A List of Board Games with a Horror Theme

Horror Board Games: Arkham HorrorHorror board games aren't as common as some other genres of board games, but you'd be surprised at how many horror games are available. Our list of horror boardgames includes a handful of horror card games, but we tried not to duplicate any entries on our list of science fiction board games. If you're a fan of horror and a fan of board games, then this page should offer you some ideas on which games to take a look at next.

  1. Aliens - A battle game based on the movie of the same name. Originally published in 1989.
  2. All Things Zombie: The Boardgame - Players try to survive in a world overrun by the walking dead.
  3. All Wound Up - This is a Twilight Creations game aimed mostly at kids. It features some windup zombie dolls in a cemetery.
  4. Anathema - A card game set in Salem during 1692 during the witch trials.
  5. Another Day, Another Dollar: Horror - An expansion set of the James Ernst game Deadwood. Players portray actors in horror movies.
  6. Arkham Horror - A cooperative game where players portray investigators trying to prevent the rise of an ancient one. Based on the Cthulhu Mythos.
  7. Atmosfear: The DVD Board Game - A time limit game that uses a DVD as the timer. Players roll dice and move pieces on a board.
  8. List of Horror Boardgame: Betrayal at House on the HillBetrayal at House on the Hill - Players explore a haunted house. Players lay tiles to create a new haunted house during each game.
  9. Black Stories - A party game where players try to solve mysteries and murders.
  10. Blood Berets - A board game version of the RPG of the same name. An adventure game played with miniatures.
  11. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Game - A Hasbro/Milton Bradley board game based on the television series. Now out of print.
  12. Bump in the Night - Players take the roles of monsters in a haunted house. Their goal is to terrorize the kids spending the night in the house.
  13. Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game - A "living card game" that plays in a similar manner to Magic the Gathering, only with a Cthulhu/Lovecraft theme.
  14. Cannibal Pygmies in the Jungle of Doom- A B-movie themed card game.
  15. Chainsaw Warrior - Players fight bizarre extradimensional monsters in the near future.
  16. Chill: Black Morn Manor - A tile laying game based on the Chill horror roleplaying game.
  17. Cthulhu 500 - A racing card game with a Cthulhu theme.
  18. Cthulhu Dice - A Steve Jackson dice game where players steal sanity from other players. The goal is to drive your opponents insane.
  19. Creatures and Cultists - Another Cthulhu themed game, where players create their own cults and try to summon Great Old Ones to destroy the world.
  20. Cults Across America - A horror war game where the players portray cultists trying to take over America.
  21. Curse of the Mummy's Tomb - Players explore a pyramid full of traps.
  22. Dante's Inferno - Players travel to hell to rescue souls and battle Lucifer.
  23. Dark Cults - A storytelling card game similar to Once Upon a Time, but it's a precursor to that game, not a successor.
  24. Dawn of the Dead - A 1978 miniatures game designed by John Butterfield and based on the original movie, long out of print.
  25. Dead Money - A card game with some poker aspects that takes place in an Old West bar that serves the undead.
  26. Dead of Night - An exploration game with multiple scenarios, inspired by zombie movies like Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead.
  27. Deadlands: The Battle for Slaugher Gulch - A board game set in the Old West, but it's a version of the Old West with monsters and steampunk aspects. Shares the same setting as the Deadlands roleplaying game.
  28. Deadlands: Doomtown - A collectible card game set in the Weird West of the Deadlands roleplaying game.
  29. Dia de los Muertos - A trick taking card game with a "Day of the Dead" theme. (Not the movie--the Mexican holiday.)
  30. Dracula - A two player boardgame from Rio Grande Games. One player is Van Helsing, who is trying to find Dracula's coffins to destroy them. The other player is Dracula, who is trying to find victims.
  31. Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game - A simplified version of the Dungeons & Dragons RPG where players battle the vampire Strahd.
  32. Elder Sign - Another Arkham Horror knockoff. Players are investigators trying to prevent the Great Old Ones from rampaging across the planet.
  33. Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space - A card game with a space station setting. Players try to escape from the aliens.
  34. Fearsome Floors - Also known as Sinister Corridors, this game is a race game where players are trying to escape from a dungeon that's falling apart.
  35. Fury of Dracula - One player is Dracula; the others are vampire hunters.
  36. Ghost Stories - A cooperative game that pits the players against the lord of hell, Wu-Feng.
  37. Ghosts! - A strategy game for younger players, where each player has 4 good ghosts and 4 evil ghosts.
  38. Gloom - A card game published by Atlast Games, in which the players portray a family of misfits that would make Charles Addams proud.
  39. Gravediggers - A Reiner Knizia game from Twilight Creations. Players compete at robbing graves.
  40. The Great Brain Robbery - A card game from James Ernest and Cheapass Games, set in the Old West, but with zombies.
  41. Gregory Horror Show - A collectible miniatures game based on a Japanese children's show.
  42. The Haunting House - Players are trying to escape from a haunted house which is laid out using the tiles from the game.
  43. Hecatomb - A collectible card game from Wizards of the Coast in which the players are evil geniuses trying to bring about the end of the world.
  44. The HellGame - Players are demons from hell questing for notoriety. Has a strong diplomacy aspect.
  45. Hexen Rennen - A racing game in which each player controls 3 witches.
  46. Hidden Conflict - A tile laying game in which players are a faction vying for control of the world.
  47. The Hills Rise Wild - A very cool miniatures game from Pagan Publishing, inspired by the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft.
  48. Horrorclix - A miniatures game based on Heroclix, only with a horror theme.
  49. Humans!!! - A game based on Zombies!!! from Twilight Creations, but in this version, you play the zombies instead of the humans.
  50. Hybrid - A fantasy miniatures game with laboratories and a horror theme.
  51. Innsmouth Escape - A Twilight Games board game where one player is a student and the other players are the Deep Ones who are after him.
  52. Intruder - A game from 1980, set in space with an alien intruder theme.
  53. It's Alive - A mad scientist themed card game.
  54. Knock! Knock! - A card game where players are hosting a Halloween party and must decide whether or not to answer the door when someone knocks. The goal is to have the most interesting guests.
  55. Kult - A collectible card game for adults, with graphic themes and art.
  56. Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game - A survival horror board game where players try to survive in the face of hordes of zombies.
  57. Luna Llena: Full Moon - A horror survival game with a cooperative aspect. Some players are werewolves; others aren't.
  58. Lupus in Tabula - A werewolf detective game. Every night a townsperson is killed by a werewolf. Every day, a townsperson is lynched.
  59. MacGregor - Players are trying to escape a haunted castle.
  60. Malifaux - A steampunk horror miniatures game of combat in which actions are resolved with cards rather than dice.
  61. Mall of Horror - Players portray normal people in a shopping mall that's been infested by zombies.
  62. Mansions of Madness - Players investigate H.P. Lovecraft inspired houses, mansions, and other creepy buildings.
  63. Martians! - A variation of Zombies!!! featuring invading Martians instead of zombies. From Twilight Cretions.
  64. MidEvil - Another variation of Zombies!!! from Twilight Creations, this one inspired by Army of Darkness.
  65. Mmm...Brains! - Players take the roles of zombies seeking brains in this board game from Twilight Creations.
  66. Monster Mayhem - A fairly simple board game from White Wolf that ISN'T related to their World of Darkness setting, but that does include vampires and werewolves.
  67. Munchkin Bites! - A Munchkin variant with a vampire theme.
  68. Munchkin Cthulhu - A Munchkin variant with a Cthulhu theme.
  69. Mythos - An out of print collectible card game inspired by Call of Cthulhu.
  70. Nightfall - A card game in which vampires, werewolves, and ghouls have returned to a world where the sun has set for the last time.
  71. Parts Unknown - Players portray merchants who sell body parts to mad scientists. From Cheapass Games and James Ernest.
  72. Rage - A werewolf themed collectible card game set in White Wolf Games' World of Darkness setting.
  73. Renfield - A trick taking card game from James Ernest and Cheapass Games.
  74. Shadow Hunters - The players take on several roles as they try to survive in a devilish forest.
  75. Spooks - A trick taking card game where the cards have a Halloween theme. Very fun.
  76. The Stars Are Right - From Steve Jackson Games, The Stars Are Right is a strategy game where the players portray Great Old Ones trying to return to Earth.
  77. Tannhauser - A war game set in an alternate history where World War I is still going on in 1949. The Reich has access to the occult.
  78. The Testimony of Jacob Hollow - A card game set in the fictional town of Castle Bay.
  79. They've Invaded Pleasantville - One of TSR's minigames from the 1980's. Space creatures invade a small town.
  80. Torches & Pitchforks - A monster movie themed card game. Mobs of townsfolk kill monsters.
  81. A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game - Players take the roles of monster hunters in the 19th century. Combines horror with high adventure.
  82. Unspeakable Words - A James Ernst designed word game played with cards and a twenty-sided die. The goal is to score points by spelling words, like in Scrabble, but if you score too many points with a play, you run the risk of going insane.
  83. Vampire: Dark Influences - A modular board game with a card playing aspect, based on the Vampire: The Masquerade RPG setting.
  84. Vampire Hunter - A Hasbro/Milton Bradley boardgame aimed at kids. It has to be played in the dark because the light changes color, and when it does, the gameboard changes.
  85. Vampire: The Eternal Struggle - A collectible card game set in the Vampire: The Masquerade roleplaying game setting. Notoriously complex.
  86. Vampire: Prince of the City - Players take the roles of vampire clans from the Vampire: The Masquerade roleplaying game.
  87. Vampyre - A 1981 minigame from TSR, the creators of Dungeons & Dragons. Players portray characters from Bram Stoker's Dracula and hunt the vampire.
  88. Werewolf - A village is haunted by werewolves. Players take on the roles of either werewolves or townsfolk.
  89. The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow - A village is haunted by werewolves. Players take on the roles of various characters involved in the drama--werewolf, little girl, etc.
  90. When Darkness Comes - A miniatures game with RPG aspects from Twilight Creations.
  91. Which Witch? - A three dimensional haunted house racing game. The game originally came out in 1970.
  92. Witch of Salem - A cooperative game based on the fiction of Wolfgang Hohlbein, who was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft.
  93. Zombie in My Pocket - Players fight zombies as they explore a temple looking for a solution to the entire zombie problem.
  94. Zombie Dice - A dice game with a zombie theme--the dice represent victims.
  95. Zombie Plague - A team of zombies versus a team of humans.
  96. Zombiegeddon - A Reiner Knizia game where players have to prepare for a zombie apocalypse.
  97. Horror Board Games & Card Games: Zombies!!!Zombies!!! - Players portray survivors of a zombie apocalypse who are trying to get out of town by reaching the helicopter pad.
  98. Zombietown - Another zombie themed board game from Twilight Creations. This one is different from Zombies!!! because it doesn't include the tile laying aspect of that game.

Which horror board game did we forget to include? Contact us if you have suggestions.