Thursday, 22 March 2012

Trine 2 [PS3] [QUICK&SHORT]

Absurdly pretty, fantastically colourful game 
that ticks nearly every box.



What's It All About?
The Trine is a magical object which binds three people together and grants them special powers.  These powers will be required in order to get through the puzzles the game world presents - with goblins, trolls, living forests, giant creatures.... and a witch with a dark secret to uncover. The 3 characters brought together in this fantasy tale are:

  1. A Wizard - he has the ability to conjure objects and levitate them from afar
  2. A Soldier - he has a sword, shield and hammer to fight and throw at destructible objects
  3. An Archer - she has a bow and arrow, plus a grappling hook that can be used to swing to higher areas.
The action plays out as a side scrolling 2D-frame but 3D-graphics set-up - with extra powers earned by collecting hard-to-reach gems and beating baddies - and the story unravelled through small, sparse segments of text and a normally a small cutscene at the end of each level.


So Is It Any Good Then?
+++Spectacularly Colourful+++ The visuals are the big winner here - fantastic use of colour all around means that even the backdrops are worth a few minutes to stop and take a look at. Each scenario has its own colour scheme - with lighter and greener levels at the beginning, moving through to purple and blue mystical and aquatic levels through the middle, right through to black and red as we approach the climactic finale. It's great to see a game use such a variety of colours and settings in such a short game - it means that the environments never get boring and hold your attention for the duration of the story. The characters are funny and enjoyable enough to keep you interested as well.


+++ Co-op Physics Puzzler +++ Well I can't get enough of these - the use of clever tricks such as weighted platforms and levers that build in difficulty as the game progresses is great. You can get through the game on your own quite easily, and even using just the one character - but the fun lies in switching things up and getting a friend to join in and play along. There are some issues with the physics - momentum doesn't work properly and there's a glitch with the wizard's conjuring skill that I call the "magic carpet trick" that means you can fly through most of the puzzles in the game - but these flaws don't actually make the game any less playable. It isn't perfect but it works well enough to still be enjoyable.



--- Short and Unambitious --- The big problems with the game - other than it's a physics puzzle platformer with a buggered physics engine - are that the game is over too quickly and doesn't really take off. The story is well paced - revealing itself slowly until all is revealed at the end - but you reach that level so quickly that a lot of the suspense is lost. Added to that the lack of any real improvements over the original Trine and it means that while the game is very good - its graphical shine isn't matched in the rest of the game.







Conclusion
Trine 2 has charm, humour, great puzzles, spectacular visuals and a novel concept that makes for a brilliant all-round experience.

The game is great - and worth a play through for anyone - but the game isn't ground-breaking nor polished enough to grant it too revered a place in the Gaming Halls of Fame.


If they could double the size and number of levels, add in a few new gameplay mechanics and really go wild with the story - then the game would do the visuals justice.


Feel free to post comments or contributions to improve the experience!
Any images in this review are subject to relevant copyrights and are kindly provided by: http://trine2.com/site/index.php?page=media#screenshots

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Next time I read a blog, Hopefully it doesn't fail me as much as this one. After all, I know it was my choice to read through, however I genuinely thought you'd have something useful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of moaning about something you could fix if you weren't too busy searching for attention.
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Matt Tiernan said...

Hi Anonymous,

Sorry to hear you feel that way - still a bit unsure about your criticisms though.

I felt this game was really good - the only areas for improvement were for a bit more playtime and some extra features (additional features to those in the original game).

If that hasn't come across in my review then maybe I need to emphasise this in future posts.

Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Brighton Games Trader

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