11 Games Like Mad Father

Games Like Mad Father Our list of games like Mad Father offers other mysterious and horror filled puzzle games where you’ll collect clues and solve a mystery with minimal combat.

Mad Father is an indie horror adventure made by Sen in the Wolf RPG Editor, Sen had previously created a similar game that was equally popular called Misao. In Mad Father players take on the role of young Aya a girl who lives alone with her father after her mother died of sickness some time ago. On the eve of your mother's death though the stroke of midnight brings a terrifying scream from your father’s laboratory where he conducts his work.

Corpses now wander the manor you all home and it lies on Aya to survive and find her father. During the course of these events you’ll discover more about your family and ultimately explore several different endings. Mad Father uses similar gameplay to other popular indie horror RPGs and most notably does not feature game combat. Instead the game focuses on Aya’s exploration and problem solving as you sneak from room to room uncovering clues.

The games like Mad Father collected here offer a similar adventure to Mad Father, you’ll have to explore a mysterious setting, enjoy multiple endings and avoid combat. Many of the games featured here offer short storylines like Mad Father but a number of longer and more complex options have been included for those seeking a little bit extra. This list is also applicable if you are searching for games like Corpse Party, another popular horror RPG with similar themes.
oneshot

OneShot

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 at the game (players can only quit the game at predefined points). Waking up alone in a dark house players are quickly introduced to the sort of inventory and exploration bas...[Read Review]

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9.4 User Avg (13 votes)
ib

Ib

Ib is psychological horror game released in 2012 by the Japanese artist kouri (and subsequently translated by vgperson). The game features a top-down perspective and is set in an eerie art museum with the main goal being escape. The game is named after the main protagonist Ib, a nine-year old girl who is brought to a museum with her parents. While wondering off on her own Ib comes across a painting that seems out of place and beyond understanding at which point a power outage abruptly occurs lea...[Read Review]

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9.3 User Avg (7 votes)
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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 of staff and students the game uses a modern day Tokyo school as the primary setting for your adventure. Built on the same site as the original school players will join the ot...[Read Review]

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9 User Avg (7 votes)
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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 suddenly finds herself waking up in the middle of a dark forest, with her only escape blocked by a thick row of roses. With no alternative you’ll venture into your only r...[Read Review]

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8.3 User Avg (10 votes)
yume-nikki

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 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 looking the game definitel...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (6 votes)
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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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8.2 User Avg (14 votes)
palette

Palette

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 centres around players helping an amnesic girl referred to as B.D. Your role in this adventure is as Shianosu B. Shian a well known psychiatrist who is reluctantly coerced into...[Read Review]

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7.8 User Avg (5 votes)
ao-oni

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 entered with their friends. In typical horror fashion players don’t believe the house is haunted at the start but the tables quickly turn as the doors lock behind you and your...[Read Review]

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7.6 User Avg (11 votes)
misao

Misao

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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7.6 User Avg (5 votes)
claire

Claire

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 out of your room to find your parents, only to be pulled backwards by a mysterious force as you reach for the door. You awake to find that it was a nightmare, and you’re in a h...[Read Review]

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7.4 User Avg (9 votes)
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Phantasmagoria

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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7.1 User Avg (13 votes)