Good news because the event will get you hunting Ghosts, but bad news in that you will need to add a lot of Haunted Items to your Ghost House in order to ensure that you always have an item to explore in the game -- since the Haunted Items now have a recharge timer attached to them!
In addition to adding a recharge timer to Haunted Items the wizards have added TWO NEW LEVELS to the Ghost Hunter Hobby, AND they have added TWO NEW GHOSTS! How cool is that?! That is wicked cool!
The Halloween Event adds new ghosts for your Ghost Hunters to capture!
The Halloween Event Details
Basically this new holiday event starts as an expansion to the Ghost Hunting Hobby -- so assuming you have already set up a Courtesy House in your town with lots of Haunted Items (you should have a courtesy house for your neighbors to use mates, and it also helps you with the hobbies so if you do not have one yet you should build one!).
Head to your Courtesy House and call in all of your Sims who have Ghost Hunter as their Hobby. Bear in mind that thanks to the Putting Green Challenge the hobby has changed temporarily -- and we will detail those changes now!
First: The Ghost Sets have new rewards that are part of the event and challenge. They are as follows:
- Set 1: Spooky Stairs (Pumpernickel Scaresalot + Mr. Flapsworth + Nanny Frightsmith)
- Set 2: Frightening Floor Patterns (Chewy Chewfinger + Warts Cauldron + Gruesome Gretchen)
- Set 3: Halloween Party Table (Cousin Flapsworth + Huffenstuff + Cackles)
- Set 4: Wicked Wallpapers (Hugo Argh + Flapsworth Jnr. + Hoodoo)
- Set 5: Haunted Elevator (Horrible Helga + Ghoulic + Hack-O-Lantern)
- Set 6: Teen Roman Costumes (Beetlegeist + Fright in Shining Armor + Lord of Flapsworth Manor)
The hardest one to get hands down was Hack-O-Lantern, who only showed up one time for the entire process for me all the way through Level 8!
The process by which you complete the challenge is to have your Ghost Hunting Sims simply Hunt Ghosts! The process is made a bit more complicated by the recharge timer that is now present on ALL of the Haunted Items.
Bear in mind that each item does not have the exact same timer -- we have seen timers ranging from 10 to 30 minutes depending upon the item... But there is so wide a variety of Haunted Items you can add from Doors and Windows to chains and other decorations, paintings, furniture, and the like, that you really should have no trouble maintaining a sufficient number to keep five or more Sims busy constantly at Ghost Hunting.
You may need to have those kind of numbers of Hunters to get the new Ghosts due to the fact that the Ghosts -- all of them -- are now a lot harder to catch. That and you should bear in mind that even if your Ghost Hunters are all at or near the previous Level 6 Cap the path to Level 8 will be slow indeed! The average gain from Level 6 to Level 7 which is the first target level is only 2% per hunt!
You need to attain Level 7 in order to unlock the first trio of New Ghosts, and then to Level 8 for the last two New Ghosts. This is no minor task or challenge mind you - it required two fairly solid days of game play and constant Ghost Hunting to first unlock the new levels and then capture the new Ghosts, but was it worth it? Oh yes, yes indeed!
At the end of a long challenge is a rare limited edition item - the Petrified Putting Green!
Master Prize for unlocking ALL of the sets and Prizes? The Petrified Putting Green!
Bear in mind that as each of the prizes are unlocked with each set you clear you still have to actually go to the store and purchase them if you want them. I decided to temporarily upgrade the table in my Courtesy House to the Holiday Table prize just to add some colour to the whole thing :)
The Halloween Challenge Quest List is as follows:
- Buy a Spooky Piece of Furniture
- Catch a Ghost
- Become a Level 7 Ghost Hunter
- Catch Beetlegeist
- Catch all of the Ghosts
Once you have completed this simple list of tasks above, you will find yourself rewarded with a rare treat indeed -- the Petrified Putting Green -- which is a Free item that can be found in the in-game store under the Outdoors > Outdoor Furniture Menu!
Your Sims will have the option to use it and its 3m Practice Putting action which has a rather interesting and holiday appropriate effect when a Sim manages to putt on target!
Bear in mind that there is a time limit imposed on unlocking and obtaining this very special reward -- but it is every bit worth the effort of obtaining. Enjoy!
SPECIAL LIMITED TIME PUTTING GREEN
In addition to these changes if you have a Sim or three that have mastered Ghost Hunting (to Level 6) in the pre-event hobby (and you hope you do!) if you can somehow manage to get the new Levels AND the new Ghosts captured, you will unlock a Limited Time, Limited Edition Putting Green for your game!
The trick here is that you have to do this BEFORE 1 November 2013. If you don't get it done by then, well, then you don't get it!
NEW MYSTERY BOXES ADDED
In addition to all this holiday fun and the limited time limited edition Putting Green you can maybe get above, they have also added a New Mystery Box system in the game.
This is basically a weekly quest-based system that has your Sims completing random quests that allow them to obtain one Mystery Box Key each week -- you can then visit the Mystery Box Store and trade your Key for the contents of a Mystery Box.
The trick here is that there is a selection of Mystery Boxes, and each requires a different number of Keys -- so if you are a more patient gamer and save up the Keys you can obtain much better items by simply obtaining your weekly Key and NOT spending it!
You knew that there would be a special Halloween Event right? Sure you did! But did you know that the new Halloween Event would come at the same time that they changed the way that Ghost Hunting works? Yeah, so good-news and bad-news it seems.