Top 10 Nintendo Switch scary games in 2018

In this period when many people work from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, you can arrange to complete your tasks and have more free time. Wonder what to do? Throw-backing and taking a look through Nintendo Switch scary games in 2018 is definitely a not bad option!

1. Darkwood

This Nintendo horror game brings you into the set of an isolated forest where you spend time for the day/ night cycle with different types of activities and goals. In the daytime, your mission is to explore the world and fortify your hideout by scavenging for supplies, crafting new weapons, repairing barricades and ‘cooking’ items in the stove in the purpose of getting access to various skills. When the night comes down, all defensive efforts you make in the daytime will support to survive in the hideout against possible intruders until the following morning.

Highlights: Different difficulty levels leading to different penalties make it more attractive, interesting scariness results from tension feeling instead of familiar jumpscares, surprisingly play well with Switch pro controller.

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Playing Darkwood with Switch pro controller can bring you the perfect experience
  • Price: $14.99
  • Release date: May 16, 2019

2. Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle

Welcome to the puzzle game world in the series of Nintendo Switch scary games. Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle was built with a simple concept as well as even an easily-approachable look. However, it still manages to be an interestingly bloody game, with lots of stages for Jason (the role of player in-game) to deal with & complete.

Highlights: Role as Jason in many versions such as Frozen Jason, Apocalypse Jason, Supermax Jason and more; the variety of 12 chapters to work Jason’s way through as well as 150 puzzle levels to discover, you should plan to spend a couple of hours for ‘winning’ this game.

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The variety of 150 puzzle levels will let you spend hours for ‘winning’ the game
  • Price: $19.99
  • Release date: Oct 25, 2018

3. Oxenfree

Here comes a Nintendo horror game based on the teenager adventure. With Oxenfree, the player becomes a teen girl Alex going on a trip with 2 friends to a local island. After they accidentally released a paranormal force, their mission is finding out what the force truly is and ways to make it stop.

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This game is created based on the “walk and talk” mechanic: there will be speech bubbles popping up over Alex’s head; by choosing an option out of 2 or 3 options such as say nothing, interrupt or wait other to finish, etc., will affect to the group’s relationship as well as ending way of the game.

Highlights: no “game over” loss, smart conversation system changes the ending and relationship based on every choice; outstanding audiovisual presentation: excellent contrast between the watercolour theme and the digital attributes of the paranormal; can be easily played and switched between both controller and touchscreen modes.

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By choosing speech bubbles popped up, you can define Alex’s reaction and the game’s ending
  • Price: $9.99
  • Release date: Oct 06, 2017

4. Hello Neighbor

Welcome you to another hide & sneak Nintendo Switch scary game named Hello Neighbor. As its name, the game starts when you find yourself be in front of a brand new house, which is your neighbor’s. Your mission is to solve the puzzles to break into that house for unveiling his secret in the basement. If you get caught, get ready to run out for your life and escape, if not, everything starts again from your own house.

Highlights: The game’s artificial intelligence (AI) learns from your past actions and will change your neighbor’s behaviour, more challenging for sure!

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Solving the puzzles in order to break into your neighbor’s house then finding his secret
  • Price: $39.99
  • Release date: Jul 27, 2018

5. Layers of Fear: Legacy

We honour to bring you to a psychological horror game launching on Nintendo Switch in 2018 called Layers of Fear: Legacy. The player takes control of a mad artist finding ways to complete his masterpiece Magnum Opu.

Highlights: Despite there are no enemies in the game, it is still a very frightening game while playing in super dim theme; navigating the gameplay by the first-person perspective keeps you involve in puzzle solving & exploration where jumpscare usually show up to strengthen horrific experience in you.

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Psychological horror game under the mad artist perspective
  • Price: $19.99
  • Release date: Feb 21, 2018

6. Little Nightmares: Complete Edition

Little Nightmares will be the next part for your Nintendo Switch scary games list. Being in the shoe of a child named Six to unveil the mystery of The Maw by solving the given puzzle, lighting way through darkness, hiding & sneaking against danger than running for life to escape.

Highlights: Experience the childhood nightmare fear, great sound, design & effect contributes to increasing nervous in ourselves.

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Be in the role of a child to experience the childhood nightmare
  • Price: $29.99
  • Release date: May 18, 2018

7. Angels of Death

If you just previously love Nintendo Switch scary games & anime separately, Angles of Death is such a good choice for you to give a shot. By following 2 main characters Ray and Jack coming out from Manga, you will be attracted by their progress to fulfil their own desires. They were both trapped in a hospital where Ray has slowly got the memory back of murdering her parents so that she wants to give up her life and be killed by Jack. Since then, they agree for together getting out of this building and Jack will fulfil Ray’s desire.

Highlights: the very obsessive promise “Please… kill me” – “Help me get outta here, and I’ll kill you” will lead you to understand & admire the creative plot. It makes progress and it gets more dramatic from time to time.

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Combination of horror game and anime is such a refreshing experience!
  • Price: $14.99
  • Release date: Jun 26, 2018

8. Outlast: Bundle of Terror

While waiting for the upcoming horror game which is the next version of Outlast released this year, giving a try on the available version of this series on Switch is not a bad decision for sure! Though Outlast: Bundle of Terror emphasizes ‘no fighter’ battle, it leads you to many nerve-racking situations in which player try to survive from the asylum only by limited actions such as hiding or running.

Highlights: Immersive graphics with AAA-quality graphics allows players to explore a realistic, detailed and terrifying world; stealth tactic gameplay supports for the hide & sneak.

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Immersive graphics is a big plus of frightening feeling in hide & sneak gameplay
  • Price: $24.99
  • Release date: Feb 27, 2018

9. Yomawari: The Long Night Collection

Both Yomawari: Night Alone and Yomawari: Midnight Shadows in this collection on Nintendo Switch scary game series offer the survivor horror experience through a young girl’s journey looking for her missing sister and dog. By following her in search of her sister, the spooky & haunted mysteries in that rural Japanese town will be step by step revealed.

Highlights: unique scary ambience thanks to the outstanding hand-drawn presentation, uses of jump scare gore which seems familiar, especially heartbeat system are making their perfect efficiency to bring up the frightening feeling when there are monsters nearby.

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A young girl is in search of her beloved in the haunted Japanese town
  • Price: $39.99
  • Release date: Oct 30, 2018

10. Resident Evil 5

Another multiplayer horror game should not be missed in this recommendation list is Resident Evil 5. The game plot is very similar to the current situation that we are facing all over the world, a disease pandemic. By the over shoulder perspective and support of various weapons such as grenade launchers, sniper rifles, shotguns, handguns, etc., players take the roles of main characters to be in charge of investigating an outbreak of bioweapon in Africa…

Highlights: gorgeous graphics, voice acting and music actually bring the game’s characters to be real; multiplayer with up to 4 players and be the pioneer for two-player cooperative gameplay of the series Resident Evil.

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Two-player cooperative gameplay can be a great choice for you and your buddy
  • Price: $29.99
  • Release date: Oct 29, 2019


The list of Nintendo Switch scary games 2018 witnesses the variety of game origins, backgrounds and plots. Although jump scare is the familiar element in horror games when combining with other elements still result in tension & nervousness for players.

Many thanks to our mates for reading until here, we hope that you can choose some favourites that match your style to play while waiting for new games released.