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Oct 302015

What better way to conclude our celebration of Halloween than with a game all about Halloween?


Costume Quest isn’t a horror game. Instead, it’s a turn-based RPG from Double Fine Productions. When your twin is kidnapped by monsters on Halloween, you go on a quest to save them and stop the monsters.

With charm typical of Double Fine games (and much better than Broken Age, which disappointed me), Costume Quest includes many different aspects of Halloween.

To track down your twin’s location, you need currency. The currency here is candy, so you need to go trick-or-treating (while also exploring and completing side quests to get more candy). However, some of the doors you knock on will be answered by monsters, at which point a battle begins.

Your battle form is determined by the costume you have on. For example, if you wear the robot costume, you’ll appear in battle as a giant robot. Combat is turn-based, but includes quick-time events for certain moves. As you progress, you’ll meet party members and find parts to make new costumes. Each costume has its own unique attacks.

Costume-Quest-Grubbins-On-IceIt’s a short game, only about 6 hours long, but those 6 hours are filled with humor and Halloween charm.

If you enjoy Costume Quest but want a change of scenery, it has one DLC episodes, the winter-themed “Grubbins on Ice,” which adds a few new gameplay features but otherwise plays the same.

Costume Quest and Grubbins on Ice are available for PC, Mac, Linux, PS3, Xbox 360, iOS, and Android.

Its sequel, Costume Quest 2, expanded its console availability and can be played on PC, Mac, Linux, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U. However, I haven’t played the sequel, so I can’t vouch for it.

I love the original Costume Quest and consider it one of the most Halloween-y of Halloween games we could look at. What Halloween-themed games are your favorites?

(And don’t forget, you only have two days left to boost your chances of winning Alien: Isolation!)

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