10 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 used by many solo developers. Despite being a simple game creation tool Kouri was able to create an incredibly puzzling and psychological experience. 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 museum environment.

From here players explore the eerie game world while meeting up with Mary and Garry who share your goal of escape. 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 in order to survive. 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 with free and paid games centred around basic puzzles and psychological elements while using simple game design and minimal combat possible.


OneShot is a dark and mysterious adventure which started as a simple free RPG Maker title and later expanded into a deeper paid journey for a range of computer and console platforms. Following the adventures of Niko OneShot guarantees to mess with your head as you explore a dark game world to explore with various challenges. With an 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 inten...[Read Review]

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Corpse Party (2021)

Corpse Party (2021) is a re-release of the popular 1996 title which expands on the fundamental horror experience with significantly enhanced art, voice acting, audio and two additional chapters that expand beyond the experience available to date. Corpse Party (2021) is available on a range of modern platforms with the original Corpse Party title is still available on a number of platforms (including iOS) for those that want to relive or experience the original adventure for the first time. Drawi...[Read Review]

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Yume Nikki

Yume Nikki comes from the Japanese developer Kikiyama and is a horror adventure developed with RPG Maker 2003. While it has few actual RPG elements this software has long been a popular option for this indie genre with Yume Nikki offering a similar intriguing surrealistic adventure to others in the niche. The game follows a reclusive teen named Madotsuki as they travel through her strange dreams that are filled with all sorts of horrific and surreal scenes. From large monsters to strange alien l...[Read Review]

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Mad Father

Mad Father is a freeware horror game that blends adventure and puzzles with extreme mystery with a masterful handmade touch. 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). For handcrafted horror freeware titles Mad Father is often one of the top recommendations and for those that dare adventure forward you’ll quickly understand why. Following the original success a remake of the game was re...[Read Review]

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The Witch’s House

Offering a free to play horror adventure The Witch’s House released in 2012 and like similar Japanese horror creations was made in RPG Maker with an eventual English release. In 2018 a paid Windows version of the game was released (The Witch’s House MV) that significantly enhanced the graphical experience and was subsequently offered on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2022. Regardless of which version you play you’ll find the same core story experience with t...[Read Review]

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To the Moon

To the Moon is an adventure game released in 2011 by Freebird Games and explores the story of two doctors on a mission to fulfil a dying man’s last wish. Having released several other games in this story driven RPG Maker niche players can expect to find a refined story telling process with To the Moon being one of the most well received of Freebird Game releases and containing dozens of hours of content. To the Moon uses a unique story premise that revolves around a technology that can cre...[Read Review]

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Palette is one of the classic games in the freeware Japanese horror genre and was released in 2000 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 Japanese version entitled Forget me not -Palette- which had a similar premise to the freeware version although had some notable differences and tweaks. Like many horror titles released from RPG Maker Palette is highly focused on creating an atmosphere through pacin...[Read Review]

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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. Despite the basic game engine and the limitations that it brings Misao has a healthy cult following thanks to the story and atmosphere the game creates. While the original is in Japanese an English version is available through vgperson’s translations. Alternatively, a Definition Edition (paid) is available through Steam which extensively changes the original v...[Read Review]

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Claire is a 2D horror indie adventure game produced by Hailstorm Games that explores a basic but also unique pixelated world with a range of elements for players to discover. Originally released in 2014 for Windows Claire was extended to PlayStation 4, PS Vita and Xbox One with an extended edition which featured the same core gameplay albeit a number of notable enhancements. Your adventure in Claire is one where you feel alone, lost and hunted by the world and those within the world that is over...[Read Review]

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Phantasmagoria is a game with an interesting mix of point and click adventure, horror and interactive movie that released back in 1995 during the early era of the video game industry. After achieving success on the market a controversial game sequel was released that was so horrifying it was banned in many countries and thus never saw the same light of day as the original Phantasmagoria. Phantasmagoria is also well known amongst interactive movie games and was at the forefront of technology at t...[Read Review]

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