5 Indie Games for Spooky Season

These indie games may have come from small studios, but they’re filled with enough spooky vibes to give you a hard time this spooky season! Adventures await you in these strange worlds and captivating stories. This Halloween, you can be an antique dealer, road keeper, lightsaber-wielding spider, and more with these five awesome indie games, all available now.

Tag pins


They are lovely animals that talk nonsense in a welcoming city, but it’s not the game you think it is. Tag pins by Hiding Spot is, well, hiding something under that warm fuzz …

Tag pins is the adventure of Luka, who has recently suffered several tragedies. Young Luka lost his father in an accident years ago and his mother just died. He lives in the small town of Beacon Pines with his grandmother. He and his best friend, Rolo, decide to do some cheating on an early summer day, but no one could have predicted how much trouble they would turn into.

You play as the reader of Luka’s story, and your decisions along the way determine his fate. Did your actions have unintended consequences that led to a gruesome end? Go back to the beginning of the story and make a different choice. It’s a unique mechanic that makes you consider – and reconsider – every decision in the game, which can get dramatically creepy, just in time for the scary season.

Tag pins is available on Nintendo Switch, Xbox Game Pass, Steam and Itch.io.

The excavations of Hob’s Barrow


What mysteries are buried in England’s dark moors? Thomasina Bateman is determined to find out The excavations of Hob’s Barrow. You are an antique dealer who digs centuries-old mounds scattered across the English countryside. This traditional point-and-click adventure game is fully voiced by an engaging cast of characters who are all reluctant to reveal what’s hiding in the darkness inside the wheelbarrow.

The excavations of Hob’s Barrow combines popular stories with horror and suspense for a rather chilling experience. “Yes, of course. How creepy can pixel art be?” you may be wondering. The answer is: a lot. Very, very disturbing. Art, music and history attract you so well that you can practically smell the damp earth and feel it closing in around you as you approach the discovery of the destiny that awaits Thomasina.

Solve intuitive puzzles and interact with locals to uncover the buried secrets of The excavations of Hob’s Barrow. It is now available on Steam.

guardian of the road


You will not find cutting-edge images guardian of the road, but you’ll find adventure, mystery, and maybe a monster or two. Do this absolutely a monster or two. guardian of the road is a text-based RPG set in a wild and dangerous world. Your job as a road keeper is to travel from town to town with your horse as your only companion, helping the needy and keeping the roads safe.

Make choices that will not only affect the inhabitants of this pristine wilderness, but also shape your character’s story, personality, and future. Do you fight the zombies and creatures you meet on the street? What awaits you in the dark? The choice is yours. guardian of the road is an engaging and sometimes disconcerting story with several possible endings that will allow you to restart your adventure immediately after completing it for the first time.

Moral Anxiety Study guardian of the road is now available on Steam, GOG and Itch.io. Check it out now at Fanatical.com!

SpiderHeck


Now something completely different. We are talking about several “lightsaber spiders”. Depending on how you feel about arachnids, SpiderHeck might be the scariest game on this list. You are a spider wielding the aforementioned lightsabers as well as laser bows, jigsaws, rocket launchers and more in fast-paced cooperative PvE and PvP combat.

Battles take place in a variety of levels where you and your friends will throw webs and try your best parkour moves as you battle physics and each other. It is chaos. If you prefer your Halloween with more tricks than treats, SpiderHeck is the energetic, explosive and spider-filled game for you.

SpiderHeck is now available on Steam, Epic Store, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and Xbox Game Pass. Check it out now at Fanatical.com!

strange horticulture


Moldy maps and enigmatic clues, a hint of the occult and a lurking terror? It’s all in a day’s work in the silent puzzle game strange horticulture. You inherited a small plant shop in the dark city of Undermere. Customers visit with a variety of ailments and afflictions, and it’s up to you to sift through the books and your odd collection of leafy seedlings to find the right conditioner.

Meanwhile, you are battling a growing fear that threatens to overwhelm you. This creeping fear grows every time you choose the wrong plant or take a wrong turn. Combined with the dark, overgrown shop and the dubiously stained desk you work on, the melancholy vibe of strange horticulture it is the scary high season. And we haven’t even told you about the black cat named Helleboro who is always perched on the counter! Peak. Alarming. Season.

strange horticulture by Iceberg Interactive is now available on Nintendo Switch and Steam. Check it out now at Fanatical.com!

So what are you going to curl up in this spooky season: cute animals? Installations? Spiders ?! (Yuck.) Or maybe all of the above?

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