Thursday, October 27, 2011

5 Games to Play During Halloween (In No Particular Order)

There have been a lot of great scary/spooky/unsettling games (and some with a lighter approach) that have been released throughout the years.

This is a list of 5 games to play during the Halloween holiday season. Like I mentioned in the headline, they are in no particular order, and are just 5 games that are fun to play. If you want, you can always leave a comment if you have a set of 5 games that you think are great to play during the season too.

Okay. Let's go!

Ghosts 'N Goblins (1986 NES)

You play as the knight, Arthur, who must rescue Princess Prin Prin who has been kidnapped by Satan. This game is brutally hard, but still one fantastic game on the NES.

How hard is it?  

Well let's just say if you manage to get through all of the levels, you have to start at the beginning of the game and replay through it to get to the actual ending. I hate/love this game.

Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993 SNES/Genesis)

Zombies Ate My Neighbors was developed by LucasArts (you should play Maniac Mansion on the NES as well) and published by Konami. The game is a nod to cheesy horror movies of the 1950's era, while also including some more modern enemies like a chainsaw-wielding maniac. You get to kill zombies, vampires, werewolves, aliens, and even giant demon babies. The constant references to cheesy horror and sci-fi movies, and the fact you can play with a friend throughout the 48 levels make this a must-play, even if it isn't Halloween.

D (1995-1996 3DO/PSX/Saturn/PC)

D is a horror game that has a point-and-click style of movement that was popular with adventure games of the era. It was a great game when it first came out, but it definitely shows its age when you play it now.

You play as Laura Harris, who is contacted by the police telling her that her father has gone on a murderous rampage at the hospital which he is the director of. Laura's father has locked himself up in the hospital, and Laura goes there to find mutilated bodies strewn about the halls. Laura is then taken to a castle in another world by an "entity", and she starts looking for her father in the castle.  There are flashbacks about Laura's mother who was killed years prior, and an interesting plot twist at the end.

Oh, and you HAVE to beat the game in two hours!

Silent Hill (1999 PSX)

The first game in this critically acclaimed series follows Harry Mason as her searches for his daughter in the town of Silent Hill.

Trying to move away from more action survival horror games such as Resident Evil, Konami released a game that gives the player a more psychological horror experience, and an experience that will probably never be forgotten by players. This game is a must play during this time of year.

Castlevania (1987 NES)

While it is one of the best games to grace the NES, Castlevania is also an excellent concentrated source for Halloween-esque monsters. You play as Simon Belmont, hailing from a lineage of vampire hunters, and you're equipped with the legendary whip "Vampire Killer". Simon must trek through Dracula's castle to ultimately face the Count in a duel to the death!

Castlevania is a classic game to play during the Halloween season, or any other time of the year.