11 Games Like Ib

Games Like Ib Our crafted list of RPG maker horror games like Ib features simple titles that blend exploration, unique settings, mystery and psychological horror together.

Ib was created in 2012 by Japanese artist kouri using the basic RPG Maker engine. Despite being a simple game creation tool kouri was able to turn this into an incredibly puzzling and psychological experience that quickly gained a large fan base for its design.

Gameplay in Ib centres around nine year old Ib who has travelled to an art museum with her parents. After wandering off Ib finds herself trapped in the gallery after a power outage forces everyone to exit, leaving her seemingly alone in the now dark environment.

From here players explore the game world while meeting up with Mary and Garry. Ib is played from a top-down perspective with players limited to moving around the environment and examining or interacting with the various objects. Players must also overcome traps, enemies and various puzzles spread throughout the art museum. How you interact with these objects and the decisions you make can alter the flow of the game and ultimately the ending you receive.

The games like Ib selected for inclusion on this list offer similar appeal to Ib. You’ll find these free and paid games centred around basic puzzles and psychological elements while using simple game design and minimal combat where possible. For those wanting a comparable adventure with extra depth or length a number of more complex psychological games have also been included to round out this RPG maker horror games list.


OneShot is a simple free RPG Maker title that guarantees to mess with your head as you explore a dark game world as Niko. With emphasis on puzzles, exploration, permanent decisions and discovery can you lead the lost child Niko through a surreal journey? As the name implies players are intended to have only a single attempt...[Read More]

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Corpse Party

Corpse Party was first released in 1996 with a number of re-releases and sequels since. Like all classics though the original is the most acclaimed and also the best place to start. Drawing from a unique alternate history where an elementary school (Heavenly Host Elementary School) had to be torn down due to disappearances ...[Read More]

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Mad Father

Mad Father is a freeware horror game that blends adventure and puzzles with extreme mystery. Made by Sen using the Wolf RPG Editor it joins the ranks of a several other games with similar themes and design (English translation by vgperson). The game closely follows Aya Drevis, a young German girl who lives at home with her ...[Read More]

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The Witch’s House

The Witch’s House is one of the many free to play horror games from a Japanese creator that was made using RPG Maker. Released in 2012 and brought to English thanks to vgperson the game is one of the highly praised game in this unique sub-genre. The plot for The Witch’s House focuses on Viola, a young girl who s...[Read More]

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Yume Nikki

Yume Nikki comes from the Japanese developer Kikiyama thanks to RPG Maker 2003, while it has few actual RPG elements in the game it more than makes up for it with an intriguing surrealistic adventure. Since its original release a number of updated versions have also been released. The game follows a reclusive teen named Mad...[Read More]

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To the Moon

To the Moon is an adventure game released in 2011 by Freebird Games who have developed a number of games in this niche (To the Moon being one of the most well received). Made with RPG Maker XP the game spans half a dozen hours. To the Moon uses a unique story premise that revolves around a technology that can create artific...[Read More]

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Palette is one of the classic games in the freeware Japanese horror genre and was released in 1998 with the help of RPG Maker 95. The game was also awarded as part of the ASCII Entertainment Software Contest which led to a PlayStation version entitled Forget me not – Palette- (not covered here). The story of Palette c...[Read More]

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Ao Oni

Ao Oni is a freeware horror game from Japan that has also been translated into English, centred around a large blue coloured monster the game has a number of different version releases that build on the original game release. Taking on the role of a young teen named Hiroshi players explore a haunted mansion that they entere...[Read More]

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Misao was created in 2011 with the Wolf RPG Editor by Sen and gives players a free to play horror experience with Japanese origins. For those seeking to play in English you’ll find vgperson’s translation available. Centred around Aki, a high school student who hears the voices of Misao (another student who has b...[Read More]

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Claire, produced by Hailstorm Games, is a 2D horror indie adventure game. While Hailstorm Games was only founded in 2013, Claire proves to be a very impressive first game, boasting countless positive reviews. The game starts with you, Claire. You’re a little girl in bed, in the middle of the night. You then decide to walk o...[Read More]

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Phantasmagoria is a game with an interesting mix of point and click adventure, horror and interactive movie. The game was released back in 1995 and its success led to a controversial sequel that was so horrifying it was banned in many countries. The game was one of many interactive movie style games being made during the ti...[Read More]

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