Notable apps and app updates for October 30, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for iOS and Mac OS X, especially selected to enhance your Halloween weekend!

iOS Apps and Updates

Want to pick up some scary apps before Halloween? This first pick will give you nightmares -- The Walking Dead: Road to Survival (free with in-app purchases) is based on the hit TV series and  asks you to make life and death decisions -- stay & fight the walkers or run away. It's a popular app on the App Store, and you'll be having fun for weeks delivering headshots to the walkers or using an axe (bloody, no less) for defense. 

The little ones in the household might have nightmares if you give them The Walking Dead to play, so why not still give them some fun with Haunt the House: Terrortown ($1.99). This universal app is a delightfully scary side-scrolling action game with ghosts as the stars. The app has been updated regularly since it first arrived, and it's twice as big as when it first started to haunt the App Store. Perfect for little terrors 9 and up.

Yeah, there's nothing worse than being an executive at a trillion dollar mining company when it's been infiltrated by werewolves. The Executive ($4.99 and none of those obnoxious in-app purchases) has a strangely compelling and funny premise as a martial arts action game, and you'll get to flame kick werewolves and do stunts to save your company and the city. 120 levels will keep you busy for a long time, and it's all in glorious Retina or Retina HD graphics on supported devices. 

Mac OS X Apps and Updates

Let's see... it might be a bit more difficult to find some Mac-based games that would be appropriate for the upcoming Halloween weekend, but we'll start off with Doom 3 ($4.99), the classic Aspyr Media title for those 17 or older. The backstory of Doom 3? A demonic invasion of the Union Aerospace Corporation's Mars research facility. You'll fight giant floating skulls, armed skeletons, and horrid spider-like humanoids. Great stuff!

Here's a game that gives you the chance to live through a nightmare -- no, not being forced to use Windows and Android, but losing your memory and feeling hunted. Amnesia: The Dark Descent ($19.99) has been around for a few years and comments like it's "the new classic horror game" and it's "scary, fun, and the game doesn't end after the main storyline". Heck, I'm almost tempted on this one!

Just looking at the graphics for LIMBO ($9.99) is enough to give you nightmares. The description is somewhat vague -- "unsure of his sister's fate, a boy enters LIMBO" -- but the shadowy grayscale world of LIMBO was enough to creep me out. It's highly-rated on the Mac App Store, and looks ethereal and otherworldly.