If you're anything like me, horror games are a great way to have nightly nightmares for the next decade or three. They're off limits, but perhaps you want to get in on the Halloween celebrations in some way. Fortunately not all Halloween themed games are meant to scar you for life. Try these coward-friendly games instead. They've got all of the atmosphere of a spooky game, but they won't see you running away screaming.
This cutesy shooter has you shooting dastardly monsters encroaching on your group of glowing blobs hunkered down in a dark cave. There are some horror elements here, sure, but its more in line with a game like Left 4 Dead. It's a great shooter with plenty of weapon and armor upgrades to keep you hooked well after October 31.
This is a game targeted to a younger audience, so you won't find anything especially disturbing here, but it is a solid adventure game that will appeal to all ages. You guide a teenage girl named Erica Page through a haunted mansion as she tries to uncover the manor's mysteries while defending herself from a host of supernatural monsters.
Year Walk is an eerie stroll through a northern European forest in which you encounter bizarre spirits and devious puzzles. The atmosphere is quite haunting, but this isn't a game about giving you the heebie jeebies. Instead, it's an introspective experience that will keep you guessing.
Fallen London is a twisted text-based RPG with a dark wit. It often takes a more humorous, self-aware approach to the macabre goings-on in this alternate version of London. There's a lot to explore here, and the storytelling is top-notch. You'll be joining just in time for Fallen London's Halloween festivities, too.
This beloved indie game sees you guiding a young boy through an eerie otherworld. It's the perfect blend of gorgeous art and innovative puzzle and platforming design. There's a surprise at every turn, and rather than spoiling it for you, we think you should simply experience it for yourself.
See? There's plenty out there to put you in the trick or treat mindset without ruining your slumber. The next time someone suggests firing up Silent Hill, while not suggest one of these great titles instead?
What are your favorite not-so-spooky games? Let us know in the comments!