ByMark Newton, writer at Creators.co
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Mark Newton

The indie game development scene has exploded in recent years. For example, the incredible border-guard-simulation-em'-up Papers Please was recently nominated for a BAFTA gaming award, while platforms such as Steam regularly boast best-selling indie titles.

Horror is a genre which does particularly well in this regard, with titles such as Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Slender, DayZ and Limbo proving you don't need big budgets behind games to create a scare. Here are six more horror games which are currently on the lookout for crowd-sourced funding. They come to you courtesy of BloodyDisgusting, so I've added their descriptions below:

Neverending Nightmares

Matt Gilgenbach is an indie developer who has struggled with often debilitating mental illnesses his entire life, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. For many, one or both would likely be enough to throw in the towel, but for Gilgenbach, they inspired him to make the narrative-driven psychological horror game Neverending Nightmares. It also provided an outlet for him both creatively and emotionally. The end result promises to be a thoroughly unforgettable horror game that packs an emotional punch.

Find it on Kickstarter

ROAM

Top-down isometric zombie games started off strong (Dead Nation, Burn Zombie Burn) before quickly devolving into total rubbish (Zombie Apocalypse, How to Survive) and I think this game could bring them back.
You’ll come for the zombies, you’ll stay for the ridiculously well fleshed-out base building and fortification. ROAM cannot come soon enough.

Find it on Kickstarter

Homesick

While not entirely a horror game, Homesick does place you in the shoes of someone who is both isolated in an abandoned building and plagued by amnesia and horrific, recurring nightmares. It looks like a deeply unsettling game, and thanks to an impressive attention to detail on the developer’s part, Homesick also looks good too.

Find it on Kickstarter

Among the Sleep

Among the Sleep garnered quite a bit of attention during its funding campaign, thanks in no small part to its intriguing premise. The game’s central character, a three year-old child, and familiar setting is made unfamiliar and terrifying thanks to its being filtered through the mind of the child.

A child’s imagination can be as wondrous as it is terrifying — as someone who grew up watching Candyman and A Nightmare On Elm St at the age of five, I have firsthand experience with this — so it’s unsurprising that a simple “alone in a house at night during a storm” premise is made exponentially more frightening because of it.

Find it on Kickstarter

Stasis

Stasis is being made with the goal of taking the polish of AAA titles and applying that to the point-and-click adventure game genre. It’s inspired by several video game greats, including Dead Space and LucasArts’ The Dig, with a heavy emphasis on the latter. It’s not often we see gorgeous point-and-click horror games anymore, so this ought to be a breath of fresh air when it eventually arrives.

Find it on Kickstarter

Darkwood

The term “procedural generation” — a system that generates randomized content, like environments — has become widely used as more developers find ways to implement it into their games. This is largely a good thing, since it adds a level of unpredictability and greatly adds to a game’s replay factor, since each playthrough is different. In Darkwood that translates to a completely different world to explore every time we boot up the game. Outside of that, it also has elements of roguelikes and a fantastically creepy art style.

Find it on Indiegogo

There you have it. If anyone of them take your fancy, make sure to head over to their respective funding pages to donate some cold, hard cash.

What do you think? Which indie horror games to do you love? Let me know below.

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