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10 Terrifying Horror Games That Won't Break The Bank

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  • Posted on 15th Oct, 2022 16:22 PM
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From side-scrollers to text adventures and escape games, some of the best and most terrifying games deliver quality experiences for a great price.

The horror genre has a tradition of thriftiness. Filmmakers found ways to make legendary horror movies with a low budget, and some of the greatest horror stories got published in cheap pulp magazines. Today, brilliant horror games require fairly little money to access their thrills.

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The Nintendo eShop, the Steam store, the PlayStation and XBox stores, and itch.io are all flooded with terrifying works of art players can experience for less than $20.00 USD. Not every cheap horror game is spectacular, but the ones that are make the bargain hunt more than worthwhile.

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Iron Lung is a $5.99 USD game from the indie designer David Szymanski. Navigating a premise both simple and immediately terrifying, the player controls a convict trapped in a submarine and told he can earn his freedom by exploring an ocean of blood.

The player then takes control of the submarine, but they have no way to see what's outside the vehicle except by taking photos of what's directly in front of them. The entire time, a radar constantly makes noise to alert them of something outside the submarine. The intensely terrifying experience takes less than an hour to complete and becomes particularly nightmarish for those with a fear of the ocean.

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