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.
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.
Swipe It (Free on iOS, Android) – This ‘family conversation game’ from HyprdrvMedia has been given a Halloween pack of topics. The app works to bring families closer together by giving them challenges to complete or prompts to talk about. With the Halloween pack, users receive 50 family-friendly, Halloween-themed prompts or challenges. One, for instance, may challenge family members to eat their meal as though they’re bobbing for apples. While Swipe It is available to download for free, the Halloween pack is available for $0.99.
Two Dots (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – This level-based puzzle game from Playdots has received a graveyard-themed content update. The game’s new graveyard levels feature a new gameplay mechanic, slime, which users clear from the board by making lines with the dots on top of it. While these graveyard levels are a permanent addition to the game, a separate limited time Halloween event will also launch this week. The game’s Halloween levels will offer a themed ‘easter egg,’ which will trigger a special sound effect when users create a square using a line containing 20 dots.
Vainglory (Free on iOS, Android) – This multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game from Super Evil Megacorp has been updated with an ‘Autumn Season’ event, offering a new seasonal version of the Halcyon Fold map and limited edition seasonal skins for Celeste and Petal, two of the game’s heroes. These skins are available to purchase in the in-game market. If players compete in ranked matches during this event, they can earn an Autumn trophy.
Yahtzee With Buddies (Free on iOS, Android) – Until November 3, players of Scopely’s dice game can compete in the Dice Monster Showdown, which allows players to compete against special Dice Monsters in a Dice Master Tower challenge. When playing against Dice Monsters, the computer controls these characters, who take their turns automatically. As players defeat these Dice Monsters and advance through the Dice Master Tower, they’ll collect candy to win bonus rolls. As gamers collect candy, they’ll also automatically raise funds for Operation Smile, a charity providing surgery to children with cleft lip and cleft palate. Scopely has committed to a minimum donation of $25,000 to the charity. Special Halloween dice are also available to unlock as part of this update by completing specific tasks (like spending 10 bonus rolls in a match 100 times, as an example).
Sundown: Boogie Frights (Free on iOS, Android) – On October 29, players of Chillingo’s zombie-themed base-building combat game will be given three new Halloween missions to complete, as well as costumed survivors to rescue for their town. Players will defeat ‘pumpkin-head zombies’ as part of this update.
Find the Line ($2.99 on iOS) – On October 29, this puzzle game from Stigol and Chillingo will receive 26 Halloween-themed levels and two new themes filled with pop culture horror references. The game challenges players to swipe their finger on the screen to manipulate lines to identify and form complete shapes.