Match'em Halloween for iPhone: Handcrafted Felt Things that Go Bump in the Night

By Bulent Yusuf on at

It's that time of year again. Where kids are chucking eggs at you in the street. Or lighting paper bags filled with dog turds on your doorstep, then ringing the bell and watching from the bushes as you frantically stamp on the poo inferno threatening to engulf your house. Such fond memories.

We couldn't let the occasion pass without recommending an App to get you in the spirit (pardon the pun) of the occasion. Match'em Halloween will be a suitable distraction on the bus journey home. Also, it means you don't have to meet the gaze of the man sitting opposite, dressed up in fishnet stockings and a corset.


How does it play?

It's a puzzle game. Shapes are slowly falling down from the top of the screen, in random order, and you have to drag them down into the correct bucket. These buckets are arranged at the bottom of the screen. Using a special marker, which you can drag left and right, you hover over pairs of buckets and then tap the screen to swap them round.

If you miss putting a shape into a bucket, then the water level at the bottom of the screen will rise. Make it go down by putting the correct shape in the correct bucket. Once it goes all the way up to the top, then it's game over.

Also, for every twenty shapes you correctly deposit, there's a super-special bonus round, where a word falls from the top of the screen and you have to arrange the buckets to the corresponding letter.


Why do we like it?

We know what you're thinking. What's so scary about a puzzle game? Nothing, in particular. Except that the shapes are Halloween-themed, ranging from pumpkins to ghosts to spiders, and they're all charmingly rendered in felt. Y'know, like, the fabric.

Still not convinced? There's also a excellent soundtrack, reminiscent of children's TV favourites like Trap Door and Count Duckula, where the shapes are singing along in a ghastly chorus, just willing you to fail. These undead beasties could seriously benefit from a bit of autotuning.

So there you have it. Match'em Halloween, your perfect companion whilst hiding under the duvet from those pesky trick or treaters.


Available now for 69p from the iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPod touch.