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The 15 Best Anime Horror Games You Should Be Playing

Updated January 24, 2019 2k votes 705 voters 27.9k views15 items

List RulesAny scary anime game or anime-adjacent horror game.

What anime fan doesn't enjoy good scare every now and again? Anything from haunted houses to scary movies can take you from your comfort zone and splash you right into the center of a thrilling adventure you may not survive. Anime horror games give you a little bit of both; the experience of putting yourself in a supernatural experience while also being able to comfortably stay at home and watch what happens to your character.

There are plenty of great anime horror video games out there, including the popular Doki Doki Literature Club! This visual novel might seem innocent at first, but you'll soon understand why it's one of the most popular anime horror games of all time. Typically, anime series and manga aren’t really afraid to get too graphic or too scary, which makes the games that much more disturbing. Let's rank the best anime-style horror games that you should definitely be playing. Are you strong enough to survive?

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  • With an anime that recently came out, Angels of Death certainly serves as a game you have the option of both watching and playing! Two confused strangers have made a strange pact; one wishes for her partner to kill her, and he promises to do so as long as she helps him get out of their imprisonment. Of course, in order to do that, both of them will have to figure out why they've been brought to this strange building and what their purpose is here. With a psychological horror element, this adventure game is sure to satisfy your thrills as you figure out the truth.

    • Release: 2015
    • Genres (Video game): Horror, Adventure
    • Platform: PC
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    Looking for a little more adventure in your horror games? This series is an excellent choice to start with! Follow a young boy named Keiichi Maebara after his big move to a small village called Hinamizawa. After befriending four strange girls, Keiichi realizes that there's something very wrong with his new home; every year, someone dies in the village and people tend to disappear with no trace. When people begin acting odd towards him, he knows he must do something in order to find out what's really going on in the village. 

    • Release: 2015
    • Genres (Video game): Horror, Mystery
    • Platform: PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3
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  • If you want to find a good horror game that also allows you to support indie game developers, you should consider adding Alicemare to your wish list. As a pixelated RPG with horror elements, this is a great starter game that'll get any newbies into the feel of the genre. Allen has lost his memories and his family, resulting in him ending up in an orphanage. As he lives alongside many other children, he picks up a rumor; leading him to go on an adventure seeking the truth. If you need a little more mystery and RPG elements to your horror anime-style games, this game holds a great mixture of both. 

    • Release: 2016
    • Genres (Video game): Horror, Adventure
    • Platform: PC
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  • Much like the other games in the Zero Escape series, this game is also a visual novel that holds many of the same puzzling elements. Nine different characters have been forced to play the Nonary Game by a stranger named Zero. Stuck on a cruise ship with no way out and certain internal rooms sealed off, there are only so many options available for survival. If you like the elements that escape rooms provide, imagine the same elements with more of a story and in a video game. Throughout the different chapters, your job will be to try and provide a way for your main character, Junpei, to escape. 

    • Release: 2010
    • Genres (Video game): Puzzle game, Adventure, Thriller, Graphic adventure game, Visual novel
    • Platform: Nintendo DS
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