Weird, whacky and bonkers, Costume Quest is Amazon Prime’s attempt to bring the game to life.
Debuting on Amazon Prime on March 8th is Costume Quest Season 1. Yes, you heard right – the video game of the same name has been made into a Prime Video series. If you are unfamiliar with the game, Costume Quest is a party-based role-playing video game where you control a kid who is trick-or-treating on Halloween, and they have to achieve specific objectives to save their kidnapped sibling. I haven’t played this game, and I imagine I never will, but the animation version is wildly bonkers, making me understand what playing it might be like.
The kids in Costume Quest show plenty of enthusiasm for costumes in the opening episode, to the point that they create their own. As soon as they encounter a monster, they become their alter-selves based on their costumes, with the ability to conjure certain powers to either escape or defeat their foe. The rest of the series places the characters amongst several scenarios.
I’ll be honest; I am not sure how much appetite there is for Costume Quest. The game received accolades and was generally praised, but as always with converting video game into Film and TV, it’s difficult for the makers to get the essence of the story across. For what it is worth, Costume Quest is only six-episodes long with a running time of twenty minutes each, so the investment is not too try-hard if you have a vested interest.
And it doesn’t matter if you have not played the game; Costume Quest does not patronise your lack of knowledge, and the story is by and large pretty self-explanatory. Before I watched the first episode of Costume Quest I imagined it to be shaped just for kids. However, some of the jokes in it will pass by the children, and makes the whole experience enjoyable for adults. If you are rummaging through Amazon Prime, it might be worth a try.
Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.