Reviews for Costume Quest

85

Hard but fun

AkiMatti | 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.

80

Short but sweet....HA

damienjameswebb | 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.

84

Adorable

TCass29 | 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.

87

An Excellent Treat

bwrussell | 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.

85

When Halloween Becomes Reality

lunarei919 | 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.

90

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!

80

Final Fantasy for Kids

el_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.

85

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!

80

Trick or Treat

CoillyZ | 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.

75

Strap on a Costume, and go Hunt for some Candy

CrimsonWizard | 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.

91

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.

80

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!

83

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!

80

Great RPG-lite

mahon | 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.

85

A lovely, nostalgic and addicting game

DeathRowMax | 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.

80

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.

74

Charming RPG with surprising depth

jcyuen7 | 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.

87

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 !!!!

80

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)!

79

a game accessible to all

balbo79 | 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.