By the pricking of my thumbs, a bunch of free indie horror games this way come... s? Okay, so I didn't think that one out very well. But hey! Welcome back to Spoopy Saturday, where we post three free super scary freeware games every Saturday leading up to Halloween. This week, a young girl moves into a dusty old house and gets more than she bargained for, a late shift at the office turns terrifying when you discover you're not alone and the doors are locked, and you wake up confused and disoriented in a strange house filled with secrets someone is trying to make you remember. Ghosts, cryptic messages, frantic chases, and of course jump scares await, so let's get started. Just remember not to look over your shoulder...
One Late Night - Available free for PC, Mac, and Linux, Black Curtain Studio's short first-person horror adventure is all about when late night office work gets freaky, and we don't mean "stumbled across that secret folder on your coworker's computer with all the weird websites" freaky. There's something in the building with you, and as you creep down the dark hallways searching for clues, you quickly discover you also need to find a way out. Though lacking in answers (that may be addressed in the upcoming sequel), if you're looking for chills with a dash of the surreal, this might just be the spoopy game for you.
Paranoiac - Available for PC and Mac with the RPGHub tool, and translated by vgperson, Uri's horror adventure about a young woman who moves into her aunt's house following the woman's death doesn't quite have the polish of Uri's more recent games, but is perfect for the jump scare crowd. During the day, Miki explores the quiet, dusty house and searches for answers, but at night she finds herself pursued by a terrifying creature that will hunt her down wherever she runs unless she can figure out where to hide, as only one of the available spots is "right" and others will lead to death or a continued chase... and there's no way to figure out which is which, or even where the hiding spots are! Though definitely unintuitive, Paranoiac still has some great creepy atmosphere and shocking images that make it worth turning the lights down for.
7Days - Available only for PC (sorry!) RevoLab's surreal first-person adventure begins with you trapped in a dark and unsettling house, and as the days pass, it becomes clear someone wants you to remember something, and unless you can figure out what, things are only going to get freakier. Most of the gameplay revolves around exploring, and as the title implies, you'll wake up in bed multiple times as the game progresses, your surroundings changing each time. The ending may be a little anticlimatic for some, but if you want a game that's going to make your skin crawl and do its best to make you jump out of your seat, this is the choice for you.