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Trine 2 Review
Posted on January 04, 2012 by MikeV

“Platforming physics-based puzzle action, with a fantasy setting.” That is how the press release described Trine 2 when I got the email with the PSN code to the game. To be honest, I’ve only vaguely heard about the game series before, and was when the first game was reviewed here two years ago.

Trine 2 takes place a few years after the events of the first game. The mystical object Trine gathers the three heroes from the last game: Amadeus the wizard, Pontius the Knight and Zoya the thief, and transports them to a strange new land that needs their help. The first game was an indie hit, will the second game continue that tradition or will this tale have an unhappy ever after ending?

MAGICAL

True Co-Op - Co-op is short for cooperation, meaning working together to achieve a common goal or objective. It does not meam pressing the button at the wrong time to see your partner get crushed, or pushing him of the cliff just because it’s funny. Trine 2 showed what it really means to be a co-op game by having the players actually work together to solve some of the platform puzzles unlike the more common co-op experience where the other player is there to kill enemies with you.

Beautiful Backdrops - Sometimes I would just stop and admire the backdrops of some of the levels in Trine 2. They are some of the most beautiful landscapes that I have seen in a 2D-style platformer. It feels like if I was transported inside a fantasy story book. Everything sparkles and shines and each level has its own charm about it.

Innovative Leveling System - Trine 2 has a unique leveling system. After collecting 50 potions the player gains a level point to use on one of the heroes skills. But unlike traditional RPG leveling systems, these points are not locked down and are interchangeable. There were times when my brother and I had to redistribute points to get through puzzles that needed the particular skills of one of the three heroes. This helps out a lot when in a pinch and when there are no enemies to kill. 

SMOKE AND MIRRORS

Not for the Lonely - The only drawback for Trine 2 is that this game isn’t made for just one player. What I mean by that, is that I had so much fun solving the puzzles and working together to get through the levels with my brother, that when I tried to go solo, it didn’t feel as fun. Sure, you can play the game and solve the puzzles on your own, but you won’t get that feeling of accomplishment you get when teaming up with one or two other people. 






Trine 2, in my opinion, is a perfect example of a co-op game that really forces you and your buddies to work together. Like the saying goes, two heads (or three) are better than one. Having an really unique leveling system and some of the most beautiful level settings make it a great downloadable game that puts to shame many games out on the store shelves. The only downside is that this game is not meant to be played solo.  You can solve and beat the game on your own, but having two of your buddies sitting next to you helping out makes it much more satisfying. If you’re looking for a really fun game to play with friends, Trine 2 Is a good pick.

 

MikeV - Staff Writer mikev (@) www.original-gamer.com | all author's articles

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