The state of horror in 2016 – where have we come from, where do we go, and who turned out the lights?!

Horror films and games are a special quantity. They’re obviously designed to scare, but they’re incredibly hit and miss, with some quite terrible results.

They either end up managing to scare me (no thanks), or they’re bad, don’t scare me, and are boring (similarly, no thanks).

For that reason, I’ve never ‘got’ horror. I can understand it, sure: that adrenaline rush is the same one that keeps Alton Towers in business, but I’m quite happy in my epinephrine-free world of tea and blankets, thankyouverymuch.

No one can hear you scream ice cream

It’s a shame my cowardly brain thinks that way – mobile has been home to some truly great horror games over the years.

Dead Space showed a big console horror could work on your phone. As you would expect, controls are an issue, but the production values are off the charts – as is the scare-o-meter.

Limbo also crammed a console experience into a pocket device, but more importantly it showed there was a place for indie horrors on the App Store. Limbo is bursting with ideas, and succeeds not because of jumps scares or cheap tricks, but because its aesthetic and atmosphere are so powerful.

It’s also a rare beast in the horror world – not many scary games get you to directly care for another person. Most encourage empathy but only for the purposes of making the protagonist a proxy for you, the player. Conversely, Limbo…

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The 5 best memes that got turned into ridiculous games

There’s something about memes that are so… young. And I don’t mean that they’ve only existed for a few years. I mean they represent exactly what it means to be a young person in the year 2016: they’re fleeting, not funny, and often involve exhibiting one’s… delicates. Or drugs. Those too.

Memes also, on occasion, get transformed into another medium. Since playing video games are the second most millennial activity – after creating memes themselves, of course – we thought we’d run down five memes that got turned into great games. Ish.

5. Bud Farm: Grass Roots

Bud Farm: Grass Roots

You can already tell what this is, can’t you?

Yes, it’s a weed farming sim.

What a world we live in.

You can bake space cakes, hire hippy workers, and – of course – grow weed. The youth of today, eh?

4. Bottle Flip 2k16

Taking inspiration from the six second craze of the year, Bottle Flip 2k16 continues to rise up the App Store charts. You can flip bottles, uhh…. land them again, aaaannnd…. yeah no that’s about it. It probably won’t get you a couple of million loops on Vine like doing it in real life would either.

3. Nyan Cat: Lost in Space

Sorry for making you watch that again. You’d forgotten it, hadn’t you? Sorry.

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