App Apes 2014 Halloween Contest Results
The App Apes 2014 Halloween Contest has come to a close, but you still have all the time in the world to enjoy these three winning apps, as well as all of those other great apps that entered the contest. Halloween comes but once a year, but you can make little mini Halloweens of your own with the immersive, spooky fun of the winners: Shoot the Zombirds, Halloween Campfire Stories, and Baker Business 2 Halloween.
The three winners were chosen based on the categories of highest App Apes Official Verdict (Shoot the Zombirds), Users’ Choice (Halloween Campfire Stories) , and the Editor’s Choice Wild card (Baker Business 2 Halloween), at noon on October 31st. The winners have received the special “Best Halloween App,” “Best User Rated Halloween App” and “Editor’s Choice” badge respectfully, from App Apes that they can display anywhere they wish in order to help promote their game, as well as a special banner for the front page of the App Apes website (cycle) to showcase their app for at least a month’s worth of site traffic.
Best Halloween App
Shoot the Zombirds
Shoot the Zombirds might be mindless fun, but even a brainless zombie can see how well developed it is in all components. It’s incredibly polished. From the body of it being its fantastically rendered graphics, to the heart of it being the engaging, simple game play, Shoot the Zombirds in a great game.The graphic elements all work well together, and even the user interface fits seamlessly. The wings flutter, the shadows glide past the windows in the backdrop, and the foreboding storm clouds roll. They even captured the look of terror on the pumpkids’ faces.
All of it together really captures the feeling of Halloween, but not in a cheesy way, and because of this, the game can be played year round.The gameplay, though simple in concept, requires a keen eye and strategy to make it through the rounds. Even patience is rewarded when several birds line up, allowing players to kill 2+ birds with one arrow. The grave store also offers unique power-ups and charming character skins, unlockable with the coins players earn simply playing the game, liking the game on Facebook, playing the companies other games, or buying them if they so choose. The best part is that there is very little pressure to buy. The developers really seem to value provided great games than ripping players off.
Overall, Shoot the Zombirds, in not only a great addition to a Halloween game library, but any game library in general. It’s fun, it’s free, and it’s engaging.
Felipe Femur: Halloween Campfire Stories
Felipe Femur: Halloween Campfire Stories is a spooky and enjoyable interactive storybook intended for children, but adults can have fun reading along with their kids, as well. After all it’s best read aloud. The characters, introduced in ZebraFox Games first digital venture Felipe Femur, are still quirky and illustrated beautifully, as is the camping trip and Halloween themed background that comes complete with a lively, crackling campfire, the occasional call of a crow, and moving clouds. The ironic nature of the characters (Sun Loving vampire; toothless werewolf) make the characters quite endearing, still, though they take the back seat to horror this time around, and both factors the leave the reader wanting more of their adventures as this addition to the Android Market certainly provided for fans of the original Felipe Femur story/jumping game app. Felipe Femur: Halloween Campfire Stories also out does its predecessor in that it includes not one, but three unique and original stories that are sure to creep listeners and readers out with its employment of timed sound effects.
While the original Felipe Femur was also a linear story, a fact that led to the replay value being drastically diminished; Felipe Femur: Halloween Campfire Storiesincludes more initial stories, and based on the number of downloads and waiting fans, promises to deliver more stories in the future from other characters such as the witch, Runny, from the first game. It does not have the game portion of the original game, but it does have other features to make up for that. We at App Apes hope that many of Felipe Friends will join the party over time. All in all, the stories are not directly tied to Halloween as the foreground pumpkins are, so they can be read all year round at campfires and such. With no pay wall items nor ads, just a link to the Felipe Femur website that is also free and without ads, the game seems to be a gift from the developers, though the stories are of a high enough caliber to charge for future additions if the developers sought to do so.
Overall, Felipe Femur: Halloween Campfire Stories is a very well done collection of spooky stories, with an immersive, eerie environments, complete with sounds and even a clickable confetti spewing jack-o-lantern, and a charming cast of characters that we at App Apes hope to see more stories from. For a better introduction to the three characters involved, as well as a fourth, check out App Apes review of Felipe Femur.
Baker Business 2 Halloween
Baker Business 2 Halloween might look like an electronic version of busy work, or simply work, but it’s far more rewarding then it might at first seem.
In Baker Business 2 Halloween there are plenty of pretty, spooky treats to fill up the bakery counter, including the ever popular slime bundt cakes, eyeball cupcakes, mud coffee, pumpkin cookies, and so much more. The game encourages strategy in both planning and timing, as well as paying attention to customer trends, for while the player is spending five minutes baking a batch of spider cookies, customers might have cleaned the bakery out of slime cakes, while other customers still want a slime bundt cake with their ghost bread. On top of baking and selling Halloween treats, with is strangely rewarding itself, there are options to promote the business through sign wavers, flyers, and plenty more, as well as the option to set the prices for all confections. Even hygiene is incorporated into the game play, in that counters need to be wiped down. Those left messy will negatively impact customer satisfaction. Finally, the sound track is completely captivating, presenting players with a cute, unique tune, and the noises of the kitchen.
The five level demo is enough to give players a taste, and get them hooked with much more than just a pinch of fun, and while the game would do well to simply employ ads and make the game fully free, it is still worth it to buy the full version in order to unlock the hundred plus items, as well as the customization of the later game, such as choosing the bakery wallpaper.