5 Great Indie Horror Games

Staff Writer By: Ricky Grove (gToon)


Inside (stylized as INSIDE) is a puzzle-platformer adventure video game developed and published by Playdead and first released in June 2016. In the game the player controls a young boy in a monochromatic landscape, solving environmental puzzles while avoiding death in a 2.5D sidescrolling fashion, thematically and visually similar to the 2010 video game Limbo.

Playdead started working on Inside shortly after the release of Limbo. Initially, the company started with the same custom game engine they used for Limbo, but later switched Unity to simplify development. They developed rendering routines to give the game a signature look and which they later released as open source. The game was partially funded by a grant from the Danish Film Institute.

Inside premiered at Microsoft's E3 2014 conference, with a planned release in 2015. The game was released for Xbox One on 29 June 2016, Microsoft Windows on 7 July, and for the PlayStation 4 on 23 August. The game received critical acclaim upon release, with some critics and reviewers calling it a worthy successor to Limbo. [Source: wikipedia]

Gone Home

Gone Home is a first-person adventure exploration video game developed and published by The Fullbright Company.

Set in the year 1995, the plot focuses on exploration of a mansion in Portland, Oregon, and examining common household objects within the home. [Source: wikipedia]

The Swapper

The Swapper is a puzzle-platform video game for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It was developed and published by Facepalm Games, a small independent company based in Helsinki, Finland. Curve Studios later ported the game to Sony and Nintendo platforms in 2014. In this science fiction-themed title, the player controls a female scavenger stranded aboard an abandoned research station, and discovers a strange device that allows her to create clones of herself switching their consciousness between these clones. The player uses this ability to solve various puzzles and learn about the fate of the station's researchers. The Swapper was released on May 30, 2013 to critical acclaim, with reviewers praising the game's visual style and atmosphere, the quality of the puzzles, and the game's ability to innovate on an already well established game mechanic. [Source: wikipedia]


Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a survival horror video game by Frictional Games,[2] released for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and PlayStation 4 platforms. The game features a protagonist named Daniel exploring a dark and foreboding castle, while avoiding monsters and other obstructions as well as solving puzzles.[3] The game was critically well received, earning two awards from the Independent Games Festival and numerous positive reviews. [Source: wikipedia]

Through the Woods

Through the Woods is an upcoming Norse horror video game developed by Antagonist. A mother searches through a forest in Norway for her missing son. The story is heavily influenced by Norse mythology. Her son has been kidnapped by a mysterious being called Old Erik, who she wants to kill. [Source: wikipedia]

Special Mention

Dark Train

DARK TRAIN is a non-textual 2D adventure from paper with focus on physical real-time controls. Take the role of disobedient heroine - mechanical squid ANN 2.35f 💙 that is tied to an unpredictable railroad tamagotchi. Together deliver the mysterious order from an unknown client who contacted the manufacture of famous inventor D. W. Tagrezbung with really strange contract... [Source: Paperash Studio]