The purpose of a video game is not just to entertain the player, but to test them. There are many ways to do this, but it usually boils down to two things: Solving puzzles and having quick reflexes.
But there are some games which have a completely different objective: To mess with your mind.
And I'm not talking about games with overt gore or screen-filling bosses. Instead of creepy music, some games use silence to set up an eerie atmosphere. Rather than filling the screen with hundreds of monsters, some games only have a single enemy and yet, manage to provoke utter terror.
Instead of having fully-rendered HD graphics, some of the scariest games have primitive visuals, and yet, manage to leave the player in a sweat.
If you think about it, it's crazy that a game has the power to freak you out. You know for a fact you are not going to die if you lose. And yet, some games are designed so perfectly to unsettle you, they leave you reeling long after you finish playing.
And with that out of the way, here are some truly mind-bending games where the greatest enemy is your own imagination.
James Egan has written 80 books including
1000 Facts about Superheroes Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Supervillains Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about The Greatest Films Ever Made Vol. 1-3
1000 Facts about Video Games Vol. 1-3
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