We’re getting closer and closer to Halloween every day, which means everyone’s gearing up to watch their favorite horror movies, make weekend trips out to pumpkin patches, and do all kinds of other, fun seasonal stuff before this month ends and everyone looks toward Thanksgiving.

If you’re in the midst of all your Halloween activities and you want to take a break with some games that match the spirit, we’ve got good news for you. There’s a bunch of great games on the App Store that can get you in the mood for Halloween, and we’ve compiled a list of the best ones in a handy little list. We've also added a "spookiness rating" (1=not scary, 5=scariest) to each one so you can find the right game for you. Check out the picks below:


Ordesa - the interactive movie ($2.99)

Ordesa is an FMV game about a strange and mysterious house. You mostly just act as an observer, but as you pan around the screen, tilting your device, your movements often act as the cause of strange happenings.

A big part of the fun in Ordesa is figuring out what this means. Are you a ghost? Is there something else going on here? Did your tilting cause that chair to move, or was it going to do it on its own? If you pick this game up, you might find out the answers in what is a short and smooth experience.

Spookiness Rating: 3
There are moments of intensity in Ordesa, but the majority of the game is only lightly tense, mostly due to your own input.

Click here to read our Ordesa - the interactive movie review


Night in the Woods ($5.99)

A game about cute animals living in a small town doesn’t seem very Halloween-y, but Night in the Woods lands here because it captures the essence of fall, has a Halloween segment of the game, and grows from a simple slice of life tale into a full-blown small town mystery.

Spookiness Rating: 1
Even at its creepiest, it’s hard to be unnerved by the warm aesthetics in Night in the Woods. There are strong emotional moments in the game, but not too much of the thrilling kind.

Click here to read our Night in the Woods review


Night Book (Free)

Night Book is a lot like playing out a traditional horror movie. You play as a woman who works nights as an online language interpreter, and lets just say one of her shifts ends up being very… eventful.

As an FMV game, you mostly just watch the action through a computer interface of security cameras and video calls, but make all the important decisions around how to survive the night. It doesn’t really do much beyond its choose-your-own-adventure schtick, but it works well because of how tight and well-managed its horror story is.

Spookiness Rating: 5
Play this is you want a thrill. There’s lots of jump scares and eerie behavior on display that is meant to set your heart racing in the same way a scary movie does. It’s not a high watermark of scariness, but it does go out of its way to try and spook you.

Click here to read our Night Book review


What Remains of Edith Finch ($4.99)

What Remains of Edith Finch is a mysterious narrative adventure about a family with a dark, cursed history. You don’t learn about anyone by talking to them, though. Rather, you wander their old, abandoned homestead full of sealed off doors, secret compartments, and memorials to those who lived there.

Although it seems a little contrived in its structure, this game pulls off some creative storytelling, some of which is very Halloween appropriate. As for the rest of it, the dark mystery of the family and the coldness of the house do enough work to give you spooky season vibes.

Spookiness Rating: 2
There’s nothing inherently scary about What Remains of Edith Finch, but the implications of the family history, as well as some of the narrative sequences, explore some really dark subject matter in a way that can put you on edge.

Click here to read our What Remains of Edith Finch review


Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Hav - download for iOS

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Hav may look colorful and happy on the outside, but it’s basically the anime equivalent of Saw. High schoolers are trapped within their school and are forced to play a murderous game as their only means of escape.

This game is mostly interactive fiction (aka lots of reading), but there’s more than enough problem-solving mechanics to sink your teeth into as well. Danganronpa is worth picking up if you want a big old game to spend the entire spooky season with.

Spookiness Rating: 2
The content of Danganronpa’s story is rather dark and gruesome, but it’s presented in a colorful anime style and has plenty of downtime to ratchet down the tension.


Little Misfortune - download for iOS

Little Misfortune is a charming little adventure game that is tonally all over the place, but mostly sticks to being dark. The eponymous character Misfortune is doomed with bad luck and is on a quest to bring happiness to her family by playing a game with a the voice inside her head.

I wouldn’t say Little Misfortune is the most satisfying game from a mechanical or storytelling standpoint, but it has a lot of heart and takes a lot of chances, which makes it fascinating to play through.

Spookiness Rating: 3
There aren’t “scary” moments in Little Misfortune but there are some surprisingly grim turns in the story that can make you uncomfortable.


Speed Dating for Ghosts - download for iOS

In case you were wondering, Speed Dating for Ghosts is exactly what it sounds like. This colorful game allows you to rotate between chats with a variety of specters in hopes that you might make a connection.

Speed Dating for Ghosts is light and digestible in a way that makes it easy to recommend, even if you don’t play games on your phone that much.

Spookiness Rating: 1
The ghosts in Speed Dating for Ghosts are just looking for love, not spooks.


Death Come True - download for iOS

If you’re looking for something that looks and feels like a horror movie, Death Come True is your best bet. This FMV game is all about solving a mystery in a hotel, and goes a lot of the places your typical horror movie goes.

I hesitate to say more because the creators of Death Come True have been very vocal about not wanting it to be spoiled, which is fair. The whole appeal of the game is its story, which goes to some bizarre places and uses some clever tricks to get there.

Spookiness Rating: 4
Without spoiling too much, there’s serial killers, tense chase sequences, and an almost literal boogieman in this game, making it the closest you can get to the equivalent of a slasher film on mobile.


Book of Demons: Tablet Edition - download for iOS

Book of Demons: Tablet Edition is basically Diablo for your tablet. It rules. Go get it if you haven’t already. You won’t regret it.

Spookiness Rating: 1
Book of Demons is spooky in the same way that Diablo is spooky. It isn't really, it just uses occult and demonic imagery and character designs as the backdrop for a combat-heavy action rpg.


Necrobarista - get on Apple Arcade

In addition to being one of the best Apple Arcade titles there is, Necrobarista is a great spooky season game because it’s about a cafe that serves as the gateway between the worlds of the living and the dead. Most of the game involves simply tapping through dialogue between characters, but there is some room made for exploration at certain points.

This is another narrative-heavy pick, but out of every game on this list Necrobarista delivers its story the best. As far as I’m concerned, this is an essential pick unless you’re really just looking to be scared.

Spookiness Rating: 1
Necrobarista imagines the bureaucracy of afterlife management and tells a slice of life story within it. There’s practically nothing scary about it. It’s just a macabre conceit for what is mostly a pretty wholesome and heartfelt narrative.


Candies n’ Curses - download for iOS

If you want a dose of Halloween spirit while you’re waiting for the train, Candies n’ Curses is probably your best bet. This fantastic action roguelite has you killing ghouls, ghosts, and otherworldly creatures in close-quarters with your lantern.

The game simply involves swiping between floors of battle arenas, but it can get quite challenging. Luckily, between runs you’re gathering souls and ectoplasm to buy upgraded weapons and charms to help you get further on each subsequent run. Although it’s a free-to-play game, Candies n’ Curses can be turned into a “pay once and play” game for $9.99, and it’s worth that asking price.

Spookiness Rating: 2
It’s not exactly scary, but it’s got all the Halloween vibes you could ask for in a bite-sized package.


Zombicide: Tactics and Shotguns - download for iOS

What better way to celebrate Halloween than by killing lots of zombies? Zombicide: Tactics and Shotguns is a digital adaptation of the Zombicide board game, which is a pretty no-nonsense tactics game about fending off undead hordes while completing objectives.

If you want to think more about positioning and careful movements, rather than when something is going to jump out and scare you, Zombicide is a great game to pick up. It’s slow pace makes it a fun game to plink around on as you’re watching Halloween specials.

Spookiness Rating: 1
Zombicide isn’t really scary at all. There’s some gore, but everything is so separated by a top-down view that even that isn’t all that thrilling.


The Walking Dead - download for iOS

The game that reinvented adventure games and put Telltale on the map is still fantastic, despite coming out back in 2012. It’s a story-heavy game that nails the tension and uncertainty of surviving a zombie apocalypse in a way that few—if any—other games have done.

For those seeking a game that feels like a horror movie or series, The Walking Dead is the best way to go.

Spookiness Rating: 4
Like a zombie movie, the monsters themselves aren’t all that scary, although there are geniune moments of high tension and jump scares.


Cultist Simulator - download for iOS

Interested in somehing a little more arcane? Cultist Simulator could be the ticket. This game simulates what it is like to start a cult (hence the name), though all the action takes place through a sort of tabletop game where you slot cards into tiles to take actions, like recruting underlings or evading police suspicion.

This definitely isn’t the most straightforward game, but that can also be part of its dark allure. Playing Cultist Simulator over extended periods can lead to discoveries and horrors you weren’t prepared for.

Spookiness Rating: 2
Discovering disturbing information is about as spooky as Cultist Simulator gets. As a result, you can find a way to play into it and make shivers run up your spine, or you can let it wash over you without making much of an impact.


Oxenfree - download for iOS

Oxenfree is an adventure game with a paranormal storyline that is sure to make your spine tingle a few times as you play it. In addition to being a bit creepy though, Oxenfree really shines because of its writing.

You play the game as a group of teenagers that get stranded on an island for the night when a bunch of weird stuff starts happening. While it might not sound like the most original plot out there, the voices that tell it are remarkably authentic. Your group of teens actually sound like teens. They make fun of each other, tell lame jokes, get embarrassed, and freak out as things around them go south. This sounds like really straightforward stuff, but most games fail to create believable dialogue in the way Oxenfree does.

Spookiness Rating: 4
Oxenfree is a fairly cinematic experience and features some truly frightening moments, though this is interspersed with characters having endearing and charming conversation with each other.


Dread Nautical - get on Apple Arcade

In Dread Nautical, otherworldly creatures have invaded a cruise ship. Your goal is to survive by scavenging through the ship’s decks, looking for food, loot, and other survivors. You’ll also have to kill some demons, which happens via turn-based strategy mechanics.

Something about Dread Nautical’s production values make it feel like a PC game from the 90s, but in a good way. Pick this game up if you want some throwback nostalgia and weirdness alongside your spooks.

Spookiness Rating: 2
With stiff animations and blocky character models, nothing in Dread Nautical looks particularly scary, but the game’s environment design definitely sets a somewhat spooky tone.



Simulacra - download for iOS

Out of all the entries on the list, Simulacra is probably the most hardcore horror experience on this list. In it, you happen upon the phone of a woman named Anna, and it’s your job to snoop through her phone to figure out her story.

As you sift through emails, text messages, and other files on Anna’s phone, you discover some deeply disturbing stuff and experience moments of both overt horror and subtle, unsettling tension-building. What helps sell the scares here is that the game takes place entirely through a simulated phone screen, so you feel like you’re really just using a phone you found as you play. Simulacra definitely won’t be for everyone, but if you want some legitimate scares in a mobile game, give this one a shot.

Spookiness Rating: 5
Simulacra is one of the only mobile games I've played that is genuinely creepy. This is a game that goes out of its way to make you uncomfortable or hit you with a jump scare, and it all works surprisingly well on a small screen.


Dead End Job - available on Apple Arcade

Dead End Job is essentially a Ghostbusters game. You work for a ghost-capturing agency, which leads you to investigate all manner of haunted locations, sucking up ghosts with your vacuum gun as you go.

The peculiar thing about Dead End Job is how deceptively hard it is. Dual-stick shooting ghosts is pretty easy until a few stack up and make short work of you. Dead End Job isn’t afraid to punish you for dying either, so pick this game if you’re up for a challenge.

Spookiness Rating: 1
With its bright colors and jaunty music, there’s nothing scary about Dead End Job. It just happens to be about ghosts and stuff.


Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville - download for iOS

Rebuild 3 tasks you with figuring out how to create a new semblance of society in the wake of zombie hordes roaming the lands. The result is a 4X game in the vein of something like Civilization, but with added complications like building fortifications to keep wandering zombies out, deciding what to do with new survivors that stumble into your compound, and how to deal with other groups of survivors that may compete with you over resources. It may not be an explicitly scary game, but Rebuild 3 is still a solid, seasonally-appropriate addition to include on this list.

Spookiness Rating: 1
This strategy game is too colorful and caught up with interpersonal relationships to feel scary in the slightest.

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