Halloween is quickly approaching so I figured it was high time that I list my five favorite games for Halloween. A few things to mention before you get to the list. First, this isn’t a list claiming to have any type of official-ness. These are my personal favorites. Second, there are a ton of fantastic choices here, it was very difficult to pick just five. As such, I’d imagine you’ll see another list next year wherein I’ll feature some of the games that didn’t make the cut this time around. With that, let’s get to it.
Splatterhouse is truly a weird game. There is a plot to the game, but if you’re like me, you just thought of it as ‘that game where you play as Jason’. While that premise isn’t entirely accurate, it’s close enough. It’s on this list because honestly, you can’t have Halloween without some good slasher action, and Splatterhouse is a fantastic nod to that style. Plus it’s just a great smash-em-up and you just have to appreciate the over-the-top gory aesthetic.
- Costume Quest
From gore overload to cuteness overload, what list of Halloween games would be complete without a game about wearing costumes and trick-or-treating. The wonderfully adorable Costume Quest is a Double Fine joint, and a fantastic little RPG. Not the most in-depth RPG experience you’ll ever have, but I dare you not to fall in love with it’s look and feel. There is even some DLC that gives the game a Christmas theme while still maintaining that trick-or-treating gameplay if you’re looking for something to play around Christmas time that also allows you to trick-or-treat. At Christmas. With the tricking and the treating.
- Resident Evil
It’s hard to make a list of Halloween games that doesn’t include Resident Evil. As a series it’s had some ups and downs and changed it’s gameplay style a bit, but the first installment remains an icon to this day. While there were other “survival-horror” games before it, it was Resident Evil that popularized (and arguably created) the genre. With it’s foreboding atmosphere, limited resources and constant jump scares, it remains a game that is not for the faint of heart and a true Halloween classic.
- Maniac Mansion
Maniac Mansion is a classic without being a Halloween game. Probably the most influential point-and-click adventure game ever made, Maniac Mansion truly did create a genre. That said, it’s also a great Halloween game. With a plot stitched together from b-movie horror tropes and enough humorous clichés and puns to make even Chris feel satisfied, it’s one of the most fun games to play around Halloween ever. The graphics still have a great look to them and it just add to the games odd charm.
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
You could choose any Castlevania game for a Halloween list, to be honest. The reason I chose Symphony of the Night is because it’s not just the best Castlevania game, it’s also one of the best games ever made, period. It also happens to be aesthetically perfect for Halloween. I mean what’s better than traversing Dracula’s castle, complete with alchemy lab, bell tower, dungeon, and haunted library. Plus you get to be a bat, mist, and a wolf. Seriously though, Halloween or not, this is a game that no self-respecting gamer should pass up. Oh, and I played it again about 3 months ago and it still looks gorgeous.