The Android Market literally has thousands of free apps. While work might not be the time or place to download and use some of them, if you have a personal device, you might want to check out my five favorite free Android games to help celebrate the Halloween season during your free time.
This one is my current favorite mobile waste of time -- and why wouldn't it, coming from someone who writes zombie fiction? You command four survivors of the zombie infestation and have to arm and position them within different settings to shoot down the oncoming horde. Between battles, you can make each character search or prepare. Select search if you need new weapons or food to restore health. When you prepare, your characters build specific things to aid you in your quest.The gameplay (see Figure A) takes some getting used to, and about half-way through, it becomes impossibly hard -- but Zombie Defense is fun to play when you have a minute or two to spare. The background music/ambient noise is also a nice touch. Figure A
- Three slayer types
- Six modes of play (escape, hold, survival, destroy, extract, and reach)
- Three levels of difficulty
- Unique game play
- Battle Count Dracula's army of vampires
- Destructible scenery
- Find innovative strategies to beat the AI
- 20 levels including tutorials
You get all of the above for FREE! How can you beat that? You can't -- unless you have a wooden stake. Anyone who was a fan of Rogue and Net Hack games will enjoy this baby.Figure C
Here's another game that takes Tetris and turns it on its monstrous head. This time around, the heads of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolfman, and Dracula are all dropping down to the bottom of the screen. As they do, you must tap similar heads in a triangle (they do not have to be adjacent heads) to zap as many as you can. There are also special items (pumpkins and holy water) that do different things -- a pumpkin adds another line of monsters to increase the difficulty and holy water destroys all monsters of the same type on the board. While there are ads on this game, they don't interfere with gameplay.Figure E
There are plenty of spooky, fun games out there. My top five list should have some sort of fright to appeal to just about anyone. If you've come across a good ghostly game, tell us about it in the discussion thread below.
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