In the middle of the night, do you get scared by noises that don’t make sense? Do you get scared when you’re in your basement or attic? If so, have you or your family ever seen something like that?
If you say “no,” that means you haven’t been playing any of the great horror games on Nintendo Switch. There are a lot of scary games on the Switch, but you might be wondering which are the best ones to play when you’re alone at home on a dark night and want to be scared.
There are some scary games on the Nintendo Switch that will make your heart race. Every single one of these games is scary in its own way. Don’t say that we didn’t tell you!
1. Little Nightmares II (Switch)
We liked the first Little Nightmares a lot, but the sequel, which is called Little Nightmares II, is the best of the two for us. It’s a great game from start to finish, with great pacing, interesting level design, and great graphics and performance. There are some parts that feel more like a game of trial and error than a game of survival. This is because it’s a game in the same genre as this one. When we look at the game as a whole, though, this doesn’t bother us at all. We think it’s one of the best cinematic platformers we’ve ever played. A real fashion treat.
2. Observer (Switch eShop)
Observer, a horror game on the Nintendo Switch, has a lot of admiration for Blade Runner, but it almost doesn’t work. It makes an impressive and heartfelt horror experience that doesn’t last too long. It’s possible that it’s at its best when you let go and let the images and sounds overwhelm you, rather than trying to look for clues in pools of blood. Technically, this port is on a tightrope. It doesn’t work well when it’s docked, but it’s much better when it’s played on the go. Its ambition and rich world-building are enough to make up for any technical problems. People have different ideas about what scares them. If dread, unease, and a complete lack of predictability sound like your kind of thing then you could be in for a long, sleepless night after playing this game.
3. Resident Evil Revelations Collection (Switch)
This game series is the granddaddy of survival horror games, so it has to be on this list. Resident Evil Revelations Collection includes both the original 3DS game, Revelations, and the sequel, Revelations 2. If you buy the physical version, you’ll get a download code for the second game, so be careful. Both of them are available on the eShop. If you have a friend, you can play the game together. In fact, we’d rather you bring a friend with you. It might be less scary that way.
4. Layers of Fear: Legacy (Switch eShop)
Layers of Fear: Legacy is a walking simulator that is very scary. You have to go through the house of a crazy painter. Here, the scares are mostly psychological, and even a simple pan of the camera can change things a lot. You’ll be scared to even take a simple step in this mind-bender because it’s so creative. Even if you don’t like the scares, the unique set-pieces will still surprise you. The story’s descent into madness and the game’s willingness to play with your expectations to scare you make this experience one you won’t want to miss out on.
5. Outlast: Bundle of Terror (Switch eShop)
The original Outlast: Bundle of Terror showed that indie developers can make survival horror games that are good at it. They also did it well. There is a game called “Alone in the Dark” that you play as Miles Upshur, a freelance journalist who decides to stop writing about Brexit and new-age diets and go looking for a story inside an old asylum. There is a chance that it isn’t as deserted as it looks.
If you like the first Outlast, there’s also Outlast 2. Blake and Lynn Langermann are husband and wife investigative journalists in this game. It takes place in the same universe as the original, but you play as them. An unknown pregnant woman was found dead with only a camera. You must find out why she died. Everything will be fine, right? Both Outlast games are must-haves for people who like to be scared to death, but the first one is the best. Still, the sequel is worth a look after you’ve filled your unmentionables with fear.
6. Limbo (Switch eShop)
Unlike other platform games, Limbo doesn’t use words to tell a scary story. It’s a brilliantly moody and expertly poised platform game. I think it might be a little stark, but there are a lot of clever physics puzzles and heavy platforming challenges inside. It’s pretty powerful stuff, and your imagination will run wild at what it all means. Oh, and there’s also a huge spider to deal with. That’s enough to make it deserve to be here.
7. Amnesia: Collection
Amnesia is a horror game that should be in every collection. When people started playing “Let’s Play,” Amnesia was one of the first things to happen. Since then, it has become a common part of the genre. With such a spooky atmosphere and so many ghosts, it scared an entire generation. During the game, you’ll be living a nightmare of horror survival as you explore the eerie, desolate castle. Every scrape and groan makes you hide behind the sofa.
8. Dying Light: Platinum Edition
Is there anyone who doesn’t love a good zombie movie? zombies that want to bite your flesh in this epic first-person survival game set in the post-apocalyptic world you live in. When the platinum edition came out, we said it was “a game to die for.” Get the full story in our review of Dying Light: Platinum Edition for Xbox One and Switch.
9. Friday The 13th: Ultimate Slasher Edition
Because of a lot of legal issues, new content for Friday the 13th has been put on hold. Matt McMuscles did a great video about the game’s tragic history. However, if you can get past the lack of polish in some places, you’ll find a treasure trove of details that show a real love for movies. No more dedicated servers, but you can still play with Jason down by Crystal Cove through peer-to-peer servers and slash your way through the game. Hopefully, one day, we’ll see it again.