5 Horror Games You Might Want to Greenlight

Dream Eater

The visuals and art direction of Dream Eater seem pretty striking, which is a good thing for a project hoping to find its way to Steam. Landscapes that ripple as if covered in blood mark the game, which is centered on the ability to enter different characters’ dreams during the course of an investigation into a series of murders. Sounds like things could get interesting.

Dream Eater also includes a pair of lead characters instead of just one — a priest in pursuit of the demonic force behind the killings, and a young police detective who’s conducting a more traditional investigation in the real world. From the sounds of things, both characters have their own unique gameplay and quirks, at least to some degree, so you’ll be using each one differently.

You’ll contend with other various elements in Dream Eater as well. A day/night cycle will affect NPC behavior as you travel through the game’s 25 different locations, and surely things will get wonky and out of hand when you’re jumping in and out of various characters’ subconscious. There’s also an interrogation system to play up with investigation side of the game, which makes it sound like a demonic LA Noire. Hopefully that’s something like what we’ll be getting.

Check out the Greenlight page here.

Paranormal

You have a video camera, and your house is haunted. So as protagonist Mattel Clark in Paranormal, you’re trying to document the haunting to prove to others that it’s really happening, while you work to try to uncover the hidden past of the house itself to discover what’s behind the slowly escalating events. The game takes inspiration from like films such as Paranormal Activity or The Blair Witch Project, putting the camera into your hands and you into the seemingly normal but actually dangerous environment.

Paranormal has some cool ideas at play in addition to its well-trod and effective horror formula. In addition to a sort of found-footage motif, the game is also largely procedurally generated, meaning the hauntings in each run of the game occur naturally and randomly. Each haunting in the house is different, according to developer Matt Cohen, so you’ll always have a different experience every time you fire up the game.

Unlike a lot of the other titles on Greenlight, Paranormal is due out really soon, too — Oct. 19, in fact. It can already be purchased on Desura, which gives players access to a beta build; purchasers will also get a Steam key, so if you want to check out the game early (I haven’t yet, but I think I will), you can hit this link and buy it.

Check out the Greenlight page here.

Asylum

I think the description of Asylum had me at “Lovecraftian.” The adventure game takes place in an insane asylum, and it sounds as though you’ll not only be experiencing horror as you explore it, you’ll be finding out about the tragedies and terrors that came before your arrival (or perhaps internment) in the place. And it looks suitably dreadful in there.

Unlike the other entries on this list, Asylum is a first-person adventure title, which suggests that there will be a great deal less in the way of action in the game. It’s not like The Walking Dead, it appears, in which players interact with fast-moving bits of action by way of quick-time events. So instead, the story will have to be suitably slow-burn.

Asylum has been in production for four years, according to its description, and it’s brought to you by the designer of another indie horror title called Scratches. That game was a bit similar to what it seems this one will be like, leaning on adventure game tropes like exploring rooms to find objects to solve puzzles. And according to the description, Asylum is suitably massive, with more than 100 rooms through which to search.

Check out the Greenlight page here.

Bonus Entry: Slenderman Stories: The Orphanage

Okay, seriously — last Slenderman thing I’ll talk about for a while, promise. The Orphanage (also) exists in the Slenderman mythos, and it carries a lot of similarities to projects to which we’ve been paying attention, like Slender: The Arrival and Faceless. You get a flashlight and little else, and you go about investigating strange, empty locales; namely, an orphanage.

This time around, however, you have a nifty additional device to your standard flashlight: a smartphone. The game makes use of the phone as both a flashlight and a video camera, and that camera allows you to see ghosts and other things that aren’t there in the physical world. The story has players tracking a ghostly child who seems to have been a victim of the Slenderman, in an attempt to help him.

The concept seems like an interesting one, while still playing with a few familiar tropes that have been used to great effect by indie developers and modders of late. What’s more, unlike Slender and Faceless, it appears that The Orphanage is telling more story than most, and even includes a few characters. I’m very excited to see some of the stories that could be told in this universe, along with the games shaped around them.

Check out the Greenlight page here.

There are a lot of great games on Steam Greenlight, and in other places such as Desura and ModDB. If you find any of the games on this list particularly interesting enough to Greenlight them or want to point out other great-looking games that deserve some Greenlight attention, let us know in the comments.


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