Trine 2

Reviewed by Tap on Jul 14, 2012
Rating
e10plus
4/5
(Great!)
Game Overview
Developer:
Frozenbyte
Release Date:
December 7, 2011
Platform Reviewed:
Personal Computer
Platforms Available:
Windows
Mac

Trine 2 is a puzzle platformer with slight hints of RPG elements and a nice array of combat situations.

I bought the game for $3.74 during the Steam Summer Sale, and I must say that it is well worth that price. It is a beautiful game world. Music is also pretty good. The only big problem with it is the extremely short story. The ending is very abrupt and disappointing, but the game offers many achievements that make it worth replaying once or twice.

The story is a direct sequel to the original Trine, but you do not need to have previous knowledge of that game to understand Trine 2. The story is fairly easy to follow. You play as a knight, a rogue, and a mage. Those three characters enter what is known as the Trine. The Trine is an ancient artifact from a long lost civilization that seems to have its own agenda. That plot point is very really explored in either of the games, but in Trine 2, the heroes don't actively pursue the Trine; the Trine comes to them. What the Trine does is it sends anyone who touches it to another place in the world, anywhere the Trine thinks they are needed.

Basically, the Trine teleports the heroes to a far away land to battle an evil witch and her entire forest of goblins. You never actually fight the witch, but you fight all of her minions, and the boss fights can be very interesting.

The gameplay revolves around solving puzzles and platforming. There is some combat, and it is fun, but the focus is on getting from point A to point B in one piece. You can have fun fighting things, though. Multiplayer adds some extra fun to the puzzle-solving elements, but it also makes combat way too easy. You can have up to 3 players per game, but I found that the game is actually less frustrating with only two players.

There are a lot of secrets to be found in the levels, and the achievements reflect this. There are chests with collectible items in them scattered across all the levels. You also have to collect orbs to level up the characters and gain their extra skills. Finally, there are some interesting alternative routes through some of the obstacles if you look hard enough.

Ultimately, the game is very short and will get boring to most people in the course of six hours, but at only $3.74, it's worth buying, anyway.

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