Top 5 Horror Games that Don't Depend on Jumpscares

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1. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

For those of you who have played this epic title, you know exactly why it's a horror game. For those who don't, allow me to explain.

You have three days to save the Earth before an enormous moon crashes into it, killing all life. Besides the fear of running out of time, there are classic Zelda monsters like Redeads, who still invoke fear in the hearts of those who play Majora's Mask to this day. 

As far as the world design goes, I am sure that when I say, "Ikana Valley," those of you who played the game know what I mean... if not, just take a look. It's enough to make you pretty darn scared: 

The Music Box House, located in Ikana Valley. It's surrounded by a bunch of creepy Gibdos.

On top of that, this game is considered to be the most haunting, depressing and scary Zelda game ever released. Why? Well, here are a few reasons:

  • One of its major themes is the five stages of grief. Denial, Bargaining, Anger, Depression and Acceptance. Check this video out for more info.
  • Link is mostly surrounded by characters that are either dead, that are dying, that are in depression or have suffered some kind of loss.
  • Majora's Mask itself isn't exactly the most festive mask to wear. Just look at the slide image!
  • It's also the home to BEN drowned, so there's that! 

On a side note, the only jumpscare that I can think of is when Link puts on a mask to transform into Fierce Deity, Deku Scrub, Goron, or Zora. However, that is expected as soon as the mask is put on, so you know it's coming up.


There are many more horror games out there that can give a good scare without those terrible jumpscares. What are some of those games? Feel free to let us know down in the comments!

Published Nov. 21st 2016

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