October means one thing: Halloween. To celebrate, let’s explore five creepy retro PC games from the 90s (and one from the 00s) that are still fun. Best of all, they can all be bought and played on modern Windows PCs. Trick or treat!
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands
Underestimated this MystThe 1996-style point-and-click adventure is brimming with puzzles and grim horror. It’s full of sneaky puzzles (including one with a severed head; you’ve been warned) and loads of atmospheric locations to explore.
At the time of publication, critics noted how dramatic Zork nemesis deviated from the silly tone of the previous Zork game, Return to Zork (although there is still some humor). The result is a classic adventure experience that remains with you after playing.
Although it’s an MS-DOS title, you can get it emulated on Steam or GOG for modern Windows computers.
You’ve probably heard of all of the games on this list Diablo. It is a masterful action RPG with a dark horror fantasy theme. It was a mainstream hit for Blizzard in 1997 (although it was released on December 31, 1996). There were several sequels with expansion packages.
in the DiabloYou can find lots of creepy things here, including crypts, undead skeletons, and dark magic. You will also remember the atmospheric soundtrack by Matt Uelman – especially the Tristram Village theme.
Best of all, you can get it now Diablo and be Hellfire Expansion of DRM for free at GOG.
Blood: fresh supply
If a boisterous first person shooter with a clever, film-quoting protagonist sounds more like your cup of tea, we recommend blood. Originally published in 1997 for MS-DOS by Monolith Productions, blood combines strict controls with masterful level design.
It also has great sound effects and creative weapons for hours of retro horror fun. And yes, there is a lot of blood, although the gore feels oddly appropriate due to its Campy presentation.
Even better, you can now buy a 2019 remaster of the original called Blood: fresh supply. It runs on modern Windows PCs in widescreen format and supports gamepads. So go to the nearest online game store and give it a try blood today. You can find it on Steam and GOG.
This exciting adventure from 2006 takes place in a creepy old house. Even though it’s the newest game on the list, it already feels like a lost Windows classic. scratch combined Myst-like first-person point-and-click gameplay with lavishly illustrated 360-degree environments.
There is a lot to discover and many puzzles to be solved. It’s also really scary at times, but without being bloody or gratuitous. It’s a great choice for fans of suspense or atmospheric horror.
You can get it from Steam or GOG. And when you’re having fun scratchBe sure to check out the spiritual follow-up. asylumthat was developed by scratch Designer Agustín Cordes.
Areas of haunted
There is no doubt that 1996 was a great year for scary MS-DOS games. Areas of haunted Uniquely combines the gameplay of different genres – first person shooter, full motion video adventure and survival horror – into one glorious title.
You play as Adam Randall, who is investigating his father’s death in a haunted house. Along the way, you will encounter ferocious supernatural enemies and eerie puzzles, all perfect for this time of year.
Areas of haunted is available on Steam and GOG.