The Best Psychological Games

Update : Garten of Banban 7 added at rank #33.
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In Sound Mind (2021)

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Playstation 5 Xbox Series X PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Venture into the eerie depths of your own mind in In Sound Mind, a psychological horror game that will keep you on edge. Solve mind-bending puzzles, confront terrifying bosses, and unravel a well-written story all set to an atmospheric soundtrack. Brace yourself for unexpected twists and even moments of humor. And hey, you can pet a cat!


What we like:
  • Intriguing psychological horror theme
  • Engaging puzzles and unique boss fights
  • Well-crafted story blended with gameplay
  • Atmospheric soundtrack by The Living Tombstone
  • Moments of humor to lighten the mood
What could be improved:
  • First person platforming could be improved
  • Some plot details introduced too late
  • Backtracking and lack of clear direction can be frustrating
  • Gunplay and melee combat need refinement

  • horror
  • psychological
  • first-person
  • puzzle

2

Martha Is Dead (2022)

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Xbox Series X/s Xbox Series X Playstation 4 Playstation 5 PC Windows Xbox One

Martha Is Dead is a dark first-person psychological thriller, set in 1944 Italy, that blurs the lines between reality, superstition and the tragedy of war.


  • psychological
  • horror
  • thriller
  • narrative
  • narration
  • walking-simulator
  • war

3

Afterdream (2023)

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

Get lost in a lucid dream, bending the lines between reality and fiction. Utilize the strange camera to navigate through the ghosts' mysterious residence. Find the purpose of your nocturnal visit in a vivid and dreamlike setting.


  • psychological
  • horror
  • scroller
  • 2d
  • emotional
  • walking-simulator
  • narration
  • pixel
  • atmospheric
  • linear
  • story
  • surreal
  • fiction

4

Loretta (2023)

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Android Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch PC Windows Xbox One

Loretta is a psychological thriller that makes the player an accessory to the heroine’s crimes, leading her through a self-crafted nightmare. Loretta’s story revolves around a woman handling betrayal, her husband’s infidelity, and reclaiming her agency during the socially tumultuous 1940s.


  • thriller
  • choices
  • point-and-click
  • psychological
  • america
  • noir
  • multiple-endings
  • crime
  • visual-novel
  • fiction
  • pixel
  • narration
  • drama
  • adventure
  • interactive

5

Shape (2023)

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Linux Mac OS Xbox One Android PC Windows

A minimalist style but inside a complex-minded With connecting word mechanism, you can make a rule for your rooms and solve the problem. Solve the puzzle and go to the door to the next room. explore new mechanism


  • atmospheric
  • platform
  • minimalist
  • surreal
  • exploration
  • psychological
  • narration
  • philosophical
  • walking-simulator
  • 2d
  • psychedelic
  • text
  • first-person
  • puzzle
  • emotional

6

OMORI (2020)

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

Explore a strange world full of colorful friends and foes. When the time comes, the path you’ve chosen will determine your fate... and perhaps the fate of others as well.


  • psychological
  • horror
  • rpg
  • rpgmaker
  • pixel
  • multiple-endings
  • hand-drawn
  • turn-based
  • story
  • japanese
  • stylized
  • party
  • dream
  • colourful

7

Terminal 81 (2023)

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90
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Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Linux PC Windows

Thanks to the financial crisis of 2008, Lorena migrated to Terminal 81 to work, but what seemed like a simple Latin American neighborhood, it was a dangerous region dominated by a mysterious criminal organization that carries out murders, kidnappings and human trafficking.

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  • horror
  • job
  • psychological
  • retro
  • mystery
  • noir
  • crime
  • simulation
  • investigation
  • open-world
  • capitalism
  • choices
  • immersive
  • emotional

8

Assemble (2021)

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early access PC Windows IOS iPhone

Assemble is a survival and horror game that supports up to 7 people with fast-paced gameplay. It offers much different gameplay with the new killer and characters to be added.

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  • psychological
  • horror
  • moba
  • idol
  • survival-horror
  • survival
  • local
  • dark
  • tps
  • action-adventure
  • top-down
  • thriller
  • multiplayer
  • five-person
  • third-person

9

Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk (2020)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux Nintendo Switch

"Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk" is a bizarre, yet impactful psychological horror visual novel game that takes only 20 minutes to complete. You play as a voice in the head of a traumatized girl who wants to buy a bag of milk. Experience her struggles with mental illness as you accompany her on this trip. The game has no saving feature, so you must observe the suffering and surrealism with no relief. Despite its unconventional approach, it offers a thought-provoking and honest portrayal of mental illness.

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What we like:
  • Thought-provoking and honest portrayal of mental illness
  • Disturbing and surreal atmosphere
  • Affordable price
  • Unforgettable soundtrack
  • Unique and affecting experience
What could be improved:
  • No player choice or alternate endings
  • Limited gameplay time
  • Minimal graphics
  • No saving feature
  • Abrupt ending if the player is cruel or unhelpful.

  • visual-novel
  • psychological
  • horror
  • experimental
  • abstract
  • text
  • commodore
  • fiction
  • philosophical
  • crow

10

Smile For Me (2019)

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

A heartbroken clown, wayward souls, and juicy mechanical lips. As “The Big Event" draws near, help the troubled residents of the Habitat and de-mask the mysterious Doctor Habit... before it's too late.


  • horror
  • lgbtq
  • fmv
  • point-and-click
  • conversation
  • surreal
  • psychological
  • linear
  • hand-drawn
  • multiple-endings
  • cute
  • cartoony
  • 3d
  • first-person
  • comedy

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