You play as Harry, who has an obsession with candy. Rumours of a city lost in time, where each house contains an abundance of sweets, but is protected by an assortment of villians, such as a vampire lord, ghosts, werewolves and witches. You are tasked with guiding Harry through this town, to gather as much candy as possible and get away with his loot.
This game has a very simple mechanic that works exceptionally well. Touching a point on the screen will make Harry move automatically to that point. You have to guide Harry through multiple floors of the house, utilising doors between each floor, collecting the candy while avoiding the line of sight of the enemies in the game.
The enemies are simplistic, moving from left to right and back again, and they can also travel to other floors via the doors on each level. The enemies have a good deal of variety, with each having a different speed at which they move, and with special abilities such as the ability to change their speed, the ability to transfer levels without utilising the doors, or even the ability to change direction instantaneously. As such, this is an easy game to play, and even to complete, but to get the three candy score on each level will require a good deal of skill and luck, and can offer up a good deal of replayability.
Intervening levels, just to add some variance, are also set out as a Match game, requiring you to match candies and monsters hidden behind a series of doors.
The difficulty levels ramp up in various ways, with more floors being added, more enemies per level, and even changing the standard set up of the doors, where initially the doors are colour coded so you know on which floor you will arrive, the doors in later levels are identical, requiring you to memorise the door exit locations to ensure you are not caught.
Spooky treats is a simple, entertaining game, which although does not attempt to reinvent the wheel, does a satsifactory job of keeping you amused.
This is a family friendly game, and is clearly aimed at kids of all ages. If you have been looking for a simple puzzler to whittle away a few hours, I would highly recommend picking up this nice little title.
MLG Rating: 7/10 Platform: iOS Release Date: 31/10/2012
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a digital copy of Spooky Treats for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of 5 day on an iPod Touch. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.