Spooky month is upon us, so according to tradition it’s time for obscure slasher movie marathons, ghoulish Twitter usernames, and pumpkin spice foisted upon all of your food and drink favourites. God help us all.
In the game industry this loosely translates to browsing list features about the best horror games – oh look at that, we’ve got one, too – and spending more trying to choose which middling ’00s splatterfest to replay than you’ll actually spend playing it. Of course you could try a new game instead, perhaps a shiny upcoming indie game? We’ve been spelunking in the depths of Steam’s upcoming releases tab to plunder Lovecraftian first-person shooters with comic book visuals, pictorial point-and-click adventure games, hack-and-slash mech games, deck-building roguelikes about ritual sacrifice, and much more.
We’ve cast the net far and wide, so there’s a little something for everyone here. Similarly, none of our picks are themed around Halloween, but you’ll still find plenty of horror inflected indies on this list in case you’re looking for something seasonal.