Saturday, October 15, 2011

Costume Quest Released on PC

This was one of the first games I ever reviewed, back in November 2010. It looks like they took the same game that came out on PSN and XBLA from a year ago, but improved some of it's graphics and added the DLC into it. Costume Quest is an old school turn based RPG, one that has you finding and collecting costumes, which are essentially classes. You collect stamps throughout the game to improve various attributes. For instance, some stamps give one character the ability to leech life out of an enemy or there are stamps allow the characters attacks to hit multiple enemies at once. If you want to check out my original review for the XBLA version, head on over to my first review ever.

In Costume Quest you roam this slightly open, mostly linear, Halloween world. In the beginning you are just some trick or treating kids, but once the main characters sister get's kidnapped by some candy snatching goblins, then you go on a long quest to save her. You spend a lot of the game trick or treating and you never know what's going to be behind a door, sometimes it's a human and other times it's some monster that wants your candy. Everything revolves around candy, it is your main resource and it is what the bad guys in the game are after. Everyone just wants to take all the candy. The story is full of witty humor, humor that is usually pretty enjoyable throughout. Costume Quest is made by Double Fine, the developers that did Psychonauts and Trenched/Iron Bridge, so if you like their humor in other games than you will likely enjoy it here as well. The combat in the game is really repetitive, many many battles of the fighting the same enemies, but there is depth and strategy, it just takes a while to get to the point where that really comes into play. One of the main aspects of Costume Quest is collecting costumes. There are many to be found throughout the game and they act as different classes than any of your characters can use. By the end of the game you have a pretty hefty collection, presenting you with a decent array of options. The game is pretty easy for the most part, but some of the boss battles are surprisingly hard while the rest of the game isn't.

What Costume Quest does best is play upon Halloween giddiness. If you are hankering for something Halloween related, something that does a good job making you feel a Halloween atmosphere, then look no further than Costume Quest. It's gameplay is solid and it is sure to give you some good times as long as you don't expect too much from it. It just came out on PC yesterday, 10/14, on Steam for $15. It does have the added DLC in the game, for free, so it should last a big longer than the five hours it took originally to beat it. There is no demo, but if you really want to get a feel for it there is a demo of it on PSN and XBLA still. Thanks for reading and don't forget to enter our Dungeon Defenders contest!

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-Written by Sean Cargle


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