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.’

The Secret Society (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – In this hidden object game from MyTona and G5 Entertainment, players can attend a costume party at the Society on Halloween, and can collect jack o’lanterns to unlock a new hidden object scene, the Spooky Yard. Players can receive a 100 percent Academician mastery level after they have searched this scene multiple times. As part of the game’s Version 1.16 update, gamers can complete 101 new quests and 17 collections, with 30 quests and five collections being specific to Halloween. If players can complete these quests and collections, they’ll unlock a new Halloween Avatar. In addition, players can win the magic Sphere of Miracles, which gives them more ‘special items.’

Swipe It

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Robbery Bob 2 Double Trouble

Robbery Bob 2: Double Trouble ($2.99 on iOS, Android) – On October 29, this level-based sneaking and stealing game from Level Eight and Chillingo will introduce players to levels set in a haunted mansion. Bob will need to steal treasures from the mansion while setting ghost traps.

Perfect Kick

Perfect Kick (Free on iOS) – On October 29, this penalty shootout soccer game from GameGou and Chillingo will receive a new werewolf costume for players, as well as a new creepy stadium setting.

Iron Force (Free on iOS, Android) – On October 29, Iron Force, a multiplayer tank battle game from Coolfish Games and Chillingo, will receive a sale on items for Halloween. The sale includes items like Pumpkin Power-Up Drops, tanks, decals and gold medals.

High School Story (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – A high school simulation game from Pixelberry Studios, High School Story has partnered with Monster High to release new themed quests and characters in the game. Players can unlock four new characters for their high school during this event: Frankie Stein, Draculaura, Clawdeen Wolf and Cleo De Nile. In addition, players’ schools have been updated with a Halloween look, and users can build the new Monster High Hangout, based on the Monster High school building from the cartoons. Elsewhere, players can dress their students in four new Halloween costumes, and the game’s Werewolf and Vampire student types have returned with this update. Finally, Pixelberry Studios has partnered with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to bring two promotional outfits and an exclusive quest to the game. A portion of each purchase will be donated to the Born This Way Foundation.

Crusaders of the Lost Idols

Crusaders of the Lost Idols (Free on Facebook) – This clicker or ‘idle’ game from Codename Entertainment has received the ‘Emo’s New Moon’ event, which will help players learn why the Emo Werewolf crusader is emo. This event lasts until November 4, and will allow players to complete four new objectives and recruit two new crusaders for their team (these crusaders are awarded by completing the first two objectives in the event). One crusader, Wendy the Witch, takes the place of Prince Sal, the Merman in the formation, while the Jack O’Lantern crusader takes the place of Natalie Dragon. If players complete the other two Halloween objectives (or play in Halloween ‘Free Play’), they’ll receive Halloween treasure chests, which contain new gear items for Wendy the Witch and Jack O’Lantern. Before players begin these new Halloween objectives, they’ll need to collect Halloween candies, which are earned automatically as they play the game, regardless of their current objective. Each Halloween objective requires candies to unlock. Players can unlock new achievements, which boost the damage rates of their crusaders, as they complete specific tasks in this Emo’s New Moon event. Crusaders of the Lost Idols is also available to play for free on Armor Games, Kongregate and Steam.

Outcast Odyssey

Outcast Odyssey (Free on iOS, Android) – This collectible card game from Bandai Namco Entertainment America has received a limited edition card bundle for Halloween. Available until November 2, each bundle costs 3,000 gems, and contains three cards, drawn from a total pool of ten possible cards, as well as 10 potions. Of these ten cards, seven are new to the game. Some of the available cards include the Soul Witch hero, the Pumpkin Bomb weapon, the Witch’s Sorrow weapon and the Witch’s Familiar pet, among others.

Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania 2 (Free on iOS, Android) – This hotel and city-building game from Reliance Games is based on the Hotel Transylvania 2 film. For Halloween, players will help Johnny complete quests as he explains the concept of Halloween to the hotel’s monsters. In this event, players can unlock new Halloween decorations for their hotel, and can unlock Franken Johnny as a special reward by completing the game’s Halloween quests and tasks. In addition to these quests, players can complete a zombie-themed event, which challenges them to tap on zombies to remove them from the hotel.

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