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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 theCostume 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

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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. 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. IOne 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
  2. Oct 26, 2010
    10
    Costume Quest, is many things, charming, cute, funny, original, fun, addicting, and the music and atmosphere puts you into the halloweenCostume Quest, is many things, charming, cute, funny, original, fun, addicting, and the music and atmosphere puts you into the halloween mood/spirit to sum it up. I first played the demo just because it was a halloween game and made by Double Fine-Schafer-creator of Pyschonauts and Brutal legend. After playing the demo I had to buy it, and I never buy Arcade games until they are on sale. The story is simple, you have to save your brother or sister, whichever one you do not choose to play, from the Goblins/monsters. During your quest you find pieces of costumes to make a new costume-which all have special abilities in battle and while you explore the world and trick or treat. Yes, you trick or treat door to door in between exploring the neighborhood, mall, circus/park, wood, etc. Some of the costumes range from what you start with, a Robot/mech, to a unicorn, Knight, or Frys. I have never played a game in which i was so excited to hunt and collect just to see what the next costume looks like and plays in battle. The battle is turned base, which has you punching different buttons to block/defend, and attack, as different moves are opened up as they are charged. Along w/ the different costumes, you collect candy by defeating the monsters, by trick or treating, or finding them in jack-o-lanterns-by smashing the pumpkins, he he, you get candy. The candy is used to purchase trading cards that you can give to your characters for battle, they act as a bonus by either giving you extra Hit points, or give you an extra attach by T.P. (toilet papering) your enemy so they cannot fight back for a turn or two. The cards also give you other attach bonuses, splash damages, etc. You also collect candy cards with different pictures and names, such as candy Ham-yes ham and orange foam. All the cards, battle cards, and candy cards are full of halloween charm and are funny. The exploring is great as each costume has a different special ability, such as the Robot/mech is fast and can jump of ramps, the Astronaught/space fighter has a light saber tat will light up the darkness so you can walk into a cave or areas not accessible without that specific costume opening up other places you can quest/trick or treat. Obviously the goal is to trick or treat and save your sibling. The game took me almost 6 hours to complete, and extra hour to obtain all the achievements, so not a very long game, but nowadays I have purchased 60 dollar games that last only 4-6 hours so a 15 dollar game with 6-7 hours is great. Replayability-little to do once it is compelted, but it has SOOO much charm and so fun that I am playing it again. Great game for halloween lovers-the musis is also great, really put me in the mood for halloween. I will probably play this every year just for that! So, in other words this is a buy for most. If you don't like turn based at all, or hate halloween, costumes, and exploring this isn't for you :) Expand
  3. 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? DefinitelyCostume 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
  4. Dec 29, 2011
    8
    Double Fine Productions has done one hell of a good job on this Costume Quest. The game isn't so good to be called fantastic but it is still aDouble Fine Productions has done one hell of a good job on this Costume Quest. The game isn't so good to be called fantastic but it is still a great game. The game has a cartoony art style which builds the childish perspective of the game adding to the creativity, and general nostalgia the game creates. For those that do not know what Costume Quest is, and what it's all about, Costume Quest is an Xbox Live Arcade title which takes place during Halloween, where you play either a boy, or his sister during the night of trick-or-treating. Without spoiling anything in the game I can say that almost immediately into the game, the character you are not playing is kidnapped by monsters who are looting candy from the neighbourhood, a simply, entertaining, and classic story during Halloween that really brings back many good memories of Halloween childhood. The game play of Costume Quest is either one of two things: walking around one of the three environments of the game, picking up candy, talking to people, or trick-or-treating; or your player, and up to two companions you meet along the way, transform into whatever costume you are wearing portrays, and you battle the different monsters of the game in a turn based style of combat. While the combat of the game does quickly become repetitive, the developers clearly tried to come up with ways to make it more interesting by providing power-ups in the form of "battle stamps" and by placing in quick-time actions to deal more damage or take less damage, which quickly becomes necessary to successful combat in the game. Overall the games quirky presentation, and nostalgic feel has made this game incredible. Costume Quest won my heart from day 1, and since then I have played through the game multiple times, and happily paid for the DLC which was also enjoyable. A must play for anyone who misses the good old days of childhood trick-or-treating or who just plain enjoys Halloween. 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-liteThe 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. Oct 1, 2019
    8
    Costume Quest
    Definitely a treat
    Costume quest is a turn based rpg where you play as a boy trying to rescue his sister from gobblins that
    Costume Quest
    Definitely a treat
    Costume quest is a turn based rpg where you play as a boy trying to rescue his sister from gobblins that snatched her up, mistaking her for candy while they were trick or treating..
    And nearly 10 years later.. this game still holds up…
    That’s Right Costume quest has been around for a decade…
    This game is absolutely brilliant, bringing me back to the times of Trick or Treat Beat from cartoon network
    you go around collecting candy, completing quests to unlock new costumes to kick goblin butt..
    your main goal is to ring every doorbell in town, rid it of its candy to move on from section to section…
    The qaulity of the gameplay here is a bit like a roller coaster though, with a pretty weak middle act…
    but everything that surrounds is great…
    Its so addicting trying to find your way around these areas…
    The battles here are actually pretty challenging too later on… youll have to carfully balance your team with different costumes and different stamps that add a buff, which are obtained by trading for candy
    Though combat does get fairly stale, so im happy that this is just as much of the game as actually exploring is.. theres just the right amount of balance…
    there isn’t too much strategy to come up with here.. once you’ve got a good one youre practically unbeatable.. and if you do lose, you can hop back in and try again.. which will happen here and there… theres no use in grinding here…
    All in all Costume Quest is a really charming rpg that will fil lyou with nostalgia as youre playing hide and seek with the tons kids and going door to door, hoping a goblin doesn’t answer
    I give Costume Quest
    an 7.5/10
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  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 noI 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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