A Halloween adventure from Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions.
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Release Date: Oct 14, 2011

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About This Game

Costume Quest is a Halloween adventure from Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions. In this charming role-playing game, choose your hero and trick-or-treat through three beautiful environments full of Double Fine humor and story. Complete quests, build your party, and collect costumes along the way that allow you to transform into powerful champions and take down the evil Repugians. This heroic holiday tale will capture the imaginations of kids and kids-at-heart.
Continue the Costume Quest adventure with the Grubbins on Ice DLC pack, included free in the PC version! Face new enemies while collecting additional quests, costumes, battle stamps and creepy treat cards. Help the monsters overthrow Araxia to bring peace back to Repugia!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz dual core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.0 GB free hard drive space
    • Video Card: 256 MB GeForce 7600GS, Radeon X1600, or Intel HD Graphics
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz dual core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Video Card: 256 MB GeForce 220, Radeon 4550, Intel HD 3000 Graphics
    Minimum:
    • OS:Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 700 MB HD space
    • Video Card: ATI HD 2600 / NVIDIA 8800GT / Intel HD3000 or better card with at least 256 MB VRAM
    Minimum:
    • OS:Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later
    • Processor: Intel Core i Series Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 700 MB HD space
    • Video Card: ATI HD 4670 / Nvidia 285 or better with at least 512 MB VRAM
    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz dual core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 700 MB HD space
    • Video Card: 256 MB GeForce 8800, Radeon HD 2000, or Intel HD 4000 Graphics
      Open GL: 2.1
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Nadious
( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
I remember getting this for the PS3 on the PSN monthly giveaway. The French Fry costume bug was an issue on there, which prevented me from being able to finish it. However, I picked this back up on a sale and haven been going through it a second time (and now getting past where I could not!) and have enjoyed it, A LOT. Good humor and the combat is fun. Keep in mind this is a light-hearted take on an RPG. So much so that my 4 year old plays it on his own (and does well, I might add) and it one of his favorite games. If you are expecting some deep tactical turn-based combat, then you may want to look else where. But, if you want a fun little game that has a cute story and is great to kick up your feet and get lost in for a little bit, I highly recommend it.

Pros:
- Cute story
- Good humor (for me, at least)
- Fun exploring areas

Cons:
- Not very deep tactical combat system
- Battles can be repetitive towards the end of the game

Don't let the cons scare you though. I have enjoyed playing through this game (twice now!)
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duratta_ss
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Quirky little game that my kids enjoyed more than I (I sent them to my consoles and phone to play it so I could play grown-up games like...Long Live The Queen). Has a variety of costumes with different effects, neat combat system, and story is definitely fun.
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Blarp Marp
( 38.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
I just want to give this game a big hug, or a big handful of candy. Something.
It's a gentle little RPG about kids getting imaginative and adventuring out to gather pounds of candy on Halloween. This game's spirit is entirely predicated on fun. If you aren't absolutely charmed by this game, or think it looks too kiddy, or anything along those lines, you may want to check your blood pressure.

Costume Quest overflows with character. The story is simple, and probably fitting for a family movie. The kids that make up your party are funny and likable. The game has a very nice atmosphere, but never takes itself too seriously, and is all the better for it - it's lively, and it really captures the fun mischief of Beggar's Night as a kid let loose with friends.

The gameplay is satisfying through and through, operating on something of a small genre split between the combat and exploration segments.

The combat segments step out of the game's levels and take the form of familiar turn-based RPG fights. These are thankfully kept out of that genre's unfortunate bog of boring, skippable fights by merit of some light timing and key-press events that allow you to boost the effect of your character's moves. The combat is made more fun by the inclusion of the game's many costumes, the donning of which allow your characters to take on an imaginative manifestation of the costume's character, in battle. Watching the kids "morph" into their battle avatars is adorable. Each costume acts as a different character, with different abilities. You'll generally have a party of three, giving each kid a costume, and further augmenting their performance by equipping one of your stamps to each, which grant bonuses and traits.

More fun, in my opinion, are all of the exploration and puzzle bits of the game. While neither these segments or the combat would ever be considered too terribly difficult, the exploration and quests are the tricky parts of the game. They're quite fun to figure out, and they carry all the more clever and funny moments of gameplay - finding the kids playing hide and seek in each area, for example, or trick-or-treating (which will earn you either candy or a fight with a monster, depending on who comes to the door).
The costumes you can equip to effect in combat also play specific parts in the rest of the game's world, where you'll use each costume's specific abilities to get you around and help you find secrets. One lights up dark areas, one grants you stealth, etc.
You search environmental objects and scrounge up candy, which acts as currency. You try to trade and collect all the treat cards, find and buy all the stamps, and find all the needed parts to make new costumes. It's almost Zelda-like, and it's just as rewarding to find the bits of a new costume as it is to hear that well-known chime that seems to play from the large chests Link finds.

The game is visually adorable, stylistically perfect for its atmosphere and presentation, and it looks good, overall. The sound is generally good, as well. There are no real voiceovers to speak of, but this doesn't detract from the game.

To boot, there's the "Grubbins On Ice" DLC, which gives you an extra area, equivalent to those in the original game, with some additional costumes and other equipment to find and enjoy on top of your final save from the original game.

And, yeah, this game is absolutely friendly and perfect for kids.

I can't recommend this game enough. Delightful.
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Aznboy
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
THIS GAME IS SO GOOD. The characers and narrative were fun and quirky, while the mechanics really carry the player through.
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Ⓒⓞⓞⓟⓔⓡ
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
1 good game doesnt make up for all of your transgressions Tim Schaefer.

Dont give this developer any more money for the love of god. Go look up DF-Spacebase 9 and Broken Age and see how he's been abuaing the fanbase.
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Professor Potatis
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Awesome quest game for those of us who love Halloween.
Gather all costumes, battle stamps and what not in order to rescue your sibling (first game) and friend (second game).
Loved it!
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Hoops
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
Product received for free
This game is funny, fun and cool. I'm really lucky to have gotten this as a gift ^^.
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RonaldReagan
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
beat this game multiple times still love it, simple, easy, fun!
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brokenheadset
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
fryman costume doesn't even transform into frylock/10
i went in expecting something, but after beating the game (both grubbins on ice and the main costume quest) i was given nothing
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 Green Tailed Catfish 
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
A charming and cartoony JRPG about kids saving Halloween, bogged down by a a battle system where the best three costumes are the first three you get, and where combat boils down to everyone attacking normally for two rounds, suing their special ability on the third, and repeating until the fight's over. There's no real reason to use any of the other costumes because none of them have as good stats or as good special ability as an all area hitting massive nuke with follow up DoT damage, a powerful shield capable of turning hits into 1 or 2 damage, or the only heal in the game that doesn't require the target to be dead first to revive them. The combat system is incredibly repetitive, although active due to needing to do timed button presses. Ultimately, though, literally every fight becomes attack -> attack -> special -> repeat. Battle Stamps, the game's only equipment, don't alleviate this issue at all - some of the stamps offer side abilities that Stun or Slow enemies, but you're still doing the same attack/attack/spell trio the entire game.

I'm giving the game a positive recommendation because the repetitive and dull combat system ultimately wasn't enough to dissuade me from completing the (relatively short: 4-6 hours) game. It's still fun running around, collecting candy, and trick or treating, and seeing what the costumes look like in fights. If the game was any longer, the combat system would start to do real damage, but thanks to how short it is, it's not that big a deal.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
I just want to give this game a big hug, or a big handful of candy. Something.
It's a gentle little RPG about kids getting imaginative and adventuring out to gather pounds of candy on Halloween. This game's spirit is entirely predicated on fun. If you aren't absolutely charmed by this game, or think it looks too kiddy, or anything along those lines, you may want to check your blood pressure.

Costume Quest overflows with character. The story is simple, and probably fitting for a family movie. The kids that make up your party are funny and likable. The game has a very nice atmosphere, but never takes itself too seriously, and is all the better for it - it's lively, and it really captures the fun mischief of Beggar's Night as a kid let loose with friends.

The gameplay is satisfying through and through, operating on something of a small genre split between the combat and exploration segments.

The combat segments step out of the game's levels and take the form of familiar turn-based RPG fights. These are thankfully kept out of that genre's unfortunate bog of boring, skippable fights by merit of some light timing and key-press events that allow you to boost the effect of your character's moves. The combat is made more fun by the inclusion of the game's many costumes, the donning of which allow your characters to take on an imaginative manifestation of the costume's character, in battle. Watching the kids "morph" into their battle avatars is adorable. Each costume acts as a different character, with different abilities. You'll generally have a party of three, giving each kid a costume, and further augmenting their performance by equipping one of your stamps to each, which grant bonuses and traits.

More fun, in my opinion, are all of the exploration and puzzle bits of the game. While neither these segments or the combat would ever be considered too terribly difficult, the exploration and quests are the tricky parts of the game. They're quite fun to figure out, and they carry all the more clever and funny moments of gameplay - finding the kids playing hide and seek in each area, for example, or trick-or-treating (which will earn you either candy or a fight with a monster, depending on who comes to the door).
The costumes you can equip to effect in combat also play specific parts in the rest of the game's world, where you'll use each costume's specific abilities to get you around and help you find secrets. One lights up dark areas, one grants you stealth, etc.
You search environmental objects and scrounge up candy, which acts as currency. You try to trade and collect all the treat cards, find and buy all the stamps, and find all the needed parts to make new costumes. It's almost Zelda-like, and it's just as rewarding to find the bits of a new costume as it is to hear that well-known chime that seems to play from the large chests Link finds.

The game is visually adorable, stylistically perfect for its atmosphere and presentation, and it looks good, overall. The sound is generally good, as well. There are no real voiceovers to speak of, but this doesn't detract from the game.

To boot, there's the "Grubbins On Ice" DLC, which gives you an extra area, equivalent to those in the original game, with some additional costumes and other equipment to find and enjoy on top of your final save from the original game.

And, yeah, this game is absolutely friendly and perfect for kids.

I can't recommend this game enough. Delightful.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Your Mission: Save Halloween (and your brother) behind the backs of your loving and oblivious parents. This is a JRPG with a graphic style that evokes Saturday morning. The combat system is repetitive, but active as it requires timed button presses on a rotation. The story is cute and endearingly nostalgic. Whumping goblins on the back of the head with a pail, Trick-or-Treating and sibling rivalry are all present. And where else would you see a crab made of French fries, a unicorn and Lady Liberty team up to take down the bad guys? Best enjoyed with a bowl of Captain Crunch.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
I absolutely adore this game. Halloween, quests and a bunch of kids fighting monsters. The animated costume sequences are amazing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Fun and amusing game. Not very challenging, but indeed entertaining.
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104 of 110 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
I enjoyed Costume Quest quite a bit, until I reached a game-breaking bug, two hours in. More on that in a bit.

Costume Quest is a streamlined RPG. It's a fun game, but not particularly difficult. The combat is a simplistic timing game, and the quests have a way of fulfilling themselves as you wander around the map. But that's OK, because Costume Quest doesn't present itself as a serious RPG.

I's a breezy, light RPG with a sense of humor, that begs to be played straight through in a sitting. Truely, it's an RPG/Platformer hybrid, in that there are environmental puzzles that must be worked out to advance the map and the story. It's a mix that works.

...until you come to the Autumn Haven shopping mall. There's a game-breaking bug in the camping equipment store: If you walk between the sleeping bag and the tent, your companion will follow you into that wedge, and block you in. None of your special skills will get you out of this position.

If this happens to you, don't exit to the menu! Crash the game manually, so it doesn't have a chance to autosave your position. If it saves your position, you'll be stuck there when you start again, and you'll have to start over from the beginning of the game. Seriously. Check the Steam forums, I'm not the only one with this problem.

So, yes. I like Costume Quest, and I think you will, too. I want to complete this game, but I don't want to replay the first two hours again. I give Costume Quest a thumbs up, but be careful in the mall so you don't lose your game like I did.
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68 of 73 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2015
AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Costume Quest
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Genre Tags: RPG; Casual; Adventure; Lighthearted
  • My Overall Grade: A-
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 5-10 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Casual gamers

REVIEW
Costume Quest has a lot of good things going on for it. The game takes you on a journey of the imagination as some children’s quest for candy on one Halloween night quickly turns into something much more. Ultimately, this game is just very well done and has a “soul” that should easily appeal to a vast audience.

The level design is charming and exploring the maps is fun. The whole concept of “trick-or-treating” being a fundamental part of the gameplay is brilliantly done. The story is basically one giant trope, but the way it is told is delightful. The characters are likeable and the humor is clean but entertaining. Even the style in which you warp into old-school, turn-based battles is executed well and synergizes perfectly with the atmosphere of the game. This game is a quintessential example of how several good things can work together to create something great.

As I alluded to, one of the most charming aspects of Costume Quest is the way “trick-or-treating” in the game world is a central part of progressing the game. You knock on doors and are either given candy (treat) or have to fight a battle (trick). This leads to another splendidly charming feature of the game, which I also alluded to earlier: the battle warp-ins. Depending on what costumes your characters are wearing, they change from little kids into various gallant warriors with nothing but the power of their imagination. From there, the battles play out in the old-school, turn-based RPG style that was prevalent in the 90s.

Aside from that, you may also want to explore the levels, find secret areas, meet characters, and do side-quests and mini-games to gather more candy and collect the trading cards. There is plenty to do!

Costume Quest is a charming little game that makes for quite an enjoyable experience. As I said, I feel it can appeal to a wide audience. I would posit: if it sounds like the type of game you may enjoy, it will probably be a specific game you do enjoy… if you decide to get it.

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50 of 58 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
Really cute and fun little game. It‘s pretty short as rpg, but you‘ll have a fun time playing it. It‘s simple and pretty easy. You play as the kids, form your party and collect candies and costume parts made of cardborad. When the fight starts you‘re being transformed into your costumes (robot, ninja, knight etc.) and the fight begins. Fight system is generic turn based rpg system but it doesn‘t need to be different. Seriously go and buy it, it‘s really really good game i promise you will fall in love with this little cute gem :)
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35 of 39 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2014
In short, is the game good?
Yes, the game is really good.

Is it worth my time and money?
Depends. While the game is very fun to play, it is kind of short. You can breeze through the main game in about 4 hours. The add-on story is about 2 hours. I'd suggest waiting for at least a small price drop or sale.

Is this game for anyone?
Yes. The game doesn't require any specific gaming skills and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Linear, open-world or something else?
While the world of Costume Quest is technically open-world (that is, you are not restricted to a "rail", moving from A to B), the world itself is so small, it still forces the player to simply move on when the player finishes up quests in the area.

Gameplay mechanics, gimmicks?
It's basically Halloween meets Final Fantasy meets Persona meets Super Mario RPG meets Tim Schafer. It sounds weird on paper but it works. When in battle, your Halloween costume changes into the real thing (i.e. a cardboard robot costume changes into a real giant mecha). Additionally, each costume grants the person wearing it special attacks. Battles are turn-based, which are usually pretty slow-paced, but thanks to pretty good animation design, attack animations are fast, fluid, and don't leave the player bored while waiting for the enemy attacks to end.

Graphical aesthetics, set pieces and world design?
Even though the world in Costume Quest is pretty small, it is crafted with much attention to detail. The cartoony look only adds charm to the whole aesthetic.

Audio design and soundtrack?
Audio design is impressive. The soundtrack consists of generic Halloween-ish songs but with a few twists. Sometimes the music will actually take a sinister turn, bringing forth really creepy humming, drones, etc. A nice touch that hits the player off-guard.

Plot, story?
Brother and sister go trick-or-treating. One of them gets kidnapped. Sounds generic? It isn't - that's all I can say without spoilers.

How does the game run?
Runs perfectly fine on my 5 year old PC (Dual-Core 2.66GHz, GeForce 9600GT, 2GB RAM). No stuttering, no framerate issues, everything turned on except for SSAO (which is known to be a resource hog on older machines).

Any details, character, motif, etc. you particularly liked?
The costumes in battle form and their special attacks. No other game will let you have a yeti, a giant black cat and the Statue of Liberty as your party.

Anything you didn't like?
Yes, a few things. The music in the add-on story is of lower quality for some reason. The Battle Stamp system could be a bit more complex. Finally, the static camera can be annoying at times (especially in the early part of the game where you're navigating through suburbs).

Final score?
I give Costume Quest a coffin with candy in it out of 5.
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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 2, 2015
Excellent trick ot treating play style. Cartoony and light hearted but very challenging.
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