The 30-Day Gamer Challenge – Day 26

Penumbra: Black Plague

The game that scared you the most

I absolutely love horror games, but not because they frighten me. In fact, scary movies and games are mostly enjoyable to me because of the mystery involved and the way they present mostly warped, unusual, paranormal, and similar stories.

This, of course, makes me a big fan of the older Silent Hill games, despite the fact that they’re not actually frightening, per se. I was also a Resident Evil devotee up until recently, which was once a franchise that was actually scary in a very interesting way — by making me afraid I’d die and lose tons of progress.

The scariest game I’ve played, however, is probably Penumbra: Black Plague, a Lovecraft-like, first-person horror adventure set in the most harsh of locales — Greenland. Not only did it have a crazy and interesting plot, but its enemies were a terrifying and repulsive alien race that would NEVER fail to kill the protagonist in any encounter. There was no combat, just desperate struggles to escape. The game essentially made me mildly terrified to progress. In my review of Black Plague, I wrote, "Just for the record, I’d be scared of these guys even if I had a pair of Uzis."  

A later game from the same studio, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, rivaled that terror, but couldn’t quite match it, perhaps due to the less familiar setting and more familiar avoidance process. Still, an honorable runner-up.

Day 26 = Penumbra: Black Plague
Day 25 = Super Spike V’ball
Day 24 = Shadow of the Colossus
Day 23 = Goldeneye 007
Day 22 = No More Heroes
Day 21 = Shenmue
Day 20 = Left 4 Dead 2
Day 19 = The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Day 18 = Goldeneye 007
Day 17 = Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
Day 16 = Beyond Good & Evil
Day 15 = Killer7
Day 14 = The 7th Saga
Day 13 = ANY Silent Hill game
Day 12 = Peggle
Day 11 = Demon’s Souls
Day 10 = Chrono Trigger
Day 9 = Shadow of the Colossus
Day 8 = Super Mario Bros. 3
Day 7 = Braid
Day 6 = Passage
Day 5 = Gears of War
Day 4 = Final Fantasy X
Day 3 = Animal Crossing
Day 2 = Too Human
Day 1 = Braid


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Author: Eddie Inzauto View all posts by
Eddie has been writing about games on the interwebz for over ten years. You can find him Editor-in-Chiefing around these parts, or talking nonsense on Twitter @eddieinzauto.

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