Before I get rolling on to today's Countdown to Halloween post, I want to say thanks to readers past and present because we hit 100 followers sometime in the past couple days!
On with the show!
I don't know how this flew under my radar, but Costume Quest 2 is out on Steam tomorrow!
You may be saying "What the heck is Costume Quest?" and/or "Part 2?"
The original Costume Quest was released in October 2011. It was a fun little RPG type game that I imagine would be fun to play with the kids. Much like Zelda was the introduction to RPGs for many people, this could be a gateway for younger kids.
In the game, you're trying to save your sibling from monsters before curfew. You go around trick or treating (sometimes getting candy, other times finding monsters to fight), carrying out quests, busting up trash cans (think breaking everything in other RPGs for money), and getting new costume pieces.
I didn't complete the game but I did play it quite a bit and I can pretty much assure you that if you're here for the Countdown to Halloween, that you want to check out this game. The only "bad" thing I remember is that the combat could get boring in long stretches.
Combat is similar to JRPGs where you have turn based combat that involves selecting your actions from a menu but you also have a quicktime action to pull off for maximum effect. One of the coolest things about the game is that your characters fight as whatever they're dressed up as, and have special powers depending on their costumes. For example, a cardboard box robot turns into a mecha that shoots missiles. The costumes are also useful in the neighborhood maps where you have to utilize specific costumes to access some areas.
The artwork may be cartoonish but it really contributes to the game's charm and humor. Travelling through the environments really gives you the feeling of being out with friends on Halloween night when you were a kid, hitting just the right mix of spooky and scary.
Although the story in part 2 picks up after the DLC from the original, I'm hoping you can jump right in and not miss much. The game is available on Steam starting tomorrow (10/7) for $14.99, There's also a bundle, for $5 more, where you can get the original, its DLC and part 2! I've already pre-ordered to help fill the time between now and the 31st.
Before you head off to your next house, swing by Halloween Mixes.
They're posting a themed mix album every day of the month!
And of course, check out all the other folks participating in the Countdown to Halloween!