What are the best PC games with horror that doesn't rely on jump scares?

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    #1I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream

    I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream
    I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream will plunge you into the tortured past of five humans. Delve into their darkest fears and outwit the Master Computer in psychological warfare. A disturbing yet compelling adventure.

    Windows, Mac


    Christopher Riley
    Written on May 4, 2017
    "I think that the game 'I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream' is a great alternative to most PC games. It does not rely on jump scares and uses actual scary situations in order to scare you. It is a very cool twist."
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    Dreadhalls is a VR horror game where you are trapped inside a massive dungeon. You'll have to explore it, survive it, and find a way to escape.  It was developed and published by White Door Games.

    Windows, Oculus Rift, Gear VR


    Daniel Ross
    Written on March 1, 2017
    "This game is awesome. It's like being in a horror movie that changes every time you experience it. There is a heavy sense of dread that, truth be told, made me stop every so often and readjust to reality. After I was done playing I just felt drained. Love it!!"
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    Sanitarium is a horror and adventure game developed and published by DotEmu. In the game, you play an amnesiac thrust into a morbid, creepy universe. After a car accident, you wake up to find you're in a scary asylum.



    Jonathan Hunter
    Written on July 3, 2017
    "I've always loved the horror genres of games, but all games nowadays rely on jump scares to make it scary. So, I looked up PC games with horror that doesn't rely on jump scares and came across "Sanitarium" and wow! This game is great! It is one of the scariest games I've played. The whole feels of the game is very creepy and very well done. I recommend this to anybody a fan of horror!"
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    Doom is a first-person shooter game initially released in 1993 developed by id Software, GT Interactive, Nerve Software and more. The game runs Doom Engine and is a great influence on what has eventually become FPS game genre.

    DOS, Windows


    Crystal Gutierrez
    Written on June 22, 2017
    "From the screenshots of Doom it looks like it is a scary game but not the type of scary that makes you jump out of your skin. I really like the idea of the game Doom and the fact that it s a 3D game is even more appealing. However, I am a unfamiliar with the DOS Games Archive website which makes me hesitant to download from so I do not feel this is a strong solution. "
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    #5Amnesia: The Dark Descent

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a  horror, action and adventure game for Windows and Mac. Developed and published by Frictional Games, it explores the story in which the memories of the main character are slowly fading away.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Beverly Contreras
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I love PC horror games, but hate games with cheap jump scares. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is not like that. It relies more on environmental tension and horror. It's an insanely creepy game. I've been scared out of my mind several times. I don't want to spoil anything, but I it's got a great story, too. I highly recommend Amnesia if you love really scary games."
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    #6Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

    Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

    Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is a first-person horror game that combines intense action and adventure elements. This game was developed by Headfirst Production and published by Bethesda Softworks.




    Angel Sarin
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I was excited to try this game, but ultimately I was disappointed by the experience. I love puzzles (and hate jump scares) and the graphics look really detailed, so I really hoped I would enjoy this. But it turns out there were too many bugs, and it crashes all the time. Plus it doesn't run on Windows 10, so it could really use an update - and some patches to fix the bugs. "
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    #7Alien: Isolation

    Alien: Isolation

    Alien: Isolation is a mixed action and adventure horror game where the player takes on the role of Ripley's daughter, searching for her lost mother. It is playable on PC, Mac, and Linux computers, and on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.


    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac, Linux, Gamefly


    Christine Alvarado
    Written on February 28, 2017
    "If you are looking for a PC game that includes horror but doesnt emphasize jump scares, you should check out Alien:Isolation. You play this game in first person and the goal is to find your lost mother."
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    #8Resident Evil 4

    Resident Evil 4

    Resident Evil 4 (or Biohazard 4) is a survival horror video game which Capcom developed and published as the 6th installment in the series of Resident Evil games. Available to play on various platforms.


    Amazon, Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

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    Óscar Suárez
    Written on August 4, 2017
    "This particular Resident Evil game is pretty good about not simply just using jump scares to startle the audience. It relies more on the atmosphere it creates through storytelling and design elements. The tension also is created in that you never know if you will have enough resources and that you don't know exactly what to expect next."


Best What are the best PC games with horror that doesn't rely on jump scares
1I Have No Mouth, And I Must ScreamGames 15 Paid
2DreadhallsGames 12 Paid
3SanitariumGames 9 Paid
4DoomGames 8 Free
5Amnesia: The Dark DescentGames 7 Paid
6Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the EarthGames 5 Paid
7Alien: IsolationGames 4 Paid
8Resident Evil 4Games 2 Paid

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