Trine 2, the sequel to the hit puzzle game, released not long ago. The title pits you and up to two friends against some pretty tough puzzles across various levels. The puzzles really test your wits as many of them take much thought to successfully pass through. The levels consist of everything from spikes, to poison gas, to trolls to kill. While easiest when there are three people playing, it is possible to pass through all tests solo.
The three characters that you play as from the start are a Wizard that can form boxes, and later planks, a thief that uses a bow and can grapples from wooden objects, and a knight with sword, shield, and hammer. All characters play very different from the other; for instance, the thief is fast and moderately strong and the knight is slower but built like a tank. As you level up, your characters can gain different skills that will help ease your passage through the puzzles.
The co-op lets each person play as one of the three characters and, if you only have two players, the other character can be switched to at any time. While you cannot have two of any one character, you can have some pretty devastating combos like Wizard and Thief, using the Wizard to lift the Thief. While it is best played with three people. any amount of players works. The biggest problem with the game, regardless of number of players, is the sheer length of the game. After about ad hour and a half levels start to get boring. The levels are really bad at that point but, unlike a decent amount of other games, the appeal fades after that time and you really won’t want to play again for about a day or two.
Trine 2 is definitely one of the most unique looking games this year and is also one of the prettiest. The visuals have so much detail that you can get lost just admiring the background. The creature all look great and the effects, especially the water, are fantastic as well. The audio is pretty well done. The music and ambiance sets the scene very well. The voice acting, while not terrible, is somewhat of a weak point.
Overall, Trine 2 is a fantastic game, especially so for puzzle game fans. The visual are breath taking and the audio works very well. The co-op makes the game even more enjoyable and the puzzles are very challenging. A big problem with the game is the length of it makes it somewhat boring and stretched out after a little bit of time with it. The game is available for $15(1200 MSP) on XBLA, PC, and PSN and is well worth the price.
- Great Visuals
- Challenging Puzzles
- Co-op makes gameplay even better
- Game seems to drag after time passes
- Voice acting is not the best