Title: Trine 2: Complete Story
Release Date: November 15, 2013
Publisher (Developer): Nobilis (Frozenbyte)
ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Animated Blood and Fantasy Violence
The Trine series of games are independent classics. The games are known for their quality and ability to make players think. Trine 2, the undisputed best game, has thus far appeared on the PS3, Xbox, Wii U, and PC, giving a huge audience a chance to experience the adventures of an unlikely trio of heroes. Now, with the launch of the PS4, the game gets a chance to shine again as Trine 2: Complete Story gives new console owners something magical to enjoy.
The Trine summons the three heroes again.
Trine 2 takes place a few years after Trine. After their original adventures with the enchanted artifact, the three heroes went their separate ways. Amadeus got married, had triplets, and became a teacher. Pontius continued his knightly duties in service to the king. Zoya became a protector of a forest, but still dabbled a bit in the whole thievery thing. One night, all three happen to be drawn out of their usual patterns, and find it was because of the Trine. The device teleports them away to where they are needed.
They are spirited away to a strange forest, filled to the brim with goblins. After a bit of exploration, they find a captured castle and its ruler, Rosabel. She needs their help to dispatch the goblins, and the group is compelled to help as this situation will spill over and ruin their own kingdom as things get worse. But something doesn’t seem right, and the truth may only be uncovered if Amadeus, Zoya, and Pontius look into this strange kingdom’s past.
You need to think before you jump.
Trine 2: Complete Story is a thinking man or woman’s adventure. Yes, it’s exceptionally pretty, with an interesting story, delightful script, and perfect voice acting. Except it’s really all about the action and adventure – exploring every nook and acquiring every treasure. Players can switch between Amadeus the wizard, Zoya the thief, and Pontius the knight at will, with each offering special skills making them attractive for use and valuable pieces for completing various puzzles and areas.
This means Amadeus is primarily used for puzzle solving, with his magic ability to move and create objects. Zoya is for platforming, since she can run faster, pull herself up onto ledges, and has a rather awesome grappling hook. Pontius is your standard brute, as he’s a tank who can actually attack and has a near invulnerable shield. Occasionally, roles will change, but everyone tends to fit comfortably into one.
Which works well, as the group goes through what can end up being an 8-10 hour adventure. (It took me longer, but I assume better players will move more quickly.) The group will move forward through various 2.5D locations. They’re pretty, I assure you, but look close. Secrets can easily be hidden, due to the fanciful visuals that occasionally blur together. Zoya is a good pick for general exploring, but be sure to switch to Pontius if an area looks suspiciously barren or goblins can be heard. The character swapping mechanic always works well, and checkpoints are plentiful, so players can savor the experience and take as much time as they like exploring each area.
Though, I will admit, Trine 2 made me feel bad about myself. At least, when I played alone. I swear, I used to be at least adequate at platformers and those action games that really make you think. I manage Super Meat Boy and Cloudberry Kingdom just fine, and breezed through the mental challenges in Braid. Yet with Trine 2: Complete Story, there were puzzles that just got to me. Sometimes it was because I couldn’t get a good view of the overall area. Othertimes, the fanciful environments were a bit too cluttered and dark, making it hard to see if I needed an extra, moveable part. Mainly though, I’m sad to admit it was user error on my part.
Mainly, the Trine 2: Complete Story endgame puzzles were to blame, but even in the beginning there were a few that were more frustrating than fun. Like early on, there was a bridge piece that could be lifted with a switch Pontius could flip, but would fall quickly and had to be supported with items from below created or moved by Amadeus. Except, there was always barely enough time to get anything under the bridge piece, and I eventually did a horrible, makeshift support to get Zoya up and over. The boss puzzles were never too bad, but some of the others along the way really got to me.
Fortunately, if my (apparently) feeble skills weren’t enough, I didn’t have to worry. I could always step into the Trine 2: Complete Story multiplayer to have some friends help me out. Up to three people can play at once, which is extraordinarily helpful, and means each person sticks with one of the trio for the entire game. It’s a premise that works well and I actually recommend playing the entire game this way, if you can, because its simply more fun.
Especially when players consider Trine 2: Complete Story‘s robust endgame. There are multiple difficulty levels, an extra Goblin Menace campaign, and the secret Dwarven Caverns to unlock. I decided to go through Goblin Menace with a group, and absolutely appreciated the extra experience, yet would like to go back through it alone to see if there was anything I missed in the frantic bustle to get from one end to the other.
The kind of platformer the PS4 needed.
Trine 2: Complete Story is an absolutely lovely pick for a PS4 launch game. It shines a little brighter than its other incarnations, while also offering new console owners a classic kind of platformer to enjoy. I will admit some frustrations with a few of the puzzles, some of which would have been easier to understand if I could have zoomed out for a bigger picture of the area, and an obvious hint or two for some of the harder, endgame puzzles would have been appreciated, but it’s overall a lovely and challenging adventure. If it ever got to be too much for me, I could enlist other players’ assistance, but more often than not Trine 2: Complete Story was the kind of game where perserverance pays off. Those looking for a launch title that will just work and not a huge claim on a PS4’s hard drive should look to Trine 2.
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