5 Halloween Games You Should Play

 

 

 

 

Outlast – I don’t get scared too easily by most video games. Unlike movies, where I can’t control what happens on the screen, games tend to let me feel like I can get out of any situation. The exceptions are games like Outlast, which don’t give you a way to fight — only run and hide. You will be legitimately unsettled while sneaking around a decrepit psych ward, looking through the lens of a video camera! This is perhaps one of the scariest games you could play! Google it for some terrifying screenshots…

 

Alan WakeA “darkness” is taking over humans, animals and objects. These enemies, dubbed the “Taken”, are murderous shadows that attack Wake, wielding weapons of their own, ranging from mallets and knives to shovels and chainsaws. The Taken are protected by a shield of darkness, initially rendering them impervious to attack; they can only be injured with a firearm after exposure to light, which burns the darkness away. Truly terrifying.

 

Resident Evil 4 – The story of Resident Evil 4 follows the U.S. government special agent Leon S. Kennedy, who is sent on a mission to rescue Ashley Graham, the U.S. President’s daughter, who has been kidnapped by a sinister cult. Traveling to a remote rural area of Europe, Leon fights hordes of violent villagers and mutated monsters. (Interestingly, this game pioneered and popularized the “over the shoulder”third-person view perspective in video games).

 

 

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Slender: The Eight Pages – Is well known as one of the scariest games ever conceived! You must collect eight pages in a forest. But beware, Slenderman is after you! He gets faster and faster… There is no escape!

 

 

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs – The first Amnesia game, The Dark Descent, is one of the scariest games out there, and one that’s easy to recommend every Halloween. Its new sequel, A Machine for Pigs, is a bit less scary but still very creepy, and is a great game to play with the lights out. It’s another game in which you have no way of fighting the things that go bump in the night, so it’s easier to fear for your life.

 

 

 

There are many, many more! Tell me about your favorite Halloween game in the comments!

 

 

Samorost 2: PC Game Review

Total Score: 43/50 86% Excellent!

Categories: Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Problem-Solving

As a follow up to my review of Samorost 1, I decided to give the sequel a go! The graphics and sound are brilliant (as per all Amanita Design games) and the storyline was good.

You play the role of a “space gnome” whose dog has been abducted by aliens. You must rescue the dog by travelling to a far away planet. Once you have him, you must return, having several problems on the way!

You can play it online here, but that only lets you play the first 4 levels. To play the remaining 3, and to download the game, you need to buy it.

Price: Free OR $5.00 8.5/10

You can play the majority of the game (which is a fair amount) for free, but you have to pay a small amount for the last three chapters.

Design: 9.5/10

Amanita Design. High scores for the graphics as usual. This game also allows you to start from different levels, eliminating the need for a save button. The sounds, as usual also, are great!

User Interface: 9/10

Simple to use. Really simple.

Concept: 9/10

Great concept and execution! I can’t really give it full marks, as there have already been several games of this genre made.

Lifetime: 7/10

Once you’ve played it a few times, you can’t really play it again. But it’s really good fun while it lasts!

Total Score: 43/50 86% Excellent!

 

Slender: The Eight Pages: PC Game Review

Total Score: Total Score: 44/50 88% Excellent!

Categories: Horror, Action, Adventure

Slender: The Eight Pages is a psychological horror game. You begin (and remain) in a near pitch-black forest, with only a small flashlight. Your goal is simple: Pick up eight pages (in several locations) before your flashlight battery runs out. But beware! Slenderman is out there in the trees! He gets faster and faster with every page you collect, stalking you. You need to get all eight pages before he catches you. He can’t get you when you’re looking at him. But that won’t be for very long: your flashlight battery is getting low!

A truly terrifying game: The sound effects and scary music make it even better. Try playing it on your own in a pitch-black room. Prizes for anyone who can sleep that night!

 

 

Price: Free 10/10 It can’t really get much better than free!

 

 

Design: 8/10 The design is pretty simple, but as the screen is shrouded in complete darkness most of the time, it really doesn’t matter too much. The graphics are effective, but perhaps a save game button should be added. The sound is great.

 

User Interface: 9/10 You don’t really need to know anything before you start playing. But at least some sort of guide to the forest layout would be nice…

 

Concept: 9/10 This concept is quite literally out-of-this-world! The way in which it which it has been executed is fantastic!

 

Lifetime: 8/10 This game really is so scary – you get a thrill every time you play it. Definitely long-lasting!

 

Total Score: 44/50  88% Excellent!

Machinarium: PC Game Review

Total Score: 47/50 94% Outstanding!

Categories: Adventure, Problem-Solving, Sci-Fi

The goal of Machinarium is to solve a series of puzzles and brain teasers. This multi-award winning game has absolutely amazing hand-drawn graphics and is a real treat to play.

Machinarium is notable in that it contains no dialogue, spoken or written, and is devoid of understandable language entirely. The game instead uses a system of animated thought bubbles.

You can play the FREE demo version online here, or you can buy the full version here. There is also a $4.99 version on the App Store.

Price: $10 8/10

A very good price indeed!

Design: 10/10

Every hand-drawn background is beautiful, and the music is great! It really couldn’t be any better! Every level is designed carefully to challenge your mind and the storyline is subtle yet engaging.

User Interface: 10/10

The click-to-go controls are very simple indeed. Tips and a walkthrough book mean that no user manual is needed.

Concept: 9.5/10

Not the first of its kind, but nevertheless amazing! It has been executed ingeniously.

Lifetime: 9.5/10

There are a good few hours of gameplay here!

Total Score: 47/50 94% Outstanding!

Space Engine: PC Game Review

Total Score: 48.5/50 97% Outstanding!

Categories: Simulation, Space, Science

I can guarantee that this will be one of the most amazing pieces of software you have ever used. While technically it is a piece of scientific educational software, I felt it alright to categorise it as a game, due to its general nature.

Space Engine is a unique piece of open source software that allows you to view a detailed model of the entire known universe in real time. I am not exaggerating when I say that nearly every planet, star and galaxy know to mankind is on here, along with orbits and trajectories. Did I mention that you can choose the date and time? Or travel at thousands of times the speed of light to another galaxy?

But best of all, it’s free!

Price: Free 10/10

A brilliant price for something almost NASA quality!

Design: 10/10

The design is amazing, with brilliant attention to detail packed into one piece of software. Graphics are high quality, with numerous settings available to tweak the appearance.

User Interface: 9/10

There is a user guide on their website, but there isn’t one included in the download. Nor is there a tutorial. I think that this is important for such an immensely complicated program, but not essential.

Concept: 10/10

This concept is quite literally out-of-this-world! The way in which it which it has been executed is fantasic!

Lifetime: 9.5/10

With literally an entire universe to explore, it is difficult to become bored of Space Engine. Explore the various different features and even construct your own universe!

Total Score: 48.5/50 97% Outstanding!

 

Alien Swarm: PC Game Review

Total Score: 39/50 78% Great!

Alien Swarm is a PC game developed by Valve and available on Steam. It “thrusts players into an epic bug hunt featuring a unique blend of co-op play and squad-level tactics. With your friends, form a squad of four distinct IAF Marine classes. Plan your attack using an unlockable arsenal of weapons with countless loadout configurations against a wide variety of aliens. Blaze your way through an overrun, off-world colony, eradicating the alien infestation in environments ranging from the icy planet’s surface, to a subterranean lava-flooded mining facility.”

In other words, you need to survive an alien swarm! And complete a mission at the same time!

The game seems to have been partially abandoned: There are no multiplayer servers available on a regular basis. The offline gaming mode is the only way of playing.

Price: Free – 7/10

Even though it is completely free, this game is good! It needs more funding to spread it to a wider audience

Design: 7/10

The graphics are nice – the animation is good! The quality could be better in some cases. The menu looks great!

User Interface: 9/10

Everything is simple to use. There are tips throughout, and it is easy to get the hang of. The controls are easy to learn

Concept: 7/10

The game is a good idea, but not brand new. It is fun to play and easy to use!

Lifetime: 5/10

Unfortunately, not many people play this game, so there are practically no multiplayer servers available. This means you are stuck with offline games, which get dull. There is a limited choice of levels.

Ads and Promotions: None +3

Multiplayer Support ? Yes, but few other players +1

There are pretty much no public servers available.

Total Score: 39/50 78% Great!