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Must-Play Video Games About Cryptids

Ricky Rodson is an experienced cryptozoologist with several published books on the subjects of zoology, cryptozoology, and mythical beasts.

Most gamers love a good horror game. There is just something about the creepy atmosphere that really increases the immersion factor and draws you in. And the best horror games usually revolve around some type of scary monster that needs to either be killed or avoided. All of these games are capable of causing fear, but none more so than the video games about cryptids.

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Video Games About Cryptids

Despite their growing popularity over the years, cryptids are still not the subject of very many video games. And sadly, the amount of video games about cryptids actually worth playing is even less. It is because of this that I feel like many gamers have given up on the genre altogether. This is something I consider to be extremely unfortunate because I'm a big fan of games of this nature. So, to hopefully breathe some life back into the genre and spark the interest of game developers, I've decided to create a list of the best video games about cryptids out now.

Top 9 Video Games About Cryptids You Must Play

9. Deadly Cryptids

8. Skinwalker Hunt

7. Seeking Evil: The Wendigo

6. The Goatman

5. Folklore Hunter

4. Cryptozookeeper

3. The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun

2. Jersey Devil

1. Bigfoot

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9. Deadly Cryptids

Deadly Cryptids is a fast-paced VR shooting game that was released in 2018. The game follows you and your partner as you explore a strange tomb discovered after a mysterious plane crash. Along the way, you will have to fight off wave after wave of strange and deadly cryptids, no pun intended. This game is a little more action-orientated than other cryptid games, but is well worth your time. Sometimes you want to do less tracking and more blasting, and Deadly Cryptids is the solution.

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8. Skinwalker Hunt

Skinwalker Hunt is an amazingly fun single-player game that has only been released on PC. In the game, you play as a young Native American hunter tasked with bringing down the terrifying Skinwalker at different locations around the world. This first-person game doesn't provide you with any help, and you are forced to search the location for clues on how to bring the creature down. Unfortunately, unlike other cryptid hunting games, Skinwalker Hunt does not offer any sort of online gameplay. But it's still worth playing for the terror factor.

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7. Seeking Evil: The Wendigo

Seeking Evil: The Wendigo is a scary but fun game that was released for the PC in 2017. The game, which has full VR support, has the same intensity as hunting games, but it changes the formula by not giving you a weapon. Instead of bringing the fight to the Wendigo head-on, you must avoid contact with it as much as possible and attempt to light several totems, which will banish the creature. This game is scary enough on the computer screen, so I could not recommend the VR version to anyone faint of heart.

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6. The Goatman

The Goatman is a cooperative online hunting game that allows three players to team up and attempt to hunt down the legendary Goatman. Along the way, you and your team will have to use an array of tools to explore the large map looking for clues on the creature's whereabouts. This game has a fun approach and attempts to differentiate itself from other hunting games by focusing on multiplayer gameplay. Like most cryptid hunting games, The Goatman has tons replayability due to its ever-changing nature and big world.

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5. Folklore Hunter

Folklore Hunter is one of the newest cryptozoology hunting games available for enthusiastic hunters. It was released by Liquid Donkey Games for the computer in 2020, and it has become one of the highest-rated games in the sub-genre. Like other games of this nature, you are a legendary hunter brought in to bring down a vicious beast that has been terrorizing the community and evading the capture of local law hunting parties. To do this, you will need to use all sorts of traps and tracking skills to corner, weaken, and slay the mighty Wendigo once and for all. This game is not for the weak of heart.

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4. Cryptozookeeper

Cryptozookeeper is an older game that was released before most of the other games in this article. And because of this, the game is limited to text-based hybrid-RPG gameplay that requires the player to have an imagination. But despite this, Cryptozookeeper is still an incredibly fun game with loads of possibilities and outcomes. Throughout the game, you will have to mix rare DNA samples to create clones of fearsome cryptids and use them to battle other cryptozoologists to see who is the King of the Cryptids once and for all.

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3. The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun

The Secret Saturdays: Beasts of the 5th Sun is a fast-paced action video game developed by High Voltage Software for the PlayStation 2 and Wii consoles. The game is based on a cartoon named The Secret Saturdays, which follows a family of cryptozoologists as they attempt to prevent the truth about cryptids from getting out to the public. To do this, you must team up with all sorts of mythological monsters and bring down an evil organization.

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2. Jersey Devil

Jersey Devil is a 3D platformer game that was developed by Behaviour Interactive and released in 1998 for the Sony Playstation. And while the main character of the game is the legendary Jersey Devil, he has a more cute and kid-friendly look rather than the fierce monster the myth describes. This game was many people's first interaction with the Jersey Devil, and it was responsible for many of its fans. The game itself plays like other platformers of the time, like Spyro the Dragon or Gex: Enter the Gecko, with interesting enemies and wacky levels.

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1. Bigfoot

While Bigfoot is another cryptid hunting game, it goes far beyond all of its competitors in both graphics and gameplay. Like the other games, Bigfoot allows for you and a group of friends to gear up with all sorts of cool traps and weapons and attempt to bring down the hairy beast. But unlike the other games, Bigfoot also allows you to take control of the big guy himself and reverse the roles by hunting the hunters. The game has fun mechanics that feel like a pleasant mix of Dead By Daylight and Deer Hunter. I could not recommend this game enough to anyone that is a fan of either cryptids or hunting.

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Other Video Games With Cryptids

While researching for this article, I came across several games that contain cryptids, but they were merely an added feature or easter egg. And since the main goal of this article was to talk about games based on cryptids, I did not think they really deserved a spot on the list itself. But just because they aren't going to make the official list doesn't mean I don't want to at least mention them.

Fallout 76

Fallout 76 is a massive multiplayer online game that takes place in a part of a post-apocalyptic world that was formerly known as West Virginia. While exploring the map, you can come across several famous local cryptids, including the Mothman, Snallygaster, Grafton Monster, and the fearsome Wendigo. Most of the creatures only happen during rare encounters, so be prepared to spend some time behind the screen before you run into them.

Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption is an action-adventure game set in 1911 during the decline of the American frontier. The gameplay largely takes place on an open-world map, allowing for the player to explore the vast landscape looking for quests. But luckily, or possibly unluckily, explorers have been known to come across the legendary sasquatch, Bigfoot.

The Wolf Among Us

The Wolf Among Us is an episodic adventure game based on the Fables comic book series. In the game, you will take the place of Bigby Wolf, aka The Big Bad Wolf, as he attempts to solve the mystery surrounding the deaths of several fairy tale creatures. Along the way, Bigby will have to come face-to-face with the Jersey Devil, Jersey, and all sorts of other terrifying monsters of mythology.

West of Dead

West of Dead is an extremely fun cover-based shooter released in 2020 by
Raw Fury. The game is an intense procedurally generated Western set in a nightmarish Purgatory, Wyoming. It features a town overrun by witches, wendigos, and other creatures of your darkest dreams.

Want to Suggest a Cryptid Video Game?

As I said earlier, cryptids are becoming more and more popular as time goes on. And because of this, there is always the chance that there has been a game about cryptids that I have missed playing over the years and simply do not know about. If you think there is an amazing cryptid game that deserves a spot on the list, please let me know. I, like most of the readers, would love to learn about even more cryptozoology-based games to dive into.

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