5 Horrifying Oculus Rift Demos Perfect For Halloween

James Bruce 15-10-2013

Relive your favorite scariest movie – it’s the immersive properties of the Oculus Rift Oculus Rift Development Kit Review and Giveaway The Oculus Rift has finally arrived, and is making heads turn (literally) all over the gaming community. No longer are we confined to to peering through a flat window into the gaming worlds we love... Read More that make it precisely so great for gaming, and particularly horror. If you genuinely enjoy that feeling of sheer terror, you’re in for a real treat. So sit back, get a fresh pair of pants to hand, and get ready to be terrified.


Alone in the Rift (download)

Alone in the Rift is unlikely to ever become a full “real” game, but as a tech demo, the shock tactics are spot on. There’s nothing too complex here – it’s a cliché creepy forest scene, you have a flashlight, and your goal is a shed at the end of the walk. Perfect for Halloween parties, and purely to demonstrate exactly how powerful the Rift can be for horror games – this should be your first stop. Really, don’t play this is you have heart problems.

Not convinced? This guys reaction says it all – be sure to watch all the way to the end. Warning: NSFW language.

Dreadhalls (download)

Inspired by the Roguelike genre of dungeon crawlers, Dreadhalls uses procedural generation to create a unique experience every time. Your goal is simply to find the exit, but unless you want to be thrown into pitch black you’ll need to explore anyway to find more lamp oil. There are no weapons, but there are lots of things that will eat you.

Again, it looks like this is just a tech demo, but there’s enough ideas floating around on the developers forum thread that it could easily grow into a full game.

Among The Sleep (download)

Baby Horror? Sure! That’s a genre now. The world is a different place at night, and even our familiar home environment transforms into a strange place with all manner of terrifying noises – especially to the mind of a 2-year-old child, which is exactly where Among The Sleep puts you.


What’s unique about Among The Sleep is the choice of a deliberately smaller inter-pupillary distance (IPD) – the eyes of a child are closer together after all – with the effect that the game world and object in it feel much larger than they are in real life. It feels like you are a helpless child, playing to our childhood fears of the monsters under the bed. The game was successfully Kickstarted earlier this year and currently in development, expect the full release late next year. The demo linked above doesn’t require an Oculus Rift, so feel free to have a go even if you’re still waiting on your dev kit.

Lost In the Rift (download)

Lost In the Rift demonstrates so perfectly how you can completely terrify people without actually doing all that much – there are no monsters to attack you, no sudden shock tactics or decapitated bodies that randomly appear in front of your eyes – just good old anticipation of the unknown. Yes, it’s a formulaic eerie forest, but let that put you off having a go.

Alone (download)

My final pick is Alone, unique in that most of the game is spent playing a videogame while sat on your virtual sofa – gameception, or something. The horror comes when the meta-game begins to spill into your VR environment. Tyler Hodden explains quite eloquently why this is an absolute winner in this playthrough video, but TL/DR – the added layer of having a game within a virtual environment increases your distance from physical reality, hence increasing the level of immersion.

These are certainly the best from what I’ve seen so far, but there’s more to be found – including “retro-Rifted” games like Dead Space using third-party drivers such as Vireio, VorpX or TriDef – check out for a full list. If MineCraft at night is about the right level of horror you can handle, then have no fear – MineCrift is a MineCraft 5 Minecraft Mods That Give The Game A Whole New Life There are a lot of Minecraft mods, and they do everything that you could imagine, and perhaps some things you couldn’t. Read More mod that immerses you in the game.


Personally, I won’t be playing any of these because I’m not a masochist – well, only on weekends. Turning on the evening news is enough to give me horrific dreams – I really don’t feel the need to fuel them with any of this stuff. That said, if you are into horror, the Oculus Rift will be the perfect way to experience the genre at a higher level than your adrenal glands have ever coped with before – and having tried the prototype HD Rift, I’m more convinced than ever that this generation of gaming will be truly won by VR 5 Signs The Oculus Rift is Going To Be A Storming Success Oculus Rift is going to change gaming, forever - the hype hasn't just fizzled it, it's been sustained for the past year and only growing. The age of VR is now upon us; immersive experiences... Read More . Imagine playing a game like Outlast Outlast Review: The Most Terrifying Game of 2013 [Giveaway] If there’s one game that you should play five minutes and then never pick it up again, it’s Red Barrels' Outlast. I mean that in the best way possible: Seldom does a game damage you... Read More on a Rift. Pure terror. If you’re planning a Halloween party, considering setting up a special Rift demo and let us know how it goes. I’ll be sticking to GTA5 Completed GTA V? 7 More Open Worlds To Play Through So you've ploughed all your spare time into beating GTA V but still have that open world itch? Good news, we've assembled 8 of our favourite sandbox games to play through next. Read More , thank you very much.

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  1. dave
    January 15, 2015 at 12:04 am

    GTA and oculus rift would be cool.

  2. Thomas
    December 13, 2013 at 10:47 am

    well said craig, you have to experience it for yourself...

  3. Craig
    December 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Really bummed that Alone didn't get backed on I can't find the demo anywhere :(
    And all you guys bitching about the Lets Players...some of these guys are the most dead on, honest and down to earth people on the internet (well, Markiplier at least)...
    And if you've played any of these games on a rift (like I have) you'll understand how gut-wrenchingly terrifying horror games are when you're in it. I've watched friends scream like girls and tear it off their faces...horror in the Rift taps into something we've never experienced in horror games before. It's incredibly exciting to think of what they'll be coming up with over the next couple of years...

  4. James
    October 20, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Yeah Pewdy pie is annoying with his overacting but it gets him views and moneys so more power to him.

  5. Anonymous
    October 16, 2013 at 12:06 am

    the reviers r idiots.

    • James B
      October 17, 2013 at 8:28 am

      Says the guy who can't spell and uses "r" as a word.

  6. Don Gateley
    October 15, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I agree. I turned the sound off. Where did you find these absurdly over reactive twinks?

  7. jeff
    October 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    would be soooooooooooooooooooooooo much better if the people in the video's weren't so f*cking unbearable. had to stop watching after about 20 seconds :|.

    • dennis
      October 17, 2013 at 1:51 am

      Yeh Totally agree! Can't see what the hell they are screaming and uttering expletives about! Absolute crap

    • James B
      October 17, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Well, I sure as hell wasn't going to video myself trying these demos! Weak heart and all....