October isn’t merely a time of year. It’s a state of mind. Black cats, full moons, and the color orange don’t mysteriously vanish on November 1, so why should your love for the supernatural?
Whether you prefer your ghosts friendly or fiendish, we’ve got games to indulge in all year round. You don’t need to say a spirit’s name three times, or light a circle of candles, or stand in a salt circle. Just put on your headset and try out The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, Lies Beneath, or Duck Season. We even have a few games for the faint of heart, like Ghost Giant and Waltz of the Wizard. Check out the full list below, ranked roughly from “drinking a warm cup of cider by the fire” to “barricading the doors and windows.”
If you’d rather be a ghost than be haunted by one, give Ghost Giant a try. You play as—well, a giant ghost. A giant ghost with an enormous pair of spectral blue hands. From high above the landscape you watch over Louis, a lonely little cat who desperately needs a friend. Clear the forest road of boulders, shop for sunflower seeds at Monsieur Tulipe’s shop, memorize a secret handshake, and more in this heartwarming adventure that’s more cozy than creepy.
Available on: Quest Platform
Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble—but bubble with what? That’s up to you. Waltz of the Wizard is a sandbox for aspiring magic users. Use ingredients to devise spells like “Magnetize” and “Polymorph” and the ever-popular “Fireball,” and then use those spells in turn to reveal the secrets of the wizard’s tower. Pocket dimensions? A mysterious labyrinth? There’s plenty a keen eye can discover here. And even more to come, we might add! Come 2021, Waltz of the Wizard will add the massive Natural Magic expansion, adding new areas and spells to a game that’s already delighted Oculus users for years. (PS: Waltz of the Wizard is also a great way to test out Quest’s hand tracking capabilities, like making things explode with a snap of your finger!)
New Orleans teems with the undead in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. Drawing on Robert Kirkman’s celebrated comics, Saints & Sinners plunges you into a war between competing factions. Grisly combat underpins a grim story here, as you fight for survival amid the ruins and try to discover the secrets of New Orleans. Secrets so significant, it’s rumored they might turn the tide of the war. It falls to you to decide the fate of the city and your fellow survivors—assuming you can survive the walkers, of course.
A dark matter, indeed. There’s always been an eerie undercurrent to The Room’s puzzles, and this initial VR outing is no different. A sealed sarcophagus is just the first clue in this ominous adventure, as you investigate the disappearance of a member of the British Institute of Archaeology. Expect to fiddle with lots of elaborate machinery, cranking gears and popping open hidden drawers as you try to solve the case—and save yourself.
Wilson’s Heart is a brilliant homage to the black-and-white monster flicks of yesteryear—to Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and more. Awakening in an abandoned hospital, Robert Wilson (voiced by Peter Weller) is forced to contend with the supernatural at every turn, using his mysterious mechanical heart to solve puzzles and battle back foes. It’s a thrilling pulp-horror adventure where peals of thunder accompany haunting revelations, and bolstered by voice acting from Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson, Michael B. Jordan, and more.
Available on: Rift Platform
Duck Season is a perfectly pleasant nostalgia trip that fondly recalls playing Duck Hunt in your basement as a child. It’s a good ol’ time—until it’s not. Duck Season is delightfully off-kilter, juxtaposing the coziness of a warm and familiar setting with the growing sense that something is wrong with it. It’s a slow and satisfying burn that plays on childhood fears, and a multitude of endings and secrets make it worth a second or even third playthrough. Oh, and it’s a solid Duck Hunt adaptation as well.
Available on: Rift Platform
The desert is hot, dry, and entirely too full of zombies. Arizona Sunshine was one of the Rift’s earliest first-person zombie shooters, and it remains a top-tier survival horror game thanks in part to its Old West trappings, opening with towering orange buttes and an abandoned mine. It’s tough, too. Picking off a zombie or two isn’t bad, but when the hordes descend on your position? You’d better be a crack shot with a pistol or you’re going to run out of ammo fast. The Dead Man and The Damned add-ons expand on the story behind Arizona Sunshine’s apocalypse, and once you’ve fought your way to the very, very end... well, there’s still a horde mode, if you think you can hold out against unending waves of undead.
A young boy has disappeared and you may be his only hope. At least, that’s what you tell yourself as you plunge into the iconic Black Hills Forest with little but a flashlight, a camera, and your trusty dog Bullet. Blair Witch: Oculus Quest Edition borrows and builds on the found footage conceit of the films, forcing you to document the evidence you find hidden in the forest... assuming you can trust your own eyes. Bloober Team made a name for itself with breakout psychological horror hit Layers of Fear, and Blair Witch follows in the same tradition, manipulating your reality even as you try to pin it down. But hey, at least in the Quest version you can always reach down and pet the dog.
Available on: Quest Platform (Beginning October 29)
Do you have what it takes to work at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza? Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted collects some of the best moments from the series into one nightmare-inducing compilation built for VR. Steel your nerves and try to survive the night shift—just you and a bunch of obviously-not-threatening-at-all animatronics. Help Wanted is claustrophobic and tense and full of jump scares, and arguably the definitive version of Five Nights at Freddy’s whether you’re an old fan or a total newcomer.
The lights always go out at the worst possible moment in Affected: The Manor. Step into these labyrinthine halls and you’ll be treated to creepy dolls, rat-filled kitchens, and more. Affected: The Manor has the feel of a real-life haunted house attraction, each room full of fresh horrors. Trips through the manor last about 20 minutes, enough time to unsettle even the steadiest resolve. And once you’ve conquered the main house, dip into “The Gauntlet” for a unique mode that randomizes the scares and uses the headset’s microphone to measure whether you scream or not, or into "The Darkness" update for a route lit only by flickering candlelight.
Your sister’s gone missing. Worse, she went missing at the old Harvest Estate, the crumbling edifice on the edge of town. Can you (sorry) face your fears and rescue her? The original Face Your Fears was an excellent proof-of-concept for VR horror, a hit with people who owned Oculus developer kits before the Rift was even available to the public. Face Your Fears II expands on the original with two parallel campaigns, set in the same Harvest Estate but decades apart. Solve your sister’s disappearance, investigate the paranormal happenings at the manor, and steel yourself for a surprise behind (almost) every door.
“A young university student returns home, but will this hurried homecoming be happy or haunted?” Spoiler: It's haunted. The town of Slumber, Alaska has been infested with strange monsters in Lies Beneath, a survival horror game with an eye-catching comic book look. Don’t mistake it for style over substance though, as Lies Beneath underpins its brush and ink aesthetic with white-knuckled melee fights, tense chase sequences, and a note-perfect feel for pacing that keeps the story gripping from start to finish.