Though your character makes off with jack-o'-lanterns, Halloween Heist mainly steals your free time. You navigate a pumpkin-headed man through mazes strewn with spikes, spiders, and slime. The moody music and murky graphics create a spooky atmosphere, although sometimes the dark palette keeps you from seeing where you're going. You can absorb three hits in a level before dying, and you get three lives throughout the game. The Options button on the splash screen lets you set music volume, turn sound effects off as a group or individually, and choose window mode over the default full-screen mode. Neither options nor any instructions are available in the game itself, but the arrow-key controls are pretty standard. At the end of a game, you have to hit Return to get to the high-scores table. Though the newsletter pitch on exit didn't bother us, we didn't appreciate the extra desktop icon. Still, Halloween Heist stands pumpkin-head and shoulders over other Halloween downloads.
What's new in version 1.0
ReleaseNovember 8, 2008
Date AddedDecember 25, 2003
Operating SystemsWindows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Collect Halloween jack-o'-lanterns while avoiding spiders, slime, and spikes in these Halloween-themed mazes. A mixture of games such as Pac-Man and Jumpman, Halloween Heist is a simple, fast-paced arcade game featuring three monsters, 20 levels, and great graphics and sound, and it tracks high scores.