A must buy indie game!
Review by ComradeAlexei.
Trine is the name of the game and the name given to the mysterious artifact that can bind souls. Three unlikely heroes, a wizard a thief and a bumbling knight all touch the trine stone and are bound together. In their attempt to understand what has happened to them they travel a magical land and fight enemies. That’s the opening premise which sets a nice framework for an innovative little puzzle platformer! Trine by Frozenbyte studios, differentiates itself in an interesting way from the vast hordes of indie game platformers. For one you play as 3 different characters at the same time. It sounds complicated, but it works wonderfully and adds a lot to the game. The player controls 1 avatar at a time, and uses the keys 1, 2, and 3 to change this character quickly between the wizard the thief and knight respectively.
Each character has different abilities and general strengths to help the player get through all the dungeons!
- The wizard can summon cubes, planks and a strange floating fixed triangle to help with platformer puzzles. He requires high energy which is used whenever he levitates these items. The wizard also levitates cubes or weapons found in the level. He can even drop any of these items on an enemy to slay them, suffice it to say that his strength is not combat.
- The thief is an agile character that comes with a hookshot and a bow. She can use the hookshot to attach to wooden objects that are higher than herself and swing back and forth. She is great at saving herself from a pitfall or engaging distant enemies. Also through clever use of the hookshot she becomes the character who can reach the most difficult locations.
- The knight has a sturdy shield and sword. Later he gets a thunderous warhammer. The knight is the best at close quarters fighting and any traps that throw for example, fireballs can merely be blocked by his shield. He is not agile and needs to be close to deal the damage but you often switch to him when surrounded suddenly or when fighting a mini boss.
The graphics for trine are amazing. As you can see, these are vibrant fairytale worlds with a lovely quaint art style. Large mushrooms and ancient ruins abound. Combined with an appropriate fantasy soundtrack the game comes off as a magical fairytale adventure. This game really has a lot of personality for a cheaper indie game and i’ve been looking for cracks in the visuals or design so I could rip into this game and tell you all it’s horrid or something. You’ll be happy to know that i’m still looking for flaws. While the games not a perfect 10 sure ( if i gave ratings) this game is definetly worth playing if you like fantasy games or fantasy settings. At times the puzzles can be challenging but it makes it satisfying for people who can stick it out and think outside the magical box. It’s cheap, it’s fun, it’s well designed and most importantly I feel this is value for money. Need anymore be said of Trine?