Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Oct 20, 2010
    75
    It's a great way to relive the nostalgia of your trick or treating days, so you should give it a try, especially if there's a price drop.
  2. Oct 20, 2010
    70
    A few fundamental problems sour a game that exudes delightful personality.
  3. Dec 22, 2010
    76
    Costume Quest works better when the emphasis is on action. The "collect all candy to unlock next world" variation may get a little tired by the end of the game, but it's a lot of fun to collect new costumes (and discover their abilities).
  4. Oct 20, 2010
    60
    Costume Quest is cute and funny, so it may look like a good game for kids. Let me assure you: After completing the adventure (which took me about five hours), I can't recommend Costume Quest to gamers of any age.
  5. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    Overall, the result is an efficient, memorable, and entertaining DLC release that's easily worth the $15 budget price.
  6. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    It's another delightful look into the minds of children; a window into their vivid imaginations, and the wonderful places their ideas and dreams can take them – and you.
  7. Oct 27, 2010
    91
    So is Costume Quest worth picking up, even if you're not a huge RPG fan? Absolutely. It's great as both an entry point for players that don't have a lot of experience in the genre, and it also serves up a lot of fan for people that aren't really RPG fans to begin with.
  8. Oct 20, 2010
    91
    And with its well-directed pacing, the game ends exactly when it needs to, leaving you satisfied and wistfully yearning for more.
  9. Oct 22, 2010
    80
    If Costume Quest was a full-retail game, we'd recommend it with a few caveats. But seeing as its fifteen bucks, fans of RPGs/Halloween/Neglecting their children should pick it up without hesitation.
  10. Jan 13, 2011
    80
    Good script and visual style makes up for the lack of variety in Costume Quest and the adorable characters and villains are intriguing enough to appeal players into clearing the game. Turns based encounters are dull and repetitive although you can customize your characters through costumes and stamps, but they are just the main issue of the game. Double Fine released an enjoyable game for a cheap price and we hope for a sequel, perhaps next Halloween or even earlier.
  11. Jan 13, 2011
    80
    It is difficult to evaluate Costume Quest, as it is to put it into a concrete genre. It is a simple, very short and almost no replayable game, but also one of those whose charm, variety ans style make you stick to the console for hours.
  12. Oct 25, 2010
    70
    The result is a game that may not leave you full, but it'll taste pretty sweet while it lasts.
  13. Oct 26, 2010
    90
    Games like Costume Quest are a breath of fresh air in a sea of FPS's and hardcore RPG's. I welcome any more games like this.
  14. Oct 27, 2010
    80
    It's a fairly simple adventure with equally basic RPG combat, but that's exactly why it works.
  15. Oct 28, 2010
    78
    Elegant, simple and fun. Costume Quest is a fairly simple adventure that works well as a digital download.
  16. Mar 17, 2011
    60
    Costume Quest ultimately fills the same void as the candy filling the kids' buckets: it tastes good, but it's not terribly filling.
  17. Oct 28, 2010
    88
    Immediate and funny, Costume Quest is a funny arcade game, one you should really try on Halloween night.
  18. Jan 5, 2011
    70
    Costume Quest is sweet and addictive like the sugary goodness the game is about, but sells itself short in terms of gameplay.
  19. Jan 15, 2011
    75
    Costume Quest is a fun game that will make a lot of people happy with its simplistic style and its witty conversations. The only downside of this game is the lack of variety.
  20. Oct 22, 2010
    60
    Another charmingly scripted adventure with bright cheery graphics, a loveable cast and… tedious combat and frustrating exploration.
  21. Jan 15, 2011
    60
    Despite all the the good premises, this last game from Tim Schafer proves to be a small project with short and repetitive gameplay.
  22. Costume Quest glows with creepy artistic charm. [Issue#51, p.118]
  23. Dec 22, 2010
    80
    With a Christmas download already set for December release, it is a happy little title, simple enough for the kids but with a nostalgic vibe and enough humour to draw in those a bit older.
  24. Dec 25, 2010
    70
    While Costume Quest is an utterly charming RPG...it's a rather simplistic affair that offers very little challenge. [Issue#199, p.103]
  25. Oct 27, 2010
    60
    Costume Quest makes it clear that Double Fine may not be used to developing games for the little ones : the humor and gameplay seem shy. It dares, but not too much. If you have a 10 years old kid wandering next to your game console, Costume Quest would probably be a better fit for him than GTA IV. That said, when I was that young, I was playing Ultima II.
  26. Dec 22, 2010
    77
    But this hardly matters, because this is time well spent, being gently humoured and greatly entertained. Like a candy-induced sugar rush, it's short but sweet, and liable to induce lots of hysterical giggling.
  27. Jan 4, 2011
    70
    Collecting and transforming into new costumes is always great, but the repetition and simplified battles are not justified by the $15 asking price. Once on sale, it's definitely worth getting.
  28. Oct 22, 2010
    83
    Double Fine recently made the decision to break up their team into small groups, allowing them to release a number of smaller titles, rather than one big game every few years. Costume Quest is the first of these sort of games, and if the quality is any indication, they have made an excellent decision. I can't wait to see what's next.
  29. Oct 25, 2010
    80
    By effectively clinging on to the Halloween aesthetic from beginning to end, Costume Quest evokes the often forgotten nostalgia of childhood. It manages to create a fantastical world without resorting to high fantasy. As something that both kids and adults can relate to, Costume Quest is a heartfelt reminder that with the right viewpoint, everything can be awesome.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 20, 2010
    10
    Fun and engaging -- witty without taking itself too seriously, this game has all the hallmark's of a Double Fine game. I haven't finished it yet, but it's one of the most enjoyable PSN experiences I've had in a long while. Well done! Full Review »
  2. Oct 21, 2010
    10
    I love the combat system in this game. It is perfect to not have another real-time hack and slash diablo clone. I also love the Halloween theme, it is well done from the music to the visuals. This game is great and worth every cent. Full Review »
  3. Oct 20, 2010
    10
    Don't listen to Joe Juba from Game Informer. This game is awesome. It's funny, fun, and can be a challenge later on. At 5 hours long, it's also the right length. It ends when it should and leaves you wanting more, which is a good thing. Do yourself a favor and download the trial. Full Review »