Game, App Update Roundup: Halloween 2015 Edition

We take a look at some of this year's Halloween updates in apps and games across mobile and Facebook.

As Halloween quickly approaches, developers are celebrating the occasion by updating their apps and games on mobile devices, as well as Facebook.

From a new pumpkin boost in Bejeweled Blitz to a Monster High event in High School Story, there are plenty of Halloween-themed events to experience this October.

For instance, Zynga gave a Halloween update to its FarmVille 2: Country Escape farming game, adding a pumpkin pageant event challenging players to craft new recipes for a limited time. EA‘s The Simpsons: Tapped Out and The Sims FreePlay have also been updated with Halloween events.

Here’s a look at some of the Halloween updates across mobile devices and Facebook.

SimCity BuildIt (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – Electronic Arts’ city-builder has been updated with Halloween-inspired buildings. Available to players Level 4 and up, the Halloween update includes five new ‘parks.’ The Spooky Park and Monster Tree items are available for coins, while the Pumpkin Man Statue and Haunted Mansion items are available for Keys. Finally, a Graveyard structure is available for 450 SimCash, the game’s premium currency. Each item boosts the population of nearby buildings. In addition, at night, players’ cities will light up with ‘eerie effects.’

Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Free on iOS, Android) – This popular tower defense game from Electronic Arts has received the ‘Lawn of Doom’ event, which includes two premium plants, as well as collectible Halloween-themed plant costumes for the Sunflower, Peashooter, Repeater, Wall-nut, Bonk Choy and Kernel-pult. Three of these plant costumes are earned through Piñata Parties. In terms of new plants, players can unlock the Jack O’Lantern for $6.99. The plant uses a flamethrower to attack several tiles in a single lane. The other plant is the returning Ghost Pepper, which ‘haunts’ zombies and also causes explosions to damage zombies. The Ghost Pepper is available for 80 Gems. As part of this event, players can defeat six costumed zombies.

Bejeweled Blitz

Bejeweled Blitz (Free on iOS, Android, Facebook) – This match-three puzzle game from PopCap has received the new ‘Spookstone’ boost, which can be activated for 90,000 coins per game, or less, if players purchase Spookstones for multiple games in a row. The Spookstone replaces some of the orange gems on the board, and when matched with regular orange gems or other Spookstones, causes explosions to help players earn more points. At the end of each game containing the Spookstone, players can choose one of nine pumpkins containing a coin prize.

Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – From Awem Games and G5 Entertainment, this hidden object game has been given 400 new quests to complete, with the Version 1.9 update relating to both an autumn harvest and Halloween itself. For autumn, players can collect strawberry items and enter the new Market scene, while the Halloween content sees players collecting pumpkin candies to open the Farm Yard scene. The game’s latest update also introduces a new hidden object mode: ‘Differences.’ This mode asks players to spot ‘unnoticed details in well-known scenes.’

Hidden City: Mystery of Shadows (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – In this hidden object game from AB Games and G5 Entertainment, players can find objects in the new Haunted Park hidden object scene to discover the name of the Halloween Steward. A Headless Horseman event is also available, challenging players to complete 40 Halloween quests and six event collections. Outside of this Headless Horseman event, the game has received a new set of 10 quests and two additional collections to complete. If players can complete the game’s Halloween collections, they’ll receive a ‘Magical Potion’ totem. If they complete all of the game’s Halloween quests, they’ll receive the ‘Owl of Samhain’ amulet, which increases energy restoration by five times. Finally, players can exchange items with new monsters (the Posh-Werewolves) to receive ‘valuable artifacts.’