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Five great spooky games for Halloween

October is peak season for horror films. But if you fancy getting involved in scary stories rather than just watching them, horror games are your best bet. Our list of five games has something for everyone, regardless of your fear threshold!

Horror for the faint-hearted: Luigi’s Mansion 3

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Love Halloween but hate fear-induced sweats and heart palpitations? For all you sensitive souls, we can recommend Luigi’s Mansion 3 with a clear conscience.

Players take Luigi through a hotel haunted by ghosts, on a mission to rescue Mario and Princess Peach from the clutches of King Boo, the leader of the ghosts.

The game features some classic horror elements, but in typical Nintendo fashion, it’s all done in a funny, family-friendly way.

Available on: Nintendo Switch (Release date: 31 October 2019)

Age rating: 7 years and over

Horror on the go: the Rusty Lake series

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Here’s a top tip: if you want a horror game to play on the go, the Rusty Lake series is for you. The series now comprises three ‘point and click’ style games, in which the player can puzzle their way through the surreal world of Rusty Lake. We recommend keeping an open mind as you work through the game’s sinister stories and clever puzzles – and enjoy the surprises along the way.

The game doesn’t have any majorly scary moments to satisfy real horror fans, but its creepy, macabre atmosphere is a winner. Don’t forget to wear headphones!

Available on: iOS, Android, PC

Age rating: 12 years and over

Multiplayer horror: Dead by Daylight

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Dead by Daylight is an asymmetric multiplayer game in which one player takes on the role of the bloodthirsty murderer, while four others play the innocent victims. This set-up, which is unusual for a multiplayer game, makes for plenty of classic teen horror movie moments (‘watch out, he’s behind you!’) and is sure to get hearts racing.

The newest update also includes a Stranger Things mode.

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC

Age rating: 18 years and over

Horror for movie fans: Blair Witch

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Who remembers the 90s cult classic The Blair Witch Project? This low-budget flick revolutionised horror films and managed to strike fear into our hearts with its simple effects and ‘found footage’ aesthetic.

The game continues the story of the Burkittsville witches, taking the player back into the depths of the infamous forest. The game brilliantly replicates the film’s unsettling horror atmosphere – which is why we’d only recommend it to players with nerves of steel.

Available on: Xbox One, PC

Age rating: 16 years and over

A new dimension of horror: Resident Evil 7

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Do you find ‘normal’ horror games too superficial? What if you could play them in virtual reality?

We recommend playing Resident Evil 7 in VR mode. Unlike other games with a VR option, you can play Resident Evil’s entire single-player campaign in virtual reality – without any restrictions or changes to the gameplay.

The player controls character Ethan Winters as he embarks on a search for his missing wife and ends up in a run-down mansion, where he has to fight for his life. This game is for bona fide horror fans only – especially in VR mode!

Available in VR on: PS4

Age rating: 18 years and over

For something different, try The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

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Not interested in Halloween? Fancy something more wholesome instead? The newly released The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening makes for a great alternative to Halloween games. The ultra-cute graphics and heart-warming story will be sure to distract you from any spooky thoughts or Halloween frights.

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Available on: Nintendo Switch

Age rating: 7 years and over

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