Ready to have a chill crawl it’s way up your spine? Look no further because these Indie Horror games may grant your dark wishes with the price of risking sleep.

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There are free indie horror games available on Steam.
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These 5 Indie Horror Steam games will either tell you a wonderful short story or send you some eerie vibes. They may keep you up at night from a certain fright, or they will keep you in the realm of your own head. Plus, they’re free!

#1 Indie Horror: The Terrible Old Man

Creepy old man minding his business
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Creepy old man minding his business
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The Terrible Old Man was developed by Cloak and Dagger Games in 2019. It is an adaptation of an H. P. Lovecraft tale, which tells of three robbers who steal from a lonely older man. You play as one of the three robbers in the game. You’re already a villain.

The artwork of this game grabbed my attention immediately. It almost has a horror anime feel to it with how perfectly it is conveyed. Plus, the music is macabre, just like Mr. Lovecraft.

I can warn you that this game is very short. However, there is downloadable content. Unfortunately, that isn’t free. It is a simple point and click game, and so enjoyable whether you know the tale the developers base it upon or not.

#2 Indie Horror: My Friend is a Raven

Awaiting the raven's arrival
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Awaiting the raven’s arrival
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My Friend is a Raven was developed by Two Star Games. Once again, we have a 2019 release and a point and click game. Sometimes the most simple games can be the best.

The one concept that caught me was the title. I am an avid Edgar Allan Poe fan, so the title alone took hold of me. Little did I know just how captivating this quick game was with its music and sounds radiating through my speakers. The artwork portrays The Black Death era, with your character wearing the plague doctor mask.

But wait, there’s more! More than one ending, I mean. There are four endings to this short little game; Extinction, Friends, Unforgiven, and Venomous. They each have a puzzle to figure out.

#3 Indie Horror: Rhome

Blood dripping walls. What could go wrong?
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Blood dripping walls. What could go wrong?
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Rhome by SMU Guildhall was released in 2020, which makes it a scary game in this already horrific year. There are five levels to this thrilling game, so strap in.

Rhome is a psychological thriller. It starts in a first-person view as a woman looking for her partner. As you enter the house, you can see it is enormous; five levels big. There are many doors to explore, yet there’s a certain tune that the game wants you to follow.

As I played Rhome, I got a very P.T. vibe from it because I felt like I was going around in circles and flinching each time I opened a door, expecting some creepy demon or monster about to jump-scare me out of my seat. This indie horror will definitely keep you guessing with each choice you want to follow.

#4 Indie Horror: Serena

What a lovely and romantic cabin. Indie Horror? Maybe.
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What a lovely and romantic cabin
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In the mindset to ride an emotional rollercoaster? Well, you’re in luck! Serena will take you on a ride of a lifetime with the three different mood shifts your character experiences. Get ready to undergo agony, resentment, and guilt in one sitting.

Serena was developed in 2014 by Senscape, and it still holds up to today’s standards for a creepy indie game. You play as a very depressed-sounding man who misses his wife. You wander endlessly in a cabin as the saddest man alive, trying to find why your wife left you. The key to this game is to continuously click on the same objects around the cabin for more dialogue until the clock near the bed strikes a certain bell. Then the mood shifts, and you repeat it all again.

From this list, this is personally my second favorite. I love the endless continuity of it. The result’s story is incredible and a bit mind-boggling.

#5 Indie Horror: Doki Doki Literature Club!

Doki Doki Literature Club! Title Screen
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Doki Doki Literature Club! Title Screen
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If you think this game is cute, go away. This is the most masterful Indie Horror game I have ever experienced. Looks truly are deceiving, especially with Doki Doki Literature Club!

Doki Doki Literature Club! released in 2017 by Team Salvato and, unfortunately, was the only game that the company produced. This game is a masterpiece for meta-horror. The very moment that you download and play this game, there is a warning that it is not suitable for children, nor the easily disturbed. When I played, I thought it was another dating simulator. It drags on with writing poems with the four cute girls: Sayori, Natsuki, Yuri, and Monika. That disclaimer at the beginning kept me hooked, though.

The darkness that Doki Doki Literature Club! captures is beautifully done. You get to unfold the mystery of each character. Sayori, who represents the depressed friend. Natsuki, who seems like an angry yet shy manga girl. Yuri, the obsessive and intelligent goth. Finally, there’s Monika, who is the leader of the clan. The closer you get to each of these girls, the more horrifying the game becomes. Yet Monika is the only one you can’t get close to, which leads you to wonder why.


Were these games spooky or horrifying to you? Are there others you consider worse? Please comment below to let others know what keeps you up at night on Steam.