Even the horror genre is often overlooked. Creators find inspiration in many areas you may not have thought of, and the horror genre may reimagine them in spectacular and frightening ways.
The games on this list have taken inspiration from the original authors work and expanded upon the universe in different ways. Whether you want to read the original, dive deeper into the story, or fill in the missing gaps, we have compiled a list of horror games that have taken their source material or inspiration from books.
10 American McGees Alice
- Book Title: Through The Looking Glass
- Author: Lewis Carroll
- Year Published: 1871
After Lewis Through the Looking Glass, American McGees Alice takes place. Alice''s family dies in a house fire, which causes her to have an extended stay in a psychiatric hospital.
After getting out, she goes to Wonderland, which she finds very different owing to her mental illness and her damage to the mental health. It is a 3D action game from the third-person perspective, with over 15 levels of gameplay and approximately 27 hours for a complete completionist run.
- Book Title: The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged
- Author: Ayn Rand
- Year Published: 1943 and 1957
Ayn Rands'' The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged''s philosophy are heavily explored in the BioShock series. The city of Rapture is loosely based on Galts Gulch, and as a result, all the greatest thinkers in the world came to Rapture.
In addition to BioShock''s impressive performance, Andrew Ryan is one of the most well-known individuals in the game. Throughout the game, there are many other mentions and tributes to Ayn Rand. While you should never read the works of Ayn Rand, it puts things in perspective, and youll recognize the small nods she has received.
8 Dracula: The Resurrection
- Book Title: Dracula
- Author: Bram Stoker
- Year Published: 1897
In Bram Stokers'' book, Jonathan Harker and Quincey take on Dracula, and your wife visits London for unknown reasons and visits the castle in Transylvania. Is Dracula back, or is this the work of different vampires?
The game takes place in iconic locations with animated cut scenes, a fantastic soundtrack, and fun puzzles. These features combine to bring the world that Bram Stoker imagines to life.
7 Edge Of Nowhere
- Book Title: At the Mountains of Madness
- Author: H.P. Lovecraft
- Year Published: 1936
William Dyer, a geologist for At the Mountains of Madness, attempts to prevent an expedition to Antarctica, leaving his findings hidden from the world. Edge of Nowhere loosely took the plot of his story and designed the Arctic city directly from At the Mountains of Madness. A third-person VR horror game with a similar plot to Lovecrafts'' novel
Victor Howard, a protagonist, tries to discover his missing girlfriend, who was part of a lost expedition. The creatures in the game are apparently generic, found in almost every other Lovecraftian game, but seeing them in VR creates even more worry and tension.
6 I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream
- Book Title: I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
- Author: Harlan Ellison
- Year Published: 1967
This game adaptation is a point-and-click that follows the original story closely. The world has become nearly unhabitable due to a war war wars between the United States, China, and the Soviet Union.
While trying to outwit an all-powerful artificial intelligence titled AM, you take on the role of all five people from the original story. Harlan Ellison co-wrote the 130-page script, created a lot of the dialogue found in the game, and even voiced AM.
5 Metro 2033
- Book Title: Metro 2033
- Author: Dmitry Glukhovsky
- Year Published: 2002
In 2013, an apocalyptic scale catastrophe brought the world to near destruction. The earth became near unhabitable, so the remaining survivors began living in the underground of Moscow. Metro 2033 is one of the closest replications of a game adaptation when it comes to the book.
The plot is mostly quaint, but there are fewer firefights in the book. As well, the ending of the book is discussed in greater detail. The book will do a fantastic job in filling in the gaps!
4 Parasite Eve
- Book Title: Parasite Eve
- Author: Hideaki Sena
- Year Published: 1995
Hideaki Sena, a scientist with a pharmacology degree, has developed a vast repertoire of techniques, including biomedical testing and procedures. This is a scientific book with a slew of horror.
In the book, Dr. Nagashimas'' wife died in a tragic car accident and has her kidney transplanted to a girl who would become the ideal host for a self-replicating organism that wants to replace humanity.
3 S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow Of Chernobyl
- Book Title: Roadside Picnic
- Author: Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
- Year Published: 1972
The authors of Roadside Picnic initially developed the notion of a Stalker, the protagonist Redrick Shuhart, entering a restricted area to get mysterious artifacts. The same film, which was directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, took the idea even further.
A second explosion hit the famous reactor in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow Of Chernobyl, causing the zone to become a zone. You will travel into the Zone as a Stalker and experience an immersive storyline that you can play if you see fit.
2 The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth
- Book Title: The Bible - Genesis 22:1-19
The Akedah, Isaac''s Binding, is the story of Abraham giving his son, Isaac, permission to sacrifice his faith and devotion.
Through hundreds of hours of gameplay, The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth is a roguelike that expresses the dangers of religious fanaticism. Isaac escapes from his mother before his father sacrifices him to God.
1 World War Z: Aftermath
- Book Title: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
- Author: Max Brooks
- Year Published: 2006
Both the original World War Z game and its later success, World War Z: Aftermath, use Max Brooks books. They also set the games in the same universe as the 2013 film starring Brad Pitt. Both games are loosely related.
Aftermath starts with a new story of survivors in seven zombie-infested areas, which includes a new first-person mode and eight classes that make for a fun-filled zombie-killing game.