Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court (iOS)
The first expansion for the 2016 dungeon crawler RPG Darkest Dungeon by Red Hook Studios. The add-on utilizes the gameplay mechanics from the core game — you complete a team of heroes and set out to explore the eponymous Darkest Dungeon. Your goal is to find enormous riches, with which you can expand a shabby hamlet, also serving as your base. Like in the original Darkest Dungeon game, the characters of The Crimson Court suffer from typical human ailments — some of them may go berserk, while others may panic when surrounded by darkness. The game places a strong focus on blood, which is a theme connecting the items you find and your enemies. The expansion also marks the first appearance of vampires, creatures with a unique set of characteristics and abilities.
Resident Evil 4: Mobile Edition (iOS)
Adventure 27 July 2009
The fourth major installment of the cult series of survival horrors created by Capcom. In the game the player assumes the role of ex-cop Leon S. Kennedy, a character well known from the second entry in the franchise. As a special agent responsible for protecting the presidential family, he goes to Europe in order to find the missing daughter of the US president. The trail leads to a small village in Spain. The village is controlled by a mysterious sect and the citizens are infected with a virus which causes mutations. During the game one will face hordes of zombies as well as more demanding bosses, such as giant monsters or the powerful leader of the sect, Osmund Saddler. Resident Evil 4 retains the dark feel of the previous installments and the game contains puzzles, but gameplay mechanics were greatly changed and the new engine allowed the developers to create faster and more dynamic action sequences. The game also contains many quick-time events.
Adventure 16 March 2017
A 2D adventure game inspired by supernatural horrors, developed by Night School Studio, a debuting team founded by the former workers of Telltale Games. We take on the role of a girl named Alex, who is about to graduate middle school and to celebrate that, she travels with a group of friends to an island that has been the students’ customary place to say their farewells. As it turns out, during the party Alex and her companions have accidentally opened a gateway to another dimension, and the peace of teenagers is interrupted by increasingly strange phenomena, such as unnatural sounds and specters. Since a ghost's presence can’t always be detected with the naked eye, the heroine has to resort to a special radio that, after finding the proper wave frequency, helps her prepare for the possible attack in advance. The dark atmosphere of Oxenfree is complemented by climatic graphics, employing common horror movie filters, as well as an ominous soundtrack.
Five Nights At Freddy's: Sister Location (iOS)
Adventure 03 January 2017
Another installment in a series of popular horror games created by Scott Cawthon. The game can be considered either a spin-off or simply the next installment in the Five Nights at Freddy's series. As it was mentioned already in the third installment, Freddy Fazbear's Pizza was not the only place occupied by murderous animatronics. In Sister Location, the players is taken to a completely new restaurant, where they are once again required to survive the five titular nights when encountering toys hungry for the protagonist's life. In terms of the mechanics, the game combines successful elements of the predecessors (observation of the building through a camera network for instance) with novelties introduced in the fourth installment, such as being able to move around or greater variety of actions the player can take.
Corpse Party (iOS)
Adventure 08 February 2012
A visual novel adventure game developed by studio 5pg. The game is an improved version of the independent game created by Makoto Kedouin and originally released in 1996. Corpse Party takes place in a high school building that was built on the ruins of an old grade school in which a terrible and mysterious crime has occurred. One day, due to unexplainable events, a group of students enters a terrible and grotesque version of their school in which the corridors are filled with decomposing corpses. Trapped in the building, the main characters must face the mysteries of the building and the revenge-seeking ghosts of the dead children. The game uses typical gameplay mechanics of visual novel games, although it also contains exploration and even action sequences. The story has several different endings that depend on the choices made by the player.
RPG 08 September 2016
A post-apocalyptic RPG with roguelike elements, created by Russian studio Mandragora. The game starts off shortly after the World War III wiped out almost the entire human race. You play as a survivor residing on the top, 100th floor of a luxury hotel. Your task is to fight your way downs through hordes of mutants. The game features several different characters to choose from. The inside of the hotel is generated randomly. The gameplay combines elements of survival with action sequences, in which you fight against mutants. As you play, you have to constantly keep an eye out for water and food, as well as upgrades for your ‘base’ – the aforementioned top floor apartment. In addition, the game features a crafting system, letting you construct new items and upgrade your gear.
Vampire The Masquerade: We Eat Blood (iOS)
Adventure 16 February 2017
A narrative adventure game from White Wolf Entertainment’s team, based on the popular tabletop game Vampire The Masquerade. It takes place in alternative reality, known as World of Darkness, where many supernatural beings live besides humans. We play as a young vampire, who only recently started to feel the great hunger and noticed changes in his body. Players will help him cope with this new reality and discover the truth about the supernatural world that surrounds him. Vampire The Masquerade: We Eat Blood focuses on story and the decisions that affect it. What’s unusual is that the game’s interface looks like an operating system of a modern smartphone, through which we discover new plot threads or contact other characters.
Five Nights at Freddy's (iOS)
Adventure 11 September 2014
An original horror game created by Scott Cawthon, an independent gamemaker. The player assumes the role of a watchman who takes up a seasonal job at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. What is important about the restaurant, is that mechanical mascots are its main attraction. A seemingly easy job turns into a true nightmare during the very first night, when the protagonist discovers that the sympathetic animatronics come to life after dark and display a hostile attitude towards humans. Trapped in a cramped watch room, the protagonist has to avoid contact with murderous robots during five subsequent nights. The task is not easy, because using various devices, such as lighting and monitoring systems, as well as locking the door drains the power supply, which has to be appropriately managed throughout the entire night. Despite its simplistic mechanics, Five Nights at Freddy's provides a good dose of anxiety and is capable of frightening the player with ease.
Dead Space (2011) (iOS)
Action 25 January 2011
IronMonkey’s mobile rendition of the 2008’s science-fiction survival horror game, Dead Space. The title is not a simple conversion, though; it tells an entirely new story that takes place 3 years after the events of the original, on the very same space station the action of Dead Space 2 took place. In the game, we assume the role of an engineer nicknamed Vandal who acts on behalf of the dangerous Unitologist sect who believe the appearance of the Necromorph is a part of a divine plan of annihilating the humanity. When the protagonist realizes the danger she has caused, she begins a race against time to prevent the epidemic from spreading throughout the entire base. As far as gameplay and atmosphere are concerned, the mobile version of Dead Space does not deviate significantly from the original, introducing only the crucial changes stemming from the properties of handheld devices.
From Beneath (iOS)
A third-person perspective survival horror inspired by console productions of this genre. The action of From Beneath takes place in a town called Cedar Heights, which mysteriously turns into a living hell. The campaign tells a story of seven independent characters who have to fight for their survival. Mechanically, From Beneath is an action-adventure game with the camera hanging behind the character’s back. Each hero is different, but none of them was born a warrior. Therefore, battles pose a significant challenge and each bullet is precious. Usually, it is best to simply sneak behind enemies’ backs, stay in the shadows, and distract opponents in numerous ways. Gameplay is complemented by logic puzzles. The narration depends on the hero you are in control of – the title does not allow switching between the characters. From Beneath offers large locations, decent 3D visuals, and a professional voiceover.
Five Nights at Freddy's 3 (iOS)
Adventure 12 March 2015
The third installment of the very popular horror developed by Scott Cawthon. The action of the game takes place in the titular restaurant which is overrun by deadly animatronics. When the memory of the tragic events that occurred in previous installments of the series becomes almost forgotten, the pizzeria that was closed for thirty years becomes renovated. The new owner intends to use the deadly past of the place as a marketing trick which will attract many customers. A new mechanic toy is a very important part of the decorations – there is only one, but it is stronger and scarier than its predecessors. The gameplay is based on similar principles as the previous installments of the series. The player assumes the role of a night watchman who must survive five nights in this dangerous place. Simple gameplay mechanics are only the tools used for telling an intriguing story which the player will reveal as he progresses in the game. The plot forces the player to repeat the game many times in order to discover all hints related to the story.
Fran Bow (iOS)
Adventure 07 March 2016
A two-dimensional point ‘n’ click adventure game that tells a terrifying story of a young girl that suffers from serious mental disorders. Fran Bow is the debut project of the two-people studio Killmonday Games and was funded thanks to a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo. In the game, we assume the role of the eponymous Fran who witnesses the brutal murder of her own parents. The traumatized girl is taken to a grim mental hospital and her task is to escape the place as well as to find her beloved cat named Mr Midnight. As befits a true adventure game, Fran Bow is focused on exploration, conversations with encountered characters, and solving logic puzzles. To beat the last listed element, we will have to use medications in an appropriate, balanced manner. On one hand, they trigger horrifying visions in the protagonist’s mind, but on the other, they open her eyes to important clues that can help us push the story forward. The game is characterized by hand-drawn two-dimensional graphics that somewhat resemble the early productions of Tim Burton. The atmospheric soundtrack harmonizes with the heavy atmosphere of the plot.
Mage the Ascension: Refuge (iOS)
Adventure 16 February 2017
An adventure storytelling game for mobile devices, created by White Wolf Entertainment and Swedish novelist Karin Tidbeck. Mage the Ascension: Refuge is based on a tabletop role-playing game. The production takes place in today's Sweden, and you play as a woman, who recently learned that she's a mage and gradually discovers her powers, which allow her to shape reality. Unfortunately, enemy factions want to use her powers to conquer the magical society. There are no arcade sequences in the game, which focuses on the plot, shown via text with occasional pictures, and on conversing and making decisions, which affect the story. To succeed, you need to achieve balance between your desire for power and the risk of the so-called Paradox.
Mental Hospital IV (iOS)
Action 29 February 2016
The fourth installment in the series of mobile survival horrors developed by AGaming+ studio. All entries in the series are connected by the eponymous mental institution. Mental Hospital IV continues the story presented in the previous game, but knowledge of the events that occurred there isn’t required. In the game the player once again assumes the role of the journalist known from Mental Hospital III who is trying to solve the riddle of the mysterious events that took place in the Saint Peter’s hospital. He goes to an equally dark place, the Saint Maria’s Orphanage, where he intends to meet with an anonymous informant. The gameplay mechanics haven’t changed greatly in comparison to previous installment of the series. The player is tasked with exploring locations and avoiding contact with enemies. The protagonist is not able to fight the enemies, when he is noticed by them he can only escape. In comparison to previous installments in the series, adventure aspects of the game were greatly improved and enriched with simple puzzles.
Slayaway Camp (iOS)
Logic 14 February 2017
Slayaway Camp is an unusual turn-based logical game developed by an independent studio called Blue Wizard Digital. When working on their game, the developers have drawn their inspirations from the 1980s' horror movies and at the same decided to mock their cheesy themes. A player assumes the role of psychopathic murderer tasked with killing the teenagers who relax on their summer holidays. The maps are relatively small and composed of square fields. The characters can move only in straight lines and stop only if they encounter an obstacle. With these limitations in mind, a player has to reach his destination, avoid traps and other threats, and lead his victims and police officers to the deadly traps. With time, one can unlock more playable characters and gadgets used in the game. The game features a humorous style, in which all the characters and locations look as if they were built from large bricks, while the murders themselves are more funny than terrifying.
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows (iOS)
Adventure 17 December 2013
A sequel to the Japanese game developed by studio 5pb. in 2010. The game combines old school, two-dimensional horror with the visual novel genre. The story of Corpse Party: Book of Shadows relates to events depicted in the original game and sheds new light on the plot and characters that were shown there. The game consists of seven chapters which present separate stories in which the protagonists from the original game participate. Various scenarios continue or precede the story of Corpse Party and or depict its alternative versions. In contrast to the first game in the series, which was similar to classic, two-dimensional jRPGs, this time the game is a regular adventure game with a point-and-click interface and visual novel elements.