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20 Best Horror Games of All Time on Consoles and in Arcades

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20 Best Horror Games of All Time on Consoles and in Arcades

If you are looking for a list of some of the all time best horror games that appeared on home consoles and in Arcades in the 80s and 90s, I got you covered. You will not find any modern stuff here. Let’s take a nostalgic trip down memory lane, shall we? Below, I have put together 20 recommended video games worth checking out in 2022.

Let’s begin by counting down the following list of some of the best horror games starting with number 20. Just to be clear, these are in no particular order arrangement.


20. Splatterhouse (1988) Arcade

When Namco’s Splatterhouse invaded the arcades in 1988, it didn’t take long before gamers were drawn in by its extremely gory visuals and monster-packed action. Rick Taylor, the hero you guide through the games seven levels, dons a white hockey mask inspired by Jason from the Friday the 13th franchise. One of the best best horror games in existence. Do not pass on this one.

Splatterhouse (1988) - Best Horror Games


19. Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993) Super Nintendo

One of our favorite Lucasarts video games of all time. Released in 1993, the Super Nintendo version of Zombies Ate My Neighbors is an absolute pleasure to play through. You are tasked with the mission of saving your neighbors from zombies, monsters and ghouls. Fill up your squirt gun and take care of business. Best enjoyed simultaneously with two players option. A great port of the game is also available on the Sega Genesis system.

Zombies Ate My Neighbors 1993 Super Nintendo


18. Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts (1991) Super Nintendo

Arthur is back in the third game in Capcom’s Ghosts ‘n Goblins series, Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts. Just like the previous games, this one is brick hard to progress through. Your task is to guide Arthur through eight levels of monster-filled landscapes in an attempt to save Princess Guinevere. Easily one of the best horror games of its time. Give it a bash if you are in the mood for some creature action. A great Sega Genesis port of the game is also available.

Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (1991) - Best Horror Games


17. Super Castlevania IV (1991) Super Nintendo

Another iconic video game from the almighty Konami. Making its debut no the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991, Super Castlevania IV soon became one of the most beloved entries in the series. You play as protagonist Simon Belmont, who must Jump, swing and wipe his way through eleven levels full of the evil fiends before reaching Dracula’s castle for the final showdown. The game is also known for having one of the most stunning soundtracks ever to grace the console. Give it a playthrough today, you will be glad you did!

Super Castlevania IV 1991 Snes


16. Ghosts’ n Goblins (1985) Arcade

Capcom’s legendary Ghosts’ n Goblins is defiantly one of the toughest arcade games of all time. Were you a victim of its coin slot back in the day? Even though it’s extremely difficult to advance through, the eerie music, creepy graphics and addictive gameplay make up for it. I could not create a list of the best horror games without including it.

Ghosts 'n Goblins Arcade 1985


15. Ghoul Patrol (1994) Super Nintendo

Ghoul Patrol is the sequel to the 1993 video game Zombies Ate My Neighbors. The overhead action style blaster uses the same concept as the first game, only this time stars of the game Zeke and Julie must protect their town from a horror exhibit invasion. If you loved the first game, then you should definitely give this one a go on the system.

Ghoul Patrol 1994 Super Nintendo


14. Splatterhouse 2 (1992) Sega Genesis

The follow up to Namco’s popular 1988 arcade horror video game Splatterhouse. Arriving exclusively on the Sega Genesis 4 years after the first game, Splatterhouse 2 soon became a favorite on the home console. Rick is back for another round of monster-filled carnage. Expect more gnarly weapons and bloody violence throughout.

Splatterhouse 2 1992 Sega Megadrive


13. Alien 3 (1993) Sega Genesis

Another game known for being brick hard. The Sega Genesis version of Alien 3 came to the home console in 1992, developed by Acclaim Studios. Your mission is to blast your way through all six stages of an Alien invasion, saving hostages as you pass through Fiorina 161. Fans of the movie will get a kick out of it. A Super Nintendo version of the game also exists.

Alien 3 1993 Super Nintendo


12. Splatterhouse 3 (1993) Sega Genesis

Rick returns for his second outing on the Sega Genesis console. This time around, the developers decided to go with a 3D environment for the third, giving players a completely different feel than the two previous games in the series. Splatterhouse 3 plays a lot like the classic beat ’em up Double Dragon, but it features a lot more violent content in terms of blood and guts.

Splatterhouse 3 1993 Sega Megadrive


11. Doom 64 (1997) Nintendo 64

Probably the best Doom game ever released on any home console to date. The Nintendo 64 version of Doom plays extremely well and looks absolutely fantastic. Fans of the series will be pleased to know that Doom 64 features all of your favorite weapons of choice, along with some brand new additions. One of the best horror games out there.

Doom 64 (1997) - Best Horror Games


10. Contra III: The Alien Wars (1992) Super Nintendo

Next up in our list of the best horror games of all time is Konami’s classic sci-fi side-scrolling shooter Contra III: The Alien Wars, also known as Super Probotector in Europe. The game is jam-packed with some of the most impressive visuals ever seen on the Super Nintendo console, along with an absolutely thunderous soundtrack composed by Miki Higashino to accompany the furious action throughout. Classic gaming at its best right here.

Contra III The Alien Wars Super Nintendo


9. Alone in the Dark (1992) PC

When I was first introduced to Infogrames’ Alone in the Dark back in the day, it blew me away with its amazing graphics and creepy atmosphere. Admittedly, it hasn’t aged all that well over the years. Still this game is a gem and should be right up your ally if you love your video games dark and eerie. Give it some love if you have some free time.

Alone in the Dark (1992) - Best Horror Games


8. Resident Evil (1996) Sony PlayStation

Another fantastic exploration horror game developed by Capcom, Westwood Studios, and Nex Entertainment. Sadly, Resident Evil has aged quite a bit since its initial release in 1996 on the Sony PlayStation console, but don’t let the blocky graphics drive you away. The game is jam-packed with gore, puzzles, and plenty of zombie action to keep any fan of horror happy.

Resident Evil 1996 PS1


7. Castlevania: Bloodlines (1994) Sega Genesis

Not quite as good as Konami’s classic Super Castlevania 4 on the Super Nintendo, but Castlevania: Bloodlines on the Sega Megadrive defiantly puts up a good fight in comparison. Still a very impressive release title for the Sega console at the time. The gameplay is fast and furious, packed full of undead enemies to battle with throughout.

Castlevania Bloodlines (1994) - Best Horror Games


6. Mortal Kombat (1992) Arcade

When Mortal Kombat arrived in arcade and on home consoles, it soon became one of the most popular video games of its time for its extreme blood and gore content. There have been somewhere around 18 games in the series since the initial release of the original 1992 game, and it’s highly likely more games will be on the way in the future. Why not take a trip back in time and give the classic original some love this weekend?

Mortal Kombat 1992 Arcade


5. Altered Beast (1988) Sega Genesis

You either love it or hate it. Sega’s Altered Beast made its debuted in Arcades in 1988 before arriving on the Genesis console as a pack-in game with the system shortly after. Both versions of the game are great fun to play through, although the Genesis port suffers a bit in the graphics department. Give the arcade game a go if you get the chance.

Altered Beast 1988 Sega Genesis


4. Gremlins 2 (1990) Nintendo Nes

Most people probably don’t know that a video game based on the 1990 movie Gremlins 2 even exists. Well, it does on the beloved Nintendo Entertainment System. Your mission is to guide Gizmo through 5 packed action stages until you reach the control centre where you can then destroy all the Gremlins. Give this one a playthrough for sure.

Gremlins 2 1990 Nes


3. House of the Dead (1996) Arcade

If the idea of blowing the heads off of zombies sounds like a great time to you, then you’ll absolutely love what Sega’s House of the Dead has to offer. This classic first person shooter uses a light gun to blast the undead throughout the duration of the game for maximum satisfaction. It doesn’t get much better than a blaster that let’s you send body parts flying all over the screen.

House of the Dead (1996) - Best Horror Games


2. Super Metroid (1994) Super Nintendo

Up next is the classic Super Nintendo action-adventure platform shooter Super Metroid. I would personally put this game up there among the greatest releases on the console for its amazing atmosphere, addictive gameplay, eerie music and impressive graphics. Please fo yourself a big favour and give it a playthrough as soon as passible. What a game!

Super Metroid (1994) - Best Horror Games


1. Loaded (1995) Sony PlayStation

Apart from Doom, Gremlin Interactive’s Loaded is probably my next favorite shooter on the Sony PlayStation console. If you love overhead style shooters such as Smash TV, I think you will find this game highly enjoyable. Best played with a friend for maximum carnage and blood splatter. Ending this list on a high note with a true gem.

Loaded 1995 Sony Playstation

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