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-> '''Wren''': Halloween isn't about making friends. It's about TERROR!\\
'''Reynold''': And CANDY!\\
'''Wren''': It's about showing the world what you truly are.

It's [[AllHallowsEve Halloween night]] in suburbia, and twin siblings Wren and Reynold are going trick-or-treating. Mom puts one sibling in charge (while the other gets stuck with the lame candy corn costume), and they saunter forth in pursuit of sweets.

But one house doesn't go exactly as planned. Where the kids expect a dorky grown-up with candy for the taking, a hideous monster pops out the door and abducts one of them! It seems that a horde of Grubbins have invaded Auburn Pines under the orders of a HotWitch named Dorsilla. Out to steal every lollipop, jellybean and jujube in town, they mistook your brother or sister for a huge chunk of candy corn. It's up to you to save your other half. [[SiblingRivalry Not out of love]] - but out of fear of getting grounded!

CostumeQuest is the first of four titles from DoubleFine for which TimSchafer took a backseat to the most trusted members of his team. This game is from the imagination of Tasha Harris, former {{Pixar}} animator and Lead Animator of the creatures in BrutalLegend.

In this simple old-school RPG themed around Halloween, the player goes on quests to find their kidnapped ally and save Halloween . . . by trick-or-treating. You must visit each house in the area and knock. If it's an adult, he or she will reward you with candy. If it's a monster looting the house, a battle encounter begins.

During a battle, for no reason other than RuleOfCool, whatever costume you are wearing transforms you into a massive, {{Kaiju}}-sized version of what your costume was supposed to represent. You start off in a blue cardboard box that's supposed to be a robot, so what happens when you transform? You become a {{Voltron}}-esque, missile-blasting mech! Attacking and defending is performed with well timed ActionCommands, like those seen in VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG, VideoGame/PaperMario, ShadowHearts and PennyArcadeAdventures.

Outside of battle, players explore the neighborhood in search of new houses and costumes; there are eleven outfits in all, most of which are built from scratch. Each costume consists of three household materials, such as cloth or rope, and an instructional blueprint. Finding all the pieces yields your snazzy handmade digs, which unlock both combat skills and "Exploration Abilities" for reaching new areas.

Candy is the game's currency and can be used to purchase Battle Stamps. These helpful stick-on accessories can power up stats, enable StandardStatusEffects, or unlock unique single-use abilities in combat.

The game initially released in October of 2010 for XBLA and PSN. A DLC expansion, "Grubbins on Ice", which was a follow up with a Christmas theme, came out in December of 2010. In October 2011, a PC version was released through Steam and included both the original game and the DLC as one package. As of May 2013, the game has been ported to Mac and Linux as well.

A sequel will be released in October of 2014. In it, Wren and Reynold have to go through time to stop a DepravedDentist who intends to destroy Halloween forever.

!!''CostumeQuest'' provides examples of:
* ActionCommands: The combat is ripped straight out of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', ''ShadowHearts'' and ''PennyArcadeAdventures''.
* AdultsAreUseless: Hilariously lampshaded every possible chance there is. At least one grown-up has seen the evil beasts himself - and thinks they're [[TeensAreMonsters just teenagers]].
* AlwaysNight: The whole story happens during one Halloween night.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Reynold, especially in "Grubbins on Ice". Ooh, look! A quarter!
* ArtShift: In the field, the game uses a very simple, cartoony art style. In battle, the combatants are depicted as more realistic - the player characters becoming their costumes, and the monsters becoming more intimidating and ugly.
* BackFromTheDead: The Unicorn's special.
* BecomingTheCostume: Literally!
* BigBad: Big Bones.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: You can encounter Yetis and wear a Yeti costume in the DLC.
* BigEater: Again, Big Bones.
* BeefGate: [[spoiler: The return of [=BoJonn=] in the Arcade.]]
* BlushSticker
* BrokenBridge: Several, usually in the form of locked gates and [[NPCRoadblock stubborn guards]].
* CallingYourAttacks: Several, and several parodies.
-->''Hero'':"Now you'll taste my Missile Barrage!"
-->''Dorsilla'':"What's that? I couldn't hear you over the sound of that sudden tornado. *snaps fingers*"
-->''NPC in Dragon costume'':"Fire Breath! Fire Breath! Why aren't you burning from my Fire Breath?"
* ClassicalMovieVampire: Take a wild guess.
* CliffHanger: [[spoiler: Grubbins on Ice ends with the kids going through the portal to return home, only to end up in a [[PhantomZone void-like dimension]] containing even more portals.]]
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Core game mechanic. In an enemy encounter, Wren and Reynold transform into a building sized version of what their primitive, handmade costume is supposed to represent. Here's a list by category of use.
** Attack: [[HumongousMecha Robot]], [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja Ninja]], [[AllHallowsEve Pumpkin]], [[ClassicalMovieVampire Vampire]], [[GhostPirate Pirate]] (DLC only), [[FacelessEye Eyeball]] (DLC only).
** Defense: [[KnightInShiningArmor Knight]], [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Yeti]] (DLC only).
** Support: StatueOfLiberty, {{Unicorn}}.
** Special: [[SpaceCadet Spaceman]], [[GiantEnemyCrab French Fries]], [[PantheraAwesome Black Cat]].
* CrypticBackgroundReference: Repugia.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Dorsilla. She tries to get rid of your awesome costumes more than once.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler: Dorsilla with Big Bones.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler: First the Grubbins, then the Trollbogs, then the Crestwailers.]]
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Losing a battle just means you have to try again.
* TheDragon: [[spoiler: Dorsilla]]
* DualBoss: The final fight of Grubbins on Ice pits you against [[spoiler: Big Bones and Araxia]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: [[VideoGame/{{Stacking}} Charlie Blackmore]] appears in a secret cave in Repugia. So does an advertisement for the game he'll be appearing in.
* EnemyCivilWar: You join one in ''Grubbins on Ice''
* EvilTwin: [[spoiler: Dorsilla]]
* {{Expy}}: The Black Cat Costume is a [[BrutalLegend Laser Panther]] without the purple streaks.
** The Pirate costume is [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland LeChuck.]] sans beard.
** The Unicorn looks [[RobotUnicornAttack pretty badass]], with emphasis on both "pretty" and "badass."
* FailedASpotCheck: The monsters mistake the costumes for [[RuleOfFunny walking, talking candy or food]] several times. They are also easily fooled by the hero wearing a Grubbin costume despite everyone else in the group clearly not dressing as Grubbins and your main character clearly being a small child.
** At the start of ''Grubbins on Ice'', Reynold misses a huge glowing portal because he's distracted by a quarter that's just a few feet away from it.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Oh no! The villains are monsters trying to steal all the Halloween Candy!
* ForScience: Lucy, constantly.
* FreudianExcuse: Some Repugians in the DLC will roar "I had a rough childhood!" before assaulting you.
* GenreSavvy: Wren, Reynold, Everett and Dorsilla.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "I hope I'm the only banana costume. Last year? TOTAL bananafest!"
** A male NPC mentions that his husband said that there shouldn't be any kids and don't have much candy.
* GiantEnemyCrab: The French Fries turns you into this. Yes, really. A giant crab with french fry legs, french fry pincers, and a french fry container shell. And it's [[LethalJokeCharacter actually pretty effective]].
* GrimReaper: Big Bones, an enormously ''fat'' Grim Reaper.
* GRatedDrug: Candy. "Awww YEAH! That's the sugar daddy likes!"
* [[HalloweenEpisode Halloween Game]]
* {{Halloweentown}}: Repugia
* HandWave: Lampshaded. When the kids need to get down from the Ferris wheel, your character comes up with a brilliant plan. [[GilliganCut Immediate cut to]] the kids on the ground. Bonus lampshading with fourth wall damage when a character explicitly mentions suspending disbelief.
-->'''Everett''': I can't believe you thought of a way down that was so simple and practical.
* AHellOfATime: One monster says Dorsilla is so bad that [[spoiler: they don't want her to return to Repugia.]]
* HealingHands: The Statue of Liberty's power is to do this through sheer [[PatrioticFervor Patriotism.]]
* {{Homage}}: Tasha Harris says the game is inspired from many things. The isometric diagonal view of the town is from Videogame/{{Earthbound}}, the monsters are inspired from Film/{{Labyrinth}}, the art is inspired from Creator/HayaoMiyazaki and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker,]] and the whole game is a love letter to Halloween and costumes (in particular, handmade ones.)
* HopelessBossFight: "Grubbins on Ice" starts you off fighting against three Level 14 Repugiarchs; at this point, it's impossible to be higher than Level 10. You actually can win the fight if you hit '''all''' the prompts and catch some luck with the enemy's choice of targets, but FailureIsTheOnlyOption and it dumps you into the next scene as if you lost. (You still receive a hefty experience bonus if you win, though.)
* HotWitch: Dorsilla, in universe, and she boasts it. [[spoiler:After her defeat, she wonders if her failure to conquer the world is because she's too pretty.]]
* HowUnscientific: Lucy does this a lot.
* HumongousMecha: The robot costume.
* IdiotHero: Reynold leans to this in the DLC.
* [[IGotARock I Got Old Marzipan]]
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler: Dorsilla uses a recording of the main character to tear the sibling away from him/her. Dorian uses a recording of his sister to expose her plot to usurp Big Bones.]]
--> "That's inadmissible!"
* {{Kaiju}}: The battles become these. The various silly goblins transform into massive, uglier monsters, and the children transform into giant, more lifelike versions of what their costumes are supposed to represent.
* KidsAreCruel: The gang of mummy children. But it turns out [[spoiler: the gang leader is the only one keeping their violent tendencies in check.]] This is played for laughs.
* KidsPreferBoxes: The first costume.
* LaResistance: You help out the monsters against their oppressive new government in Grubbins On Ice. They even dress like Che Guevara. Citizens wonder why, despite being members of the resistance movement, you lack beards and berets.
* LeanAndMean: Dorsilla reaches NoodlePerson levels during her boss battle.
** Also the Pumpkin and Vampire costume look pretty scrawny and wicked, but they are actually on the heroes' side.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Everett does this the most. Or maybe he just really likes DungeonsAndDragons.
-->''Everett'': A mall? This looks more like a dungeon! Which I am totally prepared for! Hey look! A dungeon map!
-->''Everett'': He just took a natural 20 to the face and didn't take ANY damage!
* LifeDrain: The Vampire's special.
* LighterAndSofter: The difficulty is easier, and the humor is more low key than Double Fine's previous works.
* LimitBreak: Called the Combat Ability, it's measured by a circle-shaped energy meter that fills up in three turns.
* LovecraftCountry: A very cutesy version.
* LovecraftLite
* MacrossMissileMassacre: The Robot's special.
* MagicVersusScience: Lucy refuses to call the monsters as such, and adamantly believes they are aliens.
* ManipulativeEditing: [[spoiler: Dorsilla uses this to drive the siblings apart.]]
* MeaningfulName: My Little Panacea. Not only is it a PunnyName reference to ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony'', but ''Panacea'' means a cure-all or wonder drug. The Unicorn's special attack is a healing spell.
* TheMedic: The Statue of Liberty and Unicorn costumes. The Vampire can heal the party as well, despite being an attack-based class.
* MookMedic: In every species of Repugian monster. Grubbins, Trowbogs and Crestwailers each have their own healing class.
* MiddleManagementMook: Bojonn.
* {{Mordor}}: A spooky world from which the monsters come from appears in gateways around town.
* NoFourthWall: All references to content locked away in the trial version are lampshaded.
--> "Perhaps the full version will be a bit kinder to the fourth wall."
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Your brilliant plan for getting down from a stuck ferris wheel. See HandWave above.
* ParentalBonus: InvokedTrope. Tasha Harris wanted the game to have the appeal that {{Pixar}} (her former and now current employer) applies to all their work, in which the game would be simple and charming enough for children, but also appealing to adults. There are plenty of jokes for adults, covering such edgy material as globalization, prescription drugs, American history, and more.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: *lightning* '''TRICK OR TREAT!'''
* PunnyName: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Big Bones]], the BigBad, is a ''[[FatBastard big boned]] GrimReaper.
* RecurringBoss: Bojonn.
* RuleOfCool: The magic of the costumes is never explained, but who cares?
* PatrioticFervor: The Statue of Liberty's Combat Ability, and winning animation.
* SavePoint: Telephone boxes let you call the police and tell them about the monsters. They will [[PoliceAreUseless sigh]] and tell you "your report has been logged."
** The DLC changes the dialogue for the boxes so that you're now calling the Trowbog Historical Society. Because how else are they going to know if history is happening?
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: The DLC leaves the main characters lost in a hub of portals to different worlds.]]
* ShoutOut: The [[RobotUnicornAttack Unicorn Costume.]] Its special attack is called [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony My Little Panacea]].
** The music in the mall camping shop is the camp music from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''. The cardboard cutouts outside the shop are a cougar and a bear, just like the ones roaming Whispering Rocks in the game.
** The incantation used to open the Gate in the third area is [[VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}} Zanotto Vodello Loboto.]]
** Two more ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' references are on the first page of the trading card list: The first candy listed is "Raz-Ums", named after the protagonist. On the same page, there is a type of cotton candy/candy floss that resembles the FunnyAfro of JerkJock Bobby Zilch.
** The Pumpkin Costume's battle form is ripped straight out of ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''.
** The Disembodied Hand Stamp upgrades into the [[Film/ThePrincessBride Disembodied Six-Fingered Hand Stamp]].
** The cowboy warning the public about the dangers of candy? [[{{Clerks}} He works for an apple company.]]
** [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment "Like the kid in the $600 Banana is gonna follow the kid in the $20 costume. COME ON!"]]
** A mission in a corn field maze is called [[Franchise/ChildrenoftheCorn Children of the High Fructose Corn Syrup.]]
** Orzo the human cannonball makes references to the [[VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland Fettucini Brothers]].
** Finding a girl hiding in a witch costume causes her to shout "[[Film/TheWizardOfOz Oh, what a world! What a world!]]"
** [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas It may be a stretch, but there might be a reason why the DLC for this Halloween game is Christmas-esque.]]
** An incredibly obscure one: One of the girls dressed as a witch in the mall is named April, and refuses to do love potions "for charity cases". There's a RayBradbury short story called "The April Witch" which is about a young witch trying to spread love around out of charity.
** The Robot Costume's battle form somewhat resembles {{Xabungle}} in color scheme, wings and overall appearance although both of its attacks are pretty different.
* SiblingRivalry: Wren vs Reynold.
** And [[spoiler:Dorsilla vs Dorian. Dorian obviously losing.]]
* SinisterScythe: Big Bones' weapon. [[spoiler:It's also where he hides his emergency candy stash.]]
* StandardStatusEffects: Poison, Burn, and Stun. Different kinds of attacks inflict various degrees of each.
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler: Dorsilla, to Big Bones.]]
* StatusBuff: Different abilities or Battle Stamps grant Ability Up, Protect, Regeneration, or the ability to evade all attacks for one turn.
* StealthMentor: [[spoiler: Dorian]]
* StockAesops: Family is Everything.
* SugarBowl
* SweetTooth: Candy is currency for upgrades
* {{Tengu}}: Crestwailers are basically Tengu.
* VillainousGlutton: Big Bones.
* WhatTheHellHero: The player makes a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold grudging but heroic speech]] to Dorsilla's voicemail. [[spoiler: She clips out the heroic parts for her own purposes.]]
* WickedWitch: Dorsilla.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Metxel crashes his Candy-dozer into two mooks in the middle of a fight.
-->'''Metxel''': Now look what you made me do! One of them was my brother-in-law!
-->'''Wren''': Which one?
-->'''Metxel''': I don't know! They all look the same to me! Just like humans!
* WhatTheHellDad: Played for laughs, the twins dad appears surly, glued to his chair and newspaper.
** At the end of the game he [[spoiler: finally gets off his chair and puts away his newspaper, to take a piece of candy from his kids, saying it's a "Dad Tax."]]
* WomanScorned: [[spoiler: When Big Bones discovers Dorsilla's plot to usurp him, he breaks the deal with her and tell her to get lost. Not happy at all, she obeys, but not before boosting the heroes' power so they'll kick his ass.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: Lucy, big time. Spouts a lot of science fiction (and science fact) in a magical setting.
* YouMeanXmas: Yeti Fest is a cross between Christmas and Groundhog Day.

!!''Costume Quest 2'' provides examples of:
* AscendedExtra: The candy corn costume that was the cause of the sibling's kidnapping in the first game is here a real battle costume!
** JokeCharacter: Apparently...
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Again. The new ones are, for now, [[NonIronicClown Clown]], [[WizardClassic Wizard]], ThomasJefferson, {{Superhero}}, [[Pterosoarer Pterodactyl]], and [[AscendedExtra Candy corn]].
* DepravedDentist: The BigBad.
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