Halloween is finally upon us, which means it’s time to turn out the lights, boot up your desktop and play some scary games. If you’re a fan of horror games, chances are you’ve played one of the various Slender Man titles that the Internet has to offer, so here are some alternatives that you may not have yet discovered. Enjoy!
Day of The Dead
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If you’re looking for a Halloween-themed game that isn’t too scary, IGT’s Day of the Dead slot is probably your best bet. Based on Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival, this slot is as magical as it is macabre with bright colours, mariachi music and more sugar skulls than you can shake a femur at.
Unlike more conventional slots, Day of the Dead features a hexagonal reel and a special wagering system, so all players have to do is get three matching symbols anywhere on the gameboard to win. So where can you play this slot? Well, bgo offers a vast selection of slot games you can play this Halloween including Day of the Dead, plus you'll receive 20 free spins when you register. You can also try the Halloween Fortune slot machine at bgo – it captures the essence of the holiday with its carved pumpkins, black cats, potions and a trio of witches who appear during the main bonus feature
If you’re more of an online bingo player, Ball Bingo is hosting a Hocus Pocus Bingo Tourney where you could snatch some serious treats and Bingo Billy is giving away Halloween goodie bags during four different Halloween promotions this October.
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Let’s kick things up a notch now with the free-to-play horror game Midnight Man. Inspired by Creepypasta and possibly Slender Man, this game is going to get your heart racing and your hands shaking. The aim of the game is to avoid the Midnight Man by whatever means necessary, though this is a little trickier than you’d think.
Set in the middle of a dark night, the player must explore an empty house accompanied only by a candle. This candle serves as your only light source and will also signal when the Midnight Man is nearby by flickering or going out. It is then that you’ll hear a whisper and the Midnight Man will appear. You will then have ten seconds to reignite your candle, but if you don’t the Midnight Man will get you and the game is over.
If that doesn’t scare you then I don’t know what will!
SCP: Containment Breach
Fans of YouTube gamer Markiplier may have heard of SCP: Containment Breach before, but those of you who haven’t are in for a treat. This title is similar to Slender Man in that it was inspired by a collaborative writing project, though there are also some Men in Black and Twilight Zone vibes in this game too.
The aim of SCP: Containment Breach is to keep an eye on a variety of monsters, most notably SCP 173, a living sculpture that gets a little mischievous when the player isn’t looking at it. That doesn’t seem too hard, so what’s the catch? Well, there’s a blinking mechanic built into the game so if your test subject character blinks at the wrong time SCP 173 or one of his buddies will get you.
Unlike Day of the Dead or Midnight Man, SCP: Containment Breach is a download available on Windows.
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Last but not least we have a point-and-click adventure game that’s more than a little reminiscent of Silent Hill. Not only are the graphics intentionally dark and pixelated, there’s no way to know what you will be confronted with throughout the game unless you play it.
You see, Deep Sleep is set within a terrifying nightmare world where you are confronted with puzzles (and monsters) that are just screaming to be solved. Literally. The more puzzles you solve the closer you will be to waking up from this horrific nightmare. With intoxicatingly creepy music and an eerie atmosphere, even the most hardcore horror fans are sure to be shaken by Deep Sleep.
You can spend hours and hours playing these games this Halloween, so whether you’re planning to head over to bgo to celebrate the Day of the Dead or to walk through a living nightmare in Deep Sleep, have a happy, haunting Halloween!
Written by Melanie Isted.