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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: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  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. 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 youLet'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
  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. Mar 31, 2020
    8
    One of the most charming and simple games I've ever played I'm not sure quite why I liked it so much...
    Its combat system is thoroughly
    One of the most charming and simple games I've ever played I'm not sure quite why I liked it so much...
    Its combat system is thoroughly designed for beginners but still ridiculously enjoyable for me and hopefully other more experienced players.
    Love the whole halloween, cutesy design and humour of this game and its super brief runtime doesn't allow it to become boring or repetitive...
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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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