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With supermarkets and departments stores across the country awash with devil masks, plastic scythes and fake blood, your tablet PC could be forgiven for feeling a bit left out this time of year. Thankfully, though, there are a wide variety of ghoulish, terrifying and spooky apps available so it can share in the spirit of things. Here are five of the best.
First up is an interactive live wallpaper that allows you to smash pumpkins and bats without ever leaving your homescreen. This one is sure to get you geared up for October 31st and is a harmless diversion that will keep you entertained during those long winter nights.
Turn your tablet into your very own ghost detector with Ghost Radar Legacy, which claims to use “a variety of readings from the sensors on your tablet to measure anomalous changes in the quantum flux”. While online reviewers are split over whether this is a genuine tool for supernatural detection or just a harmless bit of fun, with both a radar and ghostly sounding audio, it is sure to liven up a night-time trip to the local haunted house.
From Russian developer Game Garden comes Nightmarium, which places you in the role of protector of an innocent little girl asleep in her bed who is then besieged by all manner of monsters and malevolent creatures that you must tap, slice and shake to vanquish. Throughout, the game benefits from detailed and evocative art design which raises it above your run-of-the-mill touchscreen tapper, while the different enemy types ensure a consistent and varied challenge and make Nightmarium one game that may hold its spell past October 31st.
What could be better for Halloween than a few pics that show clearly ghostly apparitions from the other side in touching distance of your friends and family? Thankfully, there are a slew of apps that let you put ghosts into your photos, a horde that GhostCam: Spirit Photography comfortably rises above through attention to detail and flexibility. For example, not only will the app let you place ghostly images into your camera library, but it also integrates with your camera to let you superimpose the image over your viewfinder for that perfect placement. Moreover, a wide variety of ghost types are included, while advanced settings let you control the translucency of the ghost, rotate or flip it. This Halloween, GhostCam is sure to be an invaluable tool for freaking out your nearest and dearest.
Offering a timeless blend of exploration and logic puzzles in a supernatural setting, Mystery Manor shines throughout with its considered approach to gameplay and engrossing narrative, qualities which have ensured the game has already garnered thousands of five-star reviews since its release. Moreover, it is a title that is at its best on a tablet PC, with a large, high resolution screen able to fully showcase the high quality graphics and nuanced character design that truly set Mystery Manor apart. For a free title, the game’s developers also have an admirable loyalty to their fans, with regular updates and new content ensuring that the manor’s mysteries are never truly solved.