Best Pixel Horror Games Of All Time
The very old computer games were text-based after developers added ASCII-art for some visualization then comes the big era of pixel art games. Pixel art games still have a huge community even though there are AAA titles with VR gaming.
I was born in the era of NES games and still like to play pixel art games. Since we are talking about pixel art, horror survival, let me tell you, one of the surveys has found that the characters and the environment of pixel games are more horrifying then SVG art and 3D model. What I like about pixel horror game it the spooky background and characters that are 8, 16, 32 bit. The artwork is really amazing.
So let's look at the top scary pixel art game one by one. And find out which one it the scariest of all. But with respect, I love all horror survival games.
The Last Door
Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, macOS, NS, PS4
It is a point-and-click horror adventure game that follows the plot of the four childhood friends. The player takes on the role of Jeremiah Devitt who tries to uncover the mysterious supernatural phenomenon called Veil that threatened his life.
The game is episodic based pixel art requires to unlock each episode with a small donation. The artwork of the game is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft. The game has a very smooth soundtrack. The game has simple controls and actives like picking items, solving puzzles, exploring various locations, reading notes.
The game received several awards like "Best Adventure Game 2013" - Armor Games, "Top 10 Best Games of 2013" - Kongregate, and was praised for chilling narrative experience.
Platforms: Windows, Linux, macOS, PS3, PS4
The player controls a nameless lone survivor in the post-apocalyptic world. The protagonist is in the surgical mask isolated from the infection that has turned the population into mutants. The main character gets strange hallucinations which give directions to different paths.
The gameplay involves exploring the world, collecting different keys, surviving, and keeping a check on health, sanity, and food. Different combinations of items can cause different reactions.
The game has multiple endings like blue, red, green, white, and yellow. With singleplayer survival, it can take around three to eight hours to reach one of the endings. Lone Survivor got good reviews from critics and players for outstanding storyline and gameplay.
Platforms: Windows, macOS
Mad Father is a free survival horror pixel-art RPG designed by a Japanese developer Sen. The game story follows the 11-year old girl Aya who is antisocial and lives with her parents Alfred and Monika Drevis along with their maid Maria.
His father is a mad scientist who performs biochemical experiments on living humans assisted by Maira. Aya and her mother know about his secret laboratory beneath their house. Once Aya’s mom dies of illness and she becomes all alone with his mad father.
At one night, Aya wakes up and finds all the test subjects of his father are roaming around, and then she meets a salesman Ogre who gives her the task to solve the puzzle and find dark secrets about her fathers’ experiments. The game has three endings and one of which is a true ending.
Platforms: Android, iOS, Windows, NS, PS4, Xbox One
The protagonist of the game is a person named Price. To secure a relationship with a famous company, he seizes a properly old lonely woman. In the path of regret and atonement, he learns the price of humanity.
The game is an interactive pixel-art novel with minimal controls and effective gameplay. Unlike most of the psychological horror games, the story progresses quickly. The gameplay is simple side-scrolling, puzzle-solving.
The game delivers intriguing twists in the storyline and has a dull-style hand-drawn graphics with atmospheric music and sound design. The game was appreciated by the gaming community for its simple graphic design and music.
Platforms: Windows, Linux, macOS
Pony Island is one of the successful indie games developed by Daniel Mullins. It’s a metafictional horror game that has a mixed environment like simulation, point and click, side-scrolling, endless runner, shoot 'em up.
The “Pony Island” is an old arcade cabinet corrupted by demonic entities. The main character is sucked inside the game, has to survive, fix internal programming, bit traps, and rescue innocent souls.
The game showcased the metafiction game genre which was dead for a while. The game got many positive reviews and was played by many gamers, including PewDiePie who highlighted this game.
It is one of the complex pixel horror games created with Game Maker, FL Studio, and MS paint. The main objective is to escape the room, but the entity known as White Face confuses you. In the game, White Face infects a person’s computer, tricks them, and can take anyone’s form.
The game controls are pretty simple WASD keys to move around, crouch with CTRL, E button to collect items. The game uses jump-scares to scare you, it has a minimal & silent background and linear soundtrack.
Platforms: Windows, macOS
It is a bloody horror RPG with 16-bit pixel art graphics. The player controls the protagonist who is dropped off at Summer Camp. As he awakes, he finds everything is covered in blood and the serial killer wearing mascot costume is chasing left out survivors.
You need to solve puzzles, avoid getting killed, uncover the truth of the Summer Camp Slasher, and stop the bloodbath for the good. The game requires stealth kind of cat & mouse where the killer can be anywhere.
The game has good storytelling, horrifying atmospheres, chosen soundtracks, spooky scenes, and tough puzzles. The game has got very positive reviews, but the game is underrated.
Platforms: Windows, NS, PS4, Xbox One
Uncanny Valley has more of old survival horror gameplay, giving a feeling of pixel-art textures. The game involves puzzle-solving, exploration, and a little bit of action. The game has a consequence system which basically means if you failed somewhere in the game, you can resume the game but with a consequence.
The story follows Tom, a security guard in a remote facility who works at night shift. As the night becomes too long, Tom decides to explore the facility and finds unbelievable truth. The game moreover focuses on the linear storyline and has fewer survival elements.
Zombie Night Terror
Platforms: Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, iOS, NS
Zombie Night Terror is a complete pack of zombie killing levels. You are the person behind the zombie apocalypse. Your goal is to wipe out complete humanity and control powerful zombies to kill human survivors. More human you kill, the more they retaliate and try to survive. You need to create advanced mutants that can resist granite, bullets, and sharp weapons.
The game offers 50 levels and various zombie types with a unique mutation system that you need to command. There is a lot of blood action, use zombies as pets and human is food that eventually will join the gang. The game has a unique style and puzzle-solving than traditional pixel horror games.
Lakeview Cabin Collection
Platforms: Windows, macOS
Lakeview Cabin Collection is a collection of five horror movies with five playable protagonists in the same universe. The stories are interlinked consisting of part III, IV: Curse of the Lake, V: Homecoming, part VI, Epilogue. There are various minigame series to play. The characters and background are inspired by movies like The Thing, Halloween, Alien, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Friday the 13th.
Okay, folks, these were the top pixel horror games that you should be playing if you were looking for a classic horror game. I really like the game The Last Door, Distraint, and Pony Island. Hope you agree with the list if not, then let me know in the response section below. Chow.