An Enchanted Fairy Tale – Trine 2 Review

Also On: Xbox 360 and PC
Developer: Forezenbyte
Publisher: Atlus (Forezenbyte: Directors Cut)
Rating: E (ESRB) / 12 (PEGI)

 

Trine 2

Camille and Richard have both been digging Trine 2 on PlayStation 3 and Trine 2: Director’s Cut on Wii U. Check out their impressions of the game below. 

Trine 2 On The PlayStation 3

 

Trine 2 is a side scrolling platformer, puzzle, and adventure game in a fantasy fairy tale book setting. You can play as three different characters; The Wizard Amadeus, the Theif Zoya, and the Knight Pontius. Each character maneuvers different and has different skills needed to advance throughout the game levels. In single player, you can only play as one character at a time, with the ability to change characters on the fly by toggling the button to do so.

Trine 2 - Magic

The Wizard has the ability to conjure a boxes and control them to be used as platforms. The thief can swing from above top wooden platforms and shoot arrows from her bow at enemies at far distances. The Knight is the strong brawler that kills enemies quickly with mighty blows from his sword and hammer, and has a shield to protect him from all sorts of threats. Throughout the game, you can level up your characters after finding orbs that give you the power points required. Some examples are the Thief’s arrows becoming ice, slowing enemies and minimizing their mobility. The Knight can get a throwing hammer for knocking distant enemies unconscious or get a fire sword. The Wizard can be able to conjure and control two boxes instead of one.

A huge bonus of the game is that you can play couch co-op with a friend. Up to three people can play, as each person is a different character. One thing I found faulty in the co-op is that the puzzle aspect of the game becomes ruined as it is easy for one character to be a wizard and conjure a box, and then let the other character jump on the box and maneuver it to the platform they are intending to get to. The first player would then let the other player switch to the Wizard and carry him up to the platform he is on. It’s a cheap way to bi-pass the puzzles in the game that wasn’t well thought out for co-op players.

Trine 2 - Heroes

One thing I loved from the game were the impressive visuals and music. The whole game lets you feel like you are in one of Grimms’ Fairy Tales as each cut scene is played out with a storyteller reading you an interactive book. The game levels are very colorful and rich. The only thing I didn’t like about the visuals is although the colors were vibrant and pretty, sometimes it was difficult to tell where the platforms were as they would camouflage with the background.

What Does The Wii U Offer?

 

You may recall we recently had an interview with Frozenbyte regarding Trine 2 on the Wii U. Well the Wii U version of Trine 2 (which is named Trine 2: Director’s Cut) offers everything above with some enhanced graphics that easily trump the other console versions and are almost as good as the PC outing. They are so good that it makes the game more playable because the PlayStation 3 version had a tendency to blur certain sections. The graphics are more vibrant and lot cleaner, some parts just mind-blowingly beautiful.

Trine 2: Directors Cut - Desert

Trine 2: Director’s Cut can also be played entirely through the GamePad and looks and plays just as good as what you get from the TV. What I love about playing through the GamePad is you can keep the family happy watching TV whilst you continue your adventure in the palm of your hands. Frozenbyte have also added some rather cool GamePad control features using the touchscreen and gyro sensors which add to the experience. Trine 2: Director’s Cut on the Wii U also lets you use use WiiMotes, Nunchuks, Wii U Pro Controllers, and even the original Classic Controllers. You gotta love that Frozenbyte gave gamers the choice to play with whatever controller feels best on the Wii U. 

Trine 2: Directors Cut

Another added bonus for Trine 2: Director’s Cut is it features the the Goblin Menace expansion and an exclusive level called the “Dwarven Caverns”. If you own a Wii U then this is the best version of the game. 

Conclusion

The game is easy for anyone to play, but offers the challenge of puzzles (if you play single player) while you platform your way through an enchanted fairy tale. If you own a PlayStation 3 or a Wii U then you seriously have to consider this game!

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