Costume Quest - Grubbins on Ice First Look

Halloween may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't dress up for the next holiday.

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There really shouldn't be anything stopping you from wearing a Halloween costume all year round, especially if it lets you transform into a towering robot or an undead pirate. From Double Fine studios comes Grubbins on Ice, which takes place shortly after the events of Costume Quest, so if you want to avoid any kind of spoiler content, then you might want to skip ahead. The adorable kids and their makeshift costumes are back for a new adventure, now that their neighborhood is clear of the candy-stealing grubbins. The new downloadable content comes with a patch that will fix some of the performance issues in the original game, as well as add in a few new features, such as the ability to pause during cutscenes and save your game at designated phone posts.

The first thing you'll notice in Grubbins on Ice is that the seasons have changed, so instead of bright-orange leaves and pumpkins littered all over the place, you're shuffling through streets that have been lightly sprinkled with snow. Lucy and Everett are wandering the streets in search of some tangible evidence that the monsters truly existed at some point. Young Lucy stumbles across a bizarre, demonic-looking receiver, which suddenly opens a portal and sucks her in. The panicked Everett seeks out the twins Wren and Reynold, and together--in their slapped-together outfits--they jump into another dimension in order to save Lucy. This portal plops them into the monster world of Repugia, where grubbins of all kinds mingle and eat candy. The current leader, Araxia--a crow in a bearlike costume--runs the place and has Lucy under his wing/paw. Apparently you've barged into the realm during a time of turmoil and political unrest, and a revolution is in the works. So after being tossed off a cliff (and harmlessly landing on some trowbogs), the three of you set off to find Lucy and decide to help the oppressed grubbins along the way.

As in the main game, you'll go door to door canvassing for candy to support the cause or fighting monsters that refuse to join. The turn-based combat remains the same, where carefully timed button presses will help you deal more damage or defend against enemy attacks. You'll find that there are new costumes to piece together that will yield some interesting results in battle. But there will already be several fun and familiar costumes in your wardrobe to start with, so you can wheel around the world in your robot suit or switch to your ninja outfit to sneak by guards. We came across a few new costume patterns, including a pirate costume, a track suit, and an eyeball. Using the costume's special abilities, like the pirate's hook, you'll be able to explore the realm of Repugia and complete quests along the way until you find poor Lucy. Once again the highlight of the game is not only the charming artwork, but the hilarious dialogue between the kids, which is now paced a little better for those who aren't speed readers.

Viva Repugia!

We were told that the downloadable content is slightly bigger than a level in the original game and could take roughly five hours to complete, depending on how quickly you want to get through the game. By taking your time, though, and slapping around the foreign vegetation, you'll be able to gather more candy for the revolution. Grubbins on Ice looks to continue the adventure that Costume Quest started, fixing some of the issues in the first game, such as the save functionality, the pause feature, and the frame rate. Keeping with the holiday theme, the new content is planned for release sometime in December on XBLA and PSN.

Discussion

36 comments
First_Descent
First_Descent

Just picked up the first one, and I can't wait for this one. I wasn't expected to like the game this much. I just picked it up because it was on sale and an RPG.. Awesome!!!!!!!!

Flamewolf75
Flamewolf75

This is one of the best arcade games I've played in a while so I'll be getting this one.

GamerNes9
GamerNes9

They Could Make One For Every Holiday!!!

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I just played through the game in one sitting and got all the trophies and loved it.

mallakazoola
mallakazoola

I like the idea but, I hope they add more then 2 new costumes. well if it's Tim approved there is a good chance all enjoy it. hopefully pacing is better in this addition.

DavidJF
DavidJF

I'll be buying this for sure! Loved costume quest.

magicalclick
magicalclick

I have the first game.. The candys are sweet, but, the night is short. Honestly after the first game, I am not too interested in the second.

publicgamer
publicgamer

i like where they're going with costume quest. i hope double fine keeps this series going.

frazzle00
frazzle00

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omegabyte
omegabyte

So, can we expect Valentine's Day DLC in February, where Reynold/Wren declares their love for Lucy/Everett and then maybe they hold hands? Then some Easter scavenger hunting in May? Maybe top it off with some Summer Vacation festivities? The possibilities are endless.

Ovirew
Ovirew

oh man, I MUST get this. Will the DLC be on 360 too?

icytower
icytower

One of my favorite games of 2010 getting DLC, yeah I'm buying day 1 :)! Done right, themed DLC could (and should IMHO) continue for at least a year with all the holidays.

turtlebird95
turtlebird95

Loved Costume Quest. Definitely getting this.

bemabo
bemabo

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AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

I quite enjoyed Costume Quest, so may pick this up.

VisuVeri
VisuVeri

parkumtommo=dick. Good job!

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

@LpcWarrior Your user image is a close up of mine... :(

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

ummm, a game done in a few months? This is even worst than fast food... w8 a sec! Fast food is really great!

TeabagChampion
TeabagChampion

I really wanna get this title. I'm so behind in my gaming.

subyman
subyman

@unreal_master nothing is wrong with costume quest, I enjoyed the game but I don't feel like playing more of it.

Blankgen86
Blankgen86

I loved Costume Quest. When I finished it, I just wanted more of it. Can't wait for this.

Shawcross
Shawcross

This is going to be awesome. Loved the first one and this DLC looks sweet

LpcWarrior
LpcWarrior

I just wish costume quest was longer, and this add-on should be awesome!

irishscott99
irishscott99

I really enjoyed costume quest, though I can easily see where many people might not... Like everyone else, I certainly hope its cheap like it should be. This and Pinball FX Marvel make me smile.

unreal_master
unreal_master

@subyman What is wrong with costume quest? I had a feeling they were going to do seasonal themes which is great. This should be about 5$ which is a good deal. If it is 10$ i think i would feel cheated and not obligated to make the purchase.

subyman
subyman

I had my fill of costume quest the first time around. I doubt I will get this.

bryan220
bryan220

Sweetness! I love Costume Quest so I'm definitely downloading this as soon as it is released..

MKID232
MKID232

Well, this seems like a must-have for fans of Costume Quest. Hopefully it isn't too expensive. I would guess no more than $4.99.

Xbox360Gamer15
Xbox360Gamer15

looks good but i as of yet dont have the orginal costume quest.....i might get it if it doesnt take up too much space on my harddrive