The Best Horror Games Featuring Elevators

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An effective horror game knows how to take something mundane and twist it into something unnatural and disturbing. Take, for example, an elevator. It is a mechanism that some use on a daily basis to lift or lower people to different floors of the building.

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Elevators are pretty normal, and you don’t think much about them, right? That said, an elevator is a compact and enclosed platform that will surely trigger someone’s claustrophobia. Some games tap into this primal fear and poke and prod it for some truly uncomfortable and chilling scares.

8 Elevator

Eleavtor horror game main menu screen

Who knew that the elevator horror genre is a thing and is actually sort of popular? Well, indie developer KIRILLVP Games certainly does, and they have thrown their horrific creation into the menagerie. Simply titled Elevator, the game doesn’t play around with a story or anything resembling a plot. You start the game and are already dropped in an unsettlingly banal hallway with an elevator at the end.

Each time you ride the elevator, it brings you to a sort of nightmarish world that you need to explore and get a key item that will allow you to progress through the game. You will also encounter demonic entities that will hunt and torment you throughout each of the hellish floors. Elevator is a horror game that is simple and effective in delivering its scares.

7 Madison

Madison Blue Knees monster chasing you in hallway

Madison is a first-person horror game by Bloodious Games that was released for PC and consoles, even the Nintendo Switch. The main crux of the game is the use of an instant camera mechanic, which will be used to navigate and solve the various mysteries and puzzles of the game.

You play as a young teenage boy named Luca. On his 16th birthday, he receives a vintage instant camera. Unbeknownst to him, the camera was previously owned by a serial killer who died three decades ago. You will then need to solve the dark secret that is hidden within the sprawling manor of Luca’s grandfather.

The game has a section where you must solve a particularly vague elevator puzzle. The notion of trying to solve a puzzle that requires riding the elevator constantly to find clues on different floors sounds laborious, which it is. However, Madison raises the stakes and tension by adding a relentless and vicious monster, affectionately named Blue Knees, that will hunt you throughout this section of the game. Being trapped inside a clunky and noisy elevator as a feral monster stalks you is not one’s idea of a great birthday.

6 Elevator Dread

Elevator Dread game entering 8th floor

Another atmospheric indie horror game that features the elevator as a main element is the aptly named Elevator Dread by andground. The game’s premise is simple and the definition of mundane: you play a character whose job is to put up flyers on every floor of the apartment complex. Of course, with a title like Elevator Dread, you know things will go immediately south.

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Elevator Dread oozes with atmosphere as you navigate through this rundown apartment floor by floor. The higher you get, the more unnerving and bizarre the layout of each floor becomes. The unease you feel as you wait for the elevator doors to open and reveal what kind of horror will welcome you next will simply fill you with… well, dread.

5 The Elevator Ritual

The Elevator Ritual evil spirt catching you inside the elevator

What makes a horror game about riding inside a confined space with no idea what is waiting for you once the door opens more terrifying? How about cranking the immersion up to 11 by having it playable with VR? Developed by Samson Films for the Oculus Rift, The Elevator Ritual is a first-person VR game where you play a teenager named Sarah who foolishly plays the infamous Elevator Ritual, which then transports her into a parallel dimension.

You will soon learn that you are not alone here, as there is a malevolent spirit who is hell-bent on making sure that you stay in this nightmarish world permanently. The game is played in VR, which considerably heightens the tension as you navigate ten floors to undo the ritual and find a way back home.

4 Faith: The Unholy Trinity

Faith possesed girl

Faith is a horror game by Airdorf Games that features retro graphics reminiscent of Atari 2600 games. You play as a priest in the game as he tries to prevent a powerful demon from being summoned into the world.

In Chapter 3, you will play the Elevator Game ritual. During this section, you will be joined inside the elevator by a well-mannered woman wearing a kimono. What happens next is entirely up to you. If you ever fear being inside the elevator alone with a rather shifty individual, this part of the game will make the hair behind your neck stand up.

3 Outlast

Outlast nightvision shot of asylum patient smiling

Outlast is a 2013 first-person horror game that helped revitalize the horror video game genre. Develop Red Barrel went full steam ahead in creating a truly horrific and tense horror game experience that rarely gives you any breather. The game also won’t give you any means to protect yourself; your only means of survival is staying out of sight.

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The game puts you in the unfortunate shoes of freelance investigative journalist Miles Upshur as he goes to Mount Massive Asylum after receiving an anonymous tip detailing the inhumane experiments done on its patients. Obviously, you will find yourself in the worst possible place at the worst possible time, as the psychiatric hospital’s most dangerous patients managed to escape and run amok within the labyrinthine asylum.

In one genuinely stressful moment, you will find yourself being chased by the psychotic Dr. Trager, who has an unhealthy fixation on giving his victims unsolicited amputations. He will chase you around a confusing maze-like cell block, culminating in an encounter inside a cramped elevator with you, Dr. Trager, and an outrageously huge pair of scissors.

2 Night Security

Nigh Security finding an unconcious man in the office

Chillia’s Art once again makes the list with Night Security, wherein you play as a night watchman as you patrol the building at midnight. You will need to check every level of the building thoroughly and send anyone else left home as you shut down the lights and lock down each floor.

Of course, these games are never that simple, and spooky things start happening with increasing frequency as you continue doing your rounds. Similar to Night Delivery, this game once again builds up your paranoia as someone or something appears to be following you through the building.

You will be using the elevator to reach the next “stage” of the game, and every time you do, your anxiety ratchets up. One particular terrifying part of the game will revolve around navigating a floor filled with creepy mannequins, and the less said about this section, the better.

1 Night Delivery

Night Delivery female tenant Arisa

Night Delivery is a Japanese psychological horror game by indie developer Chillia’s Art. It plays like your typical “walking simulator,” where you play as a delivery person who decides to go on one last round before calling it a day. You will be tasked with delivering packages to an assortment of oddball characters living in a quiet apartment building at night.

This game takes its sweet time building up tension and anxiety as each tenant drops information about another bizarre person living in the apartment. The game takes full advantage of its grainy VHS aesthetics to give it this familiar yet abnormal vibe. Night Delivery will prey upon your paranoia. Waiting for an elevator door to open has bever been more nerve-wracking than in this game.

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