6 Reviews

Costume Quest

Pint-sized adventure tickles funny bones

Halloween may be over, but you can still experience the spooky magic, thanks to adorable download Costume Quest.

Brainchild of Double Fine's lead animator, Tasha Harris and funny-man Tim Schafer, it's an admittedly cutesy, but darkly humorous adventure.

You star as one of two twins: Wren and Reynold, who have embarked on a night of trick-or-treating. But disaster strikes. Your sibling is kidnapped by ugly, candy stealing monsters called Grubbins.

Rather than go home and face being grounded, it's up to you and your arsenal of costumes to rescue your stupid brother (or sister, depending on your avatar choice).

The premise is simple. Go trick-or-treating around your neighborhood to find clues, fight monsters and complete mini-quests (such as card trading, apple bobbing and playing hide-and-seek).

Bump into one of the frog-faced Grubbins, and you're dramatically thrown into a turn-based battle. You'll transform into the costume you're wearing, with different outfits granting different RPG roles.

The knight acts as a tank with high defence stats, while the vampire is a healer and the ninja is stealthy. But those are just the standard costumes.

Pretty soon, the Tim Schafer touch kicks in, and you'll discover the (literally) kick-ass unicorn and Statue of Liberty, who uses the power of Abraham Lincoln to heal teammates.

But the best in show is definitely the Fries Crab - an angry crustacean made from french fries, who snips the enemy and waves his potato claws in the air as a victory dance. It's bizarre but utterly endearing.

The creative costumes redeem these otherwise overly simplistic face-offs, but until you obtain them, you'll find yourself avoiding fights where you can, lest you grow tired of the incredibly basic 'I attack, you attack' structure.


Sadly, fights become poorly balanced by the time you reach the second area, creating further frustration.

Compared to recent gem Death Spank (developed by Schafer's old partner in crime, Ron Gilbert), Costume Quest is a tad short, clocking in at around five hours.

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.

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The verdict

  • Sweet and darkly funny
  • Lots of sarcasm
  • Short
  • Poorly balanced
PlayStation 3