Today is Halloween, and you’re probably looking to download a new game or two in the spirit of the occasion. Or maybe you’ve heard about a rather old Halloween-centric game that you’d want to fire up once again, or for the first time. If you are, then you shouldn’t have any difficulty finding one, as the App Store and Play Store are simply teeming with choices, with the zombie apocalypse proving to be a particularly popular theme. (It’s seemingly been that way for years, as we’ve noticed.) But which games should you be downloading in specific? There are, after all, so many good games out there, but a few bad ones are always bound to slip through the cracks.
Allow us to answer that question for you, as we now focus on the iOS side of things and look at the ten best Halloween games for your iOS-powered Apple device. We’ve tried to cover as many genres as possible, because at the end of the day, Halloween offers something for everyone. Read on, check out our recommendations, and if you feel that we missed out on a few games, do not hesitate to let us know in the comments section!
If you’re looking for a zombie-themed game in the idle clicker category, you might as well check this one out for yourself, especially since Berzerk Studio just released a new update for it in time for Halloween. You start out with one character, a necromancer named Bob, and as you keep leveling up and tapping to destroy villagers’ houses, you’ll be able to add more elements of destruction and add to your team of monsters, with your choice of skills that could allow you to do much more in the game without doing anything at all. In other words, skills that could help you fulfill the “idle” part of “idle clicker” sooner rather than later. Of course, idle clickers have their share of limitations, but as far as the genre goes, this is a fun, zombie-themed title you should be checking out.
Although we admit we mostly looked at zombie-themed games for our list (no surprise, as zombies are arguably the most popular monsters in the mobile gaming world), we’ve tried to cover as many genres as possible. Stupid Zombies 3 can slot in the physics-based arcade game genre, and that’s because the premise will have you firing at zombies, and trying to kill them by achieving the right trajectory once the bullets hit a wall and bounce off. You will only have so many bullets to use, and that’s where the challenge lies — can you kill all the zombies with the bullets you have? Fortunately, you won’t be alone due to the presence of gas cans and other items, but other than that, this is a challenging, yet fun and simple Halloween-themed game to download and play.
Basically, the premise of Last Day on Earth: Survival is that you are in a post-apocalyptic scenario, where you are one of a few remaining survivors tasked to do what it takes to last a little longer in what has since become of our planet. The key mechanic in this game is crafting — you’ll need to find the right materials in order to create the items you’ll need to survive. But there’s also a strong multiplayer element here, where you can team up with other survivors and join clans. Are you going to trust these strange new people, or would you rather stick to your guns and no one else’s? The choice is yours, but one thing remains constant — your goal is to survive.
Players looking for a shoot-em-up type of zombie game can try Zombieville USA 2 from Mika Mobile. This is probably the most casual title in our list of ten, and just like you would in any zombie game worth its salt, you’ll be faced with hordes of enemies, and a limited amount of ammo to work with. You can, however, unlock a ton of weapons and playable characters, upgrade the weapons and characters you have, and unlock new skills as well. But instead of coming up with intricate strategies, all you have to do here is fire at will at the zombies, loot dead zombies (yes, we know they’re technically undead), and watch as your score keeps going up.
This is a paid game like some of the other titles in this list, but you need not worry about breaking the bank — Zombieville USA 2 will only cost you a dollar.
We’ve tried our best not to include any paid games in here — we wanted to feature iOS games that anyone can enjoy on their Apple mobile devices without having to shell out a single cent. But we can’t ignore Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location, the fifth installment in Scott Cawthon’s popular series, which was released for iOS devices earlier this year. Although longtime fans of the series may notice that the mechanics have greatly changed, the good thing is that the new game comes with loads of new characters and mini-games, as well as all five nights from the PC game. Players who are new to the series could possibly check out the previous four installments, though we can’t deny this is also a good place to start, considering the different setting and story.
Now this one’s a classic in terms of age, but also in terms of gameplay. And the fact that we’re mentioning this game in a list of best games for Halloween 2017 is a testament to its staying power. In the original Plants vs. Zombies, your only option was to play as the “plants,” or on the homeowner’s side, with tower defense mechanics in play as you placed various units on your lawn to defend it against zombies. The sequel, however, now allows you to play as the zombies, and if you consider that and the plethora of new units and mechanics on this title, you’ll likely enjoy hours of fun playing Plants vs. Zombies 2, most likely well after Halloween has come and gone.
Scopely’s The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is advertised as the official strategy RPG of the television series, and a title that’s brought to you straight from The Walking Dead comic series creator Robert Kirkman himself. While your first concern may likely be the numerous walkers that surround your camp, this is also a MMORPG, as the game’s description says, and it’s the interaction with other human players that ultimately drives this game. You can form factions with other players, raid your human opponents’ bases for resources, and take part in limited time events where you and the rest of your faction can compete for domination. Aside from that, the other staples of RPG gaming are all there — the ability to upgrade heroes (or should we say, survivors), a wide range of tactical options, you name it.
Currently, Scopely is holding a six-week event called Kirkman Presents: A New Threat, with new content, new stories, and a whole lot more until the end of November. In other words, you’ve still got lots of time to check it out, even if you aren’t able to join in the fun on Halloween.
Now if multiplayer action isn’t your cup of tea, but you’re still looking for an in-depth gaming experience this Halloween, you might as well try Walking Dead: The Game from Telltale Games, the same company that released an official Game of Thrones title a few years back. Like the GoT game, Walking Dead: The Game is set in the same universe where the TV show takes place, but you’re playing a character specifically created for the game. As Lee Everett, you will discover some “very dark psychological places” across five episodes, and your main objectives here would be to survive against hordes of zombies, and to protect the orphan girl Clementine while you’re act it.
Take note, however, that this is a paid game like Telltale’s Game of Thrones title, and that each episode will set you back by $4.99 or its equivalent in local currency.
If you’re into games where you have to work with clues and solve puzzles as you go along — detective-style games, in other words — you’ll want to play Cabin Escape: Alice’s Story this Halloween 2017. This game is part of Glitch Games’ Forever Lost series, and as you try to escape from the cabin you’re locked inside, you’ll learn more about Forever Lost’s Alice and Jason, though playing that latter series is purely optional; the challenging puzzles will keep you immersed and deeply into this game even if you aren’t familiar with Forever Lost. Can you find freedom, and if you do, when will you find it? The only way to find out is to download this game, which is a free title.
A mobile distillation of the PC game Slender Man, many have called Slender Rising the spookiest game they’ve ever played on their mobile devices. Your mileage may vary on that one — spookiness is all in the perception of the people playing the game — but if you have the spare cash on you, this is one paid game that’s totally worth it. It may sound innocent at first, as you look for notes by using the in-game map, but as your collection of notes adds up, Slender Man will become more and more dangerous, and more likely to hunt you down. And that’s where the scary part begins, as it will be your job to collect all the notes without Slender Man driving you insane! Be warned that this game can get scary, if the progressively harder difficulty wasn’t enough of a challenge as it is.