As Halloween is upon us and lots of spooky things are happening all around, we thought it would be good to list our a top 10 retro games to play on Halloween, to make it fair this isn’t just a list of games as chosen by us, but ones chosen for by some of our followers on Twitter.
Platforms: C64, MS DOS, ZX Spectrum
Publisher: Accolade (US), Cascade Games (UK)
Released in 1988, Frightmare is a platformer where the character you control in dreamworld is trying to overcome a nightmare. You face off against enemies including ghosts, Ghoulies and monsters. To avoid them you can jump over them or climb around them, to defeat them you must pick up a variety of weapons, to complete the game you need to advance the alarm clock from midnight to 8:12 am.
Resident Evil 2
Platform: PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, GameCube
Released in 1998, Resident Evil 2 is a survival horror game developed and published by Capcom. The player controls Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield as they attempt to escape Raccoon City after its citizens are transformed into zombies by a biological weapon. The game takes place two months after the events of Resident Evil; you have to explore, complete puzzles and fight as you make your way through the game. The game was so well received it is being remastered for the next gen consoles, where it will join the more recent games like Resident Evil 7, which came be played on PSVR. That’s definitely enough to scare the kids this Halloween.
Master of Darkness
Platform: Master System, Game Gear
Released in 1993, Master of Darkness is a 2D action platformer where you control Dr. Ferdinand Social, a psychologist, who is trying to defeat Dracula who is seemingly behind a series of killings in London which have been attributed to Jack the Ripper. Through the five levels you have to battle through, you will face enemies that include Zombies, gun toting hooligans, bats, wolves, poltergeists and more on the way to the boss levels, where you will face Jack the Ripper, a Physic Girl possessed by a Skull Spirit, Count Massen and Dracula himself. To defeat the enemies you have a primary and secondary weapon, which range from knives, axes, pistols and bombs.
Platform: Mega Drive/Genesis, PSP
Developer: Electronic Arts
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Released in 1993 on the Mega Drive, Haunting is a comedy horror video game, where you take control of a rebellious teenage ghost called Polterguy, the aim of the game is to frighten the Sardini family out of four different houses, in an act of revenge against the father Vito Sardini whose defective skateboards was the cause of Polterguy’s death. Over the course of the game you can possess roughly 400 objects, to scare the Sardini family out of their four houses, there are 3 different types of items you can possess, ones that automatically turn on when a family member gets close, ones you can manually activate and ones that you can float around using your D Pad. Once the family has been scared out of all four houses the family dog turns into an grotesque monster you must defeat.
Platform: C64, Atari 800, NES, Master System
Developer: Activision, Compile
Ghostbusters was originally released in 1984 on the Commodore 64 and Atari 800, developed by Activision. It was then ported to other gaming consoles, including the Sega Master System, where Compile were tasked by Sega with the development of the port, with that releasing in 1987. You require a vehicle, trap and weapons to progress through the game. Once selected you will go to the main screen which is a grid-like map with three main buildings, the shop, Ghostbusters HQ and the shop. As you’re going through the game, some of the buildings on the maps will flash red, indicating there are ghosts in the building, race to the building, throw down some traps and catch the ghosts using your tractor beams. Be mindful of the City’s PK Energy bar on the top of the screen, if it fills yellow you get a visit from the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man who will destroy random buildings, if it fills red the game is over, eventually you will be able to enter the Zuul building where you will face off against Gozer, if you beat him you win the game.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Platform: Playstation, Sega Saturn
Released in 1997, Symphony of the Night is a platform adventure RPG where you control Dracula’s son Alucard, as you explore Count Dracula’s castle where you will have to defeat monsters to progress. You will encounter Richter Belmont through the game where he proclaims to be the new Lord of Castle Dracula, you will have to defeat Richter to progress the game. During the game you can shape shift into a bat, wolf or mist.
House of the Dead 2
Platform: Arcade, Dreamcast
Developer: Wow Entertainment
The House of the Dead 2 is a rail shooter light gun game, that follows the fictional events of 26 February 2000, released in 1998. The city of Venice is under siege after a zombie apocalypse breaks out, American AM’s Agents James Taylor and Gary Stewart are dispatched along with Amy Crystal and Harry Harris, to find missing Agent G, investigate the outbreak and evacuate the population of Venice. You have to fight your way through the Zombie horde as you make your way through Venice.
Platform: PS2, XBOX
Developer: Rockstar North
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Released in 2003 Manhunt is a stealth based survival horror game, where you control James Cash, a death row prisoner forced to participate in a series of snuff films. You have to complete twenty “scenes”, where you have to kill off enemy gang members by stealthily killing them, at the end of each scene you are graded based on your performance and awarded one to five stars, with three or more stars unlocking content, if you play on the fetish (normal) difficulty you can’t get higher than 4 stars. You can execute enemies in a number of ways including suffocating them with a carrier bag. The game was banned in several companies and linked to one murder in the UK.
Silent Hill 2
Platform: PS2, XBOX
Released in 2001 as the second instalment of the Silent Hill series, Silent Hill 2 is a survival horror game, based in the fictional American town of Silent Hill. The game isn’t a sequel to Silent Hill, instead it introduces James Sunderland who arrives in town looking for his wife after he received a letter from her saying she was waiting there for him. During the game you search for her and discover the truth about her death.
Platform: Mega Drive/Genesis
Developer: Now Production
4 Years after the original game, Splatterhouse 2 was released on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. It is a side scrolling beat ’em up video game where you control Rick, a student who is enticed into wearing the Terror Mask to “go back to the house” to try and revive his girlfriend Jennifer. You have to complete eight different stages, where you can punch, kick, jump kick and slide kick different monsters including the boss at the end of the level which is often a hugely grotesque monster.
Are there any games we’ve missed off the list that you think people should go out of their way to play? Let us know in the comments!