A sequel to the popular Halloween adventure from Double Fine Productions!
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Release Date: Oct 7, 2014

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Trick, treat and pick a fight with villianous dental soldiers in Costume Quest 2, the sweet sequel to Double Fine’s hit original, Costume Quest, that turned fans of all ages into candy obsessed crusaders. This inspired RPG adventure includes a range of new features and gameplay improvements to double the amount of mischievous fun. Explore spooky time-traversing landscapes, don adorable new costumes that transform into powerful Hallo-warriors, and collect even Creepier Treat Cards to wield in combat against a legion of hygiene obsessed baddies. Only heroic siblings Wren and Reynold can save Halloween forever!

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz dual core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB GeForce 8800, Radeon 3850, or Intel HD 3000 Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.2 GHz, or AMD Athlon 64 at 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB GeForce 220, Radeon 4550, Intel HD 4000 Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI HD 2600 / NVIDIA 8800GT / Intel HD3000 or better card with at least 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Core i Series Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI HD 4670 / Nvidia 285 or better with at least 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz dual core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB GeForce 8800, Radeon HD 2000, or Intel HD 4000 Graphics
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Open GL: 2.1
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Very Positive (297 reviews)
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chrisguy21
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
This game has a story that is similar to that of X-Men Days of Future Past but with Halloween
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BRIANSCORPIO
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
This Is a Interesting And A Fun Game ! If You Like Quest , Adventure And Holloween You Should Love This Game I Say Its Fun Im Not A Fan Of Holloween But I Love Adventure ! This Game Is Kinda Strange Becuase You Dont Need A Mouse For It .
So Lucky For People Who Don't Have Mice . Who Ever Is Reading This I Hope You Buy This Game Its Fun !
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kickball2435
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
Fun game.
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Moralio
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
Direct sequel to Costume Quest with few gameplay improvements, new story and new costumes. Mind you that the core gameplay and structure are exactly the same. You will once again travel around in a team of three, utilizing costumes with different abilities to fight monsters in very basic RPG battles and solve simple puzzles. Only thing that is really new are 45 Creepy Treat Cards, that can be used in battles with various effects ranging from healing, disabling enemies, buffing allies and so on. CQ2 took me 7 hours to complete while getting all achievements in the process.

Pick it up if you need closure after Grubbins on Ice or just want more of the same.
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Stamos
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
See reviews for Costume Quest 1. They're virtually identical.
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Your Average Wanker
( 18.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
Y'know when the first one came out and I loved it and then they decided to make a second one and OH MAN I LOVE THIS GAME.
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daguywithdashadow
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
The fact that this game runs at 10FPS on a computer from 2015 is just god-awful. Do not buy this game unless you are willing to put up with the awful FPS that clearly isn't shown in the trailers.
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lamuella
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
I really enjoyed the first costume quest. Cute graphics, good gameplay, great setting, very funny. Plus the Grubbins On Ice content essentially doubled the length of the game.

Costume Quest 2 is at first just as enjoyable. The graphics are just as cute, the gameplay is just as good, the setting is if anything even betterm as is the humour.

It's just that... it's really short. Like, really short. Without spoiling anything the end credits sequence is a neighbourhood you can wander around in, and I kept trying to work out how I made the next bit of the game start because I couldn't believe the story would be this short.

I really really enjoyed it while playing, so I'm giving it a thumbs up. I just wanted more.
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Lyzzie
( 16.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
Such a nice game! As good as Costume Quest, this game has a beautiful graphic aspect, nice soundtrack and the RPG elements has improved, making the game a bit more difficult, as it should be.

just love it!
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mister potato
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
at the begin i think this stupid but it's relly cool game
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darian.jean
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10
I adore these costume quest games, I played the 1st and 2nd and I replay them fairly often. It’s simple, cute and all around fun.
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Ariandel
( 18.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
If you played and enjoyed the first Costume Quest, then definitely buy Costume Quest 2. It has the same humour, and you pick back up with Reynold and Wren on an entirely new quest, this time to save the future of Halloween.

The combat is more interactive than the last game, with each attack, defense, and counter needing a (simple) quick-time event that determines how much damage is done. Creepy Treat Cards are also a new introduction, which take the place of battle stamps but are used during the battle, and have a much larger effect. Some cards heal, others up damage, some block spell-casting, or even give better XP or candy rewards at the end of battle.

There are of course still secrets to find, lots of different costumes, and small side-quests. If you haven't played the first Costume Quest, go buy it, play it, and then come back to buy and play this one, they're completely worth it.
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Baphomet
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 27
Costume Quest 2 places you back in the role of Reynold and Wren in a quest to alter the course of time and unravel the damage done by an evil dentist bent on keeping Halloween candy away from children. There’s definitely more to be said about this game compared to the first, which felt more like a generic RPG with occasional witty humor thrown in.

The combat system has been almost completely revamped and feels much more interactive with timings for critical hits, secondary attacks, blocks, and counter-attacks. Replacing battle stamps are special cards, each with their own unique effect, that have a cooldown after use (to encourage swapping cards out no doubt). The costume roulette wheel is back and some costumes also have secondary ‘exploration’ abilities for getting through certain puzzles or shortcuts.

Having a more cohesive storyline really helped CQ2 appeal to me much more than its prequel and I felt like the comedic relief wasn’t as forced as before either. Little gags like the useless candy corn costume and items or attacks that sound like traditional RPG fare with a silly twist were a nice touch too. The game itself still takes about the same amount of time a CQ1 (around 7 hours for me) so, depending on your preference, you may want to grab it on sale.
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Coalpa
( 19.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17
Simple game and very nice for casual players like myself. Both this game and the first were good in my opinion, but I would recomend the first more than the second. Standard RPG style and I'm not sure why people are complaining about the graphics and small quirks, at least they fixed the bug where you couldn't clip through your team mates and get stuck at the end of the game. I only found one bug in the game and overall I would say that's pretty good. Takes about 5 hours to complete and 7 to get all the little hidden secrets. Add an extra 10 min to get some achievements and you're golden. 9/10, perfect for your run of the mill casual.
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Belphegore
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 12
Where do I even begin? The Costume Quest games are unique little adventure titles that are sprinkled with RPG elements. Both games center around Halloween and, of course, the act of Trick-or-Treating. Costume Quest 2 picks up where its predecessor left off in terms of story, and it expands on all of the elements that players will be familiar with from the first game.

Without spoiling the main plot, I can say that you will take on the role of the brother/sister duo, Reynold and Wren. You will be tasked with regaining a talisman in order to save the world from a most disturbing fate of a candy-less future. Throughout the course of the game, you will have a few friends to accompany you on your journey; effectively turning your party from a duo to a trio. Having three party members comes in extremely handy across the numerous main and side quests that you will encounter. From knocking on doors to Trick-or-Treat and possibly running into enemies, to free roaming enemies, to helping find lost Hide n' Seek kids, the quests are enjoyably easy.

Each character is able to equip the various costumes that you will unlock whilst playing the game; from a wizard to a pharaoh, a clown and a werewolf, and many more. Each costume comes with its own unique attack, special ability, strength and weakness; all of which makes it essential that the player equips their party with the appropriate costume from area to area. You will earn experience points and candy (which is used as currency) after each battle. Candy can be spent on purchasing costume upgrades and special cards, which brings me to my next point.

The cards in this game act as battle stamps did in the original Costume Quest. If you never played that game, it's simply an extra element that introduces more factors into combat. Where one card can revive a player at 50% health, another card can cause a character to attack twice per turn. There are 45 in total, and you can equip 3 at a time; using them can often move a seemingly hopeless battle into your favor. There are some massively overpowered cards, such as one that will kill all minions, which cause the game to become rather easy at a certain point. However, the cards also have cool downs that expire after a set number of battles.

The soundtrack to this game is fantastic, and given that you rarely go back to previous areas the tunes just do not get old. The game mechanics are also extremely smooth, and the game itself runs at a stable 60 frames with no hitches. The graphics themselves are cute, fun and simple, and it's always exciting to see what your costume will look like in battle once you've unlocked a new one or have spent your candy on an upgrade for it.

Costume Quest 2 is an outstanding follow up to its debut title, in every way imaginable. Double Fine even put a few new elements into the combat system to give it a slightly fresher feel. The story is satisfying from start to finish, and it definitely doesn't let down its audience at the end. I highly recommend this game to fans of the original Costume Quest, or for anyone who is looking for a fresh, fun little adventure game that will last around 8-9 hours. Although I do suggest if you have not played Costume Quest 1, you pick that game up first so that you have more of an understanding of the story.

Rating: 4.0/5.0 - Excellent, highly worth playing.
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nekobun
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 8
Costume Quest 2 takes its predecessor and blows everything up by several orders of magnitude. More costumes, more characters, more and bigger areas, and new abilities make the second Costume Quest huge, but not -too- huge.

Wren and Reynold return, but both their friends from the original Costume Quest are... otherwise occupied shortly after the start of the game. For some reason, the monsters from the first game return to wreak havoc, and it's up to the twins to find help from whomever they can to fix what's gone wrong. Time travel plays a large part in Costume Quest 2, as Reynold & Wren jump from period to period of their little town's history (and future), encountering new friends in each period that fill a rotating third party slot.

A few of the original game's costumes return, but only as a reward if you've finished the first Costume Quest (which, by the way, you should). Most everything you can wear this time around is new, save for the previously unusable Candy Corn. Yes, you can be Candy Corn. Yes, it's basically hard mode if you do so, as you're not going to get much more than life advice and inspiration from whomever wears it.

As mentioned before, the regions in Costume Quest 2 feel a bit more expansive than those in the first game, and are often sectioned off by ability or interaction sequence requirements. This occasionally leads to feeling a bit lost or concerns you may have missed something, but it's rare that you can't backtrack to pick up something you passed up earlier. In fact, there are several things in each time period that require traveling back to them toward the game's end to retrieve with new costume abilities you've retrieved.

Despite the increased cast size, the story in Costume Quest 2 is just as well told as that of its predecessor, if not more so. The stakes feel adequately raised along with the game's other improvements without feeling like a ridiculous leap, and nothing is left dangling once all is said and done. The combat has been streamlined even further, with a few new features added for variety, and the stamps from last time have been replaced by a more useful and inviting collectable card system for buffs.

Basically, it's Costume Quest 2, but better. Which is a good thing. Get this. Play this. Candy Corn for lyfe.

Granted, they also referenced Blazing Saddles at one point, which may have introduced some bias on my part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zjCi_JH7dA
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DiabolicalDude
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 7
Eh

Costume Quest 2 is the sequel to costume quest and it is pretty apparent as the game is pretty much a reskin of the first game with some gameplay changes

Story
The game continues off of the DLC (I think) of the previous game where you have to go and free the future from an oppressive dentist while going through the past. It's a bit weird (But then again, so was the story of the first game). However, I think the first game had more charm. It was about halloween and monsters rather than time traveling dentist dystopias. Not bad but not really good either

Gameplay
It's been gutted and changed. You still only have one basic attack and one special attack. However, now it involves timing and your damage depends on how close you hit it to the indicator. You can also block and counter although they have their own disadvantages. The one thing that I really didn't like is that the status cards are no longer applied to characters. Instead, you have to play them in game (which wastes a turn). This turns down the amount of customization each characters has (which is already pretty low) and I wish they really didn't change it.

Graphics/Performance
The game ran at a smooth 60 with a 4790K, GTX 970, and 16GB of ram. It looks much better than the previous game (Especially the water reflections). When you zoom into a character, it looks a bit.. cartoony but that's just the play style.

Final thoughts.
Overall, it's basically part 2 of a game with a different combat engine. It wasn't bad but there is just so much freaking combat and it gets old really fast. I was just rushing through to finish it and didn't want to do the side quests like the first game. Play it if you really want to
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KirbyFanful12
( 19.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 30, 2015
best game
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Clara
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 26, 2015
Much shorter gameplay than the first one, but controls and concept are the same. Find candy, make costumes, and save the world.
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GrimKreeper
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 23, 2015
this game is so exciting i my self almost played for more than 2 hours ,my game time limit.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
Such a nice game! As good as Costume Quest, this game has a beautiful graphic aspect, nice soundtrack and the RPG elements has improved, making the game a bit more difficult, as it should be.

just love it!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
The fact that this game runs at 10FPS on a computer from 2015 is just god-awful. Do not buy this game unless you are willing to put up with the awful FPS that clearly isn't shown in the trailers.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Where do I even begin? The Costume Quest games are unique little adventure titles that are sprinkled with RPG elements. Both games center around Halloween and, of course, the act of Trick-or-Treating. Costume Quest 2 picks up where its predecessor left off in terms of story, and it expands on all of the elements that players will be familiar with from the first game.

Without spoiling the main plot, I can say that you will take on the role of the brother/sister duo, Reynold and Wren. You will be tasked with regaining a talisman in order to save the world from a most disturbing fate of a candy-less future. Throughout the course of the game, you will have a few friends to accompany you on your journey; effectively turning your party from a duo to a trio. Having three party members comes in extremely handy across the numerous main and side quests that you will encounter. From knocking on doors to Trick-or-Treat and possibly running into enemies, to free roaming enemies, to helping find lost Hide n' Seek kids, the quests are enjoyably easy.

Each character is able to equip the various costumes that you will unlock whilst playing the game; from a wizard to a pharaoh, a clown and a werewolf, and many more. Each costume comes with its own unique attack, special ability, strength and weakness; all of which makes it essential that the player equips their party with the appropriate costume from area to area. You will earn experience points and candy (which is used as currency) after each battle. Candy can be spent on purchasing costume upgrades and special cards, which brings me to my next point.

The cards in this game act as battle stamps did in the original Costume Quest. If you never played that game, it's simply an extra element that introduces more factors into combat. Where one card can revive a player at 50% health, another card can cause a character to attack twice per turn. There are 45 in total, and you can equip 3 at a time; using them can often move a seemingly hopeless battle into your favor. There are some massively overpowered cards, such as one that will kill all minions, which cause the game to become rather easy at a certain point. However, the cards also have cool downs that expire after a set number of battles.

The soundtrack to this game is fantastic, and given that you rarely go back to previous areas the tunes just do not get old. The game mechanics are also extremely smooth, and the game itself runs at a stable 60 frames with no hitches. The graphics themselves are cute, fun and simple, and it's always exciting to see what your costume will look like in battle once you've unlocked a new one or have spent your candy on an upgrade for it.

Costume Quest 2 is an outstanding follow up to its debut title, in every way imaginable. Double Fine even put a few new elements into the combat system to give it a slightly fresher feel. The story is satisfying from start to finish, and it definitely doesn't let down its audience at the end. I highly recommend this game to fans of the original Costume Quest, or for anyone who is looking for a fresh, fun little adventure game that will last around 8-9 hours. Although I do suggest if you have not played Costume Quest 1, you pick that game up first so that you have more of an understanding of the story.

Rating: 4.0/5.0 - Excellent, highly worth playing.
Belphegore's Hell House Reviews (Group)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
Around 10 more hours of Costume Quest.
The game is totally the same, with only new costumes and a new story, so if you didn't enjoyed the first chapter, don't get this one.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
A best Gift for kids who love halloween!

fanatstic game.
halloween themed game.

trickin' and treatin' all the way in the game.

great gameplay 10/10 ign
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
If you did not pre-order the game then you have ♥♥♥♥ ammount of content compared to the rest. The ammount of costumes in this game is completely sad... The first game had much more content and story to it. If this is the way the game had to be made then there should not have been a 2 in the first place. Double Fine used to be amazing but now I dont know if they should even bother to make games anymore.. Its pretty sad to say but Double Fine is dead. I would just pirate this game to get the pre-order content but I dont feel like wasting the time and energy.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Eh

Costume Quest 2 is the sequel to costume quest and it is pretty apparent as the game is pretty much a reskin of the first game with some gameplay changes

Story
The game continues off of the DLC (I think) of the previous game where you have to go and free the future from an oppressive dentist while going through the past. It's a bit weird (But then again, so was the story of the first game). However, I think the first game had more charm. It was about halloween and monsters rather than time traveling dentist dystopias. Not bad but not really good either

Gameplay
It's been gutted and changed. You still only have one basic attack and one special attack. However, now it involves timing and your damage depends on how close you hit it to the indicator. You can also block and counter although they have their own disadvantages. The one thing that I really didn't like is that the status cards are no longer applied to characters. Instead, you have to play them in game (which wastes a turn). This turns down the amount of customization each characters has (which is already pretty low) and I wish they really didn't change it.

Graphics/Performance
The game ran at a smooth 60 with a 4790K, GTX 970, and 16GB of ram. It looks much better than the previous game (Especially the water reflections). When you zoom into a character, it looks a bit.. cartoony but that's just the play style.

Final thoughts.
Overall, it's basically part 2 of a game with a different combat engine. It wasn't bad but there is just so much freaking combat and it gets old really fast. I was just rushing through to finish it and didn't want to do the side quests like the first game. Play it if you really want to
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112 of 128 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
Costume Quest 2 is the second game in this series developed by Double Fine Productions. You play the role of two twin siblings, Reynold and Wren. The game follows on from the original game in the story and offers much of the same game play elements. The game has been released on PS3, 360, PS4, Xbox One, WiiU and all of the PC platforms.

Like I said, the gameplay is very much the same as the first game, you travel around in your party exploring the world and encounter enemies, which you battle in a turn based fight scene. These fight scenes have an essence of QTEs in them, so if you hit the button at exactly the right time, you'll either do more damage, or block more damage. As you venture throughout the game, you will discover new and interesting costumes to wear - each costume has its own special ability and unique style of play. There is some real interesting costumes to find, my favorite is the Clown costume, which acts as your early game healer, but you also have tanky classes and damage dealing classes like in other RPG games.

Graphically, Costume Quest 2 is identical to the original. The art style is beautiful though, I loved the stylized world that you are put in and all of the characters just look gorgeous. The animation in cut scenes and in the game are second to none too. The game is so well optimized that pretty much any rig can play this in its full glory.

The plot is similar to the first game too; you are out to stop Dr. Orel White who has taken over the world and aims to bring an end to the holiday, Halloween! Obviously being the candy loving kids we all are, we can't let that happen and you must stop him. With an element of time travel to be seen, there is some very interesting plot points throughout the game, and this comes with the inclusion of some brilliantly comical moments along the way too.

Sadly the game is not voice acted - for me I was hoping it would be given how popular the first game was, but this doesn't take away any of the charm the game has. You can pretty much imagine how each of the characters in the game would sound, and the animation of them all with the facial expressions aids this ten fold too.

Costume Quest 2 has moments of difficulty; some of the quests are not easily figured out and you have to put a bit of thought into them, or working out where to go next in order to progress the game. Not to mention the boss battles can also get quite intensive too; I actually had to spend a fair amount of time grinding my characters up a few levels just so they were on par with the difficulty of the bosses I was facing. This is by no means a bad thing as with each fight you win, you also get the chance to win a card, which will have a unique effect that you can use in a battle, such as avoiding attacks, doing double damage, or sometimes actually out right killing an enemy no questions asked!

That brings me onto the level design, every single level in Costume Quest has absolutely tons of areas to explore and items to find. You have to destroy typical game world items in order to find the games currency, candy. The candy can the be spent at the vendors which are scattered around the world to purchase costume upgrades, or the above mentioned special effect cards. Each level also has a handful of side quests which you can complete, granting further experience points and candy as rewards. I would recommend people actually focus on the side quests before progressing in the main quest just so you keep up at the right level compared to the enemies. Some of the side quests are linked to the main quest; but a lot can be skipped over if you really want to.

A full playthrough with completing the majority of the side quests at a leisurely pace took me just under nine hours to complete which is actually a bit of a jump in length compared to the original which only took me five hours to finish. Again though, there is no reason at all to play through Costume Quest 2 for a second time apart from maybe mopping up a few achievements if that's your jam. Much like the first, I would really of liked to have seen a "New Game+" mode just to squeeze a couple more hours out of it, and maybe introducing local co-op too, that would be an almost perfect addition given that you play as twins the whole way through the game.

I had virtually no technical issues in my run through. I was able to play at 4K resolution with a steady 60 FPS the whole time. I did run into a few bugs where you could actually walk through some walls when interacting with items on the other side of the wall such as ladders and chests, but there are no real game breaking bugs to be found. I played the game with a controller given the amount of QTEs in the game, I felt that would be a better option, but this can just as easily be played with keyboard and mouse too.

To sum up, I think Costume Quest 2 does exactly the same as the Costume Quest just bigger and better. I can only hope that there is going to be a third game in this series as it just gets better and better with each release. I will go as far to say this is one of my favorite games I have played this year so it gets a strong recommendation from me!

Tom's Score Card
1) Stay away
2) Only recommended when on sale
3) Recommended
4) Highly recommended
5) This is a must play

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Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Costume Quest 2 is Costume Quest with time travel and enhanced graphics, and that's not hyperbole. Many assets, including costumes, are recycled and the neighborhoods are likely to induce deja vu in those who played the original. The few adjustments that have been made are of little consequence so, if you enjoyed Costume Quest and wanted more of the same, you'll enjoy this; on the other hand, if you felt it began to drag and become repetitive, or that battles were tedious, you will feel it again here and sooner. For those who haven't played either, there's no reason you can't start with this one.

The story in Costume Quest 2 revolves around a group of kids who must utilize time travel to deal with the results of a mother obsessed with keeping her son's teeth in perfect condition; that is, save Halloween from being outlawed by the deranged dentist he becomes. To accomplish this, you'll need to skate around neighborhoods completing quests, knocking on doors and beating up baddies for candy that can be used to buy maps, costume upgrades and battle abilities. Some costumes grant powers that are needed to access secret areas or progress the story, and you can switch between them at any time while not in combat.

Combat begins with your characters morphing into giant versions of whatever costumes they're wearing and is turn-based, with QTEs for enhanced damage, blocking and combos. Whether it's Thomas Jefferson and his special attack, the Declaration of Destruction; generic robots and superheroes; or a useless candy corn that's still trying to find his courage, it's all amusing and the animations are nicely done. The biggest improvement that could have been made to the game, but wasn't, would no doubt involve the length and repetition of battles and QTEs.

Overall, Costume Quest 2 is a light-hearted, humorous, feel-good game that, when played by someone new to the series, should make up for in charm what it lacks in depth. I can easily recommend it to newcomers and lovers of the first title; for those who thought Costume Quest was nothing more than fair, don't expect this to change your mind: Double Fine didn't attempt to in the slightest.
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183 of 286 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Very similar to the first Costume Quest which is good for the most part but I found it getting repetitive after a couple hours. Removed the post battle healing and force you to backtrack to a water fountain to heal waaaay too frequently which can be a pain in the ♥♥♥ in unfamiliar territory. No maps provided of new areas unless you buy it. Even with the map there is no indication of your current location. Battle stamps (passive upgrades) have been removed and a new buff system using Creepy Treats cards as in battle items takes their place. Fairly entertaining story but I preferred the previous Costume Quest.
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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 20, 2015
Costume quest is finally back. It surprised me, i was not expecting Costume quest 2. I loved the first game and i instantly fell in love with this one. Again you play as the very cute little kids (i know it sounds creepy coming from a grown man) and running in halloween costumes fighting giant angry moles and snails.

The game didn‘t change much. The core is the same. Simple rpg mechanics, collecting candies, leveling up, collecting new costumes to become a three-headed hotdog.

The combat system changed a little, you now need to press a button when attacking to do more damage and same goes for defending – press the button in time to receive less damage. And there‘s fountains where you can restore your health after the fights. I heard people complaining about it, but i don‘t see the problem here, fountains are always close to you, it‘s easy to go and refill you hp. Other than that the game is same as the previous one – great. Yes it‘s very short, but i don‘t know if i would want to play it for 30 hours.

Double fine has done a fine job here. Costume quest 3 next halloween maybe?
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85 of 126 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Caution: It is highly recommended that you play Costume Quest and Grubbins on Ice before this game. Much of the story would make little sense on it's own. It seems the developer assumes you've played the previous game and doesn't try to fill in the blanks too much. (Don't worry, it's worth it to play CQ before CQ2.) My review also assumes you're familiar with the first game.

the Good: - cute graphics, Halloween atmosphere
- witty dialoge
- fun gameplay, more complex battle system
- lots of exploration
- good story
- many new and upgradable costumes

the Bad: - main menu is quite annoying, call me old-fashioned but I prefer simple, efficient text on the screen

It's rare to see a holiday-specific game, but like those familiar Christmas songs, Costume Quest has become a tradition among it's fans. Much like the first game, Costume Quest 2 is simple, fun, and charming. The battle system has been refined to better engage the player with combo attacks and timed button presses. Health sometimes needs to be replenished after battles this time, adding a bit of difficulty, and the collectible card power ups have been re-tooled forcing more strategery.

In short, this is everything that made Costume Quest great with increased variety and the welcome addition of more complexity. Is it time for Halloween? Long for a little Trick-or-Treat nostalgia? Then it's time to play Costume Quest 2.

(BTW, if this type of game interests you I'd also recommend Saturday Morning RPG)
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27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat! If you don't, I don't care, I'll just change into an actual superhero and beat the candy out of you, you creepy monster!

If you've played the first Costume Quest, then you know exactly what you're in for- kids beating the crud out of monsters for halloween candy. But this time... there's more to it than just "the bad monsters want to steal away our candy". Nope, this time, there's a new villain in town... the one person who has more reason to hate candy than any one other person in the whole city...

...the creepy local dentist.

In fact, he hates it so much that he's somehow managed to make it to where Halloween, candy, and costumes are crimes against his order, and he's recruited the Repugians to help enforce his views. It's up to Wren and Reynold to put a stop to it, and save Halloween for future generations.

To be quite honest, this is just as good as the first one- battles are a tad bit more complicated with a bit of Pokemon-style type weakness mixed in, but you'll pick up on that easily enough. Stickers are also gone, replaced with Creepy Treats cards that recharge after a certain number of battles. The automatic healing after every battle has been removed too- but it's not as terrible as it sounds, honestly. You either need to camp out around a water fountain to keep healed, or finally put that candy to more use than just as a currency- you can fully heal your party for 25 pieces of candy, or use it to buy upgrades and cards.

To be honest, the new costumes you get in this one may not be as powerful as some of the originals- for instance, the Unicorn's My Pretty Panacea special is still brokenly powerful compared to the revive you get without the preorder- but the right combinations are still very, very powerful.

Enemies are no longer a finite resource- there are respawning enemies in all the areas of the game in addition to the ones in the usual places, so if you just feel like sitting somewhere and grinding levels, you can do that, too. To be honest, though, you don't need a super-high level to beat the game- I finished it around level 9, with the Hardcorn achievement, even.

Some of the late-game random encounters need a specific strategy- you'll run into a group that can drop a group heal every turn, if they so choose, and if you don't destroy them in a specific order, they'll tear you apart.

It might need a little balancing in the late game, but overall, if you have the first one, you can expect more of the same fun that was in the first one- or you could just outright buy the first one as well and play through that if you want to! If you didn't play the first one, that's still fine- you might not understand some of the story elements, but you'll like the great gameplay and all the fun!
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Costume Quest 2 retains all the charm of the first game, and adds several improvements. The battle system is still simple (in a good way) but they've added a bit more depth to make it more interesting from a strategic standpoint.

Also: 60 FPS finally! (CQ1 was 30 FPS and had framerate issues, being a previous-gen console port)

I recommend the following:
  • Play Costume Quest 1 first, and the (free) DLC, since the story in CQ2 continues immediately after that
  • Go for the "hardcorn" achievement, if you want a little more depth to the battles
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
First of all, if you've never played the first game you should. Not only to get the whole story but because I feel it was overall a better game. Costume Quest 2 is a good game, but I feel there are some questionable design choices that were made solely to artificially extend play time and can be tiresome like having to update your treat cards after battles and having to go to fountains or eat candy to heal. Even leaving the game takes time. It's still funny, it's still charming, combat became a little more interesting and challenging than the first game. I enjoyed it at the end, though much less than the original. Another issue I had is that only pre-order costumers got the DLC with some costume from the previous game, and while I'm ok with rewarding people who bought it first I'd like to see them as a purchasable DLC in the future.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2015
If you like the first game you should like this one because it is basically more of the same. The only thing I don't like about this one are the timed attacks in combat. It reminds me of Super Mario rpg and that was about the only thing I didn't like in that game. It's fine though I guess but one other thing that bothers me is that combat takes a long time because you have a follow up attack on each attack that you can do, enemies have a lot of hp, and all attacks from you and the enemies take longer than in most games. Although I wish combat was quicker, it isn't too bad, especially since this is the type of game you only ever really play through once. I like the first game better because it seemed like it had more detail to the story and the world. This one seems to be a toned down version of the game, but it is still a fun game in its own right. Some of the reviews I've seen didn't like this game for whatever reason but like I said its basically about the same formula as the first one.

7.5/10
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2015
Fun and adorable. A great sequel to the first Costume Quest. Use of a controller recommended.
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68 of 119 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Not much was fixed from CQ1, many flaws are still prevalent and it's kind of a shame.

The game length was shortened by almost half, I found myself wandering around aimlessly in this game for 20 minutes at a time trying to figure some of the more cryptic quests out and I still managed to finish it in half the time it took me to beat CQ1... although in it's defense, this game doesn't have DLC, but the DLC for CQ1 isn't 6 hours long.

The story was a bit rushed, It felt really manic and clumsey and the costumes all felt more useless than in the original...

The coolest costume is very hard to find and requires you to actually do a lateral thinking puzzle where all other quests are basically spelled out for you or documented in your note book. It's just a shame I finished the game before finding it because after discovering it I had no use for it... I tested out it's special move and thought it would of been cool to fight the final boss with it again, but he was already a push over.

The Candy Corn achievement is just gruling and brutal because of all the quips you have to endure every time that characters turn comes up but in the long run it does you a favor... Using Candy Corn slows the pace of the game to a crawl because you lose one of your fighters for the entire duration of the game but it helps tremendously during boss fights and even more especially during the final fight.

The music and design is nothing to gawk at... just more of the same except now you can double attack and use counter attacks... The buff badges have been removed and the creepy treat cards were given more utility...

So now you can actually use them for something other than staring at but I didn't want to waste any in fear that I might lose out on the collection achievement... so that was a waste of resources if I've ever seen one... I never needed to utilze a single card the entire time playing.

Either way, it wasn't their best effort, could of been better... I did enjoy it regardless of the lack of content but it didn't stray too far from the original in terms of innovation... just another copy and paste sequel.
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28 of 45 people (62%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
I can't really recommend this unless you are a huge fan of the first. Dialogue is a little on the weaker side, combat is super easy (I never even touched the cards at all during the battle), and the story seemed a little unimaginative. Play the first one, and leave it at that knowing that you are playing the best game in the series.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Pros:
-Very funny, witty story and dialogue.
-Easily accessible for all.
-Great music.
-Wonderful art and graphics.

Cons:
-Repetitive combat.
-A bit too similar to the first game.

I never really did Halloween when I was a kid. I’m one of those killjoys who rolls her eyes at the Halloween decorations the shops insist on trotting out and flogging to a mostly disinterested British audience every year. I managed to work my way through my formative years without it playing any part in my yearly routine. I never went trick or treating, or ‘glorified begging’ as I was told it was. I’ve never really done fancy dress in any big way either. In fact I’ve probably put more effort into making costumes for my hedgehog soft toys than I have for myself. Costume Quest 2 lets me precariously live out my repressed need to threaten strangers into giving me sweets and dress up in increasingly deranged outfits whilst hitting monsters, which I assume is standard Halloween behaviour for those inclined.

Costume Quest was a game that impressed me immensely. It was simple in places but filled with all the wonderful charm and wit that Double Fine have built their reputation on. Like Psychonauts (another game I love), Costume Quest is a game about being a kid, doing kid stuff and seeing the world in a fantastical way that the adults around them just cannot do. It’s silly and quirky without coming across as pandering or dumbed down. On the contrary, Costume Quest had some really clever writing. Despite my Halloween-cynicism, I was strangely excited about the prospect of Costume Quest 2 (especially after seeing the wonderful announcement trailer).

After stopping monsters stealing all the Halloween candy, brother and sister team Wren and Reynold are preparing to finally enjoy some trick or treating Halloween fun. But would you believe it, an evil dentist has changed history to outlaw the festival. The simple premise belies the sharpness of the writing and the sheer joy of finding all the gags and japes the game has to offer. There is always something happening on screen, be it a quick one liner or a visual gag going on in the background. It seems there is no wasted space in the game world, everything has a purpose. I adored the art style that lead designer Tasha Harris gave the first game, I’m very pleased to see that the sequel has added to it in the best way, keeping the style consistent as new characters are introduced and fresh costumes take centre stage. The game looks brilliant, being so full of colour and life as it is with some well thought out areas to explore.

It plays almost exactly as its predecessor. Costume Quest was never the most challenging of games in terms of gameplay, which is fair, not every game needs to be a hardcore l33t ultra noob-smasher pain-a-thon. I always enjoyed the gentler style Costume Quest took but it would have been nice to have the sequel mix things up a bit more to stop it becoming too repetitive or overly familiar. Very little has changed. The meat of the game is divided betwixt two scenarios; knocking on doors to trick or treat and seeing if you get candy or a fight, and then there is the fighting. It’s not a bad system but one that gets a bit too predictable the longer the game goes on. The fighting in particular runs close to becoming tedious after a while. Two parties line up and take turns hitting each other until one party has lost all its health points, it’s a time honoured system but one that wears itself pretty thin when it’s limited to a few characters with the same moves and little involvement from the player.

The combat system has had a bit of tweaking though. The button timing mechanic for attacking opponents has been streamlined slightly to make it more consistent over the various costumes and there is a more effective block/counter-attack move to be learned. However you’ll be performing the same actions so many times in combat you become numb to them. The joy of seeing the kids you play as transform into literal representations of their costumes and fight giant monsters or robots loses its impact after the hundredth fight or so. The special moves your characters can use are amusing (the clown’s ‘laughter is the best medicine’ is my favourite), but even they become tiresome the more you see them. There are some enemies that certain costumes are stronger or weaker against, but I never found myself needing to worry about it so much and just used the costumes I liked best or had upgraded most recently. You also need to heal your party after fights otherwise damage taken rolls over to the next battle, but even this was never an issue I needed to adjust my tactics for. You can just eat some candy at any point to replenish health or visit a water fountain.

In the end, combat started to become the tedious bits in between the story and exploring. As slight as the fetch quests and trick or treating that make up the bulk of the non-fighting sections are, I still did it all with a big grin on my face. The world is just so cute and charming that I was irresistibly compelled to play on and poke my nose into every little corner of the game. The story was enjoyably bizarre and presented well (it follows on directly from the CQ1 DLC, Grubbins on Ice). It’s frequently very funny and features a twist that had me giggling so much I dropped my controller. I spent a silly amount of time running around being a jerk honking a loud clown horn in people’s face, trying to initiate diplomatic talks with everyone and hitting alligators with candy buckets. That this is a game that encourages such childishness can only be a good thing in my opinion.

It may not be for everyone, but if you’re after a game that captures the child like glee of getting caught up in an insane festival, then Costume Quest 2 may be for you. It doesn’t do anything that its forbearer didn’t do, but it’s a game that boasts buckets full of wit and an incredibly adorable outlook that’s hard to dislike. After all, if it can make stone-hearted me appreciate Halloween in anyway, it has to be onto something.

From my review for Coffee Break Gaming.
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