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Best Horror & Survival Strategy Games for Mobile 2023

Already beat Resident Evil Village? We tested all the top horror games to see which ones are worth having on your phone. Read on if you dare.

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Best Horror & Survival Strategy Games for Mobile 2023

If you're looking for a good, immersive horror game, you don't have to look much further than right here. We tested some of the highest-ranked games to see which ones are worth your time and money. After our extensive research, The Walking Dead Survivors game came out on top, beating off stiff competition from another Walking Dead game and some other pretty awesome zombie games. Want to know which other games completed our top 3? Read on to find out more.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Apps We Selected
  2. Our Pick The Walking Dead: Survivors The Walking Dead: Survivors Runner Up Granny Granny Also Groovy Zombie Gunship Survival Zombie Gunship Survival
  3. 2. Everything We Recommend
  4. 3. The 411 from our Appventurer
  5. 4. Other Apps Considered
Our Pick

Best for surviving a zombie apocalypse 

  • The newest official The Walking Dead strategy game - ally together to survive!
    4.5 Ratings 899K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


Whether or not you’re a fan of the TV show, this game has more than enough to keep you engaged and having fun. The idea is simple, strengthen your base and keep everyone alive, but that’s not always as easy as it seems. 

Why we chose The Walking Dead Survivors:

  • Free to play but there are in-app purchases ranging from $0.99-$99. From our research, you don't need to pay to get ahead in the game.
  • Engaging video storylines and interesting characters make the game hard to put down.
  • A great range of tasks and objectives will provide you with hours of versatile fun.
  • Fantastic graphics that look sharp and bring more life to the game.
  • Also has a community aspect for those that like to join clans and interact with others. 

This is a great game with a ton of activities to keep you occupied for hours on end.

Read The Walking Dead Survivors's Full Review
Runner Up

Best for horror fans

  • Granny keeps you locked in her house.
    4.3 Ratings 4M+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
    Free In App Purchases 1M+ Reviews
    Free In-App Purchases


If you’re a fan of horror, you’ll absolutely love this game. The idea is simple, yet it works so well as you find yourself doing your best to escape granny's house. 

Why we chose Granny:

  • Free to play game with no in-app purchases. You're welcome, wallet.
  • Enjoy hair-raising fun with this game that will have you on edge throughout.
  • It’s very easy to play and move around the game, making it great for all abilities.
  • Fantastic use of surprise tactics keeps you entertained, as you’re never really sure what will happen next.
  • A smart use of strategy and survival moves can help you survive this game. 

We never believed a mobile game could scare us or make us jump, but Granny did (over and over again). This is a must-try.

Read Granny's Full Review
Also Groovy

Best for shooting zombies

  • Imagine the last day on earth, zombie action is real: Shoot zombies, Soldier!
    4.5 Ratings 406K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Fresh In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases


If you want to take out zombies without having to face an angry horde head-on, this is the ideal way to do it. 

Why we chose Zombie Gunship Survival:

  • Free to play, although you can make in-app purchases from $0.99 - $149 for weapon boosts and other materials.
  • Fantastic graphics and the use of 3D thermal imaging make this game feel more realistic.
  • Great use of strategy means you have to think about how you play; it’s more than just a shooting game.
  • 4 wide-ranging maps to play and enjoy.
  • Fast-paced game keeps the action going. You won’t want to put this one down. 

Instead of fighting on the ground as you try to push them back, you’ll find yourself shooting enemies from a chopper as you protect your man on the ground from attack. A great game without setting your nerves on fire like some of the other options do.

Read Zombie Gunship Survival's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    Upgrade and build up your town’s defenses to survive against both the living and the dead. Explore the world of The Walking Dead and recruit iconic comic book characters such as Negan, Rick and many more.

    Battle for survival in the harsh world of The Walking Dead. Here, every decision matters as you encounter other players from all over the world. Will you fight for domination, or will you cooperate and create alliances? The choice is yours.

    Game Features:

    Official Game - The Walking Dead Survivors is an officially licensed game based on The Walking Dead comic series from Skybound Entertainment. Within the world of The Walking Dead: Survivors you will recruit iconic characters such as Rick, Michonne, Negan, Glenn and many more.

    Strategy - Every decision matters in The Walking Dead: Survivors and there is no time to hesitate. Will you focus on growing your defenses and creating alliances, or will you grow your army, venture out and conquer the region by force?

    Tower Defense - Your settlement is under constant threat of incoming walkers, and it is up to you to fend them off. Strategize your way to victory by strengthening your defenses, placing obstacles, constructing buildings, recruiting new Survivors and using their special skills to keep the walkers at bay.

    Social Game - Walkers are the least of your worries. In the world of The Walking Dead: Survivors, you will encounter other players from all around the world. It is up to you to choose your allies and your foes. Be careful in whom you place your trust! Create Clans and build various clan buildings across the region to expand your territory and prepare for war against Negan!

    Exploration - The Walking Dead: Survivors offers a vast region map with tons of important locations, characters, items and resources to discover. Getting familiar with your surroundings will play a huge part in your survival. Discover key buildings on the map and compete with other clans for their control.

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    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $99.99 per item
    $0.99 - $99.99 per item
  • Runner Up


    4.3 Ratings 4M+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
    Welcome to Granny.

    Granny keeps you locked in her house.
    Now you have to try to get out of her house, but be careful and quiet. She hears everything.
    If you drop something on the floor, she hears it and comes running.
    You can hide in wardrobes or under beds.
    You have 5 days.

    Good luck!

    The game contains advertisement.
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    This is an action shooter, a zombie game! Survive the apocalypse and play this action zombie survival game. Unleash hellfire into the dead from your gun ship seat in the AC 130. In a world where most of the population turned into zombies, a few survivors fight the zombie horde attacks from a military operations base.

    Build up your defenses in your base as the last shelter for survival. Help your ground troops complete their objectives from your ac 130 gunship. The zg survival of your squad against the walking zombies rests on your shoulders. Become a legendary weapon collector!

    Equip your AC 130 gunship with undead effective weapons and upgrade them for more damage and spread your war wings! Shoot zombies from above to defend your army. Loot precious resources, gold and other rewards, bring them back to base and build your defense to repel zombie assaults in this zg survival game

    - Provide air support for your troops from a mounted gun against the dead hordes of zombies. Plan your mission before deploying your troops to achieve maximum efficiency
    - Play Assault, Demolition, Sniper and Scout and equip realistic weapons
    - Military accurate infrared night vision. Realistic and upgradable weaponry and challenging first person shooter combat scenarios from your gunner seat.
    - Zombies with several terrifying abilities threaten your squad’s safety. Hard to kill titan zombies will be a challenge to your shooter abilities and pose a risk to zg survival.
    - Collect gold and other rewards to build better defenses in your shelter. Upgrade your tower defenses, barricades, weapons and guns to defend your army base against zombie assaults in this zombie shooting game.
    - Shoot the most zombies using different weapons in weekly events for legendary rewards!
    - Play with a vibrant community. Discuss shooter game strategies with friends.

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    Parental guide
    Zombie Gunship Survival is free to download and play, however some game items can also be purchased for real money. If you don’t want to use these features, please disable in-app purchases in your Google Play settings. According to our Terms of Service, Zombie Gunship Survival is allowed for download and play only for persons 16 years or more of age, or with explicit parental consent. You can read more here:
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $129.99 per item
    $0.99 - $19.99 per item
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The 411 from our Appventurer

Anton Mark
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Anton Mark

As a freelancer, I use all types of different apps so that I can manage my time and remain organized with ease. I’m always on the go so I love anything that can help me to stay on top of my tasks but for fun, I love playing games or watching movies.

I’m a huge sports fan so I’ll usually be checking the latest scores or following up on my teams and I also like to expand my mind with audiobooks and podcasts. Using apps allows me to get through so much more in a typical day that I simply wouldn’t be able to cover otherwise and I love it.

Being able to write about apps is pretty great as I get to research the best apps out there and find the hidden gems that people may not know about then share that information to help others discover their new favorite apps.  

Best Horror & Survival Strategy Games for Mobile 2023



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