October means a chose: Halloween. To celebrate, let's explore five spooky retro PC games from the '90s (and one from the 2000s) that are still fun to play. Best of all, they're all available for purchase and can be used on modern Windows PCs. Trick or Treat!
Zork Nemesis: The Forbidden Lands
This underrated 1996 point-and-click Myst-style adventure is brimming with mystery and mystery Grim horror. It's full of devious puzzles (including one involving a severed head; you've been warned) and plenty of atmospheric locations to explore.
At the time of its release, critics noted to how much Zork Nemesis has moved away from the awkward tone of the previous Zork game , Return to Zork (although there is still some humor involved The result is a classic adventure experience that accompanies you after playing.
Although it isse from an MS-DOS title, you can still get it in emulated form at Steam or GOG for modern Windows machines.
Of all the games on this list, you've probably heard of Diablo . This is a masterful action RPG, with a dark horror and fantasy theme. It was a big hit public for Blizzard in 1997 (although it was released on December 31, 1996). It spawned several sequels with expansion packs.
In Diablo, you'll find a lot of spooky stuff, including crypts, undead skeletons and dark magic. In addition, the Matt's atmospheric soundtrack Uelman will be engraved in your memory, especially the Tri themestram Village.
The best part is that you can now get Diablo and its Hellfire expansion DRM for free at GOG .
Blood: Fresh Supply
If a first person shooter with a wisecracking protagonist, movie quote sounds more like your cup of tea, we recommend Blood . Originally released in 1997 for MS-DOS by Monolith Productions, Blood combines tight controls with masterful level design .
It also has great sound effects and creative weapons for hours of nonstop retro horror fun. And yes, there is a lot of blood, although its campy presentation makes the gore weirdly gore. appropr iate.
Even better, you can now buy a 2019 remaster of the original called Blood: Fresh Supply. It works on modern Windows PCs in big screen and supports gamepads.So, run (don 't walk) to the nearest online game store and try Blood today. You will find it at Steam and GOG .
This suspenseful adventure of 2006 takes place in a creepy old house. Although this is the newest game on the list, it already looks like a lost Windows classic. Combination of stripes A Myst-type first-person point-and-click game with richly illustrated 360-degree environments.
There's a lot to explore and lots of puzzles to solve. It 's also really terrifying at times, but not bloody or free. It ' sa great choice for fans of atmospheric suspense or horror.
You can get it from Steam or GOG And if you enjoy Scratches, be sure to check out his spiritual follow-up, Asylum , which has been developed by Agustin Cordes, designer of Scratches.
Realms of the Haunting
There is no doubt that 1996 was a great year for spooky MS-DOS games. Realms of the Haunting uniquely synthesizes gameplay from multiple genres - shooting game first-person, fullscreen video adventure, and survival horror - all in one glorious title.
You play as Adam Randall, who investigates his father's death in a haunted mansion. Along the way you will come across wild supernatural enemies and weird puzzles, all of which are perfect for this time of year.
Realms of the Haunting is available at Steam and GOG .