Lots of movies, books, TV shows and games try to scare people around Halloween. Instead of shocking you with things that jump out and go "BWAGGA BWAGGA!!!!", let's get a little more disturbing with a few adventure games that will make you question your sanity. Without further stalling for time and taking up valuable page space... Let's. Get. Scary.
Heartland Deluxe (Windows, 24MB, free) - A dark adventure/room escape game with a movable, panoramic landscape. As reporter David Lawson, you are summoned to the apartment of local nutcase RJ Coombs. When you arrive, no one's there, and as any good journalist would do, you begin to snoop. Piece together clues left in the apartment with the simple point-and-click interface.
The White Chamber (Windows, 358MB, free) - Billed as a point-and-click horror game, The White Chamber features a host of puzzles and multiple endings based on how well (or how poorly) you do. While there is the requisite amount of things-bursting-out-of-things scenarios, for the most part The White Chamber is actually more disturbing than it is scream-like-a-girl scary. This isn't to say there's aren't moments of genuine fear, but The White Chamber thrives on putting you in situations that are uncomfortable and bizarre, all of which tie into the game's overarching themes. (Credit goes to Dora for that blurb!)
Unbound (Windows, 29MB, free) - From the same author that created Heartland Deluxe, Unbound is an adventure game in the same style as the above (it's a sequel, actually), only this time around things are much darker and more disturbing. Dr. Nicholas Powell has gone missing in the aftermath of the mysterious Project Caterpillar. Howard Fielding, the only surviving member of the research team, is being held in an abandoned government facility and interrogated by agents. Howard has the answers they seek, but he's keeping them to himself. Something has been awakened in his subconscious, and it won't remain hidden forever...
Note: All games have been confirmed to run under Windows Vista and are virus-free. Mac users should try Boot Camp, Parallels, or CrossOver Games to play Windows titles, Linux users can use Wine. If you know of a great game we should feature, use the Submit link above to send it in!