Well, this has been a weird morning with the surprise release of Costume Quest [Free] and our excited forum community digging into the game. It didn't take long for them to notice something strange about Costume Quest though, as the original iTunes text was shifted from:

Continue the Costume Quest adventure with the Grubbins on Ice DLC pack, included free! Face new enemies while collecting additional quests, costumes, battle stamps and creepy treat cards. Help the monsters overthrow Araxia to bring peace back to Repugia!

...To curiously removing all mention of the DLC pack being free. It seems like a SNAFU on Double Fine's part, as the iTunes text is essentially directly copied and pasted from Costume Quest on GOG.com, which does come with free DLC.


Some thriftier members of our community seem to be contacting Apple for refunds on this "bait and switch," but something to consider is that at $4.99 plus $1.99 for the IAP you're still getting this incredible game for less than half what it'd cost you if you decided to play it on any other platform- But, this is the App Store pricing Bizarro World we're living in at work.

  • Zaraf

    Now to watch the drama as people go up in arms over having to pay an extra $2 or for being "misled". *grabs popcorn*

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      It's already happening.

      • mr_bez

        I'm not going for a refund - I didn't read the app description. I was misled by YOUR article so I'm going after YOU, Holdapp! You're gonna pay for what you did, you hear me?!
        (Seriously, though, it's an honest mistake. If anyone really wants a refund, go ahead and ask for one, but with or without the IAP, it's worth that price.)

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    • VeganTnT

      The thing is that if a store labels an item at a certain price but charges you more, the store can be fined and you get your money back. I don't know if the AppStore falls under the same consumer protection acts but you based your purchase on the description Double Fine gave. If the description was a mistake and now you're left with a lesser product you should be allowed to get a refund (though they shouldn't get to keep the game as well)

      Of course in this incident I think lots of people are taking advantage of something meant to help us.

      At the same time there are definitely people out there that only have so much money to devote to iOS games or people with only X amount of money on their US iTunes cards and were genuinely affected by this. It's not as easy as saying "oh it's just $2" because Costume Quest is a short game and the added content from the DLC adds another 3-4 hours which helps round it out. Maybe some people think that would be great as a freebie (like it was on GOG) but not worth $2 which could be spent on something else, you know?

      • joaquin_ondamoon

        As someone who works in the extreme drudgery of retail, I can tell you that as long as a retailer prints a disclaimer - ie: 'the previous description of this game erroneously listed the DLC as free, we regret any inconvenience' - they are fine legally. Morally? That's another story, lol.
        Stuff happens. It's not gonna stop me from purchasing both game & DLC. It's well worth it for such an outstanding game, from a great developer.

    • mclifford82

      It's sad that you're looked down upon for feeling like you were mislead when it's such an obvious case of it happening. They said it was free. Then it wasn't free. There isn't another term for it.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        It's almost as sad when people complain about the mistake that was made over $2.

      • Foghorn Irrascible

        There is another term for it. It's called a mistake.

  • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

    Bait and switch? Refunds? Seriously? I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

  • gabuas

    Oh no 2 dls more the world will be ending soon

  • sticktron

    It was a mistake, that happens.
    The correct and Good(tm) thing to do would be to give the DLC for free to customers who purchased before the App Description was updated.

    I don't know if that's possible though.

  • Remote_

    Working with iTunes on a daily basis I see (and have been responsible for) this kind of error plenty.

    There's no bait and switch, no cynicism, just a mistake.

    What on earth is wrong with people? The outcry over the tiniest things drives me insane.

    Grow up, for the love of God!

    Obviously, that's not directed at anyone in this thread so far 🙂

  • Pivi

    So the game+DLC is 7 bucks instead of 5. No problem, it's a great looking game.

    As for getting refunds because of the additional 2 bucks, that's just golden.


    I wonder if this went live by accident? Seems... ill-prepared.

  • defunct32

    Crazy people, I ain't got time to be flipping tables and throwing a fit over $2! Time to get my costume on and go on a trick or treat adventure! Who's with me?

  • Mike

    But but but... that's 2 less items I can buy from the dollar menu! Blasphemy!

  • Crimzzen

    2$ on an individual basis is not the end of the world. 1 million people who now need to drop 2$ for the expansion they thought they had already purchased. That's some serious $$$.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      One million people didn't download the game inside of the two hour (or less) window where the iTunes page had incorrect description text. Considering that was before iTunes features were even updated for the week, I'd be surprised if that number was in the thousands.

      • Vestid

        I just noticed your name has the word app in it. If that's your real name than that's a sweet sweet coincidence.

    • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

      So wait are you implying this was done on purpose in effort to make money off their fans? Because I seriously doubt that was their effort. It would do more harm than good.

  • ImJPaul

    People are so cheap. Yikes.

  • DenzilofDojima

    I believe there's been some misunderstanding in terms of extracting the true meaning behind comments that initially appear to be hostile in nature. Allow me to clarify. A comment like this:

    'F you Double Fine. You LIED and said the dlc was free and now I find I have blown $2.99 on an UNFINISHED game!! I want my money back!!'

    Contrary to appearances actually means this:

    'This is great! I almost felt like I was stealing out of Tim Schafers pocket when I got CQ for a meager 3 bucks! Now I can buy the DLC for an equally obscenely low price and help support future Double Fine games to boot. I'm so happy I'm going eat this Malteser I found on the floor!!'

    Hope this helps clear up the confusion.

  • CkX82

    I has a boner

  • funny_man_vanya

    I find it interesting how touch arcade is always talking about updates, but their mobile app isn't updated. Seriously guys your app is one of the most used I have, and I have replaced the normal position of the App Store with it so I you could please update your app it would be much appreciated.

    Ps- people stop whining and just buy the game, it's a steal anyways, the company doesn't want to just give it away.

    • Royce

      What's wrong with the TA app?

      • funny_man_vanya

        Nothing at all, it would just be nice if it was optimized for iOS 7

  • defunct32

    How many party members and costumes are there in this game with the DLC?

  • DemoEvolved

    If the store description says you get added content free then you should get that content free. It doesn't matter how good the price is overall. Defending df for making a mistake is just ass kissing. If it was ea with Simpsons tapped out you would burn them to hell

    • defunct32

      It was a mistake as they obviously copied + paste the description from one of their other sites or something, it wasn't intentional!

      The game is fun and I don't mind paying for it, I don't even know DF existed but I'm looking forward to their other releases and don't mind forking out the cash as long as I get quality games.