It should be no surprise that Minecraft offers infinite possibilities when it comes to creating custom maps and engrossing single-player adventures. But for some creators, there are eerier things to encounter in the world of Minecraft than just creepers. We’ve spotlighted some of our favorite horror-themed maps, which are packed with creepy ambiance, chilling dialogue, and jumpscares galore.
Some of the following maps are only compatible with earlier Minecraft versions. Thankfully, Mojang offers a helpful tutorial on running earlier versions of the game. If you are looking for a good scare, be sure to check out the following maps.
Alien: A Crafter’s Isolation
Alien: Isolation is one of the most intense games on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This map takes that and incorporates it into Minecraft with an added cooperative accessibility that is not there in the original game. You are stranded on a space station with a vicious alien hunting you down. You will need to sneak past it without incurring its wrath. On this ship, you are the prey.
Enceladus takes horror storytelling to the next level with a detailed story told through in-game books and conversations. You’ll play as Dr. Fischer, an astronaut and government explorer, investigating Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, where a team of settlers were sent over fifty years ago. Nobody has heard from this moon’s inhabitants in years, and you’re about to find out why. It’s worth noting that Enceladus does include profanity and does not offer a censored version to download.
Five Nights at Freddy’s
Five Nights at Freddy’s is still a popular horror game because of how simple and challenging it is. You are the brand new security guard at a pizzeria and will need to watch the movements of the restaurant’s animatronics as they patrol the place at night. This map is a little different, as it restricts your movement. You are stuck in your office and must allocate your power successfully enough to protect yourself from the robots. Should they get in, you will die. FNaF is a terrifying experience that from the outset would not work in Minecraft, but the creator’s hard work has really paid off here.
Originally created by D.VLoper (and available for iOS and Android), horror experience app Granny has been recreated in Minecraft, and it does a pretty good job of capturing the horror of the original. You’ll have to do your best to escape Granny’s home, solving puzzles and hopefully not getting chopped to pieces. Sound like your kind of game? Be sure to check it out, as well as the original.
Into the Depths
While on the run from the authorities, an escaped convict is attacked by grotesque monsters and comes across an abandoned castle. You find that the previous owner of the location has opened a portal to the Underworld, and you will need to travel through it, while collecting the proper items to seal out the monstrosities wreaking havoc on the surrounding area. This map was created by one person and is heavily inspired by the Silent Hill and Resident Evil series. If you are not a fan of jumpscares, but are instead looking for creepy environments and thought-out horror pieces, this is the map for you.
No Words tells an absolutely chilling story that starts off innocently enough. You’re just waiting for your kids to come home from the store, enjoying some of your favorite music — what could go wrong? Something went wrong. Something went very wrong, and your family is nowhere to be seen. This chilling tale perfectly executes a horror story filled with fear, guilt, and more.
Panoris High puts you in the role of Skyler, who has become disconnected from her classmates during a school trip. Forced to find someplace to stay for the night, you’ll end up at an abandoned school, Panoris High. Live through the night and you’ll learn just why Panoris was abandoned in the first place. The atmosphere of the city and school do an excellent job of creating a haunting exploration experience.
We are all mad here in the asylum. After crashing your car, you are stranded and looking for help. This map leaves you in a giant building with insane attackers, and should you apply the proper rules mentioned on the download page, the helplessness and horror will only be expanded upon. Can you make it out alive with your sanity in check?
The Coma is filled with jumpscares that will surely have your heart racing. You explore changing environments with many psychological horror themes woven throughout. The sights and sounds you come across will have you shaking and hesitant to move forward.
You’re on the long ride home after a long trip. You don’t realize it, but you haven’t been keeping an eye on the fuel gauge. You can barely keep your eyes open. Later, your car is out of gas and you find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere. You certainly won’t get anything done by staying in your car, so you head out to find shelter and hopefully some assistance. Alas, you find the Orphanage instead.