Picking up where the original Trine left off, Trine 2: Complete Story continues the adventures of the Wizard, the Knight and the Thief as they work together to once again rid the land of an evil presence and bring balance and order back to the kingdom. Building on the success of Trine, Frozenbyte has once again created a game that is steeped in the parlance of the fairytale and allows gamers to journey once more into this fabulous world. This side-scrolling action game is filled with brain twisting puzzles and fast and fun platforming. Taking on the role once more of one of the three protagonists, you will be charged with making your way through dangers untold in a vibrant, fantastical world.
Like its namesake before it, Trine 2: Complete Story will offer challenges that gamers will need to solve in the form of physics-based puzzles using fire, water, gravity and magic in order to progress through the levels. It is a platformer at its core and does a great job of taking a staple of video games in general and turns it into a puzzle solving adventure that will keep you on your toes. You are not only jumping and swinging from platform to platform but using the skills and attributes that each character possesses to defeat the evil hordes and save the kingdom. Each character plays an integral part to the team as a whole and they must work together if they want to be victorious.
Trine 2: Complete Story is a very visually stunning game that sports stylized, fairytale inspired graphics that really help to immerse you into the storyline. The Trine 2 engine is the belle of the ball for this new outing from Frozenbyte and you can immediately tell the improvement in graphical fidelity over the original Trine. Levels look like they are right out of a child’s storybook and are filled with lush forests, dark, damp caves and sun baked deserts. Compared to other games that have recently come out in this genre, I would have to say that this game is the best looking that I have seen yet with only a few others like Team Indie and Runner 2 even coming close.
Environments are varied and never feel like they are overused.
So what makes this version of Trine 2 complete you ask? Trine 2: Complete Story fully combines the DLC expansion campaign Goblin Menace and the unlockable Dwarven Caverns level into one robust and fantastical adventure. If you already own Trine 2: Goblin Menace you will be automatically upgraded to the Complete Story edition at no additional charge. In addition, this edition offers a multiplayer option so that you can invite your friends to the party as well. Offering an online co-op mode as well as local co-op will let you and your friends play whenever and wherever in public or private gameplay sessions.
Trine 2: Complete Story not only upped the ante on the graphical side but it also improved the character animations and gameplay mechanics as well. Characters don’t feel like they are jumping through soup and feel a lot more responsive as a whole. In addition, the puzzles are more intuitive to the games mechanics and seem to flow a lot better with the theme of the game than the original Trine. Levels can feel a bit long at points but it all balances out in the end. The ability to upgrade the attributes of the characters did leave me scratching my head because in the previous Trine, when you earned an upgrade point, you gained one for each character. In Trine 2, however, when you earn an upgrade point, you are only given the one point and can either use it on one character or wait and save up more points to spread between the three.
The Knight has a few new tricks up his sleeve that will leave enemies wishing they had stayed in bed.
Overall, the small shortcomings that this game has is not enough to recommend that you not purchase this game. You can download a copy now on Steam or on PSN for $19.99. That’s not a bad deal for a game as packed to the gills with action, adventure and mayhem as this game is. You could spend $20 in a lot worse ways than supporting the guys and gals over at Frozenbyte.
– Fast, fun, addictive platformer
– Characters are more responsive allowing for tighter gameplay
– Levels can feel long in spots
– Drop-in, drop-out gameplay