We round up the scariest, most pant-wettingly terrifying horror games for Android mobile phones and tablets, which you can download from Google Play right now. From creepy adventures to gory action games, here’s our pick of the apps that will ruin your sleep tonight.
Looking for the best horror games to download for your Android device? We’ve scoured Google Play for the most horrifying horror titles and here’s our pick of the best from this year and beyond. These shockingly scary apps and mobile games will have you cowering under your duvet well into the wee hours, guaranteed.
For the ultimate scary mobile experience, check out our round-up of the best VR horror games for Google Cardboard. You can enjoy those horror titles on your Android phone too, just by purchasing a cheap and cheerful VR viewer – take a look at our getting started with mobile VR guide for more info.
I Have No Mouth
To give this horrifying adventure game its full title, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is a seriously twisted point and click title that will haunt your every waking thought long after you slip your smartphone back into your pocket.
Based on Harlan Ellison’s short tale, this horror adventure first hit PCs back in the 90s. Even though the graphics are dated, I Have No Mouth is just as dark and oppresive as ever, even on a tiny Android phone screen (although we recommend playing on a tablet if possible).
Five pitiful humans – the last of their species – find themselves held hostage by a demonic supercomputer. Their only chance of survival is to confront their own nightmarish versions of hell, and somehow emerge intact. You can play these mini stories in any order and they’re all truly disturbing in some way.
Sticking with the ‘seriously disturbing point and click adventures’ theme, the next horror game on our list is Sanitarium.
You wake in a grimy, run-down asylum with bandages covering your face and no idea of who you are, or how you actually ended up there. No time to puzzle it out either, as sirens are blaring and the inmates are running free. Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear.
In order to escape you’ll have to dive deep inside your fractured mental state and play out some nightmarish scenarios, involving doomed circuses and twisted mutant towns. Sometimes shocking and always engrossing, Sanitarium is a must-play for horror adventure fans on Android.
Five Nights at Freddy’s series
The Five NIghts series pits you against maniacal robot animals, who are hell bent on turning your intestines into novelty draught excluders. At the time of writing there are four games on offer in the Google Play store and they progressively get better, introducing tweaks to gameplay to make the experience even more terrifying.
The Walking Dead
You’ll need quick reactions and a strong stomach to make it through the gory action scenes in The Walking Dead, a Telltale adventure horror game. However, those violent moments have twice the impact as you spend some serious time with the cast of characters, learning to empathise with their plight just before they’re cruelly offed. The tension rarely eases, making this a seriously tense and unforgettable experience.
The School: White Day
Asia has produced some truly terrifying horror through the ages, and this Korean survival title is certainly a memorable and horrifying addition to the Google Play store. You play as a tenacious schoolgirl who finds herself trapped in the building overnight, along with a few of her classmates and a cast of sinister spooks.
You can forget about weapons, magic spells or any other kind of defence. If you spy something crawling or creeping towards you, all you can do is run as fast as possible in the opposite direction. White Day’s objective is to survive the night and discover the story behind those haunted halls, and it’s a chilling tale that’s well worth playing through multiple times. After all, there are seven endings to experience depending on your performance.
If you’re lucky/rich enough to own a VR headset, check out Dread Halls. This VR horror game is absolutely terrifying, throwing scary beasties right at your face. We recommend playing in a room with padded walls, as you’ll probably accidentally sprint right into one as you try and escape.
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
A true classic, Gabriel Knight’s original point n’ click adventure story has been revamped for the modern day. Featuring new voice work (sadly no Tim Curry this time) and shiny new graphics, this tale of voodoo and murder is still gripping and horrifying while the puzzles hold up well.
The Last Door
The Last Door is a point n’ click adventure game that’s all about the atmosphere. Don’t be fooled by those retro, pixellated graphics. As you descend deeper into those sinister locales, the tension and horror steadily mount until you flinch at every little sound and cringe before stepping through every darkened doorway.
Hellraid: The Escape
Another first-person horror game, but this isn’t a shooter. Rather, you’ll have to rely on your wits to get through Hellraid’s traps and puzzles and make it out of the dungeons. Grimy, grisly and occasionally very tense if you play in the dark with headphones.
It’s getting on a bit now, but Dead Space is still a creepy pant-filling horror game that’s best played on an Android tablet or phablet. The on-screen controls are a wee bit ropey, which makes it all the more terrifying when you’re trapped in a room with three or four psychotic monsters and your thumbs are flying everywhere.
Mental Hospital 3
A simple yet effective FPS horror game that sees you exploring an old asylum, a pursuit that unexpectedly turns out to be rather ill-advised. The ability to switch to creepy nightvision mode to see what lurks in the shadows makes for some jump-out-of-your-seat moments.
Decay: The Mare
Another point n’ click style adventure game, Decay: The Mare is very short and fairly easy to complete, but packs some decent jump scares and some suitably sinister environments to explore.
Dark Meadow: The Pact
A classic Android horror game, Dark Meadow is a twist on first person shooters that limits your ability to move while blood-hungry creatures storm towards you. You’ll need precise aiming and solid timing to take them down before they make soup out of your kidneys.
H.P. Lovecraft Horror Stories
The original master of horror, H.P. Lovecraft’s terrifying tales can be experienced on your Android device thanks to this handy little app.
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