Video Game of the Week – Trine
Trine, which has won multiple awards at E3 and other industry events, has been described as Lord of the Rings meets LittleBigPlanet. It’s an action adventure game, which takes place in a beautifully designed and vividly imaginative fantasy world.
Trine is a physics-based, side-scrolling game, where you control three distinct characters – a warrior, a thief, and a wizard. Each character has a simple set of abilities that help you solve a range of puzzles and keep you moving through the kingdom. The graphics are realistic enough to give you a real feel of jumping off wooden planks, swinging giant axes or crashing into rocks as your character takes on the various challenges.
The three characters are what makes Trine an addicting experience. The warrior is your basic fighter. He carries a sword and shield to combat the various bad guys that you meet along the way and is strong enough to lift and throw objects. The thief is a slicker and faster character. Her weapon is the bow and arrow but she also carries a highly-useful grappling hook to swing from overhanging objects. The wizard is different in that he is a non-combat character but he helps out by conjuring up planks, floating objects and other aids to get you through some of the more difficult puzzle situations.
Trine encourages you to throw ideas against the wall to see if they will stick. Simply fooling around on your own can be enjoyable enough but it’s even better when you add one or two other players to the mix. In multi-player mode, you can each control a different character and use teamwork to help you solve the puzzles. Or you can throw teamwork out of the window and sabotage each other’s progress!
Despite the relatively high cost of the PC download ($29.99 via Valve’s online Steam store), the beautiful graphics and original gameplay make Trine a worthwhile and rewarding experience.
Rated E for Everyone.
Platforms: PC, PlayStation Network
RRP: $29.99 (PC); $19.99
ESRB Rating: “E” for Everyone