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  • Summary: Costume Quest is a rollicking Adventure/Role-Playing game that unfolds on Halloween night across seemingly peaceful suburban neighborhoods, a mysterious village carnival, and a monster-infested shopping mall. Created by Double Fine's lead animator, Tasha Harris, the game follows the adventure of a group of young friends who must rid their neighborhood of monsters using only their wits, their bravery, and their home-made costumes. Players go door-to-door collecting candy, points, cards, battle stamps and quest assignments as they prepare themselves for Combat Mode-where they transform into larger-than-life versions of their costumes. Each costume that comes-to-life provides its own unique set of superpowers that players will need to battle Halloween’s worst monsters. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Oct 26, 2010
    100
    Its greatest strength is its ability to rustle up nostalgia and good, old-fashioned Halloween fun.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. Oct 20, 2010
    75
    Costume Quest does a lot of things right – it's humorous, has a great art style that fits the childish theme, a decent battle system and costumes that double as super powers. But despite these qualities, the game does have its shortcomings -- the campaign feels, well, short, side-quests can get repetitive, there isn't much in the way of character customization and $15 seems a bit steep.
  6. 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.
  7. 50
    If Costume Quest is a success, it's because it looks cute, it's instantly appealing, and it's very funny. But it's not a very good game. [Issue#66, p.88]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Dec 21, 2010
    10
    Costume Quest is really cute and fun, at the same time exciting and rewarding. What more could you ask for from an Arcade title? Definitely check it out. Expand
  2. Oct 23, 2010
    10
    A very addicting game that is hard to put down. There's a great blend of excellent writing, unique characters you encounter, and enjoyable gameplay to be had. It's charm lies in recreating a typical night of Halloween, but ratcheting it up to 11 with epic turned based battle sequences. Exploration and puzzles round out the game as you work to unlock more costumes, for said epic turn based battles, as you progress to save your sibling. Like Super Meatboy this game is incredibly hard to put down once you start. Easily one of this years best games period. Expand
  3. Oct 20, 2010
    10
    One word "charming"! This game is so cute its almost sick. What I really loved about this game is how it made me feel like a kid again. I mean come on who doesn't love costumes and trick or treating. Overall the game is incredibly well crafted for a $15 XBLA title. My wife and I played through it in one sitting. This isn't to say its too short. It took us about 6 hours total. Its just incredibly addictive, fun and...charming. Expand
  4. May 19, 2011
    9
    I saw this game at gamestop and it looked so cute I just had to try it out. Im glad I didnt see the critics revvews becuase for once they were wrong about a gome. Costume Quest isnt some revelotionary great game lik modern warfare but its a good game that is worth playing. Especially at a small price of 15 dollars. One thing I didnt like about the game is that it can get repetitive I found myself doing the same thing at each of the 3 locations that you can warp to after you discover. THe good thing is that there is plenty of quests to accomplish and lots stuffed into the cramped but buetiful locations. I was bobbing apples finding rare cards and entireing costume contests. The battles are simple with a special attack a regualar attack and battle stamps that you can buy at a station set at eahc of the three locations. Wants you execute your attack you have to preform a quick timed buttun press or repeated pressses but this adds and element to the battles. You also have alot of stratagey to what enemy you attack first because if you attack healers last you are sure to lose. Lastly the presentation and story in this game are buitiful the art style goes along with the story of the monsters taking you brother or sister(since you are able to choose who to play in the beggining) and you constantly having to find them. Overall I think that anybody that has any time on there hands should play costume quest. THe battles are fun the story is fun and my only critism is that the game can get repetitive and the save system is highly flawed but dosent hirt the esperience to much. Expand
  5. Oct 22, 2010
    8
    The game has charm to spare, and to me, is best played in small doses. Still, I think the game is very well put together for a RPG-lite (emphasis on the lite) game. The characters are well animated, the dialogue is occasionally chuckle-worthy, and the battles, while simplistic, have just enough to keep me coming back for more. The game definitely won't be for everyone, particularly for gamers who want something a little deeper or gamers looking for the next great Tim Schafer epic. Still, it's a great entry for Schafer and co. into the world of downloadable games, and I can't wait to see what comes next! Expand
  6. Mar 23, 2012
    8
    Let's get it out of the way: You should probably get this game. Download the trial and you'll be able to tell by the end of it whether you want this game or not. Hopefully you decide you will because you will be hard-pressed to find a more charming and delightful game on XBLA. Even though the battles are less than basic, and the overall structure of the game is repetitive, you'll happily power through all this to find more costumes (because every single person has fantasized that they could be what they dressed as for Halloween) and to hear more of the funny and well-written story and dialogue. Your inner child is probably telling you to buy this game, and you should listen to it. Expand
  7. Dec 31, 2011
    3
    I got this game for me and my son, who loves to play games with me, but cannot read just yet. I was truly disappointed, that there were no voices in the game, just text boxes. What was worse, the text was flashing too quickly, that I couldn't even finish reading them.
    I found the simple controls to be ridiculously confusing, and the combat - well after the first combat, I gave up. Its a cute idea, that's poorly executed, and apparently made by someone who neither has kids, nor has been around any in a long time.
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