I’m not sure if it’s purely symptomatic of my becoming an old man and associating exclusively with similarly ancient humans, but Halloween is fast becoming every bit as popular as – if not more so than – Christmas. Once synonymous with kids chapping on strangers’ doors and asking for sweet candy (something that’s almost unthinkable in this day and age), us old folk have seemingly claimed Halloween as an excuse to dress up in stupid costumes and drink copious amounts of booze.
Anyway! The other thing you’ll want to do - in addition to getting drunk while dressed as a zombie or Batman or zombie Batman - is grab a selection of suitably scary games for your smartphone and/or tablet, and I’m here to point you in the right direction. Top 5 Halloween games for mobile below, baby.
The Walking Dead
Telltale’s take on The Walking Dead is arguably the most emotive and downright enjoyable facet of Robert Kirkman’s universe – better than the comic and TV show. Maybe.
Regardless of its placing on the Walking Dead leaderboard, it’s an absolutely fantastic game, and quite at home on ye olde touchscreen.
Seasons 1 and 2 are available now on the App Store. The former is a free download, with Episode 1 free to try and further Episodes available via in-app purchase. It’s a similar episodic story with Season 2, though it’s currently £1.49 (usually £2.99) for Episode 1, woohoo!
For those unfamiliar with the Slender Man story (a relatively new urban legend spawned by the internet), he’s essentially a really creepy, faceless dude who floats around in a suit looking for children to abduct. What a weirdo.
Slender Rising the game invites you to run around a variety of scary locations, with the aim of avoiding Slender Man for as long as possible. Warning: don’t play it alone in the dark.
The first Slender Rising game recently hit Google Play, too, where it’s – same as the App Store – £1.99.
You’ve all played Plants vs. Zombies to death, right? RIGHT? It’s only one of the best mobile games of all time.
For my money, Plants vs. Zombies 2 is technically better, but left somewhat of a bad taste in my mouth. See, it’s a freemium outing with in-app purchases, while the first Plants vs. Zombies simply asks for a few pennies and leaves you to it.
“In the old days man tried to catch a glimpse of the future in the strangest of ways.” Specifically, in Sweden, he would deprive himself of food, light and human contact for several hours before setting off into the woods at night – described as a Year Walk. WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO DO THAT?
Year Walk is not only one of the scariest games the App Store has witnessed to date, it’s one of the best – period. The main game features – among other things – a horse in a suit that demands dead babies, while the companion app will inevitably creep you out further.
A seriously fantastic way to spend £2.49.
I gushed over ClutchPlay Games’ Skullduggery last week, it being one of the best smartphone games of 2014.
In a nutshell, you ping a skull around a series of levels with the goal of claiming back riches that’ve been taken into the afterlife by “deadbeats”. Words can’t do it justice (sorry), but trust me when I say it’s great.
And better still, as part of the App Store’s Halloween promotion, Skullduggery is half price - just £1.49 – for a limited time.