Game, App Update Roundup: Christmas 2015 Edition

We take a look at some of the Christmas-themed updates in apps and games this year.

As Christmas quickly approaches, mobile and Facebook developers have updated their games and apps with a variety of themed updates to celebrate the holidays.

For instance, Electronic Arts‘ The Simpsons: Tapped Out has been updated with a new series of quests in a holiday storyline (among other additions), while the company’s SimCity BuildIt has received new holiday parks players can purchase for their towns.

Here’s a look at some of the Christmas-themed game and app updates which are now available on Facebook and mobile.

Minions Paradise (Free on iOSAndroid) – This city-building game from Electronic Arts has received a new Minion, as well as five new ‘Distractivities:’ the Icy Half Pipe, Island Hockey, Sand Angels, a Snow Globe and the Snow-Cone-O-Matic. In addition, players can now unlock the new Freeze Ray and Yo-yo Party Favors, and can purchase more than a dozen holiday decorations for their island, including the Tropical Snowman, the Holiday Palm, Candy Cane Patch and Gingerbread Out-House.

Plants vs Zombies 2

Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Free on iOS, Android) – From now until January 1, players of this tower defense game from Electronic Arts can participate in a special Feastivus event, featuring holiday-themed plants, zombies and costumes.

The Sims FreePlay

The Sims FreePlay (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – In this life simulation game from Electronic Arts, players can complete new ‘Christmas Chill’ and ‘Secret Winter Wonderland’ quests, and can travel to a new Ice Palace to meet the Ice Queen. In addition, players can build a Gingerbread house filled with candy furniture, can decorate their Sims’ homes for Christmas and more.

Bejeweled Blitz (Free on iOS, Android, Facebook) – From PopCap, this match-three puzzle game has been updated with a new Rare Gem called the Mistlestone. When activated in a game, this Mistlestone adds mistletoe to certain gems on the board. When these gems are used in matches, they trigger explosions, which help players earn points. At the end of these games, players can tap a present to receive a coin prize.

Century City (Free on iOS) – This idle or clicker game from Pine Entertainment has been updated with a new holiday theme, as well as a Santa statue, which increases a player’s investment income by 25 percent. Users must have a level two restaurant to unlock the Santa Statue in the game’s build menu, and can ‘rent’ the statue for free by watching a video ad, or by spending premium currency. Santa will also appear in the sky above players’ towns, and will drop off presents containing in-game prizes.

Swipe It

Swipe It (Free on iOS, Android) – HyprdrvMedia has updated its ‘family conversation game’ with a Christmas pack of questions. The app was built to bring family members closer together by giving them prompts for conversations or challenges to complete. This Christmas pack contains 50 themed questions, and is available for $0.99.

Farm Clan: The Adventure (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – This farming game from G5 Entertainment has been updated with a new Winter Event containing themed quests and a new collection to complete. Users can also decorate their village with themed decorations. This event will be available until January 11.

Mahjong Journey (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – This mahjong game from G5 Entertainment features 30 new levels, and allows players to make matches with more than 40 festive tiles. In addition, by collecting stars during this holiday event, players can unlock the ‘fairytale winter avatar.’

Hidden City: Mystery of Shadows (Free on iOS) – This hidden object game from G5 Entertainment has received two new hidden object scenes: the Christmas Hall and the Gift Shop. Players can complete 40 holiday quests in a special ‘Christmas Ball’ event, and can complete six new collections to receive a unique totem, a special avatar and more. Players will also meet the Ice Queen, and must stop her from destroying Christmas.