10 best RPG maker horror games
Since RPG Tsukūru Dante 98 released in 1992, RPG Maker programs have become a popular way for anyone to easily create RPGs. Due to this advancement in video game technology, there are thousands of RPG Maker games that span multiple genres such as adventure, action, mystery, and romance.
By far the most popular genre for RPG Maker games is horror, as evidenced by the popularity of well-known titles such as Crooked man. Because there are so many of these titles, it can be difficult to know which ones to play. There are, however, a few games that everyone should play first to get a good idea of what the genre has to offer.
ten The witch’s house
Created in RPG Maker VX by Japanese game developer Fummy, The witch’s house is a horror puzzle game released in 2012. The player controls a girl named Viola who must solve various puzzles in order to escape from a magical house possessed by the spirit of a witch named Ellen.
Unlike most RPG Maker horror games, The witch’s house doesn’t have much dialogue since Viola is alone in the house except for a talking black cat. This contributes to the scary atmosphere of the game and makes the fear of jumping throughout the experience much more impactful.
Alicemare is an adventure horror game that follows a young boy named Allen who has recently been adopted by a man called “Professor”. After hearing a strange rumor about a mysterious voice on the second floor of the other adopted children, Allen decides to investigate and soon finds himself lost in a surreal world.
The game was created in RPG Editor WOLF by Japanese artist Miwashiba, who has created other RPG Maker series such as 1BitHeart and LiEat. In the same way as their other games, Alicemare has a gorgeous art style that sets it apart from other game makers. The pretty pixelated patterns of the characters and the world contrast nicely with the disturbing themes of the story.
8 Ao Oni
Developed by “noprops” for RPG Maker XP, Ao Oni is a Japanese survival horror puzzle game that follows a teenage boy named Hiroshi and his friends as they decide to explore a supposedly haunted mansion. Shortly after entering the building, the group is locked up and they are all being chased by a blue demon.
After the game was released in the early 2000s, Ao Oni is now considered to be one of the best RPG creation games that has had official light novels, anime, and lots of fan games. The fast speed and random appearances of the titular Blue Demon create an extremely spooky foe that’s hard to forget and even harder to beat.
7 Crazy father
Another well known survival horror puzzle game is Crazy father, which was created by Japanese developer Sen with RPG Editor WOLF. In this game, the player controls a young girl named Aya as she sneaks into her father’s lab and uncovers shocking secrets about what he does there.
Like some of the best dark horror games, Crazy father will terrify players while challenging them with its difficult difficulty. As you progress through the game by solving puzzles, the plot will keep the player hooked and there are a lot of great twists and turns in the narrative. Also, the game is a prequel to another beloved RPG Maker game, Misao.
6 Crooked man
Crooked man is a supernatural horror game created by Japanese developer Uri as the first installment of Anthology of strange men, which consists of three other RPG Maker games. Created in RPG Editor WOLF, the player controls a man named David Hoover after buying a new apartment. Over time, he discovers that the building can be haunted and sets off on a journey to find out why this happens while constantly encountering a creepy man with an unusually curved back.
With a gripping storyline and a memorable main character, this game leaves an impression that will make the player want to try out the other games in the anthology. Also, the creator has created other great RPG Maker games separate from this series, like Mermaid swamp.
5 Hello Charlotte
Composed of three main episodes and two spin-offs, Hello Charlotte is a series of adventure and horror games created by Estonian artist Etherane. Made in RPG Maker VX, the games focus on a young girl named Charlotte Wiltshire, who is a “puppet”. The player is a “puppeteer” who controls Charlotte as she interacts with particular characters in a surreal world.
Hello Charlotte is a game series that asks the player to seriously think about their actions in video games by speaking directly to the player about their choices throughout the story. This is especially seen in bad endings where the game recognizes the player’s failure to keep Charlotte safe. Additionally, etherane has a specific art style that gives the series a unique charm and feel compared to most horror games.
Released in 2020, OMORI is an award-winning psychological horror game that focuses on anxiety and depression. Developed by independent studio Omocat, the player controls a boy named Sunny who is a hikikomori, which is a Japanese term for people with acute social anxiety, and his dream is called Omori. Depending on how the player chooses to deal with their trauma, the game has several different endings.
Although it is similar to games like Yume Nikki and Tied to the earth, the game has a unique artistic style that sets it apart from its predecessors. Unlike many horror games that distort mental health issues, OMORI Realistically represents anxiety and depression, and reinforces the importance of communicating and connecting with others.
3 Jimmy and the throbbing mass
Created in 2018 by Texas developer Kasey Ozymy for RPG Maker VX Ace, Jimmy and the throbbing mass is another Yume Nikki and Attached to the earth-inspired psychological horror game. The game focuses on a young boy named Jimmy who lives in an idyllic dream world with his family. But, when an alien entity known as the Pulsating Mass kidnaps his family and threatens to destroy everything, Jimmy must go on a journey to save his family and overcome their weaknesses.
Unlike similar games like OMORI, this game has an interesting combat system. Because Jimmy can empathize with anything, he has the ability to transform into monsters he encounters, which gives him new abilities. This effectively keeps the player engaged as Jimmy is constantly changing and showing off new powers that he can use in the game.
DISABLED is a surreal horror adventure game released in 2008 by Mortis Ghost and Alias Conrad Coldwood, who form the Belgian team Unproductive Fun Time. Similar to Hello Charlotte, the player is treated as a separate being who is “given” control of a humanoid creature called the Drummer. This creature’s “sacred mission” is to “cleanse” the world, and the player travels with The Batter through different areas, meets various characters, and slowly learns the truth about the world.
DISABLED is different from many RPG games because it uses a reload system instead of a turn-based system, which means everyone attacks in real time. With an interesting art style, unique characters, and moral questions raised in the narrative, it’s no surprise this game has become a cult classic.
Developed for Creator of RPG 2000, Ib is a 2012 psychological horror game created by Kouri. Players control a nine-year-old girl named Ib who visits an art gallery and finds herself trapped in another world inside the works of art. While exploring the surreal world, she meets a man named Garry and another young girl named Mary as she tries to find the exit and return to the real world.
Ib is a refined short experience filled with a disturbing atmosphere, interesting puzzles, and effective scares. Along with the other games on this list, Ib has gained a cult and even has official merchandise.
NEXT: 10 Indie Games That Prove Retro Is Still Relevant
Every evolution in Pokémon, ranked
About the Author