[Top 15] Ghost Games To Play Today

Best Ghost games 2021
Grab your blanket, because it's ghost time!

Ghost games are one of those genres that scare you witless, but there’s a lot more to ghost games than jumping, scaring, and leaving you screaming. So, if you’re a gamer who’s absolutely in love with the paranormal, you’re in the right place, as we take a look at 15 of the greatest ghost games that will haunt you long after you play.


Here are 15 great games in the genre:

15. The Medium (PC / Win /  Mac OS / Xbox)


The theme of this game is set in post-Communism Poland, 1999, and you play as the spirit medium, Marianne who helps lost and troubled souls find peace. She has a constant dream about a man shooting a girl next to a lake and while she is grieving a loved one, she receives a puzzling phone call from a man who knows about her abilities. He offers her an explanation of where they come from, and also the meaning of her dream, Marianne has to meet him at the abandoned vacation resort situated in the Polish wilderness. 

This is the Niwa Workers Resort, where a massacre took place years ago. Being a Medium, Marianne feels that the place has a strong connection to the spirit world and encounters the sad spirit of a young girl, who warns her against a hostile spirit invading human bodies, to partially exist in the real world. This spirit was responsible for the massacre at the Niwa Resort. She also tells Marianne that this spirit is now hunting her to be free from Niwa.

Marianne repeatedly offers Sadness (The spirit) peace, who refuses her. Through visions, Marianne finds out that Sadness is the spirit of the Niwa manager Thomas’ daughter Lily. Marianne now has to solve this mystery and escape the Maw spirit. The game was released on January 28 2021 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox Series X/S by Bloober Team.

14. Phasmopobia( PC / Win / Mac OS / VR)


In Phasmophobia the players play as a team to investigate and end the Paranormal activity rising. The game offers several haunting locations where you can hunt ghosts, gathering as much evidence as you can. It’s a 4 player online co-op psychological horror game.             

This game has full servers where you can form your team online with your friends or other Ghost Hunters in multiplayer mode. Phasmophobia is available to play using VR or a PC, where you can immerse yourself in a realistic, heart-throbbing experience using fully interactive ghost hunting equipment to investigate several hauntings, that keeps changing with each time you play. 

The game offers procedural ghosts and each game is different, requiring you and your team to get your detective hats on to find out what type of ghosts they are, and how to deal with them. You can either be the guy watching the cameras as your team investigates or get up in the action using equipment like Ouija Board, Salt, EMF Reader, Motion Sensors, UV Flashlight, Spirit Box, and much more. Phasmophobia was released on 18 September 2020 by Kinetic Games.

13. Eyes: The Horror Game (Win /PC / Android / Linux / Mac OS / IOS)


This first-person horror game gives the player one simple, yet specific objective; enter a building in the middle of the night, find twenty bags full of money, and escape before anyone notices you were there. This is where your problem arises - no security guards or cameras, but ghosts, you read that correctly, there are ghosts. The kind of ghosts that will kill you. 

The goal in the game is to search and explore every corner of the building while collecting bags of money, and that too; without bumping into paranormal beings. When you hear strange sounds and the furniture begins to shake, that’s when you start running, unless you want to near your death facing a mortifying creature. 

On the walls of some rooms, you will notice eyes drawn on them, and when you touch them the drawing will reveal horrifying images of different locations inside the building. Eyes: The Horror Game is an excellent ghost game and you’ll never have the same experience twice.

With each playthrough, the location of the money bags and the location of the eyes are never in the same place and where and when ghosts appear is set to random. This game was released on Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Android, Linux, IOS, and Mac OS on 14 February. 2013 by FEARLESS GAMES & SPOLKA JAWNA, QubicGames.

12. Amnesia: The Dark Decent (Win / PC / Mac OS / Linux / Ps4 / Nintendo)


In August 1839, young Daniel awakened in the Prussian Brennenburg Castle with no memory about who he was or where he came from. The only thing he remembers is his name, that he lives in Mayfair and someone or something is hunting him. A short time after he regained consciousness, Daniel finds a note to himself, informing him that he erased his memory intentionally.

The note also informs him that he’s being hunted by a “Shadow”, a presence that manifests itself through acidy, fleshy growths spreading through the castle. Daniel is instructed to descend into the Inner  Sanctum of the castle to find its baron, Alexander, and kill him.

Daniel learns the mysteries of the castle as he makes his way through, he also learns about his own past as he finds notes and diaries. He then suddenly starts to have flashbacks and visions. Daniel recovers a mysterious orb from the Tin Hinan Tomb, which is the origin of the situation he finds himself in.

This orb is what unleashes the Shadow. The experts’Daniel contacts regarding the orb, all suffer horrible deaths and he realizes the Shadow is slowly stalking him. Further, the game follows Daniel as he meets the baron Alexander for the second time in his life, the first was when he consumed the amnesia potion to overcome the guilt he felt for accidentally killing a young girl in a fit of rage. This game truly focuses on ‘the fear of the unknown.’

The game is available on Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Amnesia: The Dark Descent was released for the first time on 8 September 2010 and has two sequels, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Amnesia: Rebirth.

11. The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man Of Medan (Win / PC / Ps4 / Xbox 1) 


Man of Medan is both a single and multi-player game and is presented as an unfinished story to its players, requesting the player’s assistance in finishing it. The game follows brothers Alex and Brad as they prepare for a diving expedition into the South Pacific Ocean, alongside Alex’s girlfriend, Julia, Julia’s brother, and the skipper Fliss.

They seek out to find a World War II wreck plane that’s rumored to have crashed. After diving down to inspect the wreck, unexpected guests start to appear. The game, however, has multiple endings, depending on what the player’s choices are. 

With nowhere to go, unexplainable things start happening, resulting in deaths as they find themselves on a haunted ship where their nightmares come to life. In my experience, based on the player’s choices, it’s up to you who lives and who dies. The game itself is very thrilling, especially after they arrive on the ghostly ship. It scares you witless every time.

Man of Medan was released on Playstation 4, Microsoft Windows, and Xbox One on 30 August 2019 by Bandai Namco Entertainment as the first in the Dark Pictures series.

10. One Late Night (Win / PC / Mac / Linux)


Haunted houses are creepy, but have you ever wondered what would happen in a haunted office? This indie horror game will definitely change your perspective. Playing as an employee of Webcom who’s working late at the office one night, something is amiss and things start to go terribly wrong.

He falls asleep and before he knows it, it’s already past midnight and he still has work to do. Getting coffee from the breakroom, something doesn’t seem right and strange things start to happen. Having to escape the building, it’s up to the player to help him find clues and complete tasks to move forward. 

You have to hide from ghosts, but there are limited hiding spots and they creep up on you every time. The game was released on 29 January 2013 on Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, and Linux by Black curtain Studio.

09. Nightmare House (Win / PC / Xbox X/S / Xbox 1)


In this game you play as a nameless protagonist who crashes his car in the middle of nowhere and trying to find help, seeks shelter in a nearby house. When he’s inside, he realizes that it’s haunted by undead creatures and a mysterious, vengeful ghost of a young woman.

During the game you find weapons to fight them off and stay alive, the main goal is to escape the house. The game is set on random movements, for instance, you would go through one door, leading to a bedroom and when you enter the same door for a second time it leads somewhere else.

The protagonist eventually escapes from the house, but the ghost lady follows him and stops him in his tracks before he blacks out. This is where the second game Nightmare House 2 begins.

The game was released on 25 May 2020 on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows by Initiative Games.

“Escape The House, If You Can.”

08. Pacify (Win / PC / Mac OS / Steam)


In Pacify, you play as an employee of The Paranormal Activity Helpers and have to enter a haunted house that’s rumored to have been a funeral parlor to bring back evidence to the company. You can either play alone, online with friends and inspect the house together or turn on each other to get out alive.

The ghost in this game is a scary little girl and she reacts according to the player’s progress and you have to pacify her so you can cleanse the house of the ghostly presence and be on your way. However, as the game progresses, the ghost gets smarter and faster with a constantly changing temperament.

Pacify was released on 22 February 2019 by Hitchcock Games on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and Steam.

07. Miasmata (Win / PC)


In this first-person horror, you’re set as a lone wanderer whose only goal is to survive on a mysterious island with an unknown entity haunting you. Being infected with a deadly virus, Authorities left you and you are now forced to stay without food, water, and medical supplies.

Having to find a cure to save your old colleagues, you must make weapons, fight the unknown and stay alive all at the same time. As the scientist you are, your task seems simple, but there are creatures all around, hunting you, and then there’s the haunting entity at your back.

The virus you’re infected with is daunting, leaving you dehydrated and disoriented as you fall down cliffs. Miasmata was released on Microsoft Windows on 28 November 2012 by Devolver Digital.

06. Slender (Win / PC / OS X)


Indie psychological- horror Slender Man gives you the thrill of haunted places and truths behind tall legends. The game features a faceless being occupying abandoned and haunted places, wearing a black and white suit at all times.

The player must find clues and solve the mysteries hidden within the game, investigating dark corners and terrifying legends. The Slender Man, however, is controllable by the game player as it presents a first-person perspective.

The game was released as ‘Slender: The Eight Pages’ as the first game in the Slender series on 26 June 2012 as a Beta for Microsoft Windows and OS X by Parsec Producers.

05. Penumbra: Black Plague (Win / PC / Mac / OS X / Linux)


This single-player game features a protagonist moving away from the abandoned mine searching for an underground research facility. There he encounters the most horrific haunted beings, who want him most mystically.

He must complete puzzles to survive, making him feel like being buried in pitch black environmental wonder in the sand. The protagonist is forced to complete spell-bounding physics-based puzzles to continue his journey.

Penumbra: Black Plague is the second game in the series and it’s a thrilling survival-based horror game to play. The graphics of the game are awesome, and the sounds are very creepy. (In a good way.)

04. Forgotten Hill: Fall (Win / PC / Android)


In this game, our Protagonist is yet again unnamed as his car breaks down on the road and he leaves his girlfriend waiting in the car while he goes in search of help with nothing but a weak flashlight. He finds the house up ahead and when he enters, notices it’s abandoned.

As the player makes his way through the house, completing the various puzzles we get to know that the Ghost child has a spider named Spike and her father is a werewolf. In the game, the protagonist can either get out of the house safely or die one of three deaths.

  The first death would be via Spike the spider, second the Ghost child, and third the werewolf. If you survive all three, the protagonist is still left with one dilemma, does he go back to the broken-down car or does he try the next house?

Very interesting game with a variety of options, entertaining and the graphics are also good. Forgotten Hill has a series of seven games and was developed and released on 28 October 2016 by FM Studio.

03. Kraven Manor (Win / PC)


Kraven Manor is somewhat like ‘Amnesia’ with great graphics, though it doesn’t follow a specific plotline, the protagonist can be either described as an adventurer or ghost hunter who wants to uncover the secrets hidden in Kraven Manor.

This Indie horror game lets the player explore the huge manor, finding hidden miniature pieces of rooms within. Finding all of the pieces and adding them to the scale model completes one room, which isn’t easy as there are many hidden rooms and trap doors to find.

The appearance of the ghostly creature is completely unexpected and can be at any time, increasing your jump every time. This is a first-person Survival Horror game and was first released on PC in 2013 by Demon Wagon Studios. The game’s ending is very well executed and very good. 

02. [Rec] Shutter (Win / PC / Indie Db / Desura)


This game will absolutely scare your witts off, Shutter lets the player investigate paranormal entities through the lens of a handheld camera. As you explore dark corners and empty rooms in an abandoned asylum, some go bumping in the night.

You take the role of a reporter named Connor who will be reporting Penny Hill Asylum’s paranormal activity. The game progresses as you play.

Solving puzzles and revealing secrets, you will definitely bump into a paranormal creature around some corners. You can investigate objects, find clues and then record ghosts and ghouls. The player also has a panic meter, which informs you when a ghost is near. The meter also increases when you stare at your enemies. This game is extremely scary when played after dark, with headphones on.

The game was released on 6 February 2013 on Microsoft Windows, IndieDB, and Desura.

01. The Yore (Win / PC / Android)


The Yore has a familiar plot, where the protagonist wakes up in a room and he has no memory of how he got there. It’s up to the player to help him uncover the secrets of the haunted house he finds himself in and also to get out of it.

The graphics of the game are very good, for a free game, it’s actually excellent. The Yore is a short Horror Adventure game, while exploring the haunted house you will have to solve puzzles as you interact with the environment around you. The characters are animated, but very well presented.

I believe that all of these games will keep your little paranormal hearts entertained for some time. Check these out, watch their trailers and have fun!

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