I was looking around on Steam for a new game to play when I came across an offer to buy all 3 Trine games on sale for less than $9.00 (USD).
I spent the better part of today and this evening playing around on the first one, Trine Enchanted Edition. Trine 2 and 3 will get their own reviews as I get around to playing them.
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
What Is Trine?
Trine is a side-scroller, fantasy action platformer.
The game was developed by Frozenbyte and published by Nobilis. It originally released in 2009 and won the Gamespot’s “Best Downloadable Game” Editor’s Choice award at the Electronic Entertainment Expo that year.
Trine Enchanted Edition released in 2014. The game is the same but has been remade using the Trine 2 engine. It’s available on Linux, Mac, PC, PS4, and WiiU.
The original version began life as a side project that Jukka Kokkonen was working on while his fellow team members were working on another project. Luckily for us, that venture fell through and the team decided to focus on Trine.
The idea is simple.
Zoya is a thief, voiced by Vicky Krueger. She uses a bow and grappling hook.
Amadeus is our wizard with the power to conjure objects and levitate things. He is voiced by Kevin Howarth,
Finally we meet Pontius, the knight voiced by Brian Bowles. He uses his sword and shield to destroy evil.
Our three heroes are on a quest to save the kingdom from evil and the undead.
Trine uses Nvidia’s PhysX physics engine to give the players full interactive game physics. This allows the players to use the characters abilities in combination to solve puzzles, defeat enemies, and interact with the world.
The game opens with the narrator, Terry Wilton, telling us the story of the game. He also fills in more of the details during cutscenes and load screens.
I must say I really like the storytelling. It’s well-written and Mr. Wilton does a fantastic job of presenting it.
Next, you meet the characters. You get a short tutorial level where you play as each one and learn their abilities.
Sometimes tutorials are boring for me, but I didn’t find that to be the case here. They were short enough to not be a drag, and gave me everything I needed to know.
As you move through the game you will find lots of green bottles to collect. Those are experience that goes into a pool and is shared by all three characters. Once you collect 50 points of experience each character gains one point that you can use to customize their abilities.
Blue bottles are mana for your character’s abilities and red is for health.
You will also find chests that contain gear and new abilities.
Along the way you will encounter enemies such as, skeletons, spiders, bats, and bosses like giant skeletons and other creatures.
Obstacles include lava, spikes, fireballs, and other booby traps that you will have to overcome to continue your journey. This is where the puzzle element comes into play. The object is to figure out how to get past them.
Checkpoints are found regularly. When you hit a checkpoint any deceased characters come back to life and everyone’s heath gets a boost if needed.
If one character dies you will need to use the others to complete that section.
If everyone dies you get to see the really cool screen shown above. From here you can choose to continue from your last checkpoint.
Overall, I really like Trine!
The graphics really rock! A lot of time was put into providing a really good looking game.
There’s beautiful storytelling. If you love a story-driven game this one won’t disappoint you.
The puzzles aren’t too hard, but do provide a challenge. The only problem I have found is that there are times when I just can’t figure out how to get the experience bottles.
Honestly though, for less than $9 I can’t say I’m disappointed and I would have gladly paid more!
My Rating: 8/10
Please note: I have no affiliation with any companies and am not being compensated in any way for this review. I do this for fun and to share information with my fellow gamers.