Best Thriller Games on Steam

Steam currently has 1,729 Thriller games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Thriller game rankings were last updated on 5/23/2024.

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1. Firework

An accidental fire at a funeral forces the police to re-investigate a closed case of massacre. Lin Lixun participates the re-investigation by chances. As the investigation goes deeper, the past of the victims gradually emerges. However, the case becomes more bewildering.

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Firework holds the #1 spot for "best Thriller game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 38,495 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 37,709 positive reviews and 786 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Firework on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 2/4/2021
Developer Shiying Studio
Publisher Gamera Games
Steam App Id 1288310

2. Phasmophobia

Phasmophobia is a 4 player online co-op psychological horror. Paranormal activity is on the rise and it’s up to you and your team to use all the ghost-hunting equipment at your disposal in order to gather as much evidence as you can.

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Phasmophobia has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Thriller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 676,712 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 649,581 positive reviews and 27,131 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $13.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $13.99
Release Date 9/18/2020
Developer Kinetic Games
Publisher Kinetic Games
Steam App Id 739630

3. The Case of the Golden Idol

A new kind of detective game that allows you to think and investigate freely. Discover clues surrounding 12 strange and gruesome deaths and build your own theory. Pick your suspect, deduce the motive, unmask the awful truth.

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The Case of the Golden Idol has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Thriller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 6,267 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 6,181 positive reviews and 86 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $17.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play The Case of the Golden Idol on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $17.99
Release Date 10/13/2022
Franchise Playstack
Developer Color Gray Games
Publisher Playstack
Steam App Id 1677770

4. STEINS;GATE

Developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus, STEINS;GATE was awarded Famitsu magazine's coveted annual Game of Excellence award and was voted one of the most emotionally charged “tear-inducing games” ever made, in a Famitsu poll. It is a gripping and moving Visual Novel, which has already spawned manga and anime adaptations.

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STEINS;GATE has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Thriller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 16,839 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 16,422 positive reviews and 417 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play STEINS;GATE on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 9/8/2016
Franchise Science Adventure Series
Developer MAGES. Inc.
Publisher Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
Steam App Id 412830

5. 死寂(Deathly Stillness)

This is a boring zombie game with no plot, not an officially released game, please don't have high expectations.

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死寂(Deathly Stillness) has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Thriller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 19,892 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 19,058 positive reviews and 834 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play 死寂(Deathly Stillness) on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 9/4/2021
Developer 谌嘉诚
Publisher 谌嘉诚
Steam App Id 1727650

6. Homicipher: Prologue

Homicipher is an adventure horror game where you’ll decipher a language, fall in love and escape. Players will face various horrifying men in this strange world. Your aim is to decipher their language and eventually find a way to escape. Meanwhile, a peculiar feeling also starts to bloom.

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Homicipher: Prologue has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Thriller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,234 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,224 positive reviews and 10 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Release Date 5/31/2023
Franchise Gamera Games
Developer 八名木(yatsunagi)
Publisher Gamera Games
Steam App Id 2423320

7. The Rewinder

The Rewinder is an adventure puzzle game based on Chinese mythology. You play as Yun, the last known Rewinder, who can communicate with spirits and explore other people's memories to alter the past.

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The Rewinder has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Thriller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 6,323 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 6,109 positive reviews and 214 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 9/9/2021
Developer MistyMountainStudio
Publisher Gamera Games
Steam App Id 1161170

8. Don't Escape: 4 Days to Survive

Survive through four days at the end of the world in this post-apocalyptic point-and-click thriller where your choices could keep you alive... or not.

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Don't Escape: 4 Days to Survive has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Thriller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,977 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,938 positive reviews and 39 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Don't Escape: 4 Days to Survive on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 3/11/2019
Developer scriptwelder
Publisher Armor Games Studios
Steam App Id 611760

9. Detention

Detention is an atmospheric horror game set in 1960s Taiwan under martial law. Incorporated religious elements based in Taiwanese/Chinese culture and mythology, the game provided players with unique graphics and gaming experience.

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Detention has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Thriller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 10,903 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,445 positive reviews and 458 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $11.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $11.99
Release Date 1/12/2017
Developer RedCandleGames
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Steam App Id 555220

10. Superliminal

Perception is reality. In this mind-bending first-person puzzler, you escape a surreal dream world through solving impossible puzzles using the ambiguity of depth and perspective.

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Superliminal has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Thriller games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 26,531 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 25,091 positive reviews and 1,440 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 11/5/2020
Developer Pillow Castle
Publisher Pillow Castle
Steam App Id 1049410

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 14). 死寂(Deathly Stillness) on Steam. Steam Store.
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). The Rewinder on Steam. Steam Store.
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Detention on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). Superliminal on Steam. Steam Store.

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