Reviews for Costume Quest
Nice RPG, with some big flaws, pacing/guiding-wise.Maxmetpt | July 10, 2015 | See all Maxmetpt's reviews »
I've first played Brutal Legend, and now Costume Quest. Once again, Double Fine leaves me with mixed feelings. Costume Quest seems to be the kind of game I would enjoy a lot when I was a kid! Essencially, you're Reynolds, and it's Halloween. In the midst of trick-or-treating, there are monsters, stealing all the candy, who ended up kidnapping your sister. So, you put on your most badass costume and go look for her, fighting the monsters with the aid of your costume's powers, along with some friends you meet along the way. That sounds like something I would enjoy immensively when I was younger! And I still enjoyed it today, but it's not quite my kind of game. The game is a mixture of an adventure/platformer game, with a JRPG(ish) type combat. In combat, each character has a normal attack and a special attack, which takes turns to recharge. Instead of simply choosing which attack you want, there's also a QTE event that you have to do in order to boost your normal attacks. Each costume the character wears influences their attacks, and have a very unique style to them. There are also stickers you can collect while exploring the world, which will then give you a passive or active ability in battle. You have from 1 to 3 characters, and the same with the enemies. Each team has their attack turn, until the battle is finished. I didn't find the combat system very deep, with the exception of the Boss fights, which sometimes required a certain ability to be beaten, making the player experiment with the different costumes until he beat it. That was cool, but other than that, it felt a bit too shallow. To its favor thought, animation was top-notch, and every attack made you feel like a badass doing it. Outside of combat, you go around collecting candy, sometimes from door to door, other times just in the environment. You also interact with NPCs, with a very DoubleFine-esque dialogue which is always welcome. You have 4 zones (3 in the main game, 1 in the DLC), each with its theme, and a group of side quests. These side quests help the player explore the world, and also provide rewards. I didn't find them particularly interesting, but they were on the way, so it did not detract from the experience. I just think they could have done something more with those sidequests. There are quite a few "secrets" and Easter Eggs hidden around, making exploration quite rewarding to do as well! Besides, you'll need to explore to find different costume parts, which is the best part of the game, since each costume has its twist wether inside or outside of combat. The various costumes reminded me of some 90s cartoons, and others were just Halloween themed. They didn't every feel out of place. A good concept well implemented! The graphics aren't fantastic in terms of fidelity, but it's DoubleFine, so you know what to expect! They're highly stylized and unique, giving the game exactly the vibe they were looking for. Music was up there as well, really enjoyed it! Most of the achievements were mainly there to get the player to actually go out for the sidequests and different costumes so they're pretty standard... But, there was one about a Stacking Easter Egg as well. Nothing noteworthy, but it had a few achievements that could lead the player into a better direction when playing it, so that's good! So... due to the combat's lack of depth, it often felt a bit too repetitive, and so did some of the sidequests, since they're the same style for each zone. I get why it is like that, but since I didn't find them very interesting, having them in each zone felt a bit repetitive as well. But that's my biggest complain with this game. Other than that, I've had a blast with it, specially with the Boss fights! The game isn't very challenging (if it seems so, you're doing something in the wrong intended order, which happened to me), but it doesn't leave too much space for failure. Still, with its combat system, one couldn't expect anything too strategical. It looks and sound great, it's definitely an unique game, which takes you about 6-9 hours to finish, without and with DLC, respectively. It's not something I'm likely to go back to, since I've finished it, but it was a good experience nonetheless. It's a streamlined JRPG, with a twist! I'd definitely recommend it if it catches your attention at all. Great game, DoubleFine strikes again!
Old men tell sad talesObsessor | May 9, 2015 | See all Obsessor's reviews »
Well, I might not be very old, yet, hopefully... But this isn't really a game for adults, right? Wrong. It has lot's of humour even adult will appreciate. Turn based combat might not have much depth(2 skills to use + stamp passive perks), but it's still enjoyable. And it is very appropriate for younger audience. You can give Costume Quest for your/your neighbour kid to play, and it won't make him/her bloodthirsty murderer. He/she might develop a taste for sweets and revenge though.
Cute, adorable turn based RPGrincewind_it | Jan. 9, 2015 | See all rincewind_it's reviews »
Set in Halloween, Costume Quest is a cute RPG with turn based combat. After you select your character, you are thrown into the story: your sister (or your brother) has been kidnapped by goblins because they need candy and your sibling was wearing a giant candy corn costume...In battle a costume gives you power: if you are wearing a cardboard, you'll become a giant robot! Each costume has different abilities and attacks. The combat system is simple and weel animated, the cartoon style graphics is coloured and effective, there are many scenarios and a lot of items to collect.
A good introduction to turn based RPGsMadDemon64 | Dec. 29, 2014 | See all MadDemon64's reviews »
Costume Quest is an excellent way to introduce your child or younger sibling/cousin to the world of turn based RPGs. That is not to say that only little children will get enjoyment out of it, but that it is a very simple game and not in a bad way. Costume Quest has you take on the role of one of two siblings going for a night of trick-or-treating. Early on the sibling you didn’t chose gets kidnapped by goblins and it is your job to rescue them using the power of your imagination to fight off various enemies. Either that or you really do transform into a giant robot or unicorn and every time you battle enemies you step on more houses than Godzilla. Either way it is a silly premise to a silly story that is enjoyable, if not a bit simple. Speaking of simple, the combat system is bare bones, but not lacking. You get the standard “allies attack first by either attacking or guarding, followed by the enemies” system of turn based RPG, with your allies gaining access to special moves every so often in combat. These skills are dependent on the costume you wear, as are the actions you need to perform in order to do bonus damage while using a standard attack. Combat strategies are minimal but there. You will need to figure out which enemies you need to attack fist, either due to them dealing devastating spells or healing their allies, and certain costumes have better synergy than others. Costume Quest is a fairly fun, but easy romp through the neighborhood if you are not a child, and a good way to determine whether or not you are a fan of turn based RPGs if you are.
A child's fantasy turned to realitybibboorton | Sept. 9, 2014 | See all bibboorton's reviews »
This title showed a lot of heart. It's a child's fantasy turned to reality. These are the kinds of games that make Double Fine great. Its personality just shines through and we can connect with the game on a deeper level than just playing it. The combat system is great. Sure, it gets kind of repetitive a few hours in, but you can just change costumes to see other great attacks. Overall, it's a very enjoyable game that would make you remember how awesome your childhood was.
Adorale& funGingerokda | Aug. 16, 2014 | See all Gingerokda's reviews »
I spent hours without realising on this game! the game art is brilliant, the best is the comic strip style! Also all the side missions as well so you can take a break fro the main story, however it slowly started to become relative but it was still very enjoyable.
What you've come to expect from Tim Schafer & Double FineBLUEKOOLAIDMAN7 | June 25, 2014 | See all BLUEKOOLAIDMAN7's reviews »
Costume Quest had that distinct vibe that only comes from a Tim Schafer & Double Fine catalog. Costume quest boasts simple but interesting visuals that compliment the game's tongue-in-cheek humor. Costume Quest is sure to keep you entertained for a few hours if you are looking for a non-serious turn-based strategy game. As a turn-based game, Costume Quest is FAR from deep. You have access to a few abilities for the members in your party, however for the most part strategy does not extend much past attack attack, heal, attack ect. This is not necessarily a bad thing, Costume Quest is not intended to be a rigorous RPG with multiple layers of strategy, but simply a fun, if not repetitive combat system to match it's overall tone. What to take away from Costume Quest is that its a fun,lighthearted adventure game that will give you a good laugh. Costume Quest is certainly worth the price to pick up and should entertain just about anyone,
crazy crazy gamemirta000 | May 19, 2014 | See all mirta000's reviews »
You play as one of the two twins trick-or-treating on Halloween. One of the twins gets kidnapped and you go on a long and crazy quest to save them. You assemble the team and use your costumes to fight the evils ahead to get to your sibling. The story is very sweet. It's about two siblings that dislike each other, but in their hearts love each other. It's also about making friends. It's such a good hearted game that I would recommend for any child (and any adult searching for a sweet story). The fighting mechanic is quite easy. I did not have any trouble going trough this game at all. The environment is imaginative. You are impatiently waiting for a new chapter, because of how extremely the environments change. Looking for something sweet? Or just want a laugh? Get this game, because it's most definitely fun!
Hard but funAkiMatti | April 9, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »
Costume Quest reminds me a lot of Psychonauts with the world design. Kids with big heads and a cartoonish world filled with humor. That is what CQ is about. You go around in your rollerblades and your halloween costumes, gathering sweets and completing quests. Eventually you will save the town from the attack of some ogre monsters by using you costumes that will turn into awesome mechasuits,on combat. Combat is semi turn-based with some timing. Easy enough. Cons: The map could be better, I got lost many times and didn't know where I was supposed to go. Pros: Great world, great dialogue, sounds, and character design. Controls work great especially with a pad. Humour.
Short but sweet....HAdamienjameswebb | Feb. 3, 2014 | See all damienjameswebb's reviews »
So this is pretty much just FF with kids and candy. the game is short, but soooo entertaining at the same time. it does have a good base in the art style. it works perfectly, and that you go into the kids imagination for the fight sequences is hilarious. There are cards to collect that give you power boots or defensive advantages, and the bosses can actually be really hard to try and battle at times. the downside is that this game is terribly short. it does have an expansion of sorts, but i wish it could have been more of an RPG in the way of FF.
AdorableTCass29 | Dec. 20, 2013 | See all TCass29's reviews »
This is a fantastic Double Fine game with great writing, hilarious references to pop culture, and jrpg elements. The turn-based battle sequences are pretty cool but get repetitive after a while. There are upgrades for your characters that you can buy and use throughout the game that affect battles which are clever and useful. It's a halloween-themed game in which goblins have taken your sibling and you go out on a quest to rescue them. It's a cute game that doesn't take terribly long (about 5 hours). There are Steam achievements, and you'll want to perfect this game.
An Excellent Treatbwrussell | Dec. 4, 2013 | See all bwrussell's reviews »
Costume Quest is a charming, fun take on the turn based RPG genre. Sort of condensed. Instead of individually swapping weapons, spells, attacks, and actions you choose costumes that change your appearance, battle abilities and attacks, and help solve free roam puzzles with various actions. On top of that you can choose one additional action or buff for each character and swap them as you choose. Instead of finding and swapping party members you can instead choose their costumes. It really is sort of a "My First RPG", which may sound dull to an adult but it works well enough to engage. My one issue with this system is that there wasn't enough difference between the costumes to incentivise change. You are forced to change to solve some puzzles but I would always switch back before a battle. The battle system is turned based and pretty simple with only a few options each turn. This style lends itself to a little repetition but I tended to enjoy them since they typically don't drag on. One twist (Maybe, I don't play a lot of turn based RPGs) is that to land more powerful attacks you have to complete a QTE. There are several variations but each attack only has one. Things like press at a certain time, wiggle a stick, or repeatedly tap a button. Personally I didn't find that it detracted from the experience and actually makes sure you're paying attention to the battle and lets you contribute in some way. In true Double Fine fashion the writing (literally because there is no voice acting. Not a problem, just a statement) is top notch. Funny, witty, and endearing with jokes for both adults and children. Don't write off Costume Quest because of its apparently juvenile theme, you'd be missing out. It's fun, funny, and really is a nice departure from what you've probably played last. It doesn't over stay it's welcome and is well worth your time.
When Halloween Becomes Realitylunarei919 | Nov. 14, 2013 | See all lunarei919's reviews »
Costume quest is a cute game with a unique gameplay. You play as either the brother or sister of a pair of twins and, when the other inevitably gets kidnapped, you are forced to use the power of your costume to save the day. The battle system utilizes the costumes in order to perform special moves, which can actually be a bit difficult at times to execute, depending on the costume. The storyline is simple and a bit predictable here and there, but good enough to keep you playing for quite a while. Overall, I say it's a decent little RPG that is worth purchasing.
A Deliciously Charming 5 Hour Ride!Brumbek | Nov. 2, 2013 | See all Brumbek's reviews »
Costume Quest is a charming, heart-warming, hilarious, and well-crafted game. It is a nice little semi-RPG romp that can be completed in about 5 hours. The graphical style is extremely pretty and atmospheric. The sounds and music conjure up whimsical spookiness. The writing and story is superb, always giving a laugh yet pushing you forward. The gameplay consists of fun exploration around locales, attempting to trick-or-treat and also find all the secrets. There is also a fun but simple JRPG turn-based battle system implemented with wonderful "epic" battles on gorgeous set pieces. The only downside to speak of is that much of the dialogue automatically forwards itself, resulting in many missed lines unless you are a speed reader. Also, none of the dialogue is voiced, but that is only an issue because of how easy it is to miss certain lines. Overall, the game so perfectly captures the spirit of youthful exuberance and the pursuit of much candy! I highly recommend this game to anyone who wants a fun, charming, and memorable experience!
Final Fantasy for Kidsel_pelado95 | Oct. 25, 2013 | See all el_pelado95's reviews »
This is a fantastic RPG of the brillants Double fine boys. The plot maybe is not so good. but the gameplay is brillant. You fight agains monsters to get candy and to save your sister. You can get some cool costumes (with special features and abilities) to fight the bad guys. Also, the jokes are pretty fun. Perfect to all ages. Cool to play it on halloween.
This is a treat!CyberspyXD | Oct. 21, 2013 | See all CyberspyXD's reviews »
This is a vibrant and colorful little RPG adventure game that I'm sure people of all ages can enjoy. The game builds on previous RPG systems and adventuring games and refines it into this game. The 3D graphics are sure to delight and the controls are perfect. This is a example of how Double Fine can branch out and do whatever they want and still return with a great game that's enjoyable for all. Highly recommended!
Trick or TreatCoillyZ | Sept. 28, 2013 | See all CoillyZ's reviews »
Costume Quest is a fun, imaginative RPG with a few missing elements that would've boosted it higher. The lack of voice acting made it a little weird. The music was good, but it wasn't memorable. The game eventually got repetitive. The rest of the game was perfect. Collecting costumes and candy to upgrade your powers. The progression of the game felt just right. Pick this game up.
Strap on a Costume, and go Hunt for some CandyCrimsonWizard | Sept. 9, 2013 | See all CrimsonWizard's reviews »
The crisp air of October, the vibrant colors of the leaves, and a pack of children mobbing you for candy...you know what time of year it is. Costume Quest takes us on a Halloween adventure through the neighborhood and town, racking up as much candy as possible while looking for your kidnapped sibling. How did that happen? Because real candy starved monsters have appeared and are ravaging the neighborhood. Lucky for you, thanks to the powers of I don't know, you can use the costumes you find to transform into a mighty giant to fight these thieves Godzilla style. True to the title, you end up questing for a nice variety of costumes with unique powers from the rocketing robot, to the sturdy knight, and even a healing unicorn. With these powers, you end up dueling monsters in a classic turn based RPG style, but with the addition of action commands to help inflict extra damage with a well timed button press. And honestly, that's about it, you quest around each of the four worlds, doing side quests, fighting monsters, and collecting candy and other shinies. While the setting is fantastic, lovable, and funny, I'd say the quest is just a bit too short even with the included free DLC, and the mechanics stay too simple throughout the entire game. However, if you're looking for a nice, light RPG experience or perhaps wish to introduce someone or your children to the genre, Costume Quest is an excellent starting point.
Trick or Treat!Guardian412 | Aug. 18, 2013 | See all Guardian412's reviews »
Costume Quest is a creative and adorable Halloween themed adventure game that carefully combines turn-based battles with small RPG elements. It comes with a great DLC, Grubbins on Ice, The game has an adorable story, cute characters and story which is filled with little morsels of in-jokes, clever dialogues and some truly imaginative scenarios and visuals. It is a short, easy game that plays like some sort of Final Fantasy-lite. Yet, it's the best, smartest and unfortunately shortest game Double Fine presumably has ever made. It is surprisingly fun despite it's childish appearance.
Lovely RPG will make you 7-year old again!Pradlik | Aug. 16, 2013 | See all Pradlik's reviews »
Adorable lovely game suitable for the fans of Nightmare before Christmas. I really love the art style of the game, the humour too. The story is rather simple for children mostly, the combat too, in the Penny Arcade games style. It's not as complicated as there though, some might find it as a negative aspect but not me. I enjoyed picking "skills" in the form of stamps rather than using dozens of items. If you're looking for a casual game, this is one of my favourites in the genre!
Childhood Nostalgia!Oblaque | July 29, 2013 | See all Oblaque's reviews »
Once again, Double Fine Productions have done it again! If it were not for Lucas Arts, then my childhood would have not been complete. This is a very cute and beautiful little adventure game. Everything from previous adventure games have been put into this wonderful game along with new additions such as three dimensional graphics and a new control setup. For only $14.99, this game is a steal!
Great RPG-litemahon | July 26, 2013 | See all mahon's reviews »
In this lovely game you control little kids during their Halloween adventures. Not to spoil the plot, let me say there will be monsters and heroic characters involved, but all easily justified by children's imagination. They live in the neighborhood or even are our characters. This all is complemented by nice cartoon-style graphics, making it look very innocent and enjoyable. But under this childish appearance you are getting a great light role-playing game, with quests, character development, skills, equipment, villains and combat. You can switch characters, prepare new costumes which grant you new abilities, open passages to new locations and generally go trick-or-treating. It's Halloween after all! The whole game is full of funny dialogues and amusing interactions between characters, so it will be a great pastime for most RPG fans who don't take the genre too seriously.
A lovely, nostalgic and addicting gameDeathRowMax | July 3, 2013 | See all DeathRowMax's reviews »
This game is a brilliant little gem which will take you back to your childhood or entertain your own children for a good number of hours. It has comedy which can be likened to that of the Simpsons or Wallace and Gromit - although it's great for kids there are some really funny moments for adults too so if you are playing along with a young one you won't get bored too easily. Its open world gameplay and expansive set of missions and side-quests give the game enough variety for a couple of play-throughs and the best of the RPG genre is used here, with features like "Battle Cards" to spice up fights. It's also quite fun to just explore, speaking to kids and collecting candy from all types of bins. Where the game falls short for me is the text-based speech. Although this is usually the case in RPGs, I feel like a game like this which specifically targets young audiences would be best with audio when the characters are talking, particularly as the speed the text scrolls isn't always controllable so can be a little fast. Other shortcomings are the lack of difficulty levels which could have made it a more exciting game for older players and the occasional points where you can get "stuck" because you were meant to talk to a character a third time before you went through, or were expected to use one of your costumes' powers. However these can be overseen as long as an adult or older sibling is nearby to help younger players if they get stuck. What you can't take away from Costume Quest is its simple charm and thoughtfulness - for example the often overlooked feature of having several save slots was great to have in a "family" game like this one. If you want to re-discover the nostalgia of Halloween (or RPGs from your childhood such as the Pokémon series) or just keep your children delighted for several hours, Costume Quest is probably the best game around.
Nice game.lexf | June 17, 2013 | See all lexf's reviews »
Costume quest is very nice game. It’s Halloween and two kids, brother and sister, are going to trick-or-treat neighborhood, but one of them gets kidnapped. You are going to find your sibling and save from evil monsters by means of powerful costumes. Each costume has unique abilities and attacks and can be strengthened with special “battle stamps”, which you can find during the game. Games plot is interesting and has a lot of good jokes and funny moments. Fights with monsters are fun and simple but at the end of game, when you unlocked all costumes, become little bit boring. I liked graphics and game visual style. If you are looking for fun, relaxing quest, this is right choice.
Charming RPG with surprising depthjcyuen7 | June 6, 2013 | See all jcyuen7's reviews »
Expectations were low to begin with. You start off as Reynold or Wren on Halloween. And while trick or treating, your sibling gets kidnapped! So as the good sibling you are, you venture on a quest to save the other. In terms of what to expect, the fighting system, while initially fun becomes a bit tedious. Every costume you find has a different quirk to it, in and out of battle. And man. There are a lot of costumes. Ultimately, don't let the kid-themedness of the game deter you away. The game boasts an above average storyline, charming artstyle, and just so much stuff to collect.
Great Story !LoudeRZz | June 2, 2013 | See all LoudeRZz's reviews »
I loved this game ! First, the plot is very very nice, you start as a little kid and his sister who looking for some candys at halloween night and the game starts when your sister is snatched by a goblin and then you go through steps to find your sister and you find partners in the middle of the story and you fight the goblin a lot of times .. i liked the graphic and i liked the way the battles between you and the goblins are conducted. Doesn't worth 15$ but its very fun !!!!
An excellent introduction to the RPG.Sir_Selah | May 9, 2013 | See all Sir_Selah's reviews »
The story is simple enough. two young siblings set out to collect some candy on Halloween but find themselves embroiled in a series of battles with monsters who are on the attack! To defend themselves and rescue the captured sibling (after you choose which one you wish to play as) they don various Halloween costumes and transform themselves into mighty heroes through the power of imagination. The story is simple but very cute and well-written. The gameplay is very basic, but also very functional. Although there isn't much of a challenge to be found here, it's a great game for newcomers to get into the genre in a family-friendly manner. If you've played RPGs before and know what they're about, the insanely easy difficulty level may bore you. But if not, you're in for a treat (with a few tricks along the way)!
a game accessible to allbalbo79 | March 26, 2013 | See all balbo79's reviews »
As two young twins Reynold and Wren, brother and sister, on the night of Halloween we will take a long adventure, characterized by a deep combat system taken from turn-based role-playing games, which according to the costume worn transform our alter -ego into a superhero, but seen through the eyes of a child. In battle we will have only two types of attack, the first base, while the second will load with the advance of shifts. The enemies will attack promptly, but in our help we would have a series of Quick Time Event that, if done correctly, will provide to reduce the amount of damage inflicted to our party. The series of challenges that we submit will always be different because of the huge amount of costumes available to us. In addition to fighting, Costume Quest offers a generous exploratory section is divided into three distinct areas, very varied and full of little puzzles and secondary roads. We may collect various missions, find materials to build new costumes, dedicate ourselves to the mini-games or the classic trick or treating.