Get able to scream as we try the ten finest 2D horror video games off all time!
We’re coated loads of horror video games in our time at Retro Dodo to date. From Zombie slaying gorefests to titles that play havoc along with your thoughts, there’s no scarcity of video games that may make you shiver whereas enjoying.
And simply because the next video games are 2D, I don’t need you considering that they’re any much less scary.
If something, the truth that the graphics are so easy signifies that the storylines have been ramped up tenfold to essentially get your blood pumping.
Trust me, you’re in for one heck of a recreation’s evening!
So, with out additional ado, let’s open the creaky door and stroll blindly into the darkish cellar as we try the perfect 2D horror video games of all time.
Read on, should you dare!
Warning: The content material coated within the following video games ought to solely be seen by a mature viewers Please bear in mind that the principle physique of the article covers harrowing subjects from the horror style and isn’t appropriate for youthful readers.
Let’s kick off this listing of the perfect 2D horror video games Of All Time The Last Door, a recreation that makes you sit with the idea of what it’s actually wish to be in your alone… at nighttime… in Victorian England.
Something that nobody actually needs in regular circumstances, let’s face it.
The Last Door assortment has received so many Best Games awards that its success speaks for itself. Each of the 4 episodes that make up the gathering are darkish, scary, and stuffed with suspense.
Just what you want from a horror recreation, proper?
Victorian Britain was scary sufficient as it’s. Add in an deserted manor, occult references, and secrets and techniques that no human ought to ever should uncover, and also you’ve acquired an thrilling recreation that may depart you perched on the sting of your seat!
I’d wish to be armed with greater than only a lamp and a magnifying glass if I used to be strolling round a spooky home, however I assume we will’t all have what we would like.
Dive into puzzles, clear up cryptic clues, and uncover horrifying secrets and techniques that may make your pores and skin crawl!
Carrion isn’t precisely a pleasant phrase in any context. It makes a cracking title for a horror recreation although.
Especially one the place players play because the villain and never the hero. How cool is that!
Play as a bizarre, many-tentacled creature as you ransack the ability the place you have been captured.
The sheer energy you could have on this recreation is unbelievable. You develop as the sport progresses, evolving and selecting up new expertise as you go.
The foremost premise; kill everybody that isn’t you and destroy all the pieces in your path.
A recreation the place you stalk and hunt people as a substitute of the opposite approach round feels very refreshing; I used to be simply speaking about films the place villains ought to reign supreme this morning with my mate, and Carrion supplies that precise feeling.
The graphics are nice too, boasting a type of horror-themed Terraria vibe. Just strive to not have any nightmares after enjoying.
Speaking of nightmares, Knock-Knock is one recreation in our listing of the perfect 2D horror video games that’s positively going to invade your goals.
A hide-and-seek recreation the place an insomniac has to maintain his sanity till morning. It’s not that bizarre, proper?
Add the truth that the insomniac lives in a laboratory in a cabin in a forest, and also you’ve acquired a significantly freaky title in your arms.
There isn’t one particular approach to play this recreation, and the nice factor is that your actions have an effect on the sport and make it evolve.
While the premise is to cover from the odd inhabitants of the forest and the beings that present up by portals, the way you disguise from them or work together along with your environment is as much as you.
Strangely, the foundations of the sport generally change too, and the participant has to assume on their ft and act accordingly earlier than it’s too late.
If you want your video games simple, then this isn’t for you. Challengers who like fright ought to apply instantly, nevertheless.
Any recreation case with a bloody handprint on it instantly sends worry into my coronary heart. Oh look, Detention falls proper into that class… what a coincidence.
Two college students develop into trapped within the wilderness after leaving their distant mountain college. I’m no horror knowledgeable, however even I do know that’s not going to finish nicely.
Evil lays in wait round each flip… besides there aren’t turns because it’s a 2D side-scroller.
Before I head any additional, simply check out the graphics within the nonetheless under. The colors used, the distinction of the sunshine characters towards the darkish, the impact of the rain.
Everything’s creepy to the nth diploma.
We’re heading to Taiwan within the 60s, with a made-up world the place Martial Law is beneath approach.
The storyline in Detention takes affect from Taiwanese, Buddhist, and Chinese mythology. There are so many components in East Asian tradition that lend themselves to the horror style, and so lots of them are proven in shut up cutscenes that find yourself burning into your retinas.
Seriously, the builders of this recreation will need to have been on a bucket load of acid once they wrote the script. It’s a type of video games that will get weirder as you play, and never one to play when it’s darkish.
You have been warned!
Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut takes the sixth spot on this listing of the perfect 2D horror video games of all time!
If you performed the unique Lone Survivor recreation again on Mac, Windows, or Linux in 2012, then you definitely’ll actually recognize the work that they’ve put into the brand new up to date model on residence consoles.
With new music, new areas, and a brand new lighting engine, there’s a lot for followers to find within the director’s reduce.
Don’t neglect two new endings and a ship load of recent gadgets; 21, to be precise!
The foremost character has determined to make a run for his life after hiding indoors in a metropolis ravaged by illness.
That sounds a bit just like the Coronavirus pandemic… nonetheless a bit too near residence to consider!
Not wishing to die alone, you should assist our masked character out into the world, taking pictures enemies with restricted ammo and monitoring his starvation and sleep.
Like Windbound, gamers have to verify the character doesn’t get too hungry, in any other case it’s recreation over. Sleep additionally reveals extra in regards to the recreation and what’s occurred by nightmares, a pleasant little contact and one which reveals jus how nicely this storyline has been thought out.
If horror survival video games are your bag, then sink your tooth into Lone Survivor. I can’t promise it received’t chew again although!
Reveal The Deep has a a little bit of a retro BioShock really feel to it.
Ok, so it’s primarily the diving swimsuit really feel and the truth that it’s a bit spooky, however I wish to assume they’re spiritually associated to one another.
This is the shortest recreation in our listing of the perfect 2D horror video games by far, taking round 2 hours to finish the principle story.
Still, it’s low-cost recreation to purchase and has some good little puzzles in it that may maintain you entertained for a day.
The foremost premise is to find what has occurred to the wrecked nineteenth century steamship you’re exploring. The blue hue of the sport makes it really feel actual eerie proper from the off, and among the mysteries you uncover will depart you with chills.
And not’s as a result of it appears to be like so chilly and underwater both!
Fran Bow is an ideal instance of a scary recreation cowl. I don’t know what it’s about these eyes, however they provide me the willies each time I see them!
If you’re a fan of psychological horrors, aka video games that significantly mess along with your head, then you definitely want this title in your life.
Fran hasn’t had a straightforward life. She’s discovered her mother and father lifeless, or at the least their dismembered physique elements, and now she’s recovering at a psychological establishment whereas coping with psychological sicknesses.
Gamers take Fran on a mission to seek out her solely pal, the black cat Mr Midnight.
Sounds good and cutesy, proper?
Well, once I inform you that you need to self-medicate with medicine with a view to enter a hidden world stuffed with horror and the sorts of mysteries we don’t communicate of, then it immediately turns into loads darker.
Don’t fear, you’ll be able to nonetheless play as Mr Midnight generally, however the majority of the sport is interacting with Salad Fingers-esque characters that you simply received’t neglect in a rush.
Let’s simply tat that this isn’t one for the faint of coronary heart.
Limbo takes the bronze medal in our listing of the perfect 2D horror video games of all time.
If you haven’t heard of or performed Limbo, then you definitely’re significantly lacking out. This black and white world is treacherous from the very starting. Players simply should determine issues out as they go, which in the end ends in demise fairly rapidly!
Physics play a giant a part of this recreation too, with life like leaping and motion kinds. Everything feels fairly human, other than the overly giant spider, that’s.
The soar is proportionate to what a boy would have the ability to carry off, and the one different button out there lets you perform an motion. In essence, you need to work with the surroundings and use your noggin to succeed.
The recreation has 24 chapters the move like a superbly shaped audiobook. And the depth to he ranges feels such as you’re enjoying a haunted model of a Rayman recreation.
Not solely are there hazards and risks to take care of, however the monsters on this recreation are ruthless and do no matter they will to eat the character, named ‘The Boy’.
It’s the human ingredient of the sport that actually makes you are feeling uncomfortable. A bridge constructed from the corpses of youngsters isn’t precisely one thing straightforward to abdomen, to not point out the opposite gangs of youngsters that attempt to homicide you.
Not a straightforward play then, eh?
Little Nightmares 2 doesn’t want an introduction. This recreation has develop into a worldwide phenomenon and serves a re a return to the world we first encountered within the unique recreation.
Take Mono again out into the world, a world twisted and warped by the consequences of a mysterious tower. And the residents of the world you reside in are about as pleasant because the Las Plagas villagers from Resident Evil 4.
For these of you that don’t know your finest PS3 horror video games, this isn’t factor.
Story telling sensible, it is a quirky, darkish, and scary little recreation that makes you come head to head with the entire issues that scared you as a bit child.
Ok, so they won’t be as scary now, however they’ll nonetheless give frights should you by no means acquired over the torments of the playground or that dollhouse your sister instructed you was haunted.
The graphics fashion of this recreation are so recognisable that you possibly can spot it a mile away, and the puzzles constructed into the beautiful 2.5 world are merely excellent.
No marvel players all around the globe can’t get sufficient of it. Still, if we’re speaking a couple of bonafide scarefest, there’s just one title that wins outright.
The outcomes are in, and Inside, the critically acclaimed sequel to Limbo, is the perfect 2D horror recreation of all time.
If you thought the world in Limbo felt lonely, then you definitely’ve expertise nothing but. The recreation feels inherently uncomfortable from the very starting, and the puzzles do nothing to place your thoughts comfortable both.
Like Limbo, there’s no context to the sport whenever you first flip it on. You’re actually thrown in on the deep finish, coming head to head with the human-like entities which were experimented on in very harrowing circumstances.
Solve puzzles, escape hazard, and check out to not flinch whenever you die in horrendous circumstances.
Inside is like Limbo in so some ways, the principle distinction being a splash of color right here and there versus the whole monochrome world from the earlier title.
I completely loved enjoying Inside, and I hope you’ll have a ugly time enjoying it too!
Seb Santabarbara has purchased each Nintendo console that has ever been launched in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favorite recreation franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently ready for Banjo-Kazooie to return again to the fold. When he’s not enjoying video games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.