Halloween is upon us, and everything comes to life on Halloween. That includes your iOS device, and there are some great apps and games to make your device shine on the spooky holiday. We have included the top 10 apps, and top 10 games for Halloween, and we hope you enjoy the day, and night.
iMut8r ($0.99, iPhone / $1.99, iPad): A photo transformation tool that has seven different themes including zombie, werewolf, vampire, witch, and more. The app has tons of different elements to add to the images for each theme, and then you can mix and match themes. The app is simply best photo transformation tool in the App Store that is great for Halloween, and all year around. The changes are super authentic, and there is just so much potential that you’ll love editing more and more pictures with this app.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Interactive eBook ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: This app is the definitive future of reading as you’re given interactive elements, animations, and a soundtrack for a completely immersive experience. The story itself is simply amazing with zombies mixed into the classic romance novel, Pride and Prejudice. If that wasn’t enough you can read the original and zombie versions of the text side by side to compare the differences. You never know what’s coming on the next page, and the book can even enhance your imagination of the scene.
Digital Dudz (Free, Universal) [Review]: An app that helps turn your iOS device into a costume complete with animation, that will star at a Halloween party, or out trick or treating. The backing company offers a collection of t-shirts, and accompanying iOS app. The t-shirts include blood wounds, creepy faces, and more, while the iOS app can supply a beating heart, moving eyeballs, and other choices. The result is exquisite allowing you to have a bloody shirt with an actual beating heart in motion on the chest. There’s also a creepy scrolling eyeball to fit on a spooky face, or moving eyeballs for a framed portrait, zombie, or clown.
Millie’s Book of Tricks and Treats, Volume 2 (Free, Universal): The other books starring Millie the dog are excellent kids stories, and this is a special trick or treat version. Follow Millie’s Halloween escapades going door to door looking for tricks or treats. You get to knock on the door, and then watch a video of Millie in action. You can also un-scratch the spider web section to revel Millie in costume. There are stickers to find as well, and it’s one of the most interactive story apps in the App Store, that kids will love.
The Walking Dead: Dead Yourself (Free, Universal) [Review]: The Walking Dead is one of the most popular shows on television, and the Walker zombies are the definite stars. Now, you can transform yourself into a walker with the new The Walking Dead: Dead Yourself app. It’s a photo booth style app that lets you simply supply a photo, and watch it transformed into a zombie creation. The app uses realistic zombie eyes, mouths, and props from the show to make share worthy creations. You can use any photo, as long as it’s a portrait, and the app makes an initial transformation with customization options.
Little Fear (Free, iPhone / Free, iPad) [Review]: An eerie story about the boogeyman that is so much more than a book. It’s a byook, beyond words, and delivers a completely immersive experience with animated pages and a deluxe soundtrack. On each page you hear the sounds and see the animations that accompany the action on each page. It’s a whole new way to read a story, and is the future of books.
It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown ($5.99, Universal): The classic Peanuts story has become connected to Halloween so well, and now there’s an iOS version. The app delivers the entire story across 20 interactive pages allowing you to read or be read to by Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown. Each page offers a unique experience as you can interact with the characters, and discover hidden items. Every single page is a treat with plenty of tricks too with the classic art style, voices, and potential with each tap.
Mickey’s Spooky Night Puzzle Book ($0.99, Universal): A Disney take on Halloween with a story following Mickey’s Halloween party. Mickey invites all of his friends, but soon they all start hearing creepy nosies and seeing ghosts, so Mickey and friends explore the haunted house mystery. The story includes classic Disney artwork, story telling, and there’s background audio as well as optional narration. On top of the story there are interactive jigsaw puzzles throughout, and you can record your own voice to read the story.
True Ghost Stories From Around the World (Free, iPhone /Free, iPad): Do you want to be creeped out on Halloween? There’s nothing creepier than telling, reading, or listening to some ghost stories. The ghost stories in this app are user submitted, and you can submit your own. It’s a massive collection with very intriguing and scary stories.
Kid Face : face paint booth (Free, Universal): Getting your kid’s face painted for Halloween takes a lot of work and patience to make a good looking Dracula, Frankenstein, Skeleton, etc. With Kid Face, the app paints a picture of your child’s face instantly, and the results are super authentic as the paint is applied to the skin tone in the photo. It’s amazing how realistic the results look, and then you can share the face painted photos in multiple ways. There’s a special Halloween pack with multiple face options, and all of the painting is done without the mess, granted you’re getting photos and not actual painted faces.
*It’s worth mentioning that we normally pick a Flashlight app, but that’s not necessary with iOS 7. Simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal control center, and tap on the flashlight button in the bottom right. It’s an essential utility on dark nights.
Walking Dead: The Game with 400 Days ($4.99, Universal) [Review]: Walking Dead is an outstanding iOS game that just happens to have a zombie theme to tie-in to Halloween. It’s an experience unlike any other that is an interactive movie where you tap and swipe to advance through the perfectly balanced dialogue and action sequences. The game comes in five episodes, with a consistent storyline where you dialogue choices in the early episodes have an impact in the later episodes. The game is all about choice, and it’s a throughly engaging storyline throughout.
ZombieSmash ($0.99, iPhone / $2.99, iPad): One of the most entertaining games around that just happens to have a zombie theme. It’s a castle defense style where you defend your house from both directions by grabbing and flicking all kinds of zombies. What really sets it apart is the ragdoll physics and blood splatter engines for the best looking smashing around. There are tons of upgradeable weapons to use on top of using your finger to add variation to the flicking game mechanic. ZombieSmash also includes two campaigns with 60 levels overall, and online multiplayer. The game is simply enjoyable, that anyone can enjoy for Halloween or any time of the year.
Helsing’s Fire ($0.99, iPhone / $2.99, iPad): One of the best puzzle games in the App Store with a completely unique gameplay mechanic. You play as Professor Helsing along with his assistant Rafton, and your goal is to rid the world of the Shadow Blight of bats, rats, skeletons, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and many more haunted creatures. In each of the 120 levels you tap to place your torch, and try to bring light to all of the creatures in the shadows. Once in the light, you need to use the various colored tonics to kill the creatures. There are a ton of subtleties to the puzzles, and the game is bursting with personality as you play as Helsing, which is perfect for Halloween.
Year Walk ($3.99, Universal / Companion Free, Universal) [Review]: A horror puzzle adventure from Simogo that is truly unlike anything else in the App Store, or any other platform, which relies on creating an immersive atmosphere above all else. Once you begin a Year Walk there’s no turning back, and the same is true for this game as once you begin, you’ll be drawn to find a conclusion. The game begins in a snow covered forest with bleak surroundings, subtly dimming lighting, and an eerie soundtrack to set the stage for what’s in store. Every single aspect is designed to make your skin crawl, and your heart race, and the developers were definitely successful.The game begins without a single hint, clue, or tutorial, and instead you need to just tap, swipe, and start exploring.
Minigore 2: Zombies ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: If you’re unfamiliar with the original, it’s a dual stick shooter that is all about action as a constant supply of furries of various sizes rush at you so the screen is always filled with enemies. Minigore 2: Zombies takes the same style, and upgrades it to a factor of ten for one of the most over the top action games on any platform. The furries have been replaced by zombies, and the zombies come in all varieties with 60 enemy types to face. All of the characters from the original as well as a host of new ones are back in zombie form coming right at you in various sizes, including massive proportions. Some of the enemies can fire back at you, and the game can support up to 150 zombies on screen at once.
Haunted Hollow (Free, Universal) [Review]: Part turn based strategy, and part board game, as you get to control a collection of monsters in an attempt to capture an entire village. On each turn, you get a new room to add to your mansion, which opens up a new monster to send out on to the game board. It’s a battle to scare the residents of each of the 14 houses that compose the village. Haunted Hollow really walks a tight rope in delivering intricate strategic elements, while balancing the gameplay to make it accessible to all ages. The theme is wonderfully inviting, and anyone can grasp the concept of trying to scare the whole town.
Dead Trigger 2 (Free, Universal) [Review]: The sequel maintains the 3D first person zombie shooter style, but fleshes it out with a lot more content to play through. The main addition is substantial story mode that has an online component, so that it plays out differently based on how players from around the globe are performing. The game features story levels, side quests, and global challenges, and there are alternate modes rather than simply blasting through zombies. There are time based survival challenges, defensive positioning, destroy object assaults, supply runs, discovery challenges, and destroying every zombie in an area. The graphics engine is a stand out on iOS with ornate 3D visuals whether it’s the ragdoll physics of the zombies, or the detail of the environments.
Dark Meadow ($5.99, Universal) [Review]: This game creates one of the most immersive experiences in the App Store that really sucks you into the circumstances. You awake in an abandoned hospital, and now you must figure your way out. Along the way you need to battle monsters, and work your way up to the glowing white witch. The game has a stunning design with the Unreal Engine, and it’s such a deep experience as you unravel the mystery of the game. The entire game feels as creepy as can be, and you’ll probably want to play this game with the light on.
MacGuffin’s Curse ($4.99, Universal) [Review] What happens when you cross werewolves, puzzles, and adventures? You get MacGuffin’s Curse, which is unlike anything else in the App Store as you play as a Werewolf to solve intricate logic puzzles. You play as Lucas MacGuffin, a small time thief, who steals an ancient amulet that can transfer him into a Werewolf in the moonlight. The game is composed of a series of 150 rooms where you will need to transform between man and werewolf multiple times to solve the given puzzle layout. Each room is full of switches, laser guarded fences, battery packs, concrete, boxes, and floor triggers and some aspects can only be handled by either man or werewolf. It’s an amazing adventure that is perfect for touch and Halloween while smoothly guiding a Werewolf.
Zoombies: Animales de la Muerte! ($2.99, Universal) [Review]: A zoo infected by zombies sets the stage for a colorful, and light hearted world for a relatively morbid premise of taking down zombified monkeys, elephants, rhinos, penguins, turtles, and more. Each animal has its own special ability, but luckily you have unique weaponry to counteract different animal types. Zoombies is all about fast paced action as new zoombies keep coming at you, and you simply draw a path on screen to toss your weapon through them. There’s a lane defense set-up similar to Plants vs. Zombies, but with much more direct action as you control each takedown.
Eyegore’s Eye Blast ($1.99, iPhone): This arcade puzzle game is similar to Bust-A-Move/Puzzle Booble, but with eyes instead of bubbles, and a creepy main character as a huge eye. Each level provides a group of balls that swings back and forth, and reacts to each of your shots. You try to make matches while all the matching eyes spin 360 degrees and react to how you tilt the device. The game features a great design, and two different game modes. It’s a great game that just happens to have a Halloween theme.
Eyelord (Free, Universal) [Review]: Has a similar eye popping theme, but with a marble shooter style like Zuma/Luxor.
Pumpkin 3D Magic ($0.99, Universal): There are many pumpkin carving apps, but this is the most deluxe of the all with 3D modeling. The interface allows for a lot of precision to make ornate designs on all of your iOS devices. The app lets you carve a pumpkin without all of the mess, and have them looking better than what you can make with a real pumpkin.
MonsterKill ($0.99, iPhone) [Review]: The game is absolutely perfect for Halloween as you get to face the Mummy, Dracula, Wolfman, and Frankenstein. It’s also brilliantly designed for iPhone as you dispose of the monsters by using various swipe gestures. You can swipe to cut mummies in half, draw a lightning bolt to electrocute, a v for ice block, or an arrow for a fireball. The most interesting aspect is that each of the four monster types require special gestures to dispose of to increase the challenge. The game itself is a castle defense game where the monsters come right at, and you have little time before they’re knocking on your defenses, or running right past you.
Haunted House ~ 3D Pop-Up Activity Book ($0.99, Universal): StoryToys has done a great job of making 3D pop-up books for iOS with such realistic effects. Now, they have applied their craft to a Halloween story of a haunted house set in a deep dark forest. You get to meet multiple monster types, tap on interactive elements, and perform little activities.
Zombie Zombie Zombie (Free, iPad) [Review]: The game arrived in perfect time for Halloween, pitting you against waves of zombies storming right at you. To get rid of the zombies, you need to make matches of three same type zombies. The match creates a triangle, and any zombies within the matching triangle are also killed allowing for high destruction. There are around one hundred zombies on screen at the heaviest times requiring you to make both large and fast matches. There are literally hundreds of levels included, and the levels changes based on the type of zombies as well as the introduction of boss battles, and environmental hazards.
Also, we would be remised without mentioning these great games that are enjoyable all year around, and just happen to have a Halloween theme.
Angry Birds Seasons ($0.99, iPhone / $1.99, iPad): The most well known App Store game now has two different level sets with Halloween themes with one last year, and a new one for this year.
Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Free, Universal) [Review]: A straightforward tower defense that is perfect for a touch screen. The game is bursting with personality as you use various plant types to defend your house against different well dressed zombies.
Zombie Pizza ($0.99, iPhone): A time management game with a zombie theme allowing you to create pizza with grotesque items. You can add brains, lungs, and hearts to various pizzas as quickly as you can with zombies at your pizza place door.
The Creeps (Free, iPhone): A creep filled tower defense game where you defend a child’s bed from things that go bump in the night. One of the best tower defense games around which provides fixed path, plenty of action, and three very different game modes.
The Creeps HD (Free, iPad): The iPad version.
Le Vamp ($1.99, Universal) [Review]: A side scrolling endless runner with 2.5D stylings that is made for touch as you need to swipe up to rip enemies out of the ground, swipe down to smash other enemies, and tap to knock down other.
Zombieville USA 2 ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: The sequel of the great Zombieville USA is here, and with it is a whole new game. Zombieville USA 2 features new 360 degree movement, zombie types, level set-up, and tons of unlockable content.
Zombies & Trains (Free, iPhone / Free, iPad) [Review]: It’s as enjoyable as it is humorous which is a sight to behold across each of the unique and thoroughly engaging game modes. You get to send trains to plow over zombies, time after time.
Zombie Highway: Driver’s Ed ($0.99, Universal) [Review]: You control your car after the zombie apocalypse, and you need to survive as long as you can. You need to dodge abandoned cars, scrape zombies off of your car, or blast them away.
Age of Zombies ($2.99, Universal): A dual stick shooter from the makers of Fruit Ninja, Monster Dash, and Jetpack Joyride that has you dealing with zombies through time.
Zombie Escape ($0.99, iPhone): A path drawing game where you guide survivors to rescue helicopters, and away from all of the zombies.