It's not hard to find scares in throwback video games, especially since spooky moments aren't always restricted to the horror genre. While people go into games like Resident Evil or Silent Hill knowing they're in for some chills, not even the scariest games of all time can hope to reproduce the shock of finding something terrifying in an otherwise lighthearted experience.
This juxtoposition is part of what helped many classic video games make names for themselves. Taking risks and surprising players with something unexpected (and often horrifying) helped the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Super Mario World stick in players' minds. Other games like Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee lay the horror on thick the whole time, offering existential terror at every turn. Like it or not, the most distressing moments in games aimed at children stay burnt into memories to this day.