Publisher: SouthPeak Interactive
Genre: Action / Puzzler
Platforms: PC, PSN, OnLive
Price Paid: $2.50 (OnLive Sale)
ESRB Rating: E10+
Minimum PC Requirements:
2.0 GHz CPU
Windows XP or higher
512 MB Ram (XP), 1 GB (Vista)
1 GB Hard Disk Space
Radeon X800, GeForce 6800 Video Card
The first thing you notice about Trine is it's lushness. I'm not just talking about the visuals, which are equally as wonderful, but the entire game itself is very polished. Even, if awkwardly at times, your character moves with a polish worthy of it's physics based gaming engine. As a 2D side-scroller the visual world itself is 3D, and it's beauty is only matched by how the art manages to pull you into the game, and bring it's fantasy world to life. Along with a delightful score that manages to capture the fantasy vibe, you will feel engrossed in a world that is not your own.
You play as 3 characters wrapped in one. The Wizard, the Thief, and the Knight, each having it's own unique 2 abilities. You are able to interchangeably switch between characters in an instant, utilizing each ones unique skill set. The Wizard can conjure objects and use telekinesis to move objects, the Thief shoots arrows and has a grappling hook, and the Knight uses a sword and a shield. The object, as with most platformers, is to simply get past the obstacles and continue on with the game. You will be met along the way by marauding enemies like skeletons, traps, and puzzles.
The use of this 3 character system is truly what makes this game unique. You will have to use all of your characters skills, and often a specific one at the right time to overcome certain parts of the game. Many other times you will see different ways to pass, such as conjuring a platform to walk across a gap. That doesn't always equal the best way to bridge that gap though, as grappling across may be a faster. But that only makes the game more enjoyable, as it allows you to use...