7 Games Like Friday The 13th
Five years ago, gaming and horror fans around the world were thrilled as the Friday the 13th game was released. Not only did it spark new interest in the franchise, but it reinvigorated a somewhat dormant multiplayer genre — asymmetrical multiplayer action games, which pretty much started with the first Left 4 Dead.
There were plenty of reasons to get excited about the Friday The 13th game — players had the opportunity to play as the teenage camp counselors and try to escape the famous hockey mask murdered. However, one player would also play as Jason!
Unfortunately, while the game initially sold well, it was hampered by a lawsuit that prevented the devs from adding fresh new content — which severely decreased the game’s popularity over the years. Don’t worry, though; if you want a similar gameplay experience or setting, we’ve got a bunch of excellent suggestions on games like Friday The 13th right here!
If you’re looking for a horror multiplayer classic that reminds you of Friday The 13th, look no further than Pacify. In this game, you play the role of an investigator working for PAH — Paranormal Activity Helpers.
In that role, you’re set loose in an ancient, dark, and mysterious house — with the goal of exploring it for any paranormal activity. However, soon enough you realize that a specter of a little girl haunts the house. Is she completely evil or is there some actual good left in her? You’ll need to learn more to find out — and then succeed in Pacifying (get it?) her and escaping this mansion of horrors.
As the game progresses, dealing with the girl becomes more and more difficult — and it’s even harder if you decide to play by yourself in single-player mode! On the other hand, you’ve got an even more fun multi-player mode as well — where you can join with up to three other players.
However, there’s a catch — you can play against or with your buddies! Just make sure to stay as quiet as you can, and keep yourself out of sight; the girl can see and hear you almost everywhere! You’ll find wood, dolls, matches, and keys that can help you fight her.
All in all, while the graphics of the game leave a lot to be desired — it’s quite fun. Plus, you can play it on the Steam Deck in a dark bedroom for an added level of horror.
Last Year: The Nightmare
The premise of Friday 13th spawned plenty of games inspired by it and some straight-up clones. And while Last Year: The Nightmare isn’t the most polished game on our list, it falls smack dab into the latter category of Friday The 13th clones — and it’s quite fun.
So, the game revolves around a 1996 Halloween night in a classic horror movie high-school. Unsurprisingly, you’ve got a choice — either play as one of the few teenagers who are trying to escape the serial killer that has occupied the school, or step into the shoes of the killer and hunt the students.
If you decide to play as one of the teenagers, you’ll go through the school avoiding the killers while desperately trying to complete different objectives that can help you escape. For example, you can go to the science lab and try to build bombs you can use to fight the killers.
There are also 4 different student classes — Medic, Assault, Scout, and Technician. Each of them can create various items to fight the Killer and escape. On the other hand, you can also choose from a few different Killers you can play as. As you might expect, each of them has various abilities that can be useful against teenagers in various ways.
Some of the killer classes can use the environment to kill the students in surprising ways, such as suddenly smashing through windows and walls. On the other hand, some can turn invisible, allowing them to sneakily approach the students or mess with their heads by moving around objects or opening doors.
The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters
While games inspired by horror movies are all well and good — let’s face it, nothing that North America or Europe has produced in the horror department can hold a candle to the utter weirdness and bone-chilling fear found in Korean horror movies. That’s why our next pick of the draft is a game heavily inspired by classic South Korean horror — The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters.
Now, while this is obviously a sequel to the first Coma game, you don’t really need to have played the first game to enjoy this one — the stories aren’t that much connected, and this is a superior gameplay experience.
The gameplay is similar to the first game — basically, it’s a side-scrolling adventure. And your primary interaction with the game is a simple context action button. By interacting with different items, you’ll explore various areas — a market, a police station, a school, a subway station, etc. All recognizable horror trope locations, but put to great use.
You see, the titular Coma is a parallel world of spirits connected to our own — kind of like the Upside Down from the Stranger Things. So, every locale has a horrifying, twisted version of its Waking World counterpart. And if you’re wondering how scary a 2D side-scrolling adventure can be, don’t worry — you’ll encounter plenty of anguished waxwork people, Lovecraftian tentacles, and all kinds of grotesque beasts.
It’s a single-player title, but one that’ll happily fill at least ten hours of your time as you explore all of the carefully-crafted environments.
Dead By Daylight
While Left 4 Dead proved to players and developers all around the world that a PvE shooter can be fun and insanely replayable — it also got people thinking about asymmetrical horror games as a concept. Fast forward to 2016, and the game that would spawn the newest iteration of this genre was released: Dead By Daylight.
Friday The 13th took some of the best elements of this game, but ultimately failed to garner the same kind of player attention and numbers. However, Dead By Daylight definitely earned its place on the throne of asymmetrical horror shooters.
It’s the game that transferred the Western horror movie premise into the world of gaming: one player is killer hacking, slashing, and stalking their prey — while the other four players are desperately trying to escape and survive.
In the process, they’ll accomplish various objectives, each of which brings them a step closer to their ultimate escape. Now, one of the main reasons why few similar games have surpassed the popularity of Dead By Daylight is its incredibly well-thought-through balance.
The survivors are playing a survival game, which sees them slowly making their way across the maps and activating the power generators they need to escape. Once they reach these power generators, they must pass a skill-check minigame whose failure triggers a noise that inevitably attracts the killer.
On the other hand, the killer is looking to would the survivors and then carry them to his hooks — where they’ll remain until they’re sacrificed, or freed. You have to watch the power generators, stop the prisoners from escaping, and hunt the others.
Paper Dolls 2
If your main draw to games like Friday The 13th is their difficulty — you’ll enjoy Paper Dolls 2 despite it having no multiplayer element. This is a tense, gorgeously atmospheric horror adventure.
The setting is fairly original for Western audiences — an old Chinese manor house that’s (inevitably) haunted by an evil presence. And from the moment your protagonist wakes up, alone and confused, and with a magical dagger; the game doesn’t stop its puzzling-adventure thrill ride.
There’s a survival element with resource management, as well as plenty of challenging puzzles to figure out. As you navigate the foreboding, dark hallways of the ominous manor, you’ll find ghostly memories, ancient ritual texts, and long-forgotten journals. All of them will help you figure out how to beat the evil specter and escape the manor.
Right off the bat, it’s obvious that the chilling atmosphere is the biggest perk of Paper Dolls 2. The eerie rooms haunted by the previous owners, dimly-lit corridors, and creaking wooden floors all add to the tension — mostly created by a lack of clearly defined objectives.
The game masterfully recreates the feeling of a lost and confused protagonist in a creepy haunted house by not giving you much information at any point. Also, the simply masterful sound design definitely helps.
We can’t count the number of times we’ve scuttled away to a nearby closet after hearing the faint but distinct sound of footsteps approaching from the hallway. All things considered, the game’s a definite recommendation.
Westwood Shadows: Prologue
Our next choice is yet another horror puzzle game — Westwood Shadows: Prologue. The game sees you step into the shoes of a police detective who goes to investigate his (seemingly) abandoned hometown. Soon enough, you’ll realize you have to confront your past and one of your old unsolved cases that lurk from the shadows.
As detective Peter Bennet, you’ll experience a puzzle-solving, first-person horror adventure; it’s time to steep yourself in the heavy, mysterious atmosphere of the town of Westwood.
For an indie game, we have to point out that Westwood Shadows has some great voice acting, pretty decent visuals, an exquisite horror atmosphere — and most importantly, a story that’s promising enough to keep you playing until the very end.
Most of the indie horror games out there are also plagued with performance issues and bugs — but Westwood is an excellent exception to the rule. Also, its puzzles were well-designed without being extremely hard — you’ll have to do some thinking, but you probably won’t be looking up guides online.
Oh, and did we mention that the game is free? It’s supposed to be a promotion (hence the “Prologue”) for the full game that’s set to come out by the end of the year. Considering the $0 price, it’s a great way to spend a couple of hours if you’re looking for an atmospheric puzzle game.
With the all-caps DEVOUR, we’re going back to multiplayer horror games. This co-op survival horror game sees you and three other friends don the robes of former cultists, who are trying to prevent the cult they’ve escaped from summoning Azazel — an evil goat demon.
Prepare for plentiful moments of co-op hilarity, like your buddies and you succumb to the frequent jump scares in the game or start panicking when confronted with the maps’ various demons. And while you can play the game in solo mode as well, it’s basically impossible due to the much higher difficulty.
As you complete various objectives in Dead By Deadlight fashion, the game will become progressively more difficult even in co-op — the demons become more aggressive and communication and teamwork become more essential.
The biggest flaw of the game is a lack of replayability — there are only three maps, which are bound to bore you after a while. You can basically complete every map once in the span of a single afternoon. However, the $5 price tag still makes this a great purchase.
And there’s plenty originality to be found here, especially in the macabre design of the game’s NPC bosses — watch out for Zara, the spider with a human head, as well as Molly’s horrific jump scare.
Though the graphics aren’t exactly peak 2022 fare, the sound design and the smart lighting tie everything together into a short, but thoroughly enjoyable (and affordable) package.