Scariest games to play on Samsung Gear VR
We scare ourselves silly so you don't have to.
“Do one thing every day that scares you,”
Then again, she probably hadn't played Dreadhalls on a Gear VR. Not for the faint hearted – Samsung's virtual reality headset lets you experience some of the most terrifying horror games from a fully immersive first-person perspective. When you're ready, strap in your compatible device (Galaxy S7 Edge 4G+, Galaxy S7 4G+, Galaxy Note 5 4G+, S6 edge+ 4G+ and Galaxy S6 4G+), hook up a nice pair of headphones, download one of the top titles below and tell your neighbours to ignore the screaming…
Released almost two years ago, /Dreadhalls/ is still the quickest way to give yourself a heart attack with a Gear VR. Waking up in a dimly lit dungeon, all you have to do is find your way out. The only thing standing in your way is a legion of horrifying creatures that will kill you as soon as they see or hear you. Creep along the corridors, peer around the corners and try not to damage your headset when you rip it off after 5 minutes in a blind panic.
Affected: The Manor
Affected is a bit kinder than Dreadhalls - it gives you a torch. Reworked from its debut on the Occulus Rift, Affected lands you in a serially haunted house and lets you figure out what to do next. There is a story (we'll only tell you that it has something to do with a creepy little girl in a nursery) but all you really need to do to complete the game is not pass out.
Not strictly a "game", VR horror film Catatonic limits your interactivity to just moving your head from side to side - but it all makes sense in the context of the app because it puts you in the eyes of a patient strapped to a wheelchair in a 1940's mental hospital. Terrifying, awful, things happen over 7 sensory-shocking minutes, but all you can do is look away (slightly).
A more mature horror than most, Dead Secret swaps jump-scares and dungeon-crawling for an engrossing murder mystery - casting you as a 1960s-era reporter looking for clues in an abandoned farmhouse. The dread (and whatever horrible thing might or might not be stalking you) creeps up slowly, which makes for a game you lie awake at night worrying about.
Goosebumps: Night Of Scares
A scary game based on a Jack Black movie? Surely not. In fact, Goosebumps: Night Of Scares is definitely not one for the kids. Take a walk through RL Stein's manic mansion and try to avoid the beasties lurking within as you try not to get too freaked out by the seriously high production values - eerily flickering shadows, subtly creaking floorboards… and Jack Black doing the voice-over.
Okay, so you've braved demon-filled dungeons and haunted mansions, but how do you feel about heights? Or spiders? Or public speaking? For most people, real fears are much harder to tackle than imaginary ones – and Samsung's own #BeFearless program uses their VR headset to help you overcome them through virtual immersion therapy. If it helps you, great. If it doesn't, it might just be the single most terrifying experience you can have with a Gear VR.