The Best Dark Games for Xbox Series X

Update : Nocturnal Visitors added at rank #29.
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Terror of Hemasaurus (2022)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

A retro city smash 'em up with satisfying destruction physics. Play as a Giant Monster unleashing terror upon mankind in this modern arcade experience with the action turned up to eleven.


  • local
  • dark
  • destruction
  • humor
  • dinosaurs
  • pixel
  • arcade
  • 4-player
  • cooperative
  • comedy
  • scroller
  • physics
  • retro
  • funny
  • sci-fi

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Justice Sucks (2022)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch

JUSTICE SUCKS is a stealth/action game about a killer robot vacuum cleaner on a quest for vengeance through a 90s TV universe. Stalk your prey, hack smart devices, turn them into deadly traps and consume the blood of your enemies to unleash devastating powers.


  • stealth
  • dark
  • hacking
  • cats
  • satire
  • 1990s
  • humor
  • tactical
  • shoot-em-up
  • character
  • robots
  • top-down
  • squad
  • colourful
  • gore

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Burnhouse Lane (2022)

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Playstation 4 Xbox One Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Burnhouse Lane tells a story of Angie Weather, a one foot in the grave agency nurse attempting to complete five impossible tasks in order to win her life back. Solve puzzles, make friends and enemies, run, hide and fight in this dark adventure that'll take you on a trip to another world and back...


  • horror
  • dark
  • cats
  • psychedelic
  • humor
  • scroller
  • choices
  • action-adventure
  • drama
  • psychological
  • atmospheric
  • surreal
  • multiple-endings
  • story
  • adventure

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Bramble: The Mountain King (2023)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows

Bramble The Mountain King is a grim adventure set in a world inspired by dark, Nordic fables. Explore the beautiful yet dangerous and twisted land of Bramble in your endeavour to rescue your sister. Traverse a wondrous landscape and survive deadly encounters with Bramble's many hideous creatures.


  • horror
  • platform
  • dark
  • exploration
  • narrative
  • puzzle
  • boss-fight
  • cinematic
  • adventure
  • mythology
  • action-adventure
  • fantasy
  • story
  • emotional
  • lore

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Blade of Darkness (2021)

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Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox One

Unleash your inner warrior in Blade of Darkness! You'll explore a dark fantasy world, wield a variety of powerful weapons, and face off against gruesome foes. With four unique characters to choose from, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, you'll need to strategize to conquer your enemies. Despite its flaws, this game delivers a satisfying and immersive hack 'n slash experience.

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What we like:
  • Engaging combat with a variety of weapons
  • Immersive and detailed world
  • Four unique characters to choose from
  • Satisfying dismemberment system
  • Atmospheric music and narration
What could be improved:
  • Steep learning curve and difficult controls
  • Weak storyline and character development
  • Some weapons are practically useless
  • Repetitive gameplay

  • dark
  • fantasy
  • souls
  • rpg
  • gore
  • action-adventure
  • hack-and-slash
  • combat
  • violent
  • third-person
  • action
  • atmospheric
  • medieval
  • difficult
  • lore

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Cookie Cutter (2023)

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Xbox One Android Xbox Series X Playstation 5 PC Windows

Love turns to rage and chainsaws in Cookie Cutter, a totally unique hand-drawn 2D Metroidvania. Become Cherry, a violent android on a rage-filled quest to save her creator.


  • metroidvania
  • dark
  • blood
  • comedy
  • soundtrack
  • violent
  • gore
  • dystopian
  • platform
  • action-adventure
  • gothic
  • rage
  • rpg
  • 2d
  • combat

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GRIME (2021)

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PC Windows Mac OS Nintendo Switch Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Playstation 4 stadia

Dive into the twisted world of GRIME, a challenging yet rewarding action-adventure RPG. Absorb your enemies, use their traits against them, and explore surreal environments. Face the unknown, unlock new abilities, and indulge in death-defying combat. Are you ready to conquer this world of anatomical horror and intrigue?


What we like:
  • Compelling and twisted world
  • Satisfying and responsive combat
  • Engaging exploration and movement
  • Unique parry and absorption mechanics
  • Generous progression system
What could be improved:
  • Lacks a strong narrative
  • Map functionality could be improved
  • Occasional sound glitches during boss battles

  • souls
  • surreal
  • boss
  • metroidvania
  • dark
  • platform
  • action-adventure
  • 2.5d
  • combat
  • boss-fight
  • exploration
  • rpg
  • scroller
  • cinematic
  • action

8

Galacticare (2024)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5

Build, manage and optimise intergalactic hospitals! Recruit staff to satisfy the whims of various alien species, and cure their bizarre illnesses - for money! Save the (literal) Galaxy in story mode, or head into sandbox to design the hospital of your dreams.


  • medical
  • humor
  • management
  • god-game
  • base-building
  • building
  • economy
  • dark
  • simulation
  • city-building
  • funny
  • cartoony
  • sci-fi
  • narration
  • space

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Henchman Story (2021)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Mac OS Linux Xbox One Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Playstation 4

Being a bumbling supervillain's henchman is a thankless job. The spandex chafes, there's tons of late nights, and your boss rarely remembers your name. But in this narrative adventure you'll soon discover that - sometimes - even the choices of the lowliest henchman can change everything.


  • dark
  • comedy
  • choices
  • comic
  • humor
  • conversation
  • visual-novel
  • fiction
  • multiple-endings
  • book
  • replay-value
  • interactive
  • funny
  • story
  • 2d

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Blacktail (2022)

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Xbox Series X Android PC Windows Playstation 5

Experience the mystical and intense archery combat in BLACKTAIL, a dark and magical fairy tale world. Play as Yaga, a witch accused of witchcraft, who hunts down foul spirits to unravel your own mystery while deciding the fate of the land. With BLACKTAIL's Morality system, your decisions affect your skills. Discover hidden treasures, collect lost recipes, and brew elixirs to shape your playstyle. Are you ready to become the guardian of the woods or the terror nightmares are made of?


What we like:
  • Beautiful environment
  • Interesting story
  • Unique characters
  • Great voice acting
  • Seamless integration of morality system
What could be improved:
  • Slow controls
  • Tedious combat
  • Technical issues
  • Poor explanation of mechanics

  • archery
  • mythology
  • first-person
  • crafting
  • dark
  • story
  • exploration
  • survival
  • open-world
  • action-adventure
  • rpg
  • boss-fight
  • combat
  • humor
  • fantasy

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