Trine 2 – Review
Follow Genre: Puzzle
Developer: Frozenbyte
Publisher: Atlus, Lace-Mamba Global ltd.
Platform: PC, PS3, 360, Wii U, Mac, Linux

Trine 2 – Review

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9.4
Good: Great puzzle game.
Bad: The game was a bit short, but the DLC makes up for it.
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If you look up the meaning of the word trine, the dictionary states it’s a group of three.  Coincidentally Trine is a game where you play in a group of three people, a wizard, a thief and a knight, each with their own abilities. And you’ll need the cooperation of all three to solve the puzzles. In Trine 2 our three heroes are back to unravel the mysteries of the cursed forest and save the kingdom once again.

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Story:

The kingdom is in danger again and who better to save it then our three heroes from Trine.
In the game the trine is also a magical artifact, that conjured our three heroes as a team to save the kingdom.
The game starts out as Amadeus is sleeping, after being exhausted from learning the fireball spell, in his cottage where he was hidden from his scornful wife. But as he is sleeping, a bright lights wakes him up. Mad for being awoken, our wizard gets up to see where the light is coming from. After a short walk he sees the Trine appearing before him to conjure him one again. Together with the knight, who was already conjured, they go get our thief and off we go to save our precious kingdom.

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Graphics:

The graphics of this game are absolutely amazing. Everything is just so detailed. After playing the first Trine I thought they can’t make it look better, but they did. The backgrounds of the game look like they come out of a CGI movie clip, they are so lively. And if you go from one décor into a totally different one , the transition is just flawlessly.

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Sound:

While you’re playing, there’s always music in the background. Music which you’ll appreciate when you hear it for the first time. It’s just that soothing.
The voices of our three protagonists are the same as in de prequel, and fit our characters perfectly.
But the best has yet to come, the narrator voice is still in the game and is so very well done. With the English accent, it is just a joy to listen to. Without this narrator voice the game would lose a lot of its fairy tale feeling.

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Gameplay:

You start the game as Amadeus the wizard, Pontius the knight and Zoya the thief. So in this order you’ll also play first three short tutorial levels, to get to know the abilities of the characters.

Amadeus can summon boxes and planks, and levitate items. Pontius can throw his hammer and freeze enemies with his shield, which makes him the fighter of our team. Zoya can shoot ice and fire arrows and also has a stealth mode. By combining the use of her bow and grapple Zoya makes the perfect character for ranged combat. But these abilities do not come for free.
During the game you can collect something that looks like glass orbs. For every 50 you collect you get 1 skill point to upgrade your characters. So collect as many as you can.

The point of the game is to solve all the gravity based puzzles and reach the end of the game. Solving the puzzles is done by combining the abilities of your heroes and make your way through all the levels. The puzzles can be opening a gate, getting on the other side of a wall or redirecting water to make a plant grow.

The game is playable up to 3 players, which makes absolute sense as our team of heroes is made up out of 3 heroes. But if you play with more than 1 player, I played the game co-op with one other player, you can cheat your way around the puzzles by, for example, using the grapple of Zoya to make your way to higher ground and then switching to Amadeus and levitating a plank with the other player on it to where you are. Which sometimes can be quite handy as some puzzles are really difficult to solve. But of course, the point of the game is to solve all the puzzles to reach the end of the game, so I wonder if this was the idea of the developers to make the game a bit easier, or just something they looked over.

Conclusion:

Trine 2 was an amazing game to play. The innovativeness of the puzzles can really pick your brain. Sometimes the solution is so simple but you’re looking too hard and spent too much time solving the puzzle which you can actually solve in no time. Both Trine games are in my opinion the best puzzle games I have played to this date. After searching the internet to see if there is going to be a third installment, I found some information saying that there will definitely come a third game of the series. But that the developer will takes his time to create a wonderful new game, and not a copy of the previous one. After playing the game that piece of information made my day. I’m really glad I decided to play these 2 games and I’m really looking forward to the next one.

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  1. […] Frozenbyte and publisher Modus Games are proud to announce the release of Trine 4 and Trine: Ultimate Collection. Both will be available on October 8, 2019, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. The fourth installment of the series will introduce 4-player co-op for the first time as well as expanding the combat system and providing players with more gameplay than ever before. Trine: Ultimate Collection will contain all four games, the soundtrack, and a digital artbook. Pre-ordering will give you access to Toby’s Dream DLC Level. Toby, the dog will go on his own little adventure with the heroes in this special bonus level. You can find our review of the second installment of the franchise right here. […]

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