[PlayStation 4] Castle Costume Review
Castle Costume is a new 3D collect-a-thon on PS4 that pays homage to the classics. Learn more about it in our Castle Costume review!
In Castle Costume, you will take on a third-person action platformer with a character that has a pumpkin on his head – or is it a pumpkin for a head? In this Halloween-themed collect-a-thon, you will set out on a quest to stop Angry Aaron, who was scorned one Halloween night and has now used his powerful envy to lock the world in everlasting torment. You will get to meet several characters along the way, and together you will do your best to try and save Halloween before it is too late!
The game will get you started right away in a short tutorial section, during which you’ll get to learn the basics. You can move your character with the left analog stick, rotating the camera around with the right one. You can jump with the X button, and can do a double jump by pressing the X button again while in mid-air. Your attack is mapped to the Square button, and this will make you spin around. This button will also be the one you use to talk to other characters. You’ll also be using the Circle button to interact with some things.
The first character you will meet in the game is Sally the Scarecow, who will talk to you about the Mystic Moat, a magical portal you need to find to be able to get to the next level. After this, I learned that to open the Mystic Moat so that I could carry on to the next level, I first had to complete three objectives. By pressing the touchpad on the DualShock 4, I was able to make some icons appear on the screen, with the legend for what each one represented being displayed on the right side of the screen. This helped me to find the next objective so that I could start to work on completing all to carry onward to level 2.
One of these objectives asked that I freed some spirits which, for some reason, in Castle Costume means finding some house in which I could go “Trick or Treat” and see what I’d get. If I managed to get a Treat, then that spirit was released, and I could carry on to the next house. If I instead got Trick, then I had to find three glowing soul statues “hidden” around the house – with the game throwing up an impassable dome around the house so that I couldn’t go wandering around too far without first completing the task at hand.
The first couple of levels were easy to play, but once you hit level three, the not as precise controls will start to get in your way. The platforms begin to be too far away from each other, new hazards are introduced that do a great job at damaging you, and some ratter small glowing spheres pop up that act as bouncing surfaces, but actually landing on them becomes quite the ordeal. When these spheres are added to the floating platform course, you need to complete to “defeat” one of the enemies that Angry Aaron sends to defeat you.
Castle Costume is a 3D platformer that has more than enough content to justify its asking price. There are many collectibles to find in each stage, between the coins, demon masks, energy cores, purple things, healing skulls, and the one pumpkin to locate in each level. The new gameplay mechanics you get along the way will be put to good use with the bump in the platforming difficulty, but your mileage may vary. This is a budget 3D platformer at only $9.99, so do keep that in mind!
This Castle Costume review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Loveridge Designs.