What are the best PC games with horror that doesn't rely on jump scares?

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    World of Warships

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    Jack Bailey
    Written on October 9, 2018
    "I've loved this game since it came out. It's full on strategy and naval clashes. Maybe it's because i'm really into battleships and stuff but definitely one of my favorite games!!"
    1. 15
      I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream
      I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream will plunge you into the tortured past of five humans. Delve into their darkest fears and outwit the Master Computer in psychological warfare. A disturbing yet compelling adventure.
      Games

      Windows, Mac

      $5.99

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      Christopher Riley
      Written on May 4, 2017
      "I think that the game 'I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream' is a great alternative to most PC games. It does not rely on jump scares and uses actual scary situations in order..."
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      Christopher Riley
      Written on May 4, 2017
      "I think that the game 'I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream' is a great alternative to most PC games. It does not rely on jump scares and uses actual scary situations in order to scare you. It is a very cool twist."
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      Dylan Santos
      Written on January 22, 2017
      "I have No Mouth, And I must Scream looks like a game that does not need to use jump scares. I think it looks more like a game that tries to use a person psychological fears against them."
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      Wayne Carpenter
      Written on February 25, 2017
      "This is fine, but I'd rather see a list of good games and not just this one. Also, this is technically horror, but more adventure game than what I'd expect for a result."
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      Jacqueline Shaw
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "This game relays on deep fear vs the jump scares. It makes for a better long term experience."
    2. 12
      Dreadhalls
      Dreadhalls is a VR horror game where you are trapped inside a massive dungeon. You'll have to explore it, survive it, and find a way to escape.  It was developed and published by White Door Games.
      Games

      Windows, Oculus Rift, Gear VR

      $9.99

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      Daniel Ross
      Written on March 1, 2017
      "This game is awesome. It's like being in a horror movie that changes every time you experience it. There is a heavy sense of dread that, truth be told, made me stop every so..."
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      Daniel Ross
      Written on March 1, 2017
      "This game is awesome. It's like being in a horror movie that changes every time you experience it. There is a heavy sense of dread that, truth be told, made me stop every so often and readjust to reality. After I was done playing I just felt drained. Love it!!"
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      Ken Wu
      Written on July 9, 2017
      "Dreadhalls seems like a bad example of a game that doesn't rely on jump scares. I can not recommend this solution because by reading the description it makes it seem like it terrifies players using jump scare tactics."
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      Nicholas Warren
      Written on October 2, 2017
      "This is a VR horror game which relies on atmosphere more than cheap scares. It's a good games and great for freaking out your friends! VR is intense!"
    3. 9
      Sanitarium
      Sanitarium is a horror and adventure game developed and published by DotEmu. In the game, you play an amnesiac thrust into a morbid, creepy universe. After a car accident, you wake up to find you're in a scary asylum.
      Games

      Windows

      $9.99

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      Jonathan Hunter
      Written on July 3, 2017
      "I've always loved the horror genres of games, but all games nowadays rely on jump scares to make it scary. So, I looked up PC games with horror that doesn't rely on jump..."
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      Jonathan Hunter
      Written on July 3, 2017
      "I've always loved the horror genres of games, but all games nowadays rely on jump scares to make it scary. So, I looked up PC games with horror that doesn't rely on jump scares and came across "Sanitarium" and wow! This game is great! It is one of the scariest games I've played. The whole feels of the game is very creepy and very well done. I recommend this to anybody a fan of horror!"
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      Lisa Rios
      Written on January 17, 2017
      "I like that this game does feature some puzzle and scare related elements to it, but being an older game the scare elements will not bother one too much. The game itself has a solid story and the graphics are quite good for a game from this time frame."
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      Lawrence Reid
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "Ugh. Horror games just aren't for me. Who needs to pay to experience a morbid creepy world? Mine's creepy enough as it is. But as they say, to each his own. Maybe the puzzles are interesting, but I wasn't willing to find out."
    1. 8
      Doom
      Doom is a first-person shooter game initially released in 1993 developed by id Software, GT Interactive, Nerve Software and more. The game runs Doom Engine and is a great influence on what has eventually become FPS game genre.
      Games

      DOS, Windows

      Free

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      Crystal Gutierrez
      Written on June 22, 2017
      "From the screenshots of Doom it looks like it is a scary game but not the type of scary that makes you jump out of your skin. I really like the idea of the game Doom and the..."
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      Crystal Gutierrez
      Written on June 22, 2017
      "From the screenshots of Doom it looks like it is a scary game but not the type of scary that makes you jump out of your skin. I really like the idea of the game Doom and the fact that it s a 3D game is even more appealing. However, I am a unfamiliar with the DOS Games Archive website which makes me hesitant to download from so I do not feel this is a strong solution."
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      Daniel Rios
      Written on March 28, 2017
      "Jump scare horror games like 5 nights at Freddy's have taken over the past few years. I like the regular horror games that rely on gameplay, though. Doom is a classic example of that. It has tons of gore and monsters along with great weapons. I recommend for scary game lovers."
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      Han Wan
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "I needed a PC game with horror that doesn't only rely on jump scares. I ran into Doom, the classic first person shooter. It has been great for what I was looking for and I'm glad I found it."
    2. 7
      Amnesia: The Dark Descent

      Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a  horror, action and adventure game for Windows and Mac. Developed and published by Frictional Games, it explores the story in which the memories of the main character are slowly fading away.

      Games

      Windows, Mac, Linux

      $19.99

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      Beverly Contreras
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "I love PC horror games, but hate games with cheap jump scares. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is not like that. It relies more on environmental tension and horror. It's an insanely..."
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      Beverly Contreras
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "I love PC horror games, but hate games with cheap jump scares. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is not like that. It relies more on environmental tension and horror. It's an insanely creepy game. I've been scared out of my mind several times. I don't want to spoil anything, but I it's got a great story, too. I highly recommend Amnesia if you love really scary games."
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      Eric Crawford
      Written on February 6, 2017
      "This is probably one of the most recognized horror games on the PC. If you haven't heard about it by now, then I question where you've been! It's cheap, it's fun and you'll have a blast."
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      Christopher Fernandez
      Written on March 27, 2017
      "This game is so scary, it's good! It doesn't rely on jump scares to scare me which i love."
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      Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth

      Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is a first-person horror game that combines intense action and adventure elements. This game was developed by Headfirst Production and published by Bethesda Softworks.

      Games

      Windows

      $4.99

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      Angel Sarin
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "I was excited to try this game, but ultimately I was disappointed by the experience. I love puzzles (and hate jump scares) and the graphics look really detailed, so I really..."
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      Angel Sarin
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "I was excited to try this game, but ultimately I was disappointed by the experience. I love puzzles (and hate jump scares) and the graphics look really detailed, so I really hoped I would enjoy this. But it turns out there were too many bugs, and it crashes all the time. Plus it doesn't run on Windows 10, so it could really use an update - and some patches to fix the bugs."
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      Anthony Dunn
      Written on June 14, 2017
      "Call of Cthulhu is how a horror game should be done! It actually scared me! It didn't really on jump scares which really don't scare me and actually used the story to scare me instead."
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      Teresa Williamson
      Written on February 8, 2017
      "Very well thought out website. I love the review section. It helps me to know if the game is actually worth looking at."
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      Alien: Isolation

      Alien: Isolation is a mixed action and adventure horror game where the player takes on the role of Ripley's daughter, searching for her lost mother. It is playable on PC, Mac, and Linux computers, and on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

      Games

      Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac, Linux

      $39.99

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      Christine Alvarado
      Written on February 28, 2017
      "If you are looking for a PC game that includes horror but doesnt emphasize jump scares, you should check out Alien:Isolation. You play this game in first person and the goal..."
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      Christine Alvarado
      Written on February 28, 2017
      "If you are looking for a PC game that includes horror but doesnt emphasize jump scares, you should check out Alien:Isolation. You play this game in first person and the goal is to find your lost mother."
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      Victoria Cordero
      Written on January 2, 2017
      "This game is rally well created. The entire game puts you in a "dreaded" atmosphere so you end up scaring yourself instead of relying on jump scares."
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      Stephanie Jacobs
      Written on September 20, 2017
      "This game scares you in a variety of ways. Besides jumpscares, this game has a unique way of scaring the gamer."
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      Resident Evil 4
      Resident Evil 4 is a third-person, survival-horror, action game and the fourth installment of the series. Developed and published by Capcom, Special Agent Leon S. Kennedy is sent on a mission to rescue the U.S. President's daughter.
      Games

      Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

      $19.99

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      Óscar Suárez
      Written on August 4, 2017
      "This particular Resident Evil game is pretty good about not simply just using jump scares to startle the audience. It relies more on the atmosphere it creates through..."
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      Óscar Suárez
      Written on August 4, 2017
      "This particular Resident Evil game is pretty good about not simply just using jump scares to startle the audience. It relies more on the atmosphere it creates through storytelling and design elements. The tension also is created in that you never know if you will have enough resources and that you don't know exactly what to expect next."
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      Evelyn Hudson
      Written on March 16, 2017
      "This game is amazing. I must say that despite the fact that Resident Evil 4 is a horror game, the jump scares were very few. Exactly what I was looking for! The storyline and gameplay had me sucked in and the suspense had me on the edge of my seat. All in all, a top notch horror game."
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      Terry Montgomery
      Written on May 29, 2017
      "While there were some jump scares, this was still a really good solution. There was a consistently creepy atmosphere and story to this game. The characters were well written and the survival aspects made the game very challenging."

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    Summary

    Best PC games with horror that doesn't rely on jump scares
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream Games 15 Paid
    2 Dreadhalls Games 12 Paid
    3 Sanitarium Games 9 Paid
    4 Doom Games 8 Free
    5 Amnesia: The Dark Descent Games 7 Paid
    6 Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Games 5 Paid
    7 Alien: Isolation Games 4 Paid
    8 Resident Evil 4 Games 1 Paid
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