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 on-screen! OK, so that might not be completely nerve-wracking, 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 empathy is more your thing, check out our Best Empathy Games, Apps, and Websites list.

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Luigi's Mansion 3

age 8+

Cartoonish haunted house game has a smart, brave hero.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch (2019)
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Survival Z

age 8+

Blend of zombies, tower defense play is a generic adventure.

Platforms: Apple Arcade (2021)
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Black Book

age 10+

Deck-building adventure celebrates Slavic folklore.

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Cozy Grove

age 10+

Relaxing, engaging life sim with a supernatural twist.

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Death's Door

age 10+

Darkly comic adventure has some death and blood.

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The Pathless

age 10+

Stunning adventure stars female hero and scary monsters.

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Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition

age 10+

Cartoon shooter is loaded with fast-paced, bloodless combat.

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

age 10+

Weird cartoonish multiplayer shooter grows fun for all ages.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2016)
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Shooty Fruity

age 10+

Amusing, super-fun VR shooter juices, pulps its targets.

Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR (2017)
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Subnautica: Below Zero

age 10+

Stellar adventure sequel has fantastic hero in aquatic tale.

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Subnautica

age 11+

Gorgeous, challenging, atmospheric underwater thriller.

Platforms: Windows, Xbox One (2018)
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Among the Sleep

age 12+

Eerie toddler adventure has mature themes, charged emotions.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows (2014)
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Castlevania Advance Collection

age 12+

Sink your teeth into this legacy set of horror action games.

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Conarium

age 12+

Spooky adventure based on fear nails scary tone perfectly.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One (2017)
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Five Nights at Freddy's 4

age 12+

Jump-scare-packed finale hits home.

Platforms: Windows (2015)
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Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection

age 12+

Knightly reboot tests the mettle of even hard-core gamers.

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Hide and Shriek

age 12+

Mischievous, scary fun leaves players wanting more.

Platforms: Windows (2016)
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Ashwalkers

age 13+

Survival tale with some violence targets critical thinking.

Platforms: Linux, Mac, Windows (2021)
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The Final Station

age 13+

Violent post-apocalyptic trips through destroyed lands.

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Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered

age 13+

For supernatural fun and action, who you gonna call?

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