Looming jumpscares, eerie landscapes, unseen enemies stalking you – nothing puts you on the edge of your seat like a horror video game. Steam has plenty of horror games, and many of the best ones are free.
If you want to settle down for a night and play some scary games but don’t have the money to spend on a new game, we’ve compiled a list of the best and scariest free horror games you can. get on Steam. See how much time you can dedicate to these games, then maybe play something more comforting to help you drift off to sleep that night.
Steam has many SCP related games (Secure, Contain, Protect), but this is the best one. If you are unfamiliar with the SCP universe, it is a fictional sci-fi universe where beings or objects that violate natural law are kept hidden by the SCP Foundation.
Secret Laboratory takes place during a containment breach by the Chaos Insurgency, a group that seeks to free potentially dangerous entities captured at one of the SCP Foundation sites. In the game, you can play as several different characters who have a role in the breach, including Foundation security, scientists, lab rat prisoners known as Class D, members of the Chaos, etc. It’s a great first-person horror game and it’s one of the best out there.
This game is like a horrible version of Pac-man – if you could see in first person and the monsters chasing you were nightmares. In Dark Deception, you’re trapped in a maze littered with traps and nowhere to hide. Your only hope for survival is to find the exit and avoid the monsters that come looking for you.
These monsters look pretty ridiculous – by design – and make the game more of a dark comedy horror than anything else. However, you’ll need to think fast to survive long in this game, and you’re sure to get plenty of jumpscares along the way.
Created as a tribute to George Romero’s iconic horror film, Dawn of the Dead, this game offers a one-of-a-kind zombie experience. You play as one of the few survivors during a zombie takeover and must team up with others to survive. The game involves, of course, killing zombies but also strategizing with your team to live and solve puzzles.
If you are looking for a fun take on zombie games, No More Room In Hell is a perfect choice.
This game, in every way, seems 100% innocent on the surface. When you start this typical anime visual novel game, you’ll wonder why it’s rated as horror. But the further you go, the more things start to feel fake until the true nature of the game hits you in the face.
Doki Doki Literature Club is not for the faint of heart, as it deals with disturbing content and slowly gets more and more chaotic until the whole game falls apart. Literally. The game can end in multiple ways, so choose your paths wisely.
You play as a young man exploring a Scandinavian town as nightmarish creatures descend upon him. You have to do your best to survive, as well as figure out what’s real and what’s not. This game started out simply as a mod for Half-Life but has grown into its own game. Cry of Fear can be played in both single-player and co-op mode, so if you’re a little too scared to play it all yourself , you can always gather friends to beat this weird and terrifying atmosphere together.
Deceit is a first-person shooter (FPS) multiplayer game with an unsettling twist. You wake up in a room with a group of other players and are informed that a third of them are infected with a virus, causing them to kill others. If you are playing as an innocent, you are responsible for being on alert to determine who in the party is an infected player. If you are infected, you need to kill others and ensure that this activity goes undetected.
As you play, you’ll get clues to figure out which side other players are on and eliminate suspects. Deception is an entertaining and suspenseful psychological horror.
Whether or not you’re a fan of classic HP Lovecraft horror tales, this game creates an unforgettable horror atmosphere that will keep you sucked in for hours. Based on the story created by Lovecraft as part of his Cthulu mythos, this game is an entirely faithful adaptation but worth playing whether you’ve read it or not.
Dagon is a narrative and relatively short game at around 30 minutes of gameplay. Still, it’s a beautiful experience that perfectly evokes the feeling of cosmic horror that Lovecraft was famous for.
Tiny Bunny is an episodic game series, and you can play the prologue for free. The game combines supernatural horror and psychological suspense to create a disturbing yet engaging experience.
Another great aspect of the game is its art. Although all in black and white, it’s both beautiful and eerie and helps propel the narrative far and wide. If you enjoy this prologue, the next episodes of the series are relatively cheap. If you tend to like indie games, you’ll want to give Tiny Bunny a try.
As a massively multiplayer online RPG game, Dead Frontier 2 immerses you in the experience of a zombie outbreak with an open world experience. You can work with other players to survive in the game world, trading and collecting the materials you need. Or, you can play alone and take on the zombie invasion on your own terms. All in all, it’s a great option for an immersive survival horror game.
The Backrooms began as an online urban legend, stating that there were certain parts of the world where you could step out of reality and into the world of the Backrooms. It’s an alternate dimension made up of liminal spaces – areas where you transition between destinations, giving that uncanny feeling that you’re nowhere and everywhere at the same time.
In this game, you explore the world of Backrooms while dodging a creature following you and doing your best not to go crazy.
In this escape room style horror game, you are caught in a time loop on an abandoned space station and must find your way. It’s a single player game, which means you have to solve the puzzles and find the way to escape on your own.
We Went Back is only a game of about 30-50 minutes, but it’s a great game worth playing and completely free.
Stay up at night with these free horror games
For gamers looking for something spookier to play, these horror titles are some of the best you can find as free games. Many of them offer a horror experience that rivals paid games. Try them for yourself and see how long you can last.