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5 of the Rarest Horror Video Games

With so many great looking horror games on the horizon, it’s easy to forget that they used to be a little hard to come by. Especially before the PS3 / Xbox 360 era of gaming, you had to put in some legwork to find good, scary games to play. A big reason many horror games are rare in the first place is due to some interesting controversy, so I’ve collected five of my favorites.

1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Atari 2600)

“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was released in 1982 for the Atari 2600 and it let you run around as a block-form Leatherface. The goal of the game was to murder teens while avoiding Leatherface’s sworn enemies, fences, wheelchairs and skulls.

Leatherface’s chainsaw looks like it’s attached to his body, and when you run into obstacles, your fuel depletes. If your fuel bar hits empty, you lose. A cutscene of Leatherface’s chainsaw failing plays and a little girl runs up behind him and kicks him in the ass, killing him instantly.

The reason this game is rare is because it was one of the first horror games ever released. On top of the fact hat limited copies were produced, many stores wouldn’t carry the game so it’s hard to come by these days. It’s not very good, but it caused an uproar when it was released, so it’s desirable to a lot of Atari 2600 collectors.


2. Gremlins Gizmo

Did you know NECA, the incredible horror toy company, was once in the video game publishing business? As far as I can tell, they only published two variants of the same game – “Gremlins: Gizmo” for the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS.

It’s a game that let you care for your very own pet Mogwai. You chose between Gizmo or a bunch of other random ones. By playing different mini games, you could unlock new environments, games and outfits for your Mogwai.

“Gremlins Gizmo’s” rarity stems from the fact that nobody knew about it. It was released in the tail end of the Wii’s lifecycle, so people were already done with its piles of shovel ware. As for the DS version, the 3DS had already been available for months when it was released, so it was basically sent out to die. You can pick it up for about $10 on Amazon these days and it’s actually pretty fun!


3. Cursed Mountain

One of the Wii’s double-edged swords was that when good, unique titles DID come out for it, they were buried by the piles of shovel ware that caused hardcore gamers to turn their backs on the system in the first place. “Cursed Mountain” was sadly a victim of this occurrence.

While it’s not a genre-defining title, “Cursed Mountain” was a lot of fun. It pulls from ideas found in Buddhism and Tibetan folklore, and it’s set in the 1980s.

You played as Eric Simmons, a man trying to ascend the mountain the game is named after to find his brother who has mysteriously disappeared. Combat involves purifying ghosts with Eric’s third eye and beating them down with various weapons.

It’s not very action-heavy, but it nails atmosphere in a way that very few games have, both before and since it was released. It doesn’t exactly hold up, but it’s worth a try if you can get your hands on a copy.


4. P.T.

This one is a game you’ve definitely heard of, but it’s extremely rare thanks to an insane turn of events.

“P.T.” was a teaser for a new Silent Hill title that “Metal Gear Solid” creator, Hideo Kojima was teaming up with Guillermo Del Torro to create, which would star Norman Reedus. Unfortunately, since Kojima was ousted from Konami in a move that resulted in them exiting the video games industry as whole, “Silent Hills” never came to fruition.

Even more bizarre is the fact that the only way to play “P.T.” is if you already had it on your PS4 before Konami removed it from the PlayStation Store. Even if you “purchased” the title, the ability to re-download it has since been revoked. PS4’s with the game installed sell for a hefty amount of cash on eBay, but it looks like “Resident Evil VII: Biohazard” is going to fill the void “Silent Hills” left.


5. Rule of Rose

“Rule of Rose” was published in Japan back in 2006 for PS2 by Sony Computer Entertainment. Atlus published the title in North America because SCEA expressed little to no interest in localizing the title.

Gameplay was reminiscent of many other PS2-era horror games with a third-person perspective and a near-defenseless main character named Jennifer. She had the ability to use improvised weapons, but her moves were extremely week.

The game faced a ton of controversy due to it having erotic undertones involving its cast of underage girls. It met average reviews, but since it was never released in the EU, it’s actually pretty rare and worth checking out if you can get your hands on a copy.

So there you have it, five of the rarest horror games out there. Have you played any of these? Are you going to seek any of them out? I’d love to hear from you, so hit me up on Twitter and let me know.



COMMENTS

23 Comments
  • SpacemanSpliffz

    i’ve been looking for cursed mountain for a very long time and still have yet to find a decent copy, i’m pumped for this game!! also will never delete pt from my ps4

    • Rohan Sorensen

      I have cursed mountain. I can’t play it anymore because my friend stole his wii back. I never got past the first part because I was into Resident Evil 4 which I got with it at the time.

      • SpacemanSpliffz

        check out pawn shops, you can pick up wii’s for dirt cheap there, like $20-$30 easy! that’s where i find half my rare games and you get crazy low prices. i bought legend of zelda collector’s edition for $5 and will hold on to it like grim death until i have kids to pass it down to haha

    • The Drucifer

      Cursed mountain is as bleh as bleh can be

      • SpacemanSpliffz

        no shit, what didn’t you like about it?

        • The Drucifer

          The story was lacking, gameplay…just about all of it.

  • amstrick17

    Haunting Ground should be on this list. Far more rare than Cursed Mountain or Gremlins: Gizmo

    • Biscoito18

      I’m still waiting for Haunting Ground be available on US PSN. It was one of my favorites PS2 survival horror.

    • Everyone knows about Haunting Ground. It might be a little rarer than Cursed Mountain or Gremlins: Gizmo, but I’d rather tell you something new than reaffirm your opinion on rarity tbh.

    • Lirabelle

      It seems rare now, but I remembered seeing it everywhere when it came out, and for years after. I don’t know if my area just had a weird amount floating around or yours a had a bizarre lack of copies.

      I do find it strange it still isn’t on the PSN yet.

  • Lirabelle

    Kuon. Lonely, weird and yet so stylishly beautiful for the times… Kuon.

    I really should look in to Cursed Mountain.

    • The Drucifer

      Cursed mountain is tedious I quit half way

      • Lirabelle

        Have you played Siren, and if so, more or less tedious than that game? So far that is the only horror game I just haven’t finished because it annoyed me too much.

        • The Drucifer

          I love Siren

  • Richter Belmont

    I have Rule Of Rose and it’s stilled sealed. I’ve always meant to play it but never got around to it since I have a backlog of around 200 games to catch up on.

    The only rare PS2 horror game I’ve been searching for is Echo Night Beyond. I agree with the others here though that Kuon and Haunting Ground should be on the list ahead of Cursed Mountain.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    Rule of Rose is a Work of Art

  • PsychoMantis18

    There is no way Resident Evil 7 will fill the void left by PT.

  • Halloween_Vic

    ” but it looks like “Resident Evil VII: Biohazard” is going to fill the void “Silent Hills” left. ” That line pisses me off it shouldn’t fill that void it should actually be a RE game not a PT knock off which clearly it is. RE7 should be the game that got cancelled cause that shit is not resident evil.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Clock Tower 3, rare and a fucking gem.

  • Kåre Kristensson

    Interestingly you can get the PC version of Cursed Mountain on Gamersgate at a really silly low price:
    https://www.gamersgate.com/DD-CURMO/cursed-mountain
    Granted, there’s no motion control or anything in this version like in the original Wii version, but it is still a great horror game to play, especially with its focus on Buddhism and Tibetan folklore.

  • Own Cursed Mountain, P.T., and Rule of Rose. You want some real rare horror games, check out Aconcagua, Hellnight (or Dark Messiah), Kowloon’s Gate or Mizzurna Falls.

    Also, your article seems to have just been nicked by this site; http://www.videogamesrepublic.com/best-horror-video-games-2016-the-titles-you-need-to-play/6119

  • cursed mountain can be had on pc for 5 or so dollars as well i look forward to trying it

  • Dick Mountainjoy

    I’ll never understand the obsession people have for PT

    It looked great sure, and had plenty of good scares, but nothing I haven’t seen on PC walking simulator horror dozens of times years before it came out. Plus the dialog was hilariously corny. Yeah, Kojima/Del Toro/Reedus blah blah whatever, but the names attached are for more interesting than the product itself.

    As for RE7/PT comparisons, I don’t see it at all. RE7 is just Lisa’s shack from REmake/RE4 Village jacked up to the entire game. I’m not sure how people connect monster filled grungy shithole hillbilly house to fairly nice looking house jumpscare hallway.

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