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?
We know it might seem a little strange; if you haven't heard of this game, there's no way it looks like a horror game. For the first part of the game, you might even be right! Doki Doki Literature Club! is a visual novel dating sim where you join a school club filled with cute girls. However, as you continue to play, you begin to realize that not everything is as it appears. Splashed in with plenty of cute elements, you're going to love this game!
Genres (Video game): Visual Novel
Platform: Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux
If you watched and loved the anime series first for Corpse Party, you're going to love the video game! A group of unsuspecting high school students was telling ghost stories one night after their school festival when an earthquake suddenly transported them into another dimension that appears to be haunted by trapped souls. Those who like adventure games with a splash of RPG elements are going to love this game. You can even unlock extra chapters that go along with the story if you're one of those gamers that enjoy additional content.
Genres (Video game): Survival Horror
Platform: NEC PC-9801, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita,
The Danganronpa series isn't quite known for hardcore horror elements, but it does give players very creepy plotlines that are perfect for those looking for something a bit softer. Makoto Naegi is a student at Hope's Peak Academy who is suddenly trapped in a game of killing. A crazed remote-controlled bear named Monokuma has imprisoned them within the academy for the rest of their lives; if they fail to follow the school rules, they will be put to death. As more of a visual novel, this game is perfect for gamers who aren't looking for anything too gory or may be new to the horror/thriller genre.
Genres (Video game): Adventure, Visual Novel
Platform: PlayStation Portable, Android, iOS, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows, + more
There's always room for exploration-based horror games in this list; Mad Father is certainly one of them. Aya desperately wants to do something special with her father for the anniversary of her mother's death; with the promise that they will be together, she's swiftly put to bed. Her slumber won't last long, however, when she awakens to the sound of her father's screams and finds her home littered with bloody corpses. The goal of the game is to survive the night by running throughout the house, utilizing whatever you can find.
Genres (Video game): Horror, Survival