Costume quest was just released last week and this game does the perfect job at keeping you enjoying the story and gameplay from start to finish with the bonus that you can gain every achievement and every avatar award just by playing through all the story and doing all the side quests with MAYBE a possibility of having to fight a few more enemies in each area but not a lot I would say. Story:
The game starts off with you and your sister in your house and your mom gets to choose which of you are the boss for the night, so either you chose the girl to be the leader or the boy doesn't change much just the outcome of who gets kidnapped and who doesn't.
From start to finish I was pulled into this little story of 2 kids going around trick or treating and having to rescue my sister(since I picked the boy) from the clutches of the evil monster that thought she was candy. I have to say the script was funny, I found myself laughing out loud a few times and having my girlfriend look at me like I was a weirdo, but that's besides the point. Overall the story pulls you in and from start to finish it's a nice little story that has laughter at every corner, ending was pretty funny too.
Only thing I didn't like was the fact that the speech bubbles didn't let you go to the next one yourself and I didn't feel like I had enough time to read some but other times I felt like I was just waiting for it go to the next.4.5/5Gameplay:
This plays out just like a turnbased rpg where you go around collecting candy from houses trick or treating to finally get to a house where you find a monster robbing the house of it's candy and decides to fight you, making your kid characters randomly transform into real versions of whatever costumes that had to be wearing, like a box costume supposed to be a robot into a real life mechanical robot that can fire missiles out of its chest to kill the monsters and have them explode into candy! Realistic right? haha.
Definitely provides a nice fun factor to the battle with the kids transforming, but unlike a lot of turnbased games I've played they didn't let you just sit out while your characters attacks where chosen or being attacked they make you pay attention to the battle by providing little commands to help you deal extra damage and defend properly from the enemies attacks, so pressing X at a precise moment or spinning the Left analog stick. The kids can change their costumes to each have a different basic attack and after 3 turns you get either a special attack that doesn't need any button commands, a spell to heal your team or possibly a shield to defend one of your team mates from damage for a time.
Yes, it can get repetitive, but at the same time it's a short game and you can switch up the kids costumes to provide new battle strategies, especially with what the game calls "battle stamps" that you mostly buy from a vendor. These stamps can be added to your character to give a counter attack ability, extra health or a damage over time command that will give poison to all the enemies.4/5Graphics:
The Graphics are nice and definitely perfect for this kind of game. I have almost nothing to complain about with the graphics for this game as it's what it is, an XBLA game which for one it has superb graphics. A few points in the game I seen some things that just seems out of place, but I nothing to complain about.
The best part for me was seeing the actual transformation of your kids costume at the beginning of each battle. 5/5Achievements:
I never really bought the game for the achievements to begin with so to find out they were pretty easy and to just get them from basically playing through the story normally was kinda cool. Just wish that they had some little things that could be to play the game more, but at the same time they pretty much made an achievement for every angle of the game so they nailed every aspect of the game. If your going for the full 200G, just aim for one level at a time, finish all the quests in the first level, while going for all the battle stamps and getting enough candy, and by then you'll have the 2 pages of treats allocated for that area, if not then fight a few enemies till you get them, then repeat for the next 2 levels.5/5Sound:
The soundtrack wasn't really that noticeable to me since I actually only noticed on loading screens to tell you the truth which only happened when loading the game and changing levels. So maybe a total of 5 or 6 times. When I did notice it was just trick or treating sounds of knocking on doors, or you transforming, so there wasn't much in terms of sound in the game I noticed but realistically I could just have been entranced in the gameplay to notice.4/5Final Thoughts:
Overall, if your looking for an easy 200G or a game that you can play to keep you pre-occupied for a few hours this game is a nice add on to your library of games priced at a hefty sum of 1200MSP, which seems a bit to much, but at the same time just enough only reason I'd be against it is for how much gameplay you get out of it which is just around 5 hours or so. Definitely worth getting if this game ever hits a Deal of the week. Recommended to anyone willing to fork over the money to Microsoft