So, I finally got around to picking up a copy of the latest Humble Bundle, which I highly recommend you all to pick up. It’s a bunch of great games for a great price and – if you choose – a portion of the proceeds can go to charity. Everyone wins. Anyhoo, I haven’t played much of anything in it yet (mainly because I’m trying to chip away at my first impressions backlog), but I decided to give Trine a shot. I was not disappointed.
Trine is, without even the slightest hint of doubt or hyperbole, the most beautiful game I have ever played. And I’ve played a lot of pretty things in my day, but… Wow. But before I get ahead of myself, let me explain what Trine is.
If you’ve ever played a Lost Vikings game, then you’ve (sort of) played Trine. Three characters, three specialties, and a criminy load of puzzles and fights between you and the next level. As a man who loved Lost Vikings (and wants a new one!), this was getting good points from me at the start.
The three characters are a thief, who has a grappling hook and bow and arrow. A wizard who can conjure boxes into the world (to block traps, crush enemies, etc) and who can move stuff around with magic. And finally, a silly Cockney-sounding knight who can block attacks with his shield and fight the undead hordes up-close and personal with a sword.
Like I said before, this game is downright wonderful to look at. It honestly looks like an old fairy tale brought life via modern, high-end graphics. Trine is something out of a story book and for someone who just wants a bit of good, ‘clean’ fantasy now and then, that’s perfect. Speaking of perfect, the music is reminiscent of old Disney movies. It’s light-hearted and fluttery. Once again, it’s as if Frozenbyte brought life to a fairytale. While the music is repetitive, it never gets on your nerves. It’s always there in the background, happily flitting along.
As for the actual gameplay, I haven’t played much of it. The challenges always seem fair (even on hard) and fighting is stupid amounts of fun. Some of the controls feel a bit floaty, but that could just be me. Also, the skeletons have learned to climb and pull themselves up ledges. I like that.
All in all, Trine is a refreshing 2D platformer that’s not afraid to be pleasant and happy in a time that’s full of grimdark realistic shooters and gruff, no-nonsense space marines who say substitute ‘fuck’ and ‘shit’ for half of their vocabulary. If you liked Lost Vikings, you’ll love Trine. Definitely recommended.