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publisher: Atlus Co.
PIV 2000, 512MB RAM, 600MB HDD, Radeon X800 / GeForce 6800 or better
|ESRB rating: E
release date: Jul 03, 09 (released)
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There was a time when platforms reigned supreme and games were far simper than what we're used to nowadays. Contentedly enough, Trine reminds us of such a time. Frozenbyte delves into the realms of retro gaming, humbly wrapping its new action flavored platformer into an instantly appealing semi-3D fantasy world. Players are taken deep into a world of castles, strange machinery and undead foes. Three heroes come across an odd device called the Trine, which unexpectedly binds their souls. Forced to roam the land together, they head out on a quest to fight against a great evil that keeps spreading through the empire.
Great, more bats and skeletons.
I could easily retire here.
Sounds simple enough. In fact, it's one of the simplest plots we've heard in a long time. In this case, however, it is a good thing. All the necessary themes and fundamentals are there, so you should feel the incentive to dig into the meat of the game once you've listened through brief narrative segments prior each level.
Players start the adventure with three characters that can be activated at any time - the warrior, the wizard and the thief (sexy chick-thief to be exact). Various obstacles, different puzzles and all sorts of enemies lay in wait. How you deal with these challenges is up to you, hence switching between the three protagonists is the key. The warrior is strongest of all three and best suited for dealing with multiple foes, while the thief is perfect for keeping foes at a distance with her bow and arrows. Of course, she's also good at climbing, jumping and making quick escapes if necessary. The wizard uses magic to create boxes, floating platforms and similar objects for reaching specific locations more easily. What makes things fun is that each puzzle can be circumvented if many different ways, either by using physics and combining diverse objects or by mixing the skills of all three characters.
Combining the abilities of each hero represents the essence of Trine's gameplay. For what it's worth, the platform-oriented mechanics work okay. We didn't experience any hiccups of any kind during our time with the main campaign. The real fun starts when three players get into the action simultaneously, each controlling their own hero.
Hey, I can see under your cape and... there's nothing to see.
The situation's getting hotter.
Bare in mind, this is a retro style side-scroller, though the whole experience has a dash of modern-day gaming to it, with beautifully animated characters, highly detailed levels, great music and very engaging gameplay. The only problem is that you'll get through the entire game rather quickly and there's very little reason to return, save for the fun you can from challenging other friends and persuading them to join the ride. For that's where Trine truly shines - its co-op feature, as well as its well-designed platformish gameplay.
We haven't given this game a higher score simply because it's over too damn quickly, which isn't what gamers will be expecting for a steep price of $29.99 - that's if you're playing the PC version. The PS3 edition will cost 10 bucks less. That in turn makes the only major flaw of this game. Well, that coupled with the fact that there's a small assortment of enemies and very few boss fights to experience. Still, the picking up the occasional hidden treasure and loot, thus improving your characters took our mind of these downsides. All in all, we recommend you try the game with a buddy at least. You won't be disappointed. Also, it reminded me a lot of Lost Vikings, which is nice.
8.1 Very Good
Beautifully designed levels and characters, using various tricks and experimenting with physics to overcome obstacles, highly addictive co-op, nice music;
Could've used more content, awfully expensive for what it offers, we expected a greater variety of enemies and some decent boss creatures.
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