Conclusion: A cute game that is a great way of killing time. Collecting and transforming into new costumes is always great, but the repetition and simplified battles are not justified by the $15 asking price. Once on sale, it's definitely worth getting.
Excerpt: In a most fortunate turn of events (for us, anyway), Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners around the world have only had to wait a single year to get their hands on Double Fine Production’s next game, and while it doesn’t match up to the epic nature of the studio’s previous colossal titles,
Excerpt: Allow me, if you will, to pose a rather odd set of questions: When you were little, and you bought a new pair of shoes did you immediately run around the store or leap through the air because you believed these new footwear items would make you faster or jump higher? And when you put on a costume for Halloween, did that same empowerment establish itself again? Did you imagine taking on the abilities of a superhero, a witch or even Tweety Bird?
Excerpt: When I was a kid, every day was about waiting for the next big holiday. Whether it was March waiting for Easter, November waiting for Christmas, or October waiting for Halloween, there’s something about holidays that makes most think back to days gone by. Double Fine is hoping to tap into this overwhelming fountain of nostalgia with a Halloween inspired RPG called Costume Quest.
Conclusion: By effectively clinging on to the Halloween aesthetic from beginning to end, Costume Quest evokes the often forgotten nostalgia of childhood. It manages to create a fantastical world without resorting to high fantasy. As something that both kids and adults can relate to, Costume Quest is a heartfelt reminder that with the right viewpoint, everything can be awesome.
Excerpt: Costume Quest is a rudimentary, turn-based role-playing game. There aren't any multitiered tactical options; there aren't layers of leveling systems or branching skill trees; and there aren't lists of equipment with granular attributes. There isn't even a map to guide your party of tots on the most admirable of journeys to rid the land of monsters, recover a kidnapped sibling, and feast upon a bounty of delicious treats.
Pros: Great visual design brings Halloween world to life, Clever and humorous writing, Costumes eventually make battles more strategic
Cons: Slow start makes battles tedious, Art is sometimes overshadowed by cluttered display information
Summary: Halloween. De avond waarop al die lieve kindertjes plotseling in snoeprovende monsters veranderen. Gelukkig zijn het maar kostuums, denken de bangeriken onder ons tandenklapperend. Maar wat als het mogelijk is daadwerkelijk te veranderen in datgene waarin je verkleed bent? Dan ben je heer en meester in je woonwijk, heb je al het snoepgoed in je bezit en bestaat een waterkans dat je je ontvoerde broer/zus uit de klauwen van een boosaardige heks weet te redden.