Trine 2

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Trine 2 is one of the more unique platformers out there with its large amounts of puzzles coupled with the occasional hack-and-slash action and three characters to play as. You have Pontius the Wizard, Zoya the former thief and Amadeus, the brave, stout knight whose strength is only matched by his desire for food and drink.

The game’s fun comes from the puzzle solving as it will require you to think about every move to open a door, reach a higher area or even defeat a boss. The puzzles are enjoyable and immersive as it requires you to look closely at the environment and find what is usable to make steps or lower a bridge. There are some RPG elements as well with characters gaining experience and skill points, allowing you to learn new skills for each of them. Goblins are there for you to fight but there aren’t many as the game wants you to focus on solving puzzles.

Each character controls differently and serves a different purpose depending on the situation. Pontius’ magic can move objects and create cubes and platforms you can drop on things or use as leverage to reach higher and farther areas. Zoya can shoot arrows and use her grappling hook to raise herself high or swing and jump to farther platforms. Amadeus can use his sword to chop off wooden barriers or his hammer to break stone walls. He is also best used for fighting multiple enemies, which serve as a break from the game’s many puzzles.

There is a skill tree where you can choose which skill to allocate your skill points to for each character. Higher level skills require more skill points to activate. Growing the proper skills is crucial to completing the game. Fortunately, if a certain skill you don’t have is needed to solve a puzzle and you don’t have any available skill points, you can reset your skill tree. This returns all points you previously used and lets you choose where to allocate them again.

The game’s visuals compliment the overall mood but can sometimes feel cluttered. There are so many things to see on the screen like trees, flowers, rocks and bushes and textures are a bit detailed. While the level of detail is impressive, it can be a bit overwhelming visually as it is sometimes hard to decide on what part of the screen to focus on.

The music fits the fantasy theme well and sets the mood for a medieval adventure. The characters’ voice acting adds to the immersion and gives you a better feel of what each character is about.

My complaint with the game is that the puzzles can be exhausting. Oftentimes, you have to scan the environment carefully to find things to use and there’s usually not a lot of clues although, should you take long, the game’s narrator will give you hints. There also seems to be multiple solutions to each puzzle, which adds to replayability but also doesn’t make you feel as accomplished when you solve them. It sometimes feels like you got through the puzzle by trying everything you can instead of cleverly figuring out the secret. This does add a bit of replayability, though, as it allows you to rethink how a puzzle is solved for your next playthrough; maybe even try solving one with a different character and different abilities.  

This game may not have everything but it can be a fun addition to your library. If you enjoy both platforming and puzzle-solving, then Trine 2 is the game for you. And with the unique game mechanics they showed here, it would be interesting to see what they prepared for Trine 3.

Rating: 3.5/5

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