April delivers more scares for horror fans, with several new releases coming out. This April’s 5 biggest games include retro style horror, an unexpected crossover, and dark Nordic tales. It may be getting darker later now, but that doesn’t mean the scares stop!
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Starting off light on the scares, new game NecroCity flips the script and has you play as the villain. It’s a mix of city building and tower defence, with the goal being to survive the hordes of enemies coming your way.
You play as a Prince of the Undead, a necromancer with designs to build you unholy empire. However, your outposts and fortresses are under threat from the forces of ‘good’, who for some reason don’t like you and your zombie friends.
NecroCity is looking to be one of the biggest horror themed games coming out this April, and is ideal for those who like tower defence, or want a game that’s darkly themed but without the scares.
NecroCity releases 5th April on PC.
One of the biggest horror games coming out this April is a little different. Eresys is a co-op horror, with teamwork being key amongst your party of 4. The game was developed by Ares Dragonis, creator of another Lovecraftian title, The Shore, which received largely good reviews.
Eresys has you play as a cultist in a Lovecraft inspired universe. You and your team need to cooperate to perform rituals and survive the nightmarish monsters of the forest.
This one is perfect for friends who want a terrifying game to play together, especially if you are into cosmic horror.
Eresys releases 20th April on PC.
Rewind or Die
Another weird and wonderful horror game coming out this month is retro VHS style game Rewind or Die. Games in this subgenre tend to be odd, and this one appears to be no exception.
Rewind or Die has you play as a VHS store clerk. You need to stock the shelves and attend to customers. However, you also need to survive as a pig headed serial killer stalks you. The game appears to use the graphical style to full effect with some disturbing imagery. If, like me, you like the old school look, you’ll have a blast with Rewind or Die.
Rewind or Die releases 14th April on PC.
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened
You may be surprised to see Sherlock Holmes on this list. You’ll be even more surprised to learn that it isn’t a serial killer bringing the fear, it’s Lovecraft. This bizarre genre mash-up is a remaster of the 2008 game. The graphics have been massively updated, and the gameplay has been improved.
You, of course, play as Sherlock Holmes. With the help of Dr Watson, you are tasked with solving a series of disappearances in Europe and America. However, this is no ordinary case, with the game placing you in the dark and twisted Cthulhu Mythos.
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened is a must play for Lovecraft and detective gameplay fans.
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened releases on 11th April on PC, PlayStation 4 & 5, and Xbox One & Xbox Series X/S
Bramble: The Mountain King
Bramble: The Mountain King saw a burst of TikTok fame as the creepy imagery of giant decaying corpses stalking the player sent shivers down spines. The great graphics and visuals, combined with the Nordic inspiration make this one stand out as one of the biggest horror games releasing this April.
You play as a young boy named Olle attempting to save your sister. To do so you will need to explore the land of Bramble. It looks gorgeous but it is full of horrific monsters. You can use the Spark of Courage to aid you in your journeys, but watch out, as monsters both small and gargantuan are looking at you as their next meal.
Bramble: The Mountain King releases 27th April on PC, PlayStation 4 & 5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
Here’s a selection of smaller titles that may pique your interest.
The Voidness: Upcoming Sci-Fi pyschological horror The Voidness places you in the dark, with only a range finder to navigate with. However the game features some interesting features for a horror game, including enemies being able to hear you through your microphone. This one looks quite unique and boasts some great visuals. The Voidness releases 7th April on PC
Agony VR: First-person survival horror Agony has you taking a journey through hell, searching for the Red Goddess. The original released back in 2018, however the game is receiving a VR port for those interested in revisiting hell in a more intimate way. Agony VR releases 5th April on PC.