We take a look at the most sinister, horrifying and disturbing mobile horror games for the iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets. Games that really f*ck with your headspace.
Warning: the following iOS and Android horror games will stick with you long after you delete them from your phone or tablet, lodged in your brain like a piece of particularly troublesome shrapnel. They defy your expectations, slap you in the face with horrible revelations, startle you with twisted imagery or simply haunt your dreams until you wake up in a moist puddle of what you hope to god is sweat.
Here’s our pick of the most disturbing iPhone/iPad and Android horror games that royally f*ck with your head. And don’t forget to check out our pick of the very best Android, iOS and Windows Phone horror games of all time.
Tormentum (iOS, Android)
If we didn’t know better, we’d say that this grisly H.R. Giger-inspired adventure game was straight from the brain of the Marquis de Sade. Packed with the kind of imagery that you’d expect to see scrawled on the bedroom walls of a serial killer, Tormentum is as disgusting as it is compelling, while the moral choices are just as harrowing. Do you forgive the cruel antagonist who wished to send you to hell and back, or set his own terrible torture device against him?
If you’re after one of the bleakest possible experiences on a mobile device, then Tormentum is your best bet. It’s also a pretty bloody good adventure game, even if it’s a bit on the easy side.
Check out our full Tormentum game review.
Year Walk (iOS, Android)
When I first played Year Walk, I was expecting a simple point n’ click adventure game with a unique and stylish presentation. By the time the credits rolled, I was a puddle of emotions. The haunting visuals compliment the pervasive, strangling atmosphere perfectly, with several scenes still lodged firmly in my brain and occasionally creeping their way into my night terrors. And that’s not even counting the three or four times that I actually barked out loud in shock and terror when something unexpected flashed up on the screen.
But Year Walk isn’t simply a series of psychological scares. The underlying plot is a fascinating mystery that slowly unfurls, leaving you to come up with your own conclusions as the credits roll. Try to play at the same time as a mate and you’ll have some great water cooler discussions afterwards.
A Dark Room (iOS)
A Dark Room was another game I picked up with no idea of what I was getting myself into. Have a quick squint and it just looks like some old-school text adventure. The kind where you type in ‘Hit Ogre Bastard With Sword of Asshurt’ – or, just enter endless swear words to see how many the text parser recognises. But A Dark Room is more like a twisted RPG with strategy elements, which defies your expectations in all kinds of horrific ways.
I won’t spoil anything as the whole point of A Dark Room (and the very ‘joy’ of it) is to work out for yourself what’s going on. The simple text and ASCII presentation means that your imagination fills in the many blanks, and don’t be surprised if you find your expectations blown into a gajillion bits at least two or three times. Also don’t be surprised if you’re still playing it at 3am, as it’s horrifically addictive.
What’s more terrifying than seeing a slobbering, horrible creature bearing down on you, with designs to rip you limb from limb? Not seeing the slobbering, horrible creature…but knowing that it’s there.
Papa Sangre’s hook of taking away your sight, leaving you with just your hearing to navigate around and evade enemy threat, makes it a truly pant-filling experience. For maximum terror levels, try playing it in the dark, preferably when you’re alone. Actually, definitely alone, because if someone comes and taps you on the shoulder when you’re playing, you’ll likely smash them in the face in shock.
A sequel was recently released and it’s worth checking out if you’re a fan of the original.
Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities
Fans of classic console horrors such as Silent Hill will be right at home with Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities. In fact, the game’s plot – which sees a feisty heroine called Rose searching about the place for a missing kid – as well as the third-person control, infrequent save system and dark, grimy environments – pretty much make this a homage to Konami’s classic pant-filler. Goes without saying, this game is best played alone in the dark with headphones.
Don’t be put off by the pixelly graphics; Last Door is a creepy and utterly unforgettable experience that forces you to explore increasingly horrifying environments, as you seemingly descend into utter madness. Very atmospheric, very smart, and it gets ten out of ten for most terrifying use of bunny rabbits.
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