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The Best Horror Games on Switch to Play (And Survive) This Halloween

Prepare to Sleep with the Lights On

Halloween is creeping up, and you know what that means: time to swap out those pumpkin spice lattes for something a little stronger. Why? Because we’re diving into the best horror games on the Nintendo Switch that’ll have you jumping at shadows (and maybe even throwing your console across the room).

Psychological Horror: Mind Games and Creeping Dread

Layers of Fear: Legacy

This psychological thriller is all about messing with your head. Literally. You play as an artist descending into madness, with environments that shift and twist around you. The scares are less about jump scares and more about the unsettling atmosphere and mind-bending puzzles. Just be prepared for some seriously disturbing imagery.


Set in 1960s Taiwan during a period of martial law, Detention is a chilling side-scroller that blends political horror with Taiwanese mythology and folklore. Explore a haunted school, unravel a dark secret, and confront the ghosts of the past. Prepare for a hauntingly beautiful and deeply unsettling experience.

Survival Horror: Fight or Flight (Mostly Flight)

Alien: Isolation

If you loved the original Alien film, get ready to experience it in a whole new way. You’re Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, and you’re trapped on a space station with a terrifying Xenomorph. This game is all about stealth, resource management, and praying to whatever deity you believe in that the alien doesn’t find you.

Outlast: Bundle of Terror

This one is not for the faint of heart. Outlast and its DLC Whistleblower drop you into a nightmarish psychiatric hospital overflowing with deranged patients. Your only weapon? A camcorder with night vision. Good luck. You’ll need it.

Indie Horror Gems: Small Games, Big Scares

Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut

Pixelated graphics don’t mean less scary. Lone Survivor is a 2D side-scroller that puts you in the shoes of a masked protagonist trying to survive a strange plague. With psychological elements, limited resources, and multiple endings, this indie gem will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Yomawari: The Long Night Collection

This collection bundles two charmingly creepy games where you play as a little girl searching for her lost sister (and dog) in a town overrun with spirits. The catch? You can’t fight back. You can only hide, run, and hope they don’t see you.

Ready to Get Spooked?

So there you have it: a selection of horror games for every taste, guaranteed to make your Halloween just a little bit spookier. Grab your Switch, turn down the lights, and get ready to face your fears. Just don’t blame us when you can’t sleep afterwards. What are your favorite horror games on the Switch? Let us know in the comments!