Review of Trine
Monday, 30 August 2010 12:24
Trine is a stunningly beautiful, relaxing yet puzzling platform/adventure/puzzle game that is not the hardest game to get through but it might just be the most beautiful.
Publisher: Nobilis (worldwide) SouthPeak Interactive (North American retail)
Platform: Windows, PlayStation Network
Mode: Single-player, Multiplayer
Rating: ESRB: E (Everyone)
Trine is basically 3 characters who struggle and need the help of each other to make it to the end of each level. You’ve got the Wizard, who uses magic to make boxes or to move, lift or drag down objects. There’s the Thief who can swing from position a to position b and she also carries with her a bow that can take down enemies with arrows. And finally there’s the Knight, who don’t use magic, and cannot swing but is straight forward a brawler. He can move objects but he also got a shield and a sword to protect and defend himself from enemies.
You can switch between these characters at any time in the game and need them all to survive.
If one of these characters dies you must then try to get you and your buddy to the nearest checkpoint to revive the fallen comrade.
The game is set to an old ruined kingdom. After living it up in a great period of great peace, the king died without leaving an heir to the throne. Without a king the kingdom quickly plunged into political instability. Taking advantage of the chaos, an undead army suddenly appeared and attacked, forcing the inhabitants to abandon the realm. Trine, the artifact of the soul, was separated in an earthquake from the artifacts of mind and body, which became tainted. This gave birth to an evil tower from which the soulless undead first emerged. It is the 3 characters job to retrieve this artifact and put an end to the chaos and the undead.
The graphics in Trine is stunning. It grabs you from the first second you start playing and it doesn’t let you go until you’ve gone through the entire story. From the backgrounds to the glowing mushrooms, enchanted trees and every little object along the way is done with such beautiful perception that it is absolutely a beautiful experience through and through.
The sounds and the narrator does a good job too making the entire visual and sound package of Trine one of the most relaxing and beautiful gaming experiences released in a long, long time.
The controllers are easy to pick up, and handling the three characters at once might sound like a difficult task but I am standing here, a living proof of this not being the case. At first you might stumble and fall a few times but after an hour it all becomes second nature. The only thing bad about the game is the endless armies of undead constantly attacking you when all you really want to do is solve puzzles and explore this beautiful scene that is Trine. And the puzzle is not that hard. But that’s minor problems, and in fact it’s the only ‘negative things’ I found with this game.
I could go on for days about the positive and beautiful game Trine but it would become boring to read so instead I recommend you give this game a try. It’s been out a little while now and but still, it holds up to every game that’s being distributed as of now. There is no age limit to this game either so everyone can give it a go, let your grandma try it out and then her grandson can go. Trine is one of the most beautiful, stunning, puzzling, casual, relaxing and funny games out right now. I’d rate this 10 if I didn’t find the small negatives with the game, but that’s totally my personal experience. You however might rate this 10 out of 10, but I have to be ‘rude’ to Trine and give it ‘just’ almost top score. Trine 2 is announced though so I cant wait for it to release!