While Nintendo has long maintained a family-friendly image, there are still plenty of scares to be found on the Switch. The best horror games on Switch include gruesome deaths, disturbing images, and jump scares to spare.

Whether you’re looking for zombies, psychological horror, or something that’s just plain weird, there’s a good chance you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Nintendo Switch. These ten spooky Switch games are worth checking out.

Little Nightmares: Complete Edition

Little Nightmares is a whimsical puzzle game that asks you to confront your deepest childhood fears. You play as Six, a little girl that is trapped in a prison along with many other children. While your goal is to escape, you’ll face plenty of terrifying threats before you find your way to freedom.

Little Nightmares is also available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

The Amnesia Collection

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is one of the best survival horror games of all time, so including The Amnesia Collection on this list is a no-brainer. This collection includes the Justine expansion, as well as the first sequel, A Machine for Pigs. These are must-play titles for anyone who enjoys unusual monsters, jump scares, and running from threats in the dark.

The Amnesia Collection is also available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It also appeared on our list of the scariest games on PS4.

Death Mark

In this creepy visual novel, mysterious marks are suddenly appearing on people’s arms. Those afflicted with the mark are doomed to die violent and horrifying deaths. You must face off against angry spirits and get to the bottom of the mark before it causes your own demise.

Death Mark is also available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Its sequel, Spirit Hunter: NG, is available on Nintendo Switch, PC, and PlayStation 4.

Resident Evil Origins

If you’re in the mood for horror, you really can’t go wrong with Resident Evil. This collection includes remastered versions of both the prequel title Resident Evil Zero and the 2002 remake of the original Resident Evil. These games are horror classics, and they’re a fantastic option if you’re searching for scares on the Switch.

Resident Evil Origins is also available on PC, PS3 and PS4, and Xbox One. And if you want more Resident Evil on the Switch, Resident Evil: Revelations is another great option.

Alder’s Blood

Alder’s Blood is a dark tactical survival game that draws heavy inspiration from the works of H.P. Lovecraft. God is dead, and the world has been overrun by hideous beasts. You must fight back against the threat of extinction by crafting weapons, managing your clan, and taking on more than 70 challenging missions.

Alder’s Blood is also available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.


It’s rare to see a horror game that draws its inspiration from real history. Detention is set in 1960s Taiwan, when the nation was under martial law. Although the plot revolves around a cursed school, some of the terrors you’ll encounter here feel disturbingly real. If you’re looking for a spooky game with a deep and involving story, Detention is exactly what you’ve been searching for.

Detention is also available on PC, Mac, and PlayStation 4. Detention also appeared on our list of the scariest games on PS4.

Yomawari: The Long Night Collection

The Yomawari games may look cute at first glance, but beneath that adorable exterior, you’ll find some genuine scares. This collection includes two chilling games: Yomawari: Night Alone and Yomawari: Midnight Shadows. In both titles, you play as young girls exploring rural Japanese towns. Armed only with a flashlight, you must search the darkness while avoiding terrifying ghosts and monsters.

The Long Night Collection is a Switch exclusive. However, Yomawari Night: Alone is available on PC and PlayStation Vita, and Midnight Shadows is available on PC and PlayStation 4.

Layers of Fear: Legacy

This psychological horror game puts you in the role of a disturbed painter trying to create a masterpiece. As you explore your massive mansion, you’ll see all kinds of spooky paintings and learn more about your past. The gameplay primarily revolves around puzzle-solving and exploration. There are three different endings to unlock, which means you may want to visit this mansion more than once.

While Legacy is a Switch port, the original Layers of Fear is also available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.


This mysterious puzzle platformer is set in a dystopian, monochromatic world. You play as a young boy who is persistently heading toward an unknown destination. As you move forward, you’ll face off against deadly dogs, deep waters, and plenty of other threats. It’s short enough to finish in a single sitting, but it’s absolutely worth playing again and again. Inside is the spiritual successor to Limbo, which is available on the Switch as well.

Inside is also available on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.


Set in a semi-open world, Darkwood is a top-down survival game that’s oozing with atmosphere. During the day, you’ll spend your time foraging for valuable supplies. At night, your goal will simply be to stay alive. The game includes all kinds of nighttime horrors, which means you’ll never know quite what to expect.

Darkwood is also available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It appeared on our list of the scariest PS4 games.

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