While point and click games had their time reigning supreme in the gaming world, they haven’t been a popular choice amongst gamers in many genres for a while now. In fact, some people reading this might not even know what a point and click game is. I’d explain it, but its name really does the job better than I ever could.
Most of what you see nowadays with point and clicks are escape rooms and other puzzles like The Room or Please, Don’t Touch Anything, but one of the best kind of point and click games to play are horrors. That’s largely because any kind of monotony you might feel about the literal pointing and clicking is masked with the suspense of what could happen once you activate something.
Below is a list of just over a dozen of the best point and click horror games!
Developed by Dreampainters Software and released in 2012, Anna is set in an abandoned sawmill. You take the role of a man who has forgotten what has happened to him and must uncover clues to help him find out. Part of what he discovers is an ancient deity, Anna, who lures men into worshipping her which leads them to murder anyone around them or starve themselves for her. Figuring out your own history in relation to this is a psychological rollercoaster. The extended edition is worth playing because it offers new puzzles, environments, better graphics and a new character.
Despite originally being released in 2002, Dark Fall has been re-released multiple times over the years. First in 2003 as Dark Fall: The Journey, then twice in 2009, then in 2013 for Steam. You play as Mr. Crowhurst, a man who receives a message from his brother who works at an abandoned train station and hotel in Dowerton, Dorset. His brother pleads for him to come to the renovation site, saying that some ghost hunters there have found something that has also found them. Your job is to go there and figure out what has happened.
One of the newest entries on this list, Detention was put out in 2017 by Red Candle Games. Despite its recent release, it takes players back to Taiwan in the 1960s. You’re a student in a school here, except the school is haunted by the lingered and you’re trapped in. Whilst making your way around the building, you’ll come across clues that give you an idea of the school’s history and how it got to where it was. Schools are a surprisingly scary setting for these kinds of games.
Jump scares are going to be a staple in any kind of horror game. They’re a cheap way of shocking the player and are easy to work in. But what Five Nights At Freddy’s did was base their entire game around them and the result is great. Without a doubt the most popular title on this list, this game series started off in 2014 and has since seen ten main series releases with a handful of spin-offs. You’re a security guard who must take care of a restaurant’s animatronic characters who are not so friendly at night. You have to keep track of all of the cameras for five nights to succeed.
This one is an indie game from Killmonday Games. Fran Bow is the name of a young girl who tragically comes across her parents after they have been killed. After trying to get out into the woods, she wakes up in a mental institute, tasked with breaking free with her cat, Mr. Midnight. Solve puzzles, interact with characters and examine objects to help you on your way. The art style here is unsettling and gives the game a spooky atmosphere.
Fran Bow isn’t the only entry from Killmonday Games here. They also developed Little Misfortune, which is actually set in the same universe as the aforementioned game. If you liked one, you’ll like the other too. This one is a little more dark fantasy and eerie than an joutright horror, but its aura is spooky enough and there are enough scary moments that it makes sense for this list. You play as Misfortune, a little girl who is convinced by a voice she hears to leave her home and go on an adventure of sorts. Just like Fran Bow, the narrative is key here.
Oxenfree is developed and published by Night School Studio and it was their debut offering. Like Little Misfortune, it’s played from a 2.5D perspective, which means that it looks 3D but you can only move as though it were 2D. Though this is a story-driven game, there are no cutscenes here. A young girl attends a party on an island where something supernatural seems to be in control. If you’re a fan, you’ll be excited to know that a sequel is on its way. Oxenfree II: Lost Signals has been in the works for a while now and is due for a release later this year.
Developed by Steve Gabry, Sally Face is a game that follows a boy of the same name who has a prosthetic face. The game is split up into five episodes. In the first, Sally and his father move into an apartment where the tenets are a little weird and there’s a crime scene to be investigated. That sets them on a spooky adventure.
Developed by DreamForge Entertainment (and DotEmu for Android and iOS), Sanitarium was released on Windows way back in 1998 and on iOS in 2015. It follows a man who wakes up in a Sanitarium while bandaged up, confused as to why he’s there at all. Of course, this is a list of horrors, so the Sanitarium is far from normal.
In Serena, a man waits for his wife, the titular character, but he cannot remember anything about her. As he explores the cabin that he awaits her in, items lying around remind him of their relationship and the answers send you on an emotional adventure. The great part here is that this game is entirely free to download and play, but the bad news is that it’s very short. An entire playthrough should only take 60-90 minutes.
Released in 2005, Still Life is developed by Microïds that is technically a sequel to a 2002 game called Post Mortem, but you can definitely go in blind and still enjoy it. The game follows FBI agent Victoria McPherson on her quest to discover the identity of a serial killer. On her path, she finds out about a bunch of other murders that took place a while ago.
The Cat Lady is a very interesting psychological horror because it puts you into the shoes of the so=called enemy. You play as Susan, a middle-aged woman fighting depression who decides to kill herself. However, she’s met with a woman who promises her a happy life if she’ll just kill five, specific people. Susan, with no family or friends to live for, accepts the challenge and it’s your job to go out there and kill the targets. Trippy, eh?
If you know anything about the Telltale series, you already know what to expect here. The Walking Dead game is in the conversation for one of their best games. Here, you follow Lee right before the zombie apocalypse begins. Sort of like The Last Of Us, Lee finds a girl called Clementine who he attempts to take through the apocalypse to a sanctuary. If you’ve ever been a fan of the show, this one is basically a must-play.