Scary Games (But Not TOO Scary!)

Picture this: it's late at night. The lights are out, and the flickering light of the TV screen is the only thing casting looming shadows in your living room. Just when you least expect it -- click! The lights come on, and you're scared out of your wits because you were so caught up in what was happening onscreen! Okay, so that might not be completely nervewracking, but games don't have to terrify you to raise the hair on your arms or give you goosebumps. Below, we've gathered a list of scary (but not too scary!) games that will add just the right amount of spooky flair to your play sessions. If you're not interested in scares, check out our list of Hidden Gems for games you may not know anything about, and if empathy is more of your thing, check out our Best Empathy Games, Apps, and Websites list.

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The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree Game Poster Image
Kids will find this fun -- not frightening.
Platforms: Game Boy Advance
(2005)
(2005)
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Scooby-Doo! Case File #2: The Scary Stone Dragon Game Poster Image
Combines two things kids love: a good mystery & Scooby-Doo.
Platforms: Windows
(2004)
(2004)
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I Spy Spooky Mansion (Wii) Game Poster Image
Spooky and smart; possibly the best of the series.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2010)
(2010)
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Scooby-Doo! First Frights Game Poster Image
Scary mystery has bopping, bashing -- but, zoinks, it's fun.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
(2009)
(2009)
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Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Game Poster Image
Light scares, clever puzzles make for a fun adventure.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2013)
(2013)
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Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull Game Poster Image
Fulfilling mystery has spooky sleuthing & puzzles.
Platforms: Windows
(2007)
(2007)
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Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident Game Poster Image
Spooky-themed seek-and-find game good for patient players.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2011)
(2011)
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Plants vs. Zombies Game Poster Image
Campy, silly zombie romp has plants saving the day.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360
(2009)
(2009)
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Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Game Poster Image
Weird cartoonish multiplayer shooter grows fun for all ages.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2016)
(2016)
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The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun Game Poster Image
Good TV adaptation with scary monsters, cartoony violence.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, PSP, PlayStation 2
(2009)
(2009)
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Shooty Fruity Game Poster Image
Amusing, super-fun VR shooter juices, pulps its targets.
Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR
(2017)
(2017)
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Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters Game Poster Image
Complete sequel to Nintendo's hit ghost-catching game.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2017)
(2017)
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Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys Game Poster Image
A darkly comic adventure where zombies are good.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
(2008)
(2008)
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Among the Sleep Game Poster Image
Eerie toddler adventure has mature themes, charged emotions.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows
(2014)
(2014)
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Conarium Game Poster Image
Spooky adventure based on fear nails scary tone perfectly.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Five Nights at Freddy's 4 Game Poster Image
Jump-scare-packed finale hits home.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Ghostbusters: The Video Game Game Poster Image
Paranormal adventure for movie's fans and action lovers.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DSi
(2009)
(2009)
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Hide and Shriek Game Poster Image
Mischievous, scary fun leaves players wanting more.
Platforms: Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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The Final Station Game Poster Image
Violent post-apocalyptic trips through destroyed lands.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2018)
(2018)
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Plants vs. Zombies Adventures Game Poster Image
Campy zombie game adds new twists, more waiting.
Platforms: Facebook
(2013)
(2013)
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The Unspoken Game Poster Image
Engaging VR action puts magic in palm of your virtual hands.
Platforms: Oculus Rift
(2016)
(2016)
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Alan Wake Game Poster Image
Story-driven thriller with lots of terror, some violence.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360
(2010)
(2010)
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Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut Game Poster Image
This puzzler's killer theme makes for a bloody good time.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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Yomawari: Midnight Shadows Game Poster Image
Cutesy horror game can be alternately tense, vague.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court Game Poster Image
Bloody, tough expansion goes deeper into brutal dungeons.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2017)
(2017)
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Layers of Fear Game Poster Image
Unique horror focuses on mental illness, disturbing imagery.
Platforms: Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Nevermind Game Poster Image
Psychological thriller raises goose bumps, unique scares.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2015)
(2015)
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Narcosis Game Poster Image
Short but enjoyable, surreal underwater adventure.
Platforms: Oculus Rift, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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