Costume Quest 2

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Fun Halloween sequel retreads mildly violent costumed play.

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Positive Messages

Siblings Reynold and Wren hop through time in an effort to save Halloween from a mad dentist. Loyalty, friendship, teamwork, and helping others all are brought into play. Players are rewarded with experience for their efforts, which in turn allows them to acquire new skills and abilities.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Reynold and Wren may bicker and argue with each other, but they also team up and work together to save Halloween -- a family working together for a common cause. They encounter others who need their help and will join them in their quest. 

Ease of Play

If you try to play Costume Quest 2 with a keyboard (the mouse really isn't used), you'll find the navigation and battles awkward and restrictive. This is a game that's built for a controller; character movement is more fluid, and, although combat is still twitch-based, it's much easier.

Violence & Scariness

Battles are turn-based, with players hitting key prompts at the right times either to deliver more damage or take less. If defeated, characters respawn at the start of a level and begin the quest again. There's no blood, and characters simply fall down when defeated.

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Consumerism

This is the sequel to 2010's Costume Quest, so fans may want to pick up the original if they like this game.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Costume Quest 2 is a downloadable Halloween-centered adventure game. The Costume Quest sequel features fantasy violence, but no one actually dies; enemies just fall down when they're defeated. There's no blood, and special attacks can be fun to watch. The charm lies in the humor and pop-up dialogue boxes. Though not inappropriate, the game does have the same tongue-in-cheek humor of the original game, and younger players may not get all the jokes. Although it's controlled primarily by keyboard, the game is better when manipulated with a controller or gamepad.

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Kid, 10 years old August 1, 2016

YES

I personally like the game, and I think its for everybody... YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

What's it about?

In COSTUME QUEST 2, the obsessed Dr. Orel White, DDS, is out to destroy Halloween and rid the world of candy; he uses time travel to accomplish this goal. The game's heroes, siblings Reynold and Wren, must go back and forth through time to disrupt the doctor's plans and restore the costumed festivities, complete with candy galore. The game is quest-based, with one quest leading to another through approximately six hours of total gameplay. 

Is it any good?

Costume Quest 2 follows the same general look and feel of 2010's Costume Quest. With some games, this could be a bad thing, but the use of creative environments, a fun archenemy, and crazy costumes with special attacks all combine to add a fresh coat of paint to the formula. As they say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"; Costume Quest 2 delights with eye candy; fun dialogue; a campy, menacing bad guy; and time travel thrown in for good measure.

This is very much a niche game. What plays in October might lose its luster in December or March, but for fall, it's a joyful reminder of the fun of Halloween. Unfortunately, trying to play it with a keyboard is almost like trying to paint a fine paint-by-numbers picture with a brick -- it may be doable, but it's awkward. A controller makes things much easier. Another drawback is that, after battles -- if you survive -- you have to run back to drinking fountains (which may be at the start of a level) to replenish your health. This can be intrusive in the game's flow. But overall this platformer, sprinkled with a hint of role-playing and boosted with vivid cartoon-like graphics and a fun storyline, is a fun sequel.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games such as Costume Quest. Is it OK because of the game's cartoonish nature and the kid protagonists using imaginative weapons, or does that not justify it?

  • Discuss Halloween costumes and involve children in creating their own. What costumes are appropriate for kids to wear, which aren't, and why? Would you wear a "tame" costume if it could do the things the costumes in this game can do?

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