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

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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!

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    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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
A fun, accessible, bite sized "RPG" with a creative concept and a beautiful artstyle. I would say don't play for the gameplay, it's basically a 'Fisher-Price: Babies first turn based combat system'. There's actually more strategy in trying to not win a battle, as the game makes it extremely easy for you. Instead, play the game for it's hilariously written story and enjoyable feel. A great way to blow off some steam.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Quick but really fun game.
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104 of 110 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.
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69 of 74 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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51 of 59 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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36 of 40 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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38 of 45 people (84%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
Be a kid. Collect candy. Save the world. Fun game if you are looking for something short and sweet.
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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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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
In the glorious words of the immortal Ernest P. Worrell I bring you these words of advice.. "Pretty soon the kids won't have to worry about eating their Brussel sprouts because the Brussel sprouts will be eating them."

Exchange the word Brussel sprouts with candy corn and you'll understand the game of Costume quest, a cute Halloween themed adventure game from the wonderful team at Double Fine entertainment. The same group responsible for such classics as Psychonauts and Brutal Legend (Jack Black playing a rock and roll roadie.... YES PLEASE) In this game you play as Reynold and Wren a pair of twins who have recently moved to a new neighborhood, it's Halloween night and they are planning on going trick or treating. After selecting which sibling you want to control, either Wren, the 10 minute older sister or Reynold the 10 pound heavier member of the dynamite duo, you are shipped off into the world. The selected sibling gets a Robot custom, the other gets dressed as a piece of Candy Corn.. Social norms be damned if you pick the female character.. who says females aren't into Robots :-D certainly not me.

(It was here where the first bit of disbelief struck me, the parents allowed their twin children to leave the house unaccompanied to go trick or treating in a new neighborhood. These are two children who appear to be 8 - 9 years old, wandering the streets of a new neighborhood on Halloween night which is a night when child predators are normally tremendously on the prowl looking for victims. Furthermore, after the sibling you didn't pick gets literally kidnapped, instead of running home, or screaming for help or literally anything we've been teaching children to do for the last 30 years, they decide to go on a crazy adventure to find the sister to avoid punishment. Just a quick note, a police officer is literally a twenty or thirty feet away away from the abduction site...) soap box off

After trick or treating at the first house, the pair try a second, only this time the candy corn gets abducted by a candy stealing grubbin monster... OH MY!!!.. So off we go on an adventure to rescue our sister/brother from the clutches of a nasty candy stealing evil corporation, I'm talking a really dirty nasty organization we haven't seen in video games since Umbrella corporation.. Along the way to rescue your sibling you meet new friends, discover a sinister plot to steal candy, and defeat some monsters making for an amazing Halloween adventure which can be enjoyed at any time of year.

The Story

I pretty much described the story above, siblings, candy, stealing, adventure. The story takes place in three locations, Auburn Pines, which is the starting neighborhood, Autumn Haven Mall (easy enough it's a Mall), and Fall Valley carnival, each area offers up the chance to explore, trick or treat, bob for candy apples, defeat monsters and oh yeah... get that sweet, sweet candy baby.. nuff said!!!

The Gameplay

The first aspect the gamer is introduced to is trick or treating, which is just as it sounds, you go up to a house, knock on the door and wait for a trick (battle) or a trick (candy) It's as simplistic as that. Knocking on doors isn't the only way to collect candy, numerous interactive objects in the environment such as mailboxes, trashcans, shrubs, etc etc etc, can be pounded on by your candy pail in an attempt to wriggle loose a few extra pieces of candy, also numerous areas have candy thrown about on the ground... I personally wouldn't pick up candy off the ground and eat it, but hey whatever floats my characters boat. The game features three types of collectibles, the first is Costumes, you start with the Robot costume, and soon after acquire a knight outfit, others you can collect are the statue of liberty, a unicorn, french fries and many more. Many of the costumes have two special benefits, the first being an extra ability you can use while out of combat, like the Robot which can travel faster, or the Knight, that can shield from falling items. The second ability is a special battle ability, whether it's rockets, a shield of protection or a powerful group heal.

The second type of collectible in the game are battle cards, these cards can be used to further enhance your character, give them additional HP, defense, a stun, etc etc etc, you can buy the cards from Sadie using the candy you collect during your adventure. With each new area, additional cards are added for you to buy, the new cards offer upgrades over the older cards. These are very useful in helping to gain the advantage in your battles to come. The final collectibles are called treat cards, these resemble trading cards, they really serve no purpose, outside of being necessary to complete a few quest and unlocking a costume for collecting all of them. You gain treat cards by defeating enemies and completing quest.

The Combat

The combat in Costume Quest is rather unique, upon starting the battle your given one option to select basic attack (unless you have a battle card which gives you a secondary option like a stun) after selecting that option you're taken into a quick time event. If you succeed in the quicktime event your character does extra damage, if you fail, your character does quite a bit less damage. During the enemy phase of combat, when an enemy attacks one of your characters, you're given another quick time event, if you are successful you defend some of the damage and minimize the damage you receive, if you fail the quick time event the enemy a significant amount of extra damage.

Special ability's - those special abilities each costume has I mentioned above are useful here, after three combat turns each of your character unlocks their costumes special ability, this can be anything from from protection, heals, massive damage to a single or all enemies. It's a good idea to mix and match your party to ensure you have all your bases covered in terms of combat, defense and healing. A good defense is a good offense makes sense in this case. It's especially important to include some type of healing for your party, as no healing exist outside of special ability or battle cards.

The combat sounds simplistic and it is, but the quick time events keep the gamer engaged and on their seat with each successive battle, letting your guard down can and probably will result in you suffering a defeat.

Pro's
Good story,
interesting characters
unique combat system
very fun to play
easy to 100% if you're into achievements
controller support

Con's
Can be a bit too easy with the right combination of costumes/battle cards
Slightly repetitive enemies
occasionally controls can glitch out


Recommendation

I'd highly recommend this game, on paper it looks rather simplistic, it seems to have many strikes against it from a gamer's perspective prior to even installing it, but trust me on this one, once you start playing and get into the story you'll be thoroughly entertained as I was. A fun game to play and enjoy, once you start to play you'll want to keep playing until you finish the the story. It can be a bit difficult to get into, especially when you realize you'll be playing with children as characters, but that's part of the charm, a person of any age can kick back and enjoy the thrills and exciting of going trick or treating once again.. (without having your neighbors call you a cheapskate ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ for trying to collect candy from them) I'd really suggest taking the plunge, buying the game, collecting the candy and saving Halloween for children and adults all across the world..
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ScrubzSilver cRiSPy
5.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
Go trick-or-treating but the trick is bombing the neighborhood.
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remitentacle
8.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
really cute game, so much fun and i love it!
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Lovegaming
6.9 hrs
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
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angylfate
3.2 hrs
Posted: September 20
A funny light-hearted take on the RPG genre. Very enjoyable.
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GinKadia
15.7 hrs
Posted: September 11
Clever and tons of fun!
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beaker
15.1 hrs
Posted: September 10
A bit repetitive, but cute and fun for the short time it lasts.
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Crystal
32.5 hrs
Posted: September 8
Cannot recommend this game enough!!
Simple but charming RPG. Great Halloween ambiance.
I thoroughly enjoyed the game, and would recommend Costume Quest 2 as well!
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HermitDelirus
8.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
Costume quest is a fun game to play no doubt.
Pros: Cool story, funny characters and good rpg fighting (to some point)
Cons: extremely repetitive
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