For the Love of Lincoln/Monsters in Our Midst
The Best Offense/Belly of the Beast
The Fun Room/Ghosting
The Keychain to My Heart/The Big Con
Baking is Best with Friends/Danger Bike Man Rides Again
Girl, You’ll Be a Grubbin Soon/Secrets and Lies
Breaker, Breaker/Factory Tour
9 years ago, Costume Quest released on Playstation 3 and quietly became a sleeper hit, subsequently developing into one of my favourite Indie games at the time. Well written, clever and tapping into those turn-based RPG vibes, Costume Quest did really well to stand out amongst a glut of other games. Whilst its sequel did an equally good job keeping things feeling fresh, it didn’t quite have the same originality the first boasted. Fast forward to 2019 and Amazon Prime’s animated series Costume Quest, based on the hit game, re-introduces the concept of costume-fighting heroes to a whole new audience. With a good sense of humour and a continuing storyline throughout, Costume Quest does well to try and capture the original magic of the game.
The story here, just like the game, revolves around four kids on the eve of Halloween trying to figure out what costumes to wear. Desperate to get their hands on the latest Abe Lincoln costume, they make do with makeshift costumes found at a run-down, mysterious shop after the hugely popular Lincoln costume is sold out. As they begin to warm to their new coutfits, a strange creature confronts them, changing into a maniacal beast after consuming a nougat bar. As the kids learn their costumes might not be regular costumes after all, they fight off the creature and find themselves caught in a battle with a group called the Repugnians.
With 7 episodes clocking in at around 24 minutes each, Costume Quest is a decidedly brief watch but it makes up for this with a whole lot of action and humour throughout the episodes. There’s a consistent feeling of progression here too, helped along by each episode being split into two different tales that lead on from the last. Most of these end on some form of cliffhanger too, enticing you to watch through to the next one.
Aesthetically, Costume Quest does really well here as well. There’s a suitably muted colour palette used throughout the series and the hand-drawn animation feels very reminisce of the late 90s cartoons. The humour is suitably on point and each of the kids have a unique personality to match their colourful costumes and subsequent powers each one holds. Whether it be the confident leadership of Everett or the quiet contemplation of Lucy, there’s a deliberately contrasting group of personas here that’ll certainly help kids resonate with.
Whilst Costume Quest is unlikely to be remembered as fondly as the original game it’s based on, the lore, story line and general feel of the show certainly mirrors the fun of the game in a really compelling way. In a world of glitzy CGI and continuously digitalised animation, Costume Quest goes old-school, delivering an aesthetically pleasing animated series kids are sure to love.
Verdict - 7.5/10