Admitedly, it wasn’t that much scary at all... and for some it was a shitty game. But I loved it. :P
Adventures of Lolo messed with me. Mostly because it was this totally non-threatening little romp, the level to level play was kind of mind numbing and easy. Then, you’d be on a Don Medusa stage, and randomly walk out into its sight-line...
Zero Tolerance for the Sega Genesis, I used to play it on Sega Channel but I can’t remember if I had played DOOM/Duke 3D/Blake Stone/Wolf3D before this. All I know is it had a pretty creepy atmosphere for what the system could manage, the music and low visual range really made it crazy for me. Now it’s just a ol’ FPS…
Well, I’m about as late to this party as I can be, but I only remember one game truly frightening me: Splatterhouse 2. Between the music, the sound effects, and the overall body-horror theme, it definitely pushed that button. The intro music would even send chills down me, but listening to it now, it’s actually a…
There was a medieval castle game (I think it was LEGO) on the PC where you would wander around and look at stuff. I don’t remember any kind of story in it but while playing with headphones on, I kept hearing my name being called. I kept leaving my room to ask my parents why they were calling me, and they thought it…
The Skullmonkeys Bonus Room music:
The first game I REMEMBER being scared by was Super Metroid, sad as that may seem. When you’re a small child, there are some genuinely creepy moments in that game (the crashed ship area especially). The ending sequence race against the clock damn near gave me a full blown panic attack.
NO contest. Catacombs. I had no problem with Doom or Wolfenstein 3D. But this game? I don’t think I ever got more than 20 minutes in before having to quit because I was too scared.
Hey, it’s the other Game Gear owner! Secret handshake time!
Laser Ghost for the arcade. Especially the part where the movie billboard depicting a pair of lovers taking turns to transform into a demonic face and extendable hands gripping daggers would come out the cinema doors.
Jenova from FFVII was the cause of my first memory being scared of something from a video game. No kidding.
This game. I loved to play it, but I’d get low-key freaked out whenever I’d enter a cabin and Jason popped his ugly ass face up. I mean, the way you scroll through the buildings was pretty tense.
Games? Scaring me? When I was but a child? Nonsense!
For me as a kid, I was terrified of Grunty’s laugh when you game overed in Banjo Tooie. I’d run out of the room if I saw the laugh coming. I was also terrified of luigis mansion and could not play past the moment when the electricity goes out and all of the safe places I had explored were filled with ghosts again.
F.E.A.R. scared the sh!t out of me and I was 34 when that damn game came out. It didn’t help that my 5 year old niece had long dark hair and a red dress that she wore all the time and was smart enough to figure out she kinda looked like the protagonist, especially in low-light situations. SHe had more fun standing in…
Level 3/the sewers from Star Wars: Dark Forces. Half of the level is dark, it’s creepy, and to top it off Dianoga. Freaky enough as is but imagine young me had been playing with super-shield. Those sewer monsters were the first thing in the game that could really mess you up.
Wolfenstein 3D is probably the closest I can think of... it didn’t scare me while playing, but I’ll always remember having nightmares about the skeletons in cages and the blood pools. I didn’t understand how sprites worked at the time, of course, so it creeped me out when they’d constantly “rotate” to face me.
Probably Splatterhouse 1/2/3 since I was too young for horror movies when I played them, also Wolfenstein 3D which was the first 3D game that I played, and had realistic sound, I got easily surprised by enemies coming out of corners etc because the new tech used by the game was already sensory overload
When I was 5 (I think) my grandpa and I would play King’s Quest 5, well he’d play and I’d watch. At end of the game you have to get past a blue yeti and that thing terrified me. “Blue Meanie” I called it and I’d hide under the desk. He still brings that up to this day.