A sequel to the popular Halloween adventure from Double Fine Productions!
User reviews: Very Positive (92 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 7, 2014

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"Charming Halloween adventure RPG by Double Fine Productions! Take on the role of brave kids trying to save Halloween with super-charged costumes!"
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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!

System Requirements

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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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 1500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Open GL: 2.1
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
This game is very nice and a good continuation picking up from the extended end of Costume Quest.

Emphasis on "nice' and "Good", not outstanding (like the original).

If you liked the first game, you will probably find this one good too...

Having played the first for the first time soon before playing Costume Quest 2, I can say that the first game had a lot more charm and better writing and attention to detail. The story seems less Halloween-centric even though it says it is, it loses some spirit trying to add scale. The sequel also relies on hints, tells, and story elements that are very dependent on the first game making it feel like it cant stand on its own.

Costume Quest 2 feels like the DLC for Costume Quest 1 did, sorta tacked together in the same world but not as much heart or attention put in it, its the little things that seemed to be missed or stand out, unlike the original (I'm not talking graphics persee)

I truly feel something was lost, I chuckled or smiled a bit in Costume Quest 2, but I played Costume Quest not a week before, and I was smiling and laughing my butt off. It just felt drawn out after a while, and a great example of this, compared to the last fights of Costume Quest 1, which were awesome and funny and sorta epic, the last fight, heck most of the boss fights in 2 were sorta boring, leaving me pining for more.

That isn't to say Costume Quest 2 isn't good, they try to shake up the combat a bit and have different ways to power up your characters and it has many many many nods to the original game, almost to the point of head scratching at times. I think the game sorta took itself too seriously, even though it was also being ridiculous. Also, I can see they were trying to make the game "more rewarding through skill" but in so doing, they made the game dismally easy in the process.

I have a feeling, and this is my opinion, that this game may have been DLC for the original, based on the content (aka, the excessive reuse) I witnessed.

All in all, the style and shading and detail has changed a little bit, subjectively to its detrement or benefit, and the game plays in a more active fashion than before, making the player react more during turns than the original. Engine wise and concept wise it actually has not greatly progressed from the original and I beat the game with a feeling that this was "expanded DLC" of the original, it uses and relies on the original too much to consider it as it's own game, really.

Costume Quest is a game that revels in Halloween, the sequel does not, and though it is not bad, it doesn't fufil my cravings like the original did.
Posted: October 15
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
If you enjoyed the first game, you know pretty much what to expect, the gameplay mechanics and the Trick or Treat quests are back. The story in this game is lovely, and a great delivery vehicle to the many comedic scenes in the game. If you like your games very silly, this is definitely for you! Costume Quest 2 never failed to bring a big ol' smile to my face.
Posted: October 15
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
First of all, if you haven't played the original, go do that. It's a simple but charming game. The battle mechanics are very bare bones but it's art style and humor make it worth while.

This sequel is basically "more of the same", but it's a missing a little of the nice touches of the first. The battles have been tweaked a little, but are still very simple and basically still a matter of choosing the target and timing the QTEs. There are reusable cards for effects the special actions, but in-depth combat is not what this series is known for. While the gameplay maybe slightly improved, some of the other charming aspects don't resonate as well as in CQ1. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what is missing since it's on the subjective area, but in the end it didn't have the same impact on me.

It still is "nice enough" game, but not on par with the original.

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In the end, while Costume Quest 2 is a somewhat uninspired sequel with only a few tweaks, it's still enjoyable, but only for fans of the first one. It's a short game, but priced accordingly, and probably a good pick on sales.
Posted: October 16
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Costume Quest 2 is by every definition of the word, a sequel.

Before playing this game you have to play the first game, and the DLC, Grubbin's on Ice. You will have no idea what's going on if you don't, as it starts directly after the end of Grubbin's on Ice.

It feels just like the first one too, in the best and worst way possible. It follows the same formula that the original game does, so it just feels more like more of the same. While that's not entirely a bad thing, it does make the game forgettable and it makes you feel like you've already done everything before.

If you enjoyed the first one, you'll likely enjoy this one too, but maybe not quite as much.
Posted: October 16
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
I am enjoying this game just like the first one but, I am facing the same issues that the first game had bugs. I completed the quest to get money for fixing the boat and now it keeps saying that i need 50 bucks even though i already have it. I would recommend this game but, they need to fix the bugs.
Posted: October 16
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9.4 hrs on record
Bottom line: Not as good as the first in terms of battle stamp usage and constant heart healing as well as a few minor bugs here and there (during exploration I got stuck in part of the Bayou woods my character somehow pushed into and had to reset), but definitely a worthy play through if you were a fan of the 1st. Still the best Halloween centered game series (if not the only) around!
Posted: October 18
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9.7 hrs on record
I just finished Costume Quest 1 and was excited to play #2. It took me quite some time to get things set where my computer would play the game. I had to make my resolution very low and remove shadows, etc. to get it to run. I still can barely use my mouse to move the cursor at menus :( I am having a lot of trouble in combat with the lag from my keyboard but think I can eventually learn to work with it. I also was glad I had someone that had already played it some to tell me how to enable my arrow keys for moving. (It's in the key section of the menu - not the control part).

I do miss being able to press the <shift> key and not watch the cut scenes going into battle - the videos are fun the first time but when you have to fight someone multiple times since you keep getting defeated, it gets tedious

In spite of the difficulties, I am still excited to play it and think it will be fun. I pre-purchased it so hope I find out where/how to get the free extra costumes. So, I will give it a "thumbs up" because it will be fun, but wish I could give a "thumbs down" for how it runs on my computer. I have a fairly new Windows 8 machine with plenty of memory that has no other issues.
Posted: October 18
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18.5 hrs on record
Excellent Halloween RPG! It's nice to see a series like this considering there aren't many Halloween themed games out there. I recomment Part 1 and Grubbins on Ice as well.
Posted: October 19
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10.8 hrs on record
Decent sequel to Costume Quest.

It's a bit of a mixed bag, some gameplay elements are refined (and some even improved) but the dialogue writing just doesn't reach the original.
Posted: October 20
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8.9 hrs on record
Costume Quest goes dystopian!
Posted: October 21
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9.3 hrs on record
So, how is Double Fine's second (third, if you count the "Grubbins on Ice" DLC) outing with Wren & Reynold?

Costume Quest 2 is great, story-wise. Though, if you aren't fimilar with the Costume Quest mythos, you get to eat candy corn, because the game, from the start screen, will assume you've played through Costume Quest and its DLC. Instead of rescuing your brother (or in your primitive universe, your sister) from a fat, hungry skeleton man, you have to rescue all of Halloween from a time-travelling dentist. It's genuienly funny, the time-travelling elements have its charms, and the villian is MUCH better this time around, being less one-note than last time. Also, cutscenes allow you to read the funny dialogue at your own pace. FINALLY!

Gameplay-wise, CQ2 is improved, somewhat. Of course, Midnight City thought improvement meant that they should have to place some candy in the fire to adress the balance. Did you enjoy how in the last game, you didn't have to roll to some stupid fountain to regain health? Well, the CQ-clueless aren't the only ones eating candy corn. Also, you are required to build up a bar in order to perform your special attack, being unpredictable, as it can increase by being hit by enemies, as opposed to waiting 'til the third turn, like last time. There are some ups on this front, though. The robot special ability, that let you roll around at the speed of sound, is avaliable no matter what costume you're wearing. Sadie has been dethrowned of her monopoly, so they're not mandatory. The Battle QTEs are simplified, so that you just press the number corresponding to the teammate you have on hand.

Overall, if you're a fan, you'll enjoy the new adventure, and if you're not a fan, you'll have as much knowledge of what's going on as a taco. This is another Halloween classic from them, and they better make a third.
Posted: October 17
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68 of 84 people (81%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 8
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144 of 224 people (64%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 7
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71 of 109 people (65%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
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 games 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)
Posted: October 7
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69 of 120 people (58%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
The gameplay is solely based around turn based quick time events, and there is a bug in the game where the timing during these events is always off, usually due to slowdown.

Because of this, the game is nearly unplayable & I cannot recommend it at this time. Hopefully they patch it and fix this game breaking bug.
Posted: October 7
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44 of 75 people (59%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 8
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
A quirky fun, enjoyable if short experience that is in many ways similar to its predecessor which is both good and bad.

+Fun written dialogue and interesting characters.
+Cool revamped (somewhat) combat abilities and creepy treat cards now have a use.
+Simple to pickup and play, 2 minute tutorial and then you are off.
+Maps that keep track of your progress and purchasable upgrades for your costumes gives your candy collecting more of a purpose.


-Repetetive quests (Knock on doors to collect candy is repeated many times in different environments)
-The fighting is a bit slow for my taste and tends to get tedious after a while. (long unskippable animations etc)
-Too short (About half the length of CQ1+dlc)

Final Score: 6/10 - I recommend this game to those who enjoyed CQ1 and are looking for more of the same thing.
Or those who are looking for a cutesy halloween story that is also kid friendly.
All in all, its not a disappointment really, I was just hoping for a bit more.
Posted: October 10
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56 of 104 people (54%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Buggy, short, and full of reused assets. Essentially unchanged from Costume Quest, only buy if your willing to play the same guy yet again.
Posted: October 8
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Halloween + RPG + Humor = Costume Quest. This is as fun and charming as the first costume quest. If you loved the first one you will love the second one. It has an improved battle system with more reaction. Three Creepy Treats cards can be used during battle that have different effects (they regenerate so don't be afraid to use them). Also there are a bunch of new costumes for you to wear and use.
Posted: October 12
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17 of 31 people (55%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
The changes that Costume Quest 2 brings are evolutionary rather than revolutionary, but they're also on-the-whole smart and serve to make it a more well-rounded experience than the original, if a little less surprising.

Changes to the combat are largely successful - damage types, combo attacks and the trading cards all make things a little more interesting and varied than it was before, providing more meaningful decisions in battles. It's not deep by any means, but it was enough to sustain my interest over the 6 hours or so that it took me to see the end. It was also good to see special meter retained between battles, although the retaining of damage between battles mainly just provided a chore of going back to water fountains regularly to recharge. Luckily, there's pretty much always one nearby.

Elsewhere the game has all the charm we've come to expect. A graphical uplift makes the already lovely, stylised visuals even sharper, and the time-travelling plot provides opportunity for a wide variety of locations. Peter McConnell is back for the soundtrack, which stood out to me as one of his finest, with the themes in the past area making particularly fine use of slide guitar.

The humour is endearing rather than uproarous, which suits the tone of the game well. It would have been nice if they'd had a budget for voice acting, as I'd love to hear this world come to life in that way, but we can't have it all.

Over all, a highly successful sequel which doesn't do too much to the formula, but makes smart changes where it can and doesn't overstay its welcome.
Posted: October 8
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