Horror Adventure (ホラーアドベンチャー) is the genre used for the Silent Hill franchise in Japan. Unique variations of the genre have also been used to promote certain titles.


Silent Hill 2 - Japanese PS2 release - Front cover reversed

The reverse side of the Japanese PS2 Silent Hill 2 packaging with the tagline.

In Japan, it is not uncommon for new games to generate buzz by having their own exclusive genre. This is noted with genres such as "Survival Horror" (coined by Resident Evil) and "Panic Horror Action" (coined by Dino Crisis).[citation needed] While not originally coined by Silent Hill, the series adopted the "Horror Adventure" genre.[Note 1][1] When Silent Hill 2 was being promoted, it implemented the tagline "THE MASTER OF HORROR ADVENTURE".[2] Its usage extended into its later Restless Dreams release.[3]

After the series production had moved outside of Japan, the Japanese releases of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, the Silent Hill HD Collection, and Silent Hill: Downpour continued to use the genre.


The genre has evolved to cover separate titles within the franchise over time. There is a list of the following below:

  • Horror Adventure
    • Silent Hill[4]
    • Silent Hill 2[5]
    • Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams[5]
    • Silent Hill 3[5]
    • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories[6]
    • Silent Hill HD Collection[5]
    • Silent Hill: Downpour[7]



  1. Earlier horror games, such as Clock Tower are listed under the "Horror Adventure" genre.
  1., Titles, Clock Tower (retrieved 20 September 2017)
  2. Silent Hill 2 promotional images.
  3., Silent Hill 2: Saigo no Uta Xbox, "Index" (retrieved 20 September 2017)
  4. Silent Hill, front cover (Japanese release)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3, Products, Silent Hill: HD Edition PS3, "Basic" (retrieved 20 September 2017)
  6., Products, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories PSP TOP (retrieved 20 September 2017)
  7., Silent Hill: Downpour PS3, Kirin's LP promo page (retrieved 20 September 2017)
  8., Products, Silent Hill Zero PSP, "Basic" (retrieved 20 September 2017)
  9., Products, Silent Hill: Book of Memories Vita, "Basic" (retrieved 20 September 2017)
  10., Silent Hill: The Arcade Official WebSite TOP (retrieved 20 September 2017)