Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Archie: Riverdale Rescue": Halloween 2014!

I began writing about the "Archie: Riverdale Rescue" iOS gaming app back in October 2013. Since then, the game has expanded to PC users. It's an oddly addictive game where you are tasked with the improvement and beautification of Riverdale USA using a variety of recognizable characters, such as Archie, Jughead, Betty, and Veronica. A big part of the game also involves building emotional bonds between the various characters, leading to romantic couples, BFFs, and overall friends. I thought it would be fun to discuss aspects of the game that I find exciting, disappointing, and/or note-worthy.

Earlier this month, "Riverdale Rescue" offered a new Halloween-themed upgrade. This is the second Halloween upgrade that the game has offered. You can read about last year's Halloween upgrade here.

This year's Halloween upgrade is a little like last year and a little bit fresh. Last year, Lodge Mansion was transformed into a haunted house. This year, players are given the opportunity to purchase a Haunted House. The Haunted House is already fully upgraded so there isn't a process of slowly building up the house -- which makes sense since too many enhancements would make a haunted house seem less haunted!

There are several new tasks that I'm still working my way through. Most of them involve Betty, Veronica, and Jughead; but not all of them involve the Haunted House. Basically, the kids are preparing for a spooky party at the Haunted House and Betty spends many of the Halloween tasks making spooky snacks for the party.

When you upgrade "Riverdale Rescue" for Halloween, any pets that you have in play will be inserted into Halloween costumes for free. Presumably, these costumes will disappear sometime next month.

Hot Dog's "Hot Dog" Costume
Runty's "Spider" Costume
Caramel's "Puss N Boots" Costume
Vegas' "Cerberus" Costume
This Halloween upgrade also offers new character skins that you can purchase for various characters. Interestingly, they don't have new costumes for most of the main characters. Instead, there are costumes for Kevin, Dilton, Mr. Weatherbee, Ms. Grundy, Adam, and others. Check these out:

Moose: Frankenstein's Monster Costume // Midge: Catwoman Costume // Adam: Raggedy Andy Costume
Dilton: Human Fly Costume // Kevin: Liberace Costume // Cricket: Raggedy Ann Costume
Shrill: Corpse Bride Costume // Weatherbee: Mafia Don Costume // Grundy: Morticia Costume
Svensson: Cowboy Costume
Lastly, there are a bunch of props that you can purchase if you want to decorate your own private Riverdale.

So that's the "Riverdale Rescue" 2014 Halloween Upgrade. What's your favorite costume? I'm a big fan of Kevin Keller's Liberace costume. "Riverdale Rescue" has a tendency to make Kevin into a huge flamer when it comes to his various costumes. This Halloween isn't much different!


Anonymous said...

Great post! Where did you place the Haunted House? I'm unable to place mine.

Jon said...

I squeezed my Haunted House in one of the corners. I keep meaning to restructure my Riverdale and this extra house might be the impetus to finally get thus done.

Ginnis Tonik said...

I saw on the Riverdale news that the Halloween packages and decor are limited time only, but I was able to get last year's costumes. Do you know how true this is? Will the Liberace costume and headless horseman statue go away?

Jon said...

No, if you buy them they stay. The pet costumes, on the other hand, will disappear once they update the game again post-Halloween.

It's just that the costumes and the decor are only offered to be purchased for a limited time.

Ginnis Tonik said...

Thanks, Jon! Love your riverdale rescue posts, btw. :)

Jon said...

Thanks! :)

GeorgeTSLC said...

In context, I don't think that's a Mafia don and it's definitely not Mr. Weatherbee. It's Pop Tate wearing a wig and his own mustache to be Gomez Addams along w/ Ms. Grundy's Morticia Addams.

Jon said...

I rechecked the fame and that is indeed Pop Tate. I'll correct it in the morning. Thanks!

Randy Joseph Lilley said...

I really like this game. Got two offers to buy 130 sodas to get Kevin Keller, and another toget Cheryl and her brother. Along with the 25% bonus soda, I was able to pick up Hot Dog and Sven Svenson too. (Plus, with the amount I had built up, the little extra allowed me to get Smithers too! Can't wait to unlock more of these characters.)