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Itch.io's free games section is a festival of scares right now

Head to itch.io's free games section filter by 'most popular' and enjoy a pick 'n mix of li'l horror treats. Some, like The Emulator, are the product of scarily themed game jams. Others, like 11:45 A Vivid Life, just have a weird, cool premise: "A short weird tale about a girl who discovered her skeleton isn't hers".

There are plenty of low-poly haunted house games in there too, but in a good horror game the atmosphere matters more than the assets. Also check out check out Midnight Scenes from Octavi Navarro, the artist on Thimbleweed Park

Of course it's possible that none of these intentionally scary free games can match the arse-tightening tension of Hot Hot Panic, a game about trying to hold a conversation while stuffing your face with meat and potatoes.

For more scares, check out our guide to celebrating Halloween on PC, and brave our round-up of the best horror games ever.

Based in Bath with the UK team, Tom loves strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.