Trine 2 Review

Trine 2 (Available on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
ESRB Rating: E10+
Genre: Platform Puzzler
Number of Players: 1 to 3
Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Frozenbyte Inc.
Release Date: December 21st, 2011
Live/PSN: Online multiplayer

Parent Talk: The ESRB rates Trine 2 E10+ for everyone over the age of ten.  They quote animated blood and fantasy violence, as areas parents should be aware of.  Truth be told there is nothing in this game that anyone should find offensive except extremely young children because some of the creatures may be a little scary for them.

Plays Like: The original Trine and other 2D platform puzzlers.  Anyone remember The Lost Vikings?   It’s something like that…sort of.

Review Basis: I finished the PS3 version version of the game with a buddy, and am currently going through the Xbox 360 version.  My PC is way too outdated for that version, but I’ve seen it and it’s even more visually impressive.

For anyone that enjoyed the original platform puzzler, Trine 2 expands on just about everything and propels the series to new heights.  Grab a friend or two and prepare for one of the very best downloadable games from 2011.  This is a game anyone can enjoy thanks to its light combat, incredible graphics and brain twisting puzzles.

The Great:

Online co-op changes everything.  While the original Trine featured local co-op, which allowed players to select between three unique heroes in order to solve the game’s puzzles, this time you can experience the magic with buddies online.  If you’re stuck at a puzzle having three brains instead of one makes it that much easier.  Better yet is the unique online mode where players can select any character they want so it’s possible to have three wizards messing around with the environment in every which way, shape and form possible.  As you can imagine, total chaos ensues and that’s where Trine 2 excels.

 The Good:

+ Same excellent characters.  You select between a knight, a thief and a wizard, each having different skills that allow you to traverse the dangerous wilderness on your journey to save the land.

+ Gameplay remains as fresh as ever.  The wizard can levitate objects, create blocks, planks and more.  The thief is nimble and can access areas the others can’t thanks to her grappling hook, while the knight can crush rocks with his mace or take out enemies with his sword.

+ Tough and creative puzzles.  By switching back and forth between the three characters players have to solve ingenious puzzles like trying to water a special seed by creating blocks so the thief can jump to a higher level, then switch back to the wizard to move a giant plant that will pour water onto the seed.   The puzzles get more and more creative as the game progresses and make perfect use of the environments.

+ Hint system makes it so even the toughest puzzle can be solved.  This works great at keeping the game challenging, but never frustrating.

+ Unique leveling system.  By collecting orbs scattered around each level players will eventually level up whereby they can select new powers for their characters including being able to shoot fire arrows for the thief to conjuring up to three blocks with the wizard.

+ Exploration is rewarded.  Thanks to the leveling system players are encouraged to find all the orbs in any given stage, but doing so is extremely difficult.  Those wanting to simply experience the story and move on can do so, but will be much weaker as a result.

 + Physics system.  While the developers intend players to solve puzzles a certain way, the physics system allows players to fudge their way to victory in ways no one thought of.

+ Graphics are some of the most breathtaking ever seen in an arcade/downloadable title.  From the incredible sunset beach level to the lush and vibrant forests, Trine 2 is a spectacular painting come to life.

+ Great voice acting and a superb soundtrack help conjure up an experience unlike any other.

+ Short and sweet.  Weighing in at around six hours makes for a perfect journey.  The additional local and online co-op allow for countless replay value.

+ Price.  At only $15 for the PC, PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 version Trine 2 is significantly cheaper than the original was upon release.  For a full-game experience like this it is well worth the price of admission.  Heck, it’s worth it for the graphics alone.

The So-So:

+/- The story retreads similar ground to what we saw in the original Trine.  It would have been nice to see something a bit different.  For those that haven’t experienced the original, there’s much to love from the narrative.

The Bad:

– Offline gameplay features a camera problem where one character or more can become stuck outside the playing view.  

The Ugly:

Seeing a 1080p HD frog lick up some sort of gob of goo.  Yuck!

The Lowdown:

I have played some truly incredible downloadable games this generation like Geometry Wars, Super Stardust HD, Shadow Complex, DeathSpank and more, and now I can say I’ve played the very best platform puzzler ever with Trine 2.  I cannot recommend this one enough.  Download it ASAP, grab a buddy online and prepare for an incredible time you shall not soon forget.

Average Score Scale: 8.5 (+/- 0.5) out of 10

Personal Final Score: 9/10 (Inflated)

Reason for +0.5 Inflation: Have you missed The Lost Vikings days?  Do you crave a game that will make you think, and yet allow you the creative freedom to do what you please?  Do you enjoy awesome-looking games that feature fantastic gameplay and superb online co-op?  If so, tack on another 0.5 and give the game a 9, it deserves it!

Reason for -0.5 Deflation: The only reason to take off even a fraction of a point is if you played through the original Trine and were expecting leaps and bounds of gameplay changes.

 

2 thoughts on “Trine 2 Review”

  1. I like this game a lot, if it wanst for orcs must die and insanely twisted shadow planet will be my goty for PSN/XBLA tittle, is like you put on the review, great graphics on par with those of vanilla, and the puzzles can be solved in any way imaginable, great game, pick it up you will not regret it, now i must droll again watching those graphics.

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