes you to have bizarre visions and even more bizarre encounters with a host of imposing horrors.

If you’re a more adventurous horror fan that gravitates towards weirder, more experimental titles, Golden Light may be right up your alley.

It’s presented as a dark comedy survival horror FPS with prop hunt gameplay and roguelike elements such as procedurally generated levels and spawns.

Each run sees you exploring spooky lo-fi 3D environments brimming with an eerie atmosphere and weird imagery such as meat monsters, floating heads, and the like.

Enemies are typically disguised as props you encounter and can be dealt with using various guns; Golden Light also features online co-op and versus modes.

Tormented Souls is a throwback to classic survival horror series like Silent Hill and Resident Evil with modernized controls and dynamic camera options.

Players take on the role of Caroline Walker as she investigates the disappearance of twin girls at an abandoned mansion.

After Caroline wakes up naked and hooked up to a strange machine, she’s forced to fight for her life as dark forces try to prevent her from uncovering the truth.

Gameplay has you solving intricate puzzles throughout the mansion and its grounds as well as scavenging resources and fighting back against unspeakable horrors.

Currently available for PC with a mobile port on the horizon, Piggy: Hunt is a fast-paced survival horror game based on the popular Roblox series Piggy.

In it, a team of survivors must try to escape the wrath of a deadly swine called the Infected by completing tasks, solving puzzles, and gathering tools throughout procedurally generated levels.

At the same time, the Infected’s job is to track the players’ movements, place traps, and ultimately kill the survivors before they make their grand escape.

Piggy: Hunt currently offers three sprawling maps with different mechanics, robust character customization, and the ability to adjust the rules, player count, and more using custom modifiers.

Forewarned is a co-op-driven survival horror game that sees up to four players gearing up before delving into ancient Egyptian ruins to investigate some strange phenomenon.

The main goal of the game is to uncover archaeological discoveries, hunt treasure, and unravel a mysterious curse while avoiding danger.

Your biggest obstacle down in the tombs is the Mejai, a group of cursed mummies with unique abilities that allow them to be identified and cleansed while in their spiritual form.

The game uses randomization to ensure no two runs are the same and features a loot system that lets you upgrade equipment and purchase more powerful tools.

Little Nightmares II is the follow-up to Tarsier Studio’s atmospheric puzzle-platformer that doubles down on the suspense and story.

In it, you play as Mono, a young boy who finds himself trapped in a distorted world that’s being affected by a strange transmission from a distant signal tower.

Mono teams up with Six (the protagonist from the first game) in hopes of reaching the tower and unlocking its dark secrets.

Along the way, the pair will have to sneak, jump, and sometimes fight their way past demented dolls and disturbing adults.

It’s easy to write off RPG maker games for their lack of originality, but Omori proves the opposite can be true as well.

Heavily inspired by Earthbound and Mother 3, the game presents itself as a retro-style pixel art RPG centered on a depressed boy and his many adventures with friends and strangers.

Omori is constantly questioning the nature of his friendships and putting himself down while struggling to remember key parts of his mysterious past.

Over time, you come to realize things aren’t as they appear and must try to unravel all of Omori’s secrets through turn-based battles and by overworld exploration.

Equal parts survival horror and visual novel, The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters improves upon the gameplay and visuals of the original while introducing new environments and characters.

You play as Mina Park, a high school student who finds herself face to face with mysterious strangers, questionable allies, and terrifying creatures.

Forced to confront her worst fears, Mina must craft items ahead of time to avoid injury and keep herself alive long enough to find the cause behind her nightmare.

The addition of new enemy AI and stealth mechanics helps raise the stakes and make navigating Sehwa High School more harrowing than ever before.

World of Horror is a turn-based adventure RPG that draws inspiration from the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Junji Ito.

The game features a 1-bit black and white art style that adds to its retro charm and follows a rogue-lite structure that sees you encountering new cosmic horrors each playthrough.

The premise is as follows: the Old Gods have reawaken and are clawing their way back to the surface, casting the world into madness in the process.

There are currently ten mysteries in World of Horror, five unique characters, and a wide variety of event cards that significantly alter each playthrough.

Phasmophobia is a popular co-op survival game that sees up to four players tracking and hunting ghosts, demons, and other supernatural beings across several different maps.

After identifying which paranormal entity is present, players must plan accordingly and arm themselves with certain tools tailored to that specific enemy type.

Since each player can only hold a limited number of items, communication and coordination are essential to making progress and ensuring everyone survives.

While Phasmophobia doesn’t let you control the monster directly, you do have the power to make things easier for them by sabotaging your crew’s strategies.

Although Resident Evil Village plays up the action with intense first-person combat, it also stays true to the series’ survival horror roots while building off of Resident Evil 7’s format changes.

Set three years in the future, it sees RE7 protagonist Ethan Winters living comfortably with his wife Mia and newborn daughter before things take a turn for the worst.

Transported to a remote snowcapped village in Romania, Ethan sets out to save his family while being pursued by various supernatural creatures.

The game does a great job of creating tension that ramps up quickly as you explore abandoned cabins, creepy caverns, and the eerie halls of Castle Dimitrescu.

Arkane’s sorely underrated immersive sim about a space station overrun with hostile aliens is ripe with narrative branches that encourage you to replay the story multiple times.

In Prey, you take on the role of a science researcher tasked with traversing Talos I in search of a means to escape, bring down the alien threat, and save other survivors before it’s too late.

Along the way, you’ll obtain new weapons, tools, and abilities that can help tip the scales in your favor and provide you with alternative paths for exploring the station.

Some of the story decisions are time-sensitive, requiring you to act fast if you want to save a character’s life or let the chips fall where they may and deal with the consequences.

Inside is another excellent short and spooky puzzle platformer from developer Playdead, the same studio behind the hit Xbox Live Arcade title Limbo.

Like Playdead’s previous titles, the game places a big emphasis on atmosphere, specifically creepy environments and characters.

In it, you play as a mysterious unnamed boy tasked with exploring a strange facility with multiple floors and areas that can only be reached by solving a series of platforming puzzles.

Each obstacle introduces a new mechanic that will force you to rethink your approach, sometimes on the fly, as there are a handful of chase sequences.

Dead by Daylight is an online survival horror game where four players must work together to escape from a deadly killer controlled by a fifth player.

The survivors’ main goal is to make it out of the map alive by completing specific tasks, namely repairing power generators that allow access to an escape hatch.

At the same time, the killer can roam the map listening and looking for any signs of nearby survivors while harnessing special abilities to catch their next victim.

It all makes for a heart-pounding survival game that greatly benefits from a wide selection of playable characters and cross-play support.

Billed as a story-driven survival horror game with some light underwater exploration, SOMA is perfect for anyone who enjoys atmospheric walking sims.

In it, you play as an AI clone named Simon who awakes to find himself trapped in a deep-sea research facility under mysterious circumstances.

Desperate for answers, he sets out to explore the facility and uncovers the truth behind the base’s origins, sinister experiments, and missing employees all while trying to slip past mechanized creatures.

From there, things spin out in some fascinating directions that you probably won’t see coming, resulting in one of the best sci-fi horror games.

Alien: Isolation is a fantastic survival horror game that blends stealth and action with plenty of jumpscares as you sneak around sprawling space stations while hunted by a deadly alien.

You play as Amanda Ripley, the daughter of series’ protagonist Ellen Ripley and an engineer investigating her mother’s disappearance after her ship’s flight recorder is recovered.

Things quickly take a turn for the worse when you learn that the crew and androids aboard the Sevastopol remote space station have been corrupted, and a terrifying Xenomorph has climbed aboard.

You’ll have to make do with the resources around you by crafting various traps and tools to even the odds; though sometimes your best option is to run and hide until the coast is clear.

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Justin Fernandez
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As a fan of both indie and triple-A games, Justin finds joy in discovering and sharing hidden gems with other passionate gamers. In addition to reporting on the latest and greatest titles, he manages GamingScan’s social media channels.

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