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.
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.
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.
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 (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 (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.
Hungry Babies Mania (Free on iOS) – This match-three puzzle game from Storm8 has been updated with a new set of levels called Voodoo Bayou. These levels introduce players to Webby the frog and Amos the Alligator. In addition, the game’s animals have been dressed in Halloween costumes. As examples, Champ the dog is dressed as a vampire, while Zoomer the turtle is dressed as a ninja.
Dragon Story: Halloween (Free on iOS, Android) – In this dragon raising and breeding game from Storm8, players can raise special Halloween-themed dragons, including the Sour Candy Dragon, Spell Dragon and Black Cat Dragon. Players can also participate in a Halloween-themed world event, which sees them collecting ‘Cursed Candy’ to win prizes which include Halloween-themed items like Jack O’Dragon, Bride of Franken Dragon and Candy Corn Dragon, among others.
Diamond Quest: Halloween Trail (Free on iOS) – This match-three RPG from Storm8 offers a new Halloween-themed region called Trick or Treat Trail, which offers 25 new stages, seven exclusive puzzle pals (like Boo the ghost bunny and Poe the pumpkin bear, as examples) and pumpkin obstacles for players to overcome. Players will also face off against the new Halloween Witch character.
Restaurant Story 2: Halloween (Free on iOS) – Until November 4, players of this restaurant simulation game from Storm8 can participate in the Ghost Pirate Ship Catering Event, which sees a Ghost Pirate Ship dock next to players’ restaurants. The event allows players to fill the ship with recipes and ingredients, and players can cook special recipes on the Ghostly Stove. These recipes include Octopus Dip, Spooky Candy Apples, Cheese Pumpkins and Spider Bread Bowls.
Fantasy Forest Story (Free on iOS, Android) – Already available on iOS devices, this animal breeding and battling game from Storm8 will officially launch on Android on October 29. The game’s Halloween event will allow players to win new animals, like a Zombee (earned by breeding either existing animals or new Halloween animals), and complete quests to win a Scaredy Cat, Eerie Owl and Lionheart. By breeding these Halloween animals, players can win three additional limited edition animals: Skeletal Steed, Sugar Skull Glider and Deadwing.
Blood Brothers 2 (Free on iOS, Android) – Until October 31, players of DeNA’s action strategy RPG can post a photo of themselves dressed as their favorite character to the game’s Facebook fan page to enter to win a Legendary+ Adiv character for their game. Five players will be randomly chosen to receive the prize.
HellFire: The Summoning (Free on iOS, Android) – From October 27 to November 3, players of this card battle game from DeNA can participate in ‘The Samhain,’ a holiday that connects the realms of good and evil. During this event, players can ‘conjure minions to battle devilish armies and make offerings to the lords of HellFire to save them from impending doom.’
A Day in the Woods ($3.99 on iOS, Android, Amazon) – This sliding puzzle game from RetroEpic Software has been updated with a new theme for Halloween, which sees the game’s characters dressed in costumes. For instance, Red is dressed as a witch, while the bear is dressed as a fairy. Until October 31, A Day in the Woods is on sale on iOS and Android for $3.99 (down from $4.99). The game is part of Amazon Underground‘s ‘Actually Free’ lineup of games and apps for non-iOS players.
Summoners War (Free on iOS, Android) – This RPG from Com2uS has been updated (and will be updated) with multiple events for Halloween. The first, a Halloween candy event, runs until November 1, and allows players to collect candies at random by clearing dungeons and scenario battles. These candies help players power-up their Runes during the event. A separate Halloween Secret Dungeon event runs until November 2. On different days during this event, players can clear the Halloween Secret Dungeon to encounter different monsters, including a Dark Monster Flower, Dark Ghost, Dark Mimick, Dark Horned Frog, Dark Sandman and Dark Low Elemental. A Secret Dungeon for the new Frankenstein monster will also be available during this event, for a 24-hour period beginning at noon on October 31, and ending at noon on November 1. A third event will take place from October 31 to midnight on November 2, and will offer Angelmon, Rainbowmon and Devilmon dungeons for players to complete. Finally, players will be awarded with unlimited energy, double experience points and mana stones at very specific times from October 31 to midnight on November 2. Players can learn more about these boosts, and their available time periods, on the game’s forums.
Township (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – In this city-building game from Playrix, players’ towns have been decorated for Halloween (animals and townspeople are also dressed in costumes), and players can grow a new crop, Pumpkins, on their farm plots. In addition, two new temporary recipes are available for crafting in factories: Pumpkin Chips and Pumpkin Pies. Players will need to craft these recipes, as well as normal recipes, to fulfill orders for trick-or-treaters in order to earn points in a limited time event. The more points players collect during this event, the more rewards they’ll earn for their game. Elsewhere, players can purchase six holiday decorations in the game’s store: a Mysterious Castle, Pumpkin Tree, Black Cat, Pumpkin Man, Witch with a Potion and Chamber of Horrors. Finally, Emma the Little Witch and her pet crow will live in players’ towns during this Halloween event.
Deer Hunter 2016 (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – This hunting game from Glu Mobile has been updated with the Halloween Nightmare event, which allows players to hunt new exotic animals and win exclusive Halloween-themed weapons.
Quickboy (Free on iOS, Android) – From October 27 to November 5, this side-scrolling running game from Netmarble Games will feature the Pumpkin Zombies event, allowing players to defeat Pumpkin Head zombies which appear at random in the game’s story mode and challenge mode. Once players defeat the required number of zombies, they’ll receive a limited edition Halloween drone, which is only available to unlock during this event. The Halloween Drone creates candy coins when used during runs. These candy coins can be exchanged for normal coins, at a rate of two normal coins for each Halloween candy coin. In addition, a separate Halloween Candy event will see players collect candy from the survivors they rescue while running. This candy can be used to unlock a Halloween box containing a ‘special prize.’ Finally, the game’s main characters (like Tommy and Lily, among others) will wear Halloween costumes during this event.
Seven Knights (Free on iOS, Android) – Until November 4, players of this turn-based RPG from Netmarble Games can collect pumpkins in the game’s Adventure mode, and collect candy in the game’s Battle Arena, Castle Rush or Celestial Tower modes. These pumpkins and candy can be traded for six-star weapons, armor and hero tickets. In addition, 11 costumes are available during this Halloween event, including Vampire, Corpse Bride, Black Swan and Heart-Queen costumes.
Modern Combat 5: Blackout (Free on iOS, Android) – This first-person shooter from Gameloft has been updated with a new Pumpkin Mask item, which provides a primary weapon accuracy bonus, as well as six themed armor and weapon camos. Three new weapon trinkets are also available: a Squash, Claws and a Witch Hat. The game’s multiplayer maps have been given a themed appearance with pumpkins, tombstones, coffins and more, and during Halloween, all multiplayer maps will be set at night. Finally, a Halloween ghost will appear on all maps. In addition to these updates, a special Werewolf Event will now begin appearing in the game once per month, which allows players to unlock Werewolf armor. As part of this Werewolf event, players can ‘fill [a] blood thirst meter to unleash ravaging attacks.’
iHeartRadio (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon, Windows Phone) – On October 28, radio platform iHeartRadio is launching its first Karaoke Radio Station, offering karaoke versions of popular songs. In honor of Halloween, the station will be temporarily named ‘ScaryOkey Radio.’ As part of this event, iHeartRadio has created a ScaryOkey Songbook microsite, which will be synced to the ScaryOkey Radio station, and will offer the song lyrics users can sing along to.
FarmVille: Harvest Swap (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon, Facebook) – From now until October 31, players of this match-three puzzle game from Zynga can participate in the ‘Elvira’s Spooktacular’ event alongside Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark. The event sees players collecting Elvira’s pet bats to receive prizes like unlimited lives, shovels, wheelbarrows and Diamonds, the game’s premium currency. Players will receive 10 bats for each level they successfully finish during this event.
Words With Friends (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon, Windows Phone, Facebook) – Until Halloween, players of Zynga’s popular multiplayer word game can compete against the Ghost of Shakespeare in the game’s Solo Play mode. In these games, Shakespeare (the computer) will play ‘his’ moves every two minutes. After a certain number of moves, the Shakespeare character will respond to players’ moves in the game’s chat window, and will also respond when gamers create ‘exceptionally high point words.’ During this event, all ‘Word of the Day’ words in the app will be words Shakespeare invented.
Fallout Shelter (Free on iOS, Android) – Until November 1, players of Bethesda Softwork’s Vault-building game have the chance to receive two new Halloween outfits in Lunchboxes. These outfits are ‘rare’ cards, but have a higher percentage chance for players to receive them. These outfits can also be received when sending Vault Dwellers into the Wasteland. In addition, fully upgraded Diners and Living Quarters (those that are three-wide and upgraded to level three), have been decorated for Halloween. Players may need to force close and restart the app for this update to take effect.
Afterpulse (Free on iOS) – Until November 9, players of this multiplayer third-person shooter from Digital Legends Entertainment and Gamevil can collect new Halloween gear and weapons by purchasing premium ‘Nightcrawler’ mystery crates in the game’s store. There are two crates available, one for weapons and the other for gear, though players aren’t guaranteed to receive a Nightcrawler item with each crate purchase. Nightcrawler weapons give players 30 extra experience points when they get three kills in a match. In terms of gear, there are three sets of gear to collect, each with three items: the Nightcrawler Skull gear, the Nightcrawler Ghost gear and the Nightcrawler Monster gear. When players collect two or all three pieces from a single set, they’ll receive a bonus to their damage stat when using shotguns, SMGs or assault weapons. The weapon type depends on the gear set, with the damage boost being higher if players have acquired all three items, rather than two. In addition to these Nightcrawler mystery crates, the game offers two premium Halloween bundles. These bundles are available for $10 or $20, and contain Gold (the game’s premium currency), as well as Nightcrawler crates which are guaranteed to contain the new weapons and gear. Finally, players have a chance to receive Nightcrawler weapon crates as random drops from multiplayer games, but these crates contain less valuable items than the premium crates in the store, in terms of their contents’ star ratings.
Shop Heroes (Free on iOS, Android, Facebook) – From now until November 5, players of this RPG shop simulator from cloudcade will be given the free Pumpkin Head item for their avatar. The rest of the game’s Halloween items are available via the premium Halloween Package in the game’s store. The bundle costs $14.99, and contains 750 Gems (the game’s premium currency), 12,500 gold, three exclusive blueprints (for crafting new items), there exclusive pieces of shopkeeper apparel for the player’s avatar and an exclusive tombstone decoration for players’ shops.
MoBu (Free on iOS) – On October 29, this ape swinging game from Panteon will receive a new Jungle of Horrors environment containing pumpkins, tombstones and more. In the game, players swipe on the screen to help MoBu the ape swing across environments while collecting bananas. These bananas are spent as energy as players swing through each stage. Once the update is released, players will be able to spend their extra bananas on a variety of costumes for MoBu.
Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon, Facebook) – This city-building game from TinyCo and Fox Digital Entertainment has received a horror movie-themed event for Halloween. This event is called Death at the Drive-In, and it sees players complete quests after Death releases Chucky, Michael Myers and other movie villains into Quahog.
Languinis (Free on iOS, Android) – This match-three puzzle and word game from VRTRON and Tilting Point has received a new visual theme for Halloween, which sees the game’s gem symbols given creepy faces. In addition, the Languinis themselves are now wearing pumpkin heads, and levels have received other themed additions, like animated spiders.
Sling Kong (Free on iOS, Android) – This endless survival game from Protostar has been updated with a new visual theme for Halloween, as well as five new characters: a ghost, troll, vampire, monster and skeleton. In the game, players fling characters between pegs while avoiding obstacles in an effort to go as high as possible, and with this update, gamers can collect pumpkins while playing. If players collect 20 pumpkins, they’ll unlock the rare pumpkin character.
Ski Safari 2 ($1.99 on iOS, Free on Android) – A endless skiing game from Sleepy Z Studios, Ski Safari 2 has been updated with the new Monster Mountain location for Halloween, which sees players being chased by a giant jack o’lantern. Players have 32 new challenges to complete and can unlock new themed gear and costumes in the game’s shop.
Might & Mayhem: Battle Arena (Free on iOS, Android) – Players of this multiplayer arena combat game from Kiz Studios can now try an ‘Immortal Manor’ alliance raid against Dracula. The Immortal Manor features three battles, and rewards players with new raid-exclusive items. In addition, a new world event is now available, featuring two new playable characters, Scarecrow and Lesser Vampire, and a new battle boost. Lesser Vampires are fast, while Scarecrows can steal effects and ‘Doom’ all enemies. Finally, the new ‘Vamped Up’ battle boost can turn any one of a player’s fighters into the Greater Vampire.
Wakfu Raiders (Free on iOS, Android) – For the next few weeks, all of the dungeons, and the overall game world in this RPG from gumi, Inc. will be decorated with jack o’lanterns and other themed items. Players can also craft new Halloween gear for their characters.
HotelQuickly (Free on iOS, Android) – From now until October 31, HotelQuickly, a hotel-booking app for hotels in the Asia-Pacific is throwing a ‘Haunted Hotel Hunt,’ challenging users to search for Halloween-themed symbols (like spiders, bats and black cats) in hotel pictures. When users find these symbols, they’re encouraged to take a screenshot and share it to the event’s Facebook page for a chance to win free hotel vouchers. Each day, two $20 hotel vouchers will be awarded to the first two users to share pictures of the symbols. However, on Halloween itself, the first user to find the ‘haunted’ hotel picture will receive a $100 hotel voucher.