ReviewCostume Quest: Grubbins on Ice

Costume Quest

Developer: Double Fine Productions
Publisher: THQ

Release Date: 10/20/2010

ESRB: E10+

Genre: adventure
Setting: cartoon

It’s been awhile since I’ve played the main quest for Costume Quest (pun highly not intended). And there’s a good reason for it: It’s meant to be a quick romp through the eyes of children. There are a lot of great ideas in it, and it seems only natural that an expansion would be made: Grubbins on Ice.

Grubbins on Ice begins with Everett and Lucy meandering about the snow-filled streets discussing the events of the main game. Lucy is, for the most part, much more interested in finding scientific proof than hearing Everett profess his 10 year-old love for her. As quickly as you can say “Munster re-runs,” Lucy gets sucked into a portal. So Everett grabs his two best friends (the twins from the main story) and proceeds to save his lady lo— ... I mean, his friend ... and start a revolution in the monsters’ homeland. Dff2b47e199a8e2686854dd672c373ef

The plot is a bit thin. The characters don’t get to show off their personalities nor is there any more character growth. In other words, what was great about the original is still present, and so are the same weaknesses. This means that you can fiddle with all of the costumes from the original and a few new ones: a yeti, an eyeball and a pirate. You’ll use each costume’s powers to accomplish goals. Plus, each area is unique and colorful.

This leads directly into the same complaints. The expansion is about half the size of the original, and they do not build off of each other. I remember feeling excited that one of the puzzles looked like it grew from the original in an organic manner. Yet it never truly happened; the puzzles are basic. Db3706b86fc77d6245490b496955bb8a

The real problem comes with its lack of audio. Yes, the same few tunes will happily play in the background. But now it is all the more obvious since the final boss and the pirate costume both laugh. Newspaper cutouts of letters just don’t cut it anymore. Little things like that abound in this game, and it was what drove the overall experience down.

Overall, if you’re looking for a decent DLC for a solid game then Grubbins on Ice is a logical addition to fans of the game. If you’re looking for something that will compensate for the game’s weaknesses, then look elsewhere. It shares the same exact strengths and weaknesses as the main game. And for about $5 (400 Microsoft Points), I expected a lot more in terms of gameplay and “corrections/improvements” to the main areas of play. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed my time with Grubbins on Ice. If you liked Costume Quest, then grab it. But if you hated the main game, then feel free to ignore this DLC as it won’t change your mind. Now how’s that for “cold?”

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About the Author, Evan Csir (A.K.A Psychphan)

Hi, my name is Evan. I’m an RPGaholic and hard core gamer. I graduated from college in 2007 with a BA in English (Gasp!) and psychology. I’ve been playing video games since the age of three. My first game, ever, was Super Mario Bros. So yeah, I’m pretty darn good at this video game stuff. And persistant. I like RPGs the best because I can look at it as literature. This is especially true for the Shin Megami Tensei games and The Digital Devil Saga. I enjoy horror games due to their psychological nature, like Silent Hill 3. I don’t like FPS or anything that relies too much on the first-person perspective; they make me dizzy and nauseous. Ironically, I love Metroid Prime and Half-Life 2. Hmm... Where’s Alanis Morissette when you need her? I really like it when games are creative and technically pull everything off. In this case, my favorite game is Ico. I loved it due to the presentation and the way the characters interacted with each other. Yorda and Ico didn’t speak the same language, so they had to rely on gestures and other forms of communication. I also occasionally enjoy bouts of Mario Kart: Double Dash and Smash Bros. Melee. Overall, I’m rather boring. I stay home, read my homework, occasionally write, fool around on the computer, eat, and sleep. Except for those days that I travel to school. I sometimes am inspired to write poetry (if you really want to read it, just ask). I play piano from time to time. And my favorite book genres are psychology books, occasionally poetry, and most of all, mysteries. And I’m “addicted” to herbal teas and Starbucks coffee.