The story of Costume Quest 2 is about Wren and Reynold trying to save the future of Halloween after the crazed tooth obsessed dentist Dr. Orel White has altered the future into a twisted perfect tooth dystopia with the help of the powerful time wizards!
Now, don’t get me wrong the story was great; I loved the ideas behind it and this isn’t where my disappointment with Costume Quest 2 lies.
Scenery wise Costume Quest 2 was lovely, the towns reflected the mood brilliantly and I really enjoyed it although I would have enjoyed it more if it weren’t for the character designs. It’s not that they were bad; they just felt disjointed from what was going on in the game and reminded me of Nintendo’s Miis way too much. Maybe it’s just me but seriously… look at them!
Moving on to the combat, I just couldn’t get into the simple turn-based combat, which included the ability to do more damage if you time the button presses right. It’s not like it was too hard but the enemies did seem a bit… ‘spongy’ which caused me to get a bit fed up with fighting and instead I just wanted to crack on with the story. One thing I did enjoy about the combat was the Creepy Treat Cards that could be used for special attacks, like when an enemy attacks any damage would reflect onto them. It added freedom to the combat and felt like a trading card game.
I wish I could say that I enjoyed this title more; the potential is there for a really enjoyable game but I just could not get on with it. I think if there was a faster combat system and a bigger sense of urgency it could have been a game that I could have got into.
The scripting was okay, but I do find that characters without a voice leave me feeling bondless to them and that bond is something that I want to feel when I’m playing through a story – on the other hand, I did find Candy Corn’s comments during each battle rather amusing and they did cause me to chuckle to myself more than a few times.
Like most reviews, these are only my opinions on a game that I’ve struggled to bond with; I’ve heard great things from several friends about Costume Quest 2 but for now I just don’t feel drawn into it enough despite desperately wanting to play more.
I will start this review off by saying that I don’t usually play this kind of game, it’s simply not my thing but after playing Chariot I’d more than happily go back and play more – here is why.
Long, long ago before the age of online gaming, gamers would invite all their friends round, share out the third party controllers while keeping the official one for themselves and do some hard hitting couch co-op. It was glorious, real communication between team mates and plenty of hysterical moments you could share together. Since online gaming we have lost that, and that is a shame.
Let me backtrack slightly and explain a bit of the back story to this physics based puzzler. You are a princess who’s father (The King) has passed away, you are on your way to find him a peaceful resting place when suddenly his spirit rises from the coffin (Chariot) and begins to complain about said burial place. He goes on to explain that he wishes to be buried along with all his treasure and wealth, being the good princess you are you follow his wishes. At this point you can start co-op mode, which I did, this in turn spawns in a prince to work by your side and help with the many puzzles you’re going to be faced with while collecting gems and other riches along the way.
I found the music and colours of Chariot pleasant and tuneful, with soft medieval music playing in the background and a bright colourful layout which was heart warming as you controlled the adorable characters – it all fits perfectly with the theme of the game.
As I was playing I did come across certain gems that could only be collected with another player, I remember spending around twenty minutes concucting plans in order to reach this seemingly unreachable gem, but after a very tactical discussion it was collected and I moved on. I loved that there was this challenge and you genuinely had to communicate with your couch buddy. It also caused mass hysterics as the characters would be pulled around and left hanging on to the ropes as the other player attempted to pull the chariot out of trouble.
If you haven’t already picked up this game I really recommend it. Especially if you have someone you can play it with. With a lovely story that contains some rather funny comments from the King’s spirit, you’ll find yourself immersed in this colourful, tuneful world and with the many physic based puzzles which you need to solve in order to collect as many gems as possible – Chariot will certainly keep you busy.