Play These Nine Scary Mac Games For The Halloween Season With The Lights On [App Roundup]

Play These Nine Scary Mac Games For The Halloween Season With The Lights On [App Roundup]

Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, has a tradition stretching back to the 15th century and earlier, though it is currently a more secular holiday, with children and the young at heart dressing up as everything from scary ghouls and monsters to the more tame video game characters or that bane of every feminist out there, the “sexy” nurse/librarian/pikachu/what have you.

Regardless of how you celebrate, though, we thought you’d enjoy this list of the scariest Mac games we could think of, each available to play on current (and some older) Macs just in time for the next couple of creepy weeks.

Amnesia: Dark Descent

$19.95 The Mac Game Store, $19.99 Steam

Play These Nine Scary Mac Games For The Halloween Season With The Lights On [App Roundup]

A survival horror game, Amnesia: Dark Descent is one of the scariest games we know, with a version available for Mac via Steam or the Mac Game Store. You play as Daniel, an amnesiac protagonist who wakes up in a spooky castle with limited resources. You must avoid monsters, stay out of shadows, and try not to witness too many disturbing things, lest you lose all your health and sanity. It’s seriously very scary to play, and the hiding from monsters mechanic makes for a fantastic lights-out good time.

Left 4 Dead

$19.99 Steam

Play These Nine Scary Mac Games For The Halloween Season With The Lights On [App Roundup]

While there has been a sequel to this zombie game from Valve, I’m still of the opinion that the first one is scarier. You play one of four main characters in a zombie movie come to life, shooting, exploding, and burning as many of the undead as you can on your way through the city to get to the safe house and out of danger for good. The tension is thick, the music and stories are fantastic and cinematic, and you’ll find yourself panting and sweaty after each level, especially if you play with friends online.

The Walking Dead: The Game

$24.99 The Mac Game Store
$24.99 Steam

Play These Nine Scary Mac Games For The Halloween Season With The Lights On [App Roundup]

This isn’t just another zombie game. Based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed comic book and television series by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead: The Game is a deeper and more emotional look at how the surviving humans act and live after the apocalypse. You can purchase individual episodes for $5, or all five for $25.

Slender

Free, Softonic

Play These Nine Scary Mac Games For The Halloween Season With The Lights On [App Roundup]

Based on the Slender Man meme/mythology, Slender is a first-person survival horror game in which you must find eight pages in a dark and scary wood, armed only with a flashlight and the capacity to live through the terrifying encounter with the Slender man himself. Staring at him will cause everything to fade to black, so you must run if he appears. Oh, and your flashlight batteries aren’t unlimited. You’ve been warned.

The Path

$9.99 The Mac Game Store
$9.99 Gametree Mac

Play These Nine Scary Mac Games For The Halloween Season With The Lights On [App Roundup]

This artsy, psychological horror game was originally developed by Tale of Tales for the PC and brought over to the Mac by TransGaming Technologies. It’s inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, allowing players to take control of one of six different sisters, each sent on an errand to see their sick grandmother, with strict instructions to stay on the path. Players can heed or disregard that advice, at their own peril.

Bioshock

$19.99 Steam
$19.95 Mac Game Store

Play These Nine Scary Mac Games For The Halloween Season With The Lights On [App Roundup]

The first installment in a wonderfully atmospheric series of video games, Bioshock is, in my opinion, still the best of the two currently released games in the series by 2K Games. You play a mute protagonist, named Jack, and you must fight your way through the underwater city of Rapture, throwing balls of energy at the hordes of splicers, the inhabitants of Rapture who have been driven mad by unfettered experimentation with the plasmid human enhancements. The Big Daddies, hulking brutes who make whale noises as they pass through the city, protecting Little Sisters, become the focus of your gameplay as you figure out the story behind the city, and the horrifying truths about human nature they reveal.

The Darkness II

$49.99 Steam
$49.99 Mac Game Store

Play These Nine Scary Mac Games For The Halloween Season With The Lights On [App Roundup]

This first-person shooter horror game lets you take on the role of Jackie Estacado, the main character from the first game. This one was written by comic book authro, Paul Jenkins, who created the comic The Darkness, as well as writing supernatural horror book, Hellblazer, for Vertigo Comics. If running around as a mafia don with giant, murderous demon arms isn’t scary, I don’t know what is.

Dear Esther

$9.99 Steam

Play These Nine Scary Mac Games For The Halloween Season With The Lights On [App Roundup]

More a mod of Valve’s Source game engine than an actual game, Dear Esther’s atmospheric game play and an epistolary story is a must-play for anyone who wants a more cerebral creep-out than some of the previously mentioned games. You wander about a barren landscape, finding and listening to narrated letters, which become less cohesive as the game continues. There’s Esther, her husband, the driver, death and betrayal, and tons of symbolic and out of the ordinary gameplay. If you like your games tense and ambiguous, check this one out.

Trauma

$6.99 Steam

Play These Nine Scary Mac Games For The Halloween Season With The Lights On [App Roundup]

Created by independent game developer, Krystian Majewski, Trauma tells the story of a woman who has endured a horrifying car accident. You must travel through her memories, finding and exploring photographs and the realistically rendered environments with which she is using to piece her life back together. Another atmospheric game, Trauma is as beautiful to play as it is to look at.

  • duncanfurg13

    Bioshock is easily the best game on this list. I haven’t even played any of the others, but having played it on my Xbox, I can say that it is by far the best horror video game ever made. Second place goes to Dead Space, but that’s not on the list.

  • Th3_1d

    Bioshock is easily the best game on this list. I haven’t even played any of the others.

    Really? Honestly I liked Amnesia more than Bioshock. Bioshock was still a great game but it was a little too shootery for me. Could not stand Dead Space, don’t think that should even be considered a horror game, just a shooter that tries make you jump.

  • Blake Beavers
    Bioshock is easily the best game on this list. I haven’t even played any of the others.

    Really? Honestly I liked Amnesia more than Bioshock. Bioshock was still a great game but it was a little too shootery for me. Could not stand Dead Space, don’t think that should even be considered a horror game, just a shooter that tries make you jump.

    Really? I have never met someone who didn’t like Bioshock. I would consider it one of the best games of the current generation of consoles. I don’t see why it’s on this list though. It’s not really scary, just creepy at times.

    Now Amnesia, that’s a scary game…

  • Lane Jasper
    Bioshock is easily the best game on this list. I haven’t even played any of the others.

    Really? Honestly I liked Amnesia more than Bioshock. Bioshock was still a great game but it was a little too shootery for me. Could not stand Dead Space, don’t think that should even be considered a horror game, just a shooter that tries make you jump.

    Really? I have never met someone who didn’t like Bioshock. I would consider it one of the best games of the current generation of consoles. I don’t see why it’s on this list though. It’s not really scary, just creepy at times.

    Now Amnesia, that’s a scary game…

    I agree but the first time I played BioSchock I stayed up late and some of the splicers n creepy stuff freaked me out! I was jumping out of my chair and stuff lol. I played until it was light out. GREAT game!! Can’t wait for Bioshock 2 to come to the Mac so I can play it again. +1

  • Th3_1d

    Really? I have never met someone who didn’t like Bioshock. I would consider it one of the best games of the current generation of consoles. I don’t see why it’s on this list though. It’s not really scary, just creepy at times.

    Now Amnesia, that’s a scary game…

    I never said I didn’t like Bioshock, just that I liked Amnesia more. Really, Amnesia was just more unique and less generic shootery. I really, really liked the whole Atlus Shrugged thing it had going on, I just felt it was a little too bland to keep me interested. Really I just didn’t like the whole “___ is the best one the list, I have not played any others” comment.

  • kavok

    Ahem… You failed to give credit for your opening graphic to ArenaNet and their Halloween Event going on in Guild Wars 2. Naughty Naughty.. No candy for you.

    (Though if someone clicks on the pic and looks at the URL it says guildwars2 in it, but credit should still be given.)

  • roblef

    Ahem… You failed to give credit for your opening graphic to ArenaNet and their Halloween Event going on in Guild Wars 2. Naughty Naughty.. No candy for you.

    I blame the Mad King Thorn for the mis-step. Thanks for catching that.

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