The Best Free Horror Games on Steam

The amount of love, time, and effort that indie developers put into their games is amazing. Their main goal isn’t necessarily to make money, but to put their passion to work creating amazing experiences for others to enjoy. Some of the best horror games aren’t always expensive AAA games from huge game developers.

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If you want to play horror games that won’t drain your wallet, we’ve provided the best free horror games on Steam. These range from pixel RPGs, to point-and-click adventures, to VR rail shooters. You’re sure to find an entry in your favorite horror subgenre.

ten Scream Collector

Scream Collector is an idle clicker game where the goal is to create the scariest haunted house possible. You will decorate both the interior and exterior of your haunted house, to maximize its creep factor. The developers made the game entirely in pixel art, but they added a special touch by animating everything. Bats fly outside, eyes flash from the walls and everything makes a sound when clicked.

There are four different locations, each with mini-games that add extra fun. There are a few microtransactions, but they aren’t required to progress your game. The developers have done a great job adding them just to help support them.


9 Alpha Polaris: A Horror Adventure Game

Alpha Polaris is a slow-burning, point-and-click, character-driven horror game inspired by the Cthulhu mythos and Inuit legends. Alpha Polaris is an American oil research station in Greenland experiencing cosmic horror events.

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You assume the role of a graduate student staying at Alpha Polaris while completing their thesis. The station experiences strange events after the search team discovers mysterious bones. You will navigate the station, while interacting with its crew and solving puzzles to find the source of events. The game features voice dialogues, an original soundtrack, and hand-drawn elements.

8 Cry of fright

Cry of Fear is a psychological horror game in which you play as a young man investigating the cause of the creatures that descend on the town of Fäversholm. The game features an eight-hour campaign that you can play solo or with up to four players.

It also has multiple endings with twenty unlockables and an additional campaign after beating the main story. There are 24 different weapons to choose from and a fantastic five-hour soundtrack that really adds to the atmosphere.

7 No more room in hell

“When there is no more room in hell, the dead will roam the earth” is a quote from Dawn of the Dead by George A. Romero. The developers took it as a title, and the game is a tribute to Romero’s zombie masterpieces. No More Room In Hell is a realistic zombie survival game, with dynamic objective maps that make every gameplay experience unique.

The game features cross-platform multiplayer (up to eight players), over 30 weapons, distance-limited text and voice communication, and cover management. Will you make Romero proud by surviving the zombie apocalypse, or will you just become another zombie looking for his next meal?

6 Doki Doki Literature Club!

Doki Doki Literature Club! is a visual novel game that appears to be cute on the surface, but eventually slowly reveals plenty of dark twists and ominous undertones. It’s a fun take on dating sims, and one that’ll keep you thinking about it long after it’s finished.

This is one of those games you’ll want to play with little information beforehand, to experience it first hand. It comes with a well-deserved warning, so player discretion is advised. A paid DLC includes the beautiful soundtrack, hi-res wallpapers, and a concept art booklet if you can’t get enough of the game.

5 Ultimate Custom Party

Ultimate Custom Night is a free entry to the Five Nights At Freddy’s series. It’s a good entry into the series if you’ve never played it before, as it’s free.

Ultimate Custom Night lets you choose from 50 different animatronic characters, spanning seven games. You can also select their difficulty level based on your skill level and understanding of the mechanics. There are 16 challenges, voice actors from the series, and plenty of skins and cutscenes to unlock.

4 The diner

Octavi Navarro, the creator of Midnight Scenes and The Librarian, brings you a point-and-click adventure game that is both endearing and grotesque. The game deals with heavy themes of life, death and revenge, with a very emotional ending.

You play as a tavern owner named Mrs. Appleton. After waking up in the tavern’s kitchen, she has a voice in her head telling her to serve meals to the tavern’s guests. You’ll explore the surrounding town, while finding ingredients to use in the food you’ll serve to your guests.

3 Grimm’s Hollow

In Grimm’s Hollow, you travel through the afterlife in search of your brother in the town of Hollow. Armed with a simple scythe, you’ll explore spooky places like haunted caves, while battling ghosts.

Grimm’s Hollow features four alternate endings, quirky characters, an emotional plot, beautiful art assets, and fun RPG mechanics, all of which lead to a fantastical experience that will make you forget you’re playing a free game. The developer offers a fan pack that includes an art book and wallpapers, so you’ll remember the game long after you’ve beaten it.

2 Propagation Virtual Reality

Spread VR is a rail shooter set during a zombie apocalypse. This is a static wave shooter, with each round taking around thirty minutes.

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What makes Propagation unique is the weapon handling system. It makes you think about using specific weapons – each has their unique abilities – and keeping track of your ammo. When all else fails, your fists will become your lifeline! There are four difficulties to choose from, so you’ll never get bored with the game. Although the base game is free to play, the developers offer paid DLC that allows for a two-player co-op mode.

1 Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle

Friday The 13th: Killer Puzzle has you take on the role of Jason Voorhees, with the goal of killing campers. This game mixes humor and puzzle-solving, taking place in all the iconic locations from the film’s many entries. Play in R mode for the most gruesome eliminations and in PG mode for a family experience.

There are currently over 100 free puzzle levels, spread across eight episodes. The remaining paid DLC adds additional puzzle levels and visual additions to the game, but is not required to progress or enjoy the game.

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