A Halloween adventure from Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions.
User reviews:
Very Positive (12 reviews) - 100% of the 12 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (2,013 reviews) - 92% of the 2,013 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 14, 2011

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested


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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated Sept. 2016! Learn more
Very Positive (12 reviews)
Very Positive (2,013 reviews)
Review Type

Purchase Type


Display As:

(what is this?)
1,389 reviews match the filters above ( Very Positive)
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
A good casual game, nice graphics, good story. Controls suck though and makes the game somewhat un enjoyable. Get it on a sale. This is when I wish Steam had a neutral recommendation cause the game isn't bad, but those controls makes it not worth playing, but for a few minutes.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
This game is one of my favourite games. It's a cute game that I enjoy playing every year during the Halloween, but not only. I could say the game became a tradition for me :D
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
really cute game, so much fun and i love it!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Overall: Costume Quest is a cute and adorable game about the complicated relationship siblings have with each other, set against the backdrop of one of my favorite holidays: Halloween. While the battles in the game tend to become tiresome at some point, the game is short enough (both stories) to not become overbearing. The game doesn't try to be more than it is, and is definitely worth the playthrough. Recommendation is to get it on sale as it's been bundled several times. However, if you're in a position to pay full price, please do as the devs deserve it.

Rating: 9/10 - Details below

Story: In my opinion the story was absolutely fantastic. Humor was there and though I'm not a twin, I do have a younger sister and I appreciated the sibling rivalry though I'm ancient these days. Though the main idea is to rescue someone, and though that's not very original in stories these days, it was a well told story that kept me very entertained. Further, it allowed me to revisit the child inside me and remember that power of imagination and what can be accomplished and believed in.

Graphics: Though I'm not a huge fan of cel style animation, I was extremely pleased with this medium with this game. Too many details would have ruined the power of the children's imagination and the softer non-detailed aspect of cel animation felt like it lent power to the story rather than taking away from it.

Controls: Simple and easy. No issues there. - NOTE: I used an Xbox One controller.

Sounds & Music: All basically well done. I didn't play with other music and felt like it complimented the game rather well.

Gameplay: One tiny issue was that the battles started to feel like they were more of jumping through hoops than accomplishing anything worthwhile. However, this probably has more to do with my lack of patience for grinding/leveling in games in general as I get older. Honestly, the game didn't drag at all really, and without the unknown of what knocking on the door would do, the game would lose part of the "Trick" aspect so essential to Halloween. Only real complaint is that I couldn't advance the text faster during dialogue and was forced to sit and wait though I'd completed reading the sentence. Nor could I pause the dialogue if something came up.

Final Notes: Forcing me to read at one speed as I read fast, is something that definitely will annoy me. That being said, it's a very solid game that is worth the time and energy if you enjoy Halloween, sibling rivalry and the imagination of children. If you can afford to pay full price and want to support a good game, do so.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Fun little pick me up that's less than *AHEM* on *AHEM*. It's seriously a fun RPg that reminds me of Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door with it's battle system (Only that it has action commands), but there are some pros and cons to it.

For one con, it's much harder if you can't do action commands, so for example....
Say "Grubin" attacked and it told me to hit the E button. If I don't hit the E button then, I get hurt slightly more.
However, if you can survive the battle, you auto heal after every battle, and losing doesn't make you load, you simply have to restart the battle. So really, there's no real concequence to failing in battle besides the humility of being defeated by a filthy grubin.

But even the enemies have personality, even though some of the people in the games may not be the nicest, they're still extremely well made. One con about the NPCs however, is that they overuse the same NPC around the different places you'll visit. (SPOILERS AHEAD) And besides bosses, there's only three types of enemies, and three species of enemies you'll fight, with maybe two or three I missed. Three types, one for each species, makes 9 different varients besides bosses. However, now to think on the bright side, there's some nice humor in the game that made me let out a 'ha!' every once in a while.

I did NOT get my copy on *AHEM*, however, I payed the full 10 dollar asking price (Or I might have gotten it on sale on Steam, I don't remember), but however much I payed, I believe it's worth my money entirely.

7/10, a good game for an okay asking price.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
104 of 110 people (95%) found this review helpful
13.4 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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
68 of 73 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2015
(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

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.

Follow my curation page to see more of my recommendations!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
51 of 59 people (86%) found this review helpful
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 :)
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
Costume Quest is a cute, creative, charming, simple to play, easy to master RPG set in Halloween. There is definitely a sense of atmosphere that is set with the colors, lighting and art style. You'll wander through a neighborhood, a mall and a carnival. Everything is beautiful and charming with a slight spooky edge to some places, but its a charming spooky not a horrific kind. After you select a gender, you are quickly thrown into the story. Your sibling has been kidnapped by goblins that need candy and since the sibling is wearing a giant candy corn costume you understand how mistakes can be made.

Speaking of candy, you'll find it everywhere, because its the currency of the game. In the map there is an attack button to knock candy out of objects. You'll find candy after battles, in treasure coffins, completing quests and you'll trick-or-treat for it going door to door. Of course there's not always a stranger giving candy, sometimes it a goblin that results in a battle.

In battles, you're not just kids in costumes, you become giants. Your little cardboard robot costume turns into a towering robot, a french-fry costume becomes a mega fry crab, a statue of liberty costume becomes the statue of liberty! So its a little pretend, and thankfully the game lets you skip transformation animations to start each battle.

The combat is really simple and very well animated. First your entire team completes a turn, from the leader of the party to the last member. Then the enemies will each take a turn. You have a limited selection of what to do, attack or a special power every 3 turns. Different costumes have different basic attacks, each with its own way of getting a critical hit. Timing, to press a button or key at a specific moment, others have you wiggling the analog stick, others have you button mashing the same button or key. It keeps you watching the battles and make the long animations feel like less tedious to watch. The special skills range from damaging all enemies, healing all allies, majorly damaging one enemy, hiding an ally and other things depending which costume you're wearing.

When the enemies attack, you'll be given a chance to lessen the attack with a quick button press. These button presses are different each time, which is nice, but I feel like even timed correctly, there's still a chance the block won't be successful. Some enemies really telegraph their attacks, such as jumping into the air with a strike. Enemies don't just attack, they'll cast heal, shield, strength and fire. Everything you've seen in RPGs before, but this is just simple.

The enemies don't have too much variety, goblins, big goblins and ravens, but each 'race' can have a 'class.' The graphics look great and they are in full 3D, its just there aren't that many of them. Each enemy has a level, which is good, but early on in the game enemies feel far too overpowered when you have a party of 2 characters. You'll never have a party more than 3, but neither will the enemy party.

When you are on the map, you can see enemies march around, so there really aren't any random battles other than the trick-or-treat battles. You can even sneak up behind map enemies and attack them so when the battle begins, all enemies take a small amount of damage. Its a nice feature in what can be tedious, thoughtless battles. Every battle seems to play out the same no matter what enemy classes you face. You just need to time everything correctly and sit through your special ability animations.

You can also buy stamps that you can equip to each of your characters that will give them added benefits such as dodging, more HP, regenerating HP, counter attacks, higher attack damage, higher critical damage, a stun skill, the ability to poison a foe or damage all foes next to the target. These simple stamps do a lot to really personalize the game and I feel like you need the stamps to succeed in the game.

When party members fall in battle, they're back after the battle. Everyone gets full health after every battle. In fact, when your party gets wiped out. You just respawn back on the map next to the enemy that killed you. There is no consequence for failure in the game and I feel the game is smoother because of it.

Every battle gives you experience points, but so does completing quests. Since the enemies are limited, so is the experience. So that's why I had to turn to stamps in order to win battles and even then a lot of battles seemed like only luck got me through the first two hours of battles. There is also a level cap on your party and you don't level up individual characters, but rather the entire party.

On the map you'll talk with NPCs and read their little text boxes. The town, mall, carnival and village feel alive. There are plenty of NPCs to give you quests, such as find this or do that. Other costumed kids want non usable items that you'll find from winning battles and some quests have you finding kids that are playing hide and seek. There is even a well done apple bobbing minigame where red apples count as one point to your score and green apples count as 3 points. Its a nice deviation from goblin slaying monotony.

Every costume doesn't just have its own special and basic attack, most of them have a practical use on maps. As a robot, you can speed around on your rocket skates to jump off ramps. These rocket skates are the game's run and its so much faster than just walking. The ninja costume can vanish, the fries costume baits people into following you, the knight has a shield to protect you from things overhead and other costumes help too. There is a big variety of costumes and you can find pieces to make new costumes. It adds to the game variety, even if I ended up using the robot for the skates and the statue of liberty for her healing power.

In all this is a 5 or 6 hour game that is easy to play and easy to finish after the first two hours. There is even DLC that keeps the game going in a different setting. If it wasn't for the cute charm and the extras like costumes and stamps, I'm not sure I could recommend it because of how dull and mindless the fights became.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Recently Posted
38.9 hrs
Posted: October 16
A basic turn based rpg with a heaping dose of charm.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Doctor America
5.3 hrs
Posted: October 15
Cute Fisher Price my-first-RPG. Short, fun, could have been shorter. Has DLC, but after finishing the first campaign you know what you're in for, and I was bored of the repetition so I didn't even try it. Worth a play just because it's a tight experience and what's there works well.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
SilentJay-Team Milo
6.7 hrs
Posted: October 14
Well written game with good game mechanics.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
9.8 hrs
Posted: October 13
It's almost Halloween so I decided to review a Halloween themed game.

Wren and Reynold are twins who love Halloween and when they go out trick or treating, a monster mistakes one of them for a candy corn and gets kidnapped, so the other one must go on an adventure to save them.

Nothing much to the story. The characters aren't that memorable and while story is original enough, it's very straight forward. I would say I do like the monsters and how they're just guys doing they're job. This is very true when we get to the expansion where we get to explore the monster to overthrow a dictator.

The main objective is to trick or treat at every house to open the door to the boss. Along the way you play hide and seek, bopping for apples, trading cards, collecting costumes and fighting monsters. You costumes are the most important tool as most of them have abilities to travel the area like the robot gives you a boosts to cross ramps or the knight shield lets you get past falling debris. Unfortunately, most of them are situation and may only need to be used once outside of combat.

Being an RPG, you'll be fighting a good portion of the game and in some houses, they will ambush you. You fight using your costumes that are all cool to play, each of them having a special power that takes 3 turns to charge and these can really help if you use it at the right time. I mean, there's no point in using a health move when you have full health. Also, you can buy stamps that can either raise a stat or give you a move like throwing toilet paper to stun enemies.

However, if there's one problem with the game which could be serious is that it's repetitive. That first line in gameplay is not a few things you can do, that's every area. Even the battles can get boring after a while and you'll have to fight every one of them just to make sure you're strong enough for the boss. And there's only four enemies(melee, range, black mage and white mage), even if there's different monster types, it's still the same four guys.

Nothing to say about the music except I really like the battle them. I barely noticed it sometimes. Personally I really like the simple but cute art and the battle models are badass but there was a bit of lag when I played it. But I have to complain again for the expansion because the sound quality for the cut scenes sounded muffled.

While it is repetitive, I think it's a decent game and good to introduce children to the genre. Plus it gave us a pretty good sequel.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
9.2 hrs
Posted: October 12
The treatment of the characters is what really made this game for me. It's good regardless, but the story is what pushes it over the top. Also the adorable animations.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
9.7 hrs
Posted: October 9
Costume Quest is a RPG from mithy Double Fine Productions set in the halloween theme, you combat the evil that had taken over the land, it's style is just like the old final fantasy's games, overall it is a fun and original game!
Rating: ★★★★★
Helpful? Yes No Funny
17.0 hrs
Posted: October 8
Like all Double Fine games, this game is unique and well worth a play. The characters are cute and celebrates the spirit of childhood imagination. This is essentially in JRPG style where random encounters are replaced with trick-r-treating door to door with monsters lurking in some of the houses. The various costumes are fun to experiment with and require different timing mechanics when attacking. This did not work at all for me using a keyboard, so I recommend a XBox controller since it seems the natural way to play. The achievements were all engaging enough to prompt me to get that 100% completion.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Renegade Master
13.9 hrs
Posted: October 7
This is a fun, solid, and simple RPG with a unique premise and story - Appropriate for nearly any age.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
25.7 hrs
Posted: October 6
I played Costume Quest many years ago on the xbox 360. Now replaying on Steam for the second time the game still holds up very well. In my opinion it is a very light hearted RPG, simple and short enough to relax with. The story is short and cute but has enough to pull you in. You start by picking one of the twins to play as your main character the other u did'nt pick is part of the story as a NPC. What caught me to the game was the battle system. The whole game is about Halloween and how different Costumes you obtain through the game will allow you to transform into whatever the costume is about ( Robot Costume allows you to trun into a giant robot that shoots a rocket fist and bombs). As i said earlier the game is light hearted no complex battle system here which means you dont have weapons or armors no list of magic spells or skills...Each costume can attack and has one special move (which can only be used after two turns). When attacking each costume has a different button or prompt that needs to be push within seconds in order to get a critical hit...same goes for when a monster attacks your characters you must push a button in time to reduce the damage. I highly recommend this game to anyone who wants to play a short, simple, fun RPG.

Helpful? Yes No Funny