Thursday, July 02, 2009


I promised you a review of Prototype vs. Infamous, but here’s the thing. I don’t like Prototype. So that would make my review of the game biased. But still, it’s definitely one hell of a game.

So instead, I’m bringing you Trine, a beautiful action/puzzle/platformer video game by Frozenbyte.

When I think of platformer, the first game I would think of is Prince of Persia (classic) and this is something like that. Hands on the demo, I was a bit skeptical at first. I mean, hey, this is 2009, platformers are dead. But surprise surprise, I get hooked up the moment I first play it.

There are three characters in Trine; the wizard, the thief and the knight. Seems basic right? But here’s the catch, you get to use all three at once. Well sort of, you switch characters with a press of a button. In order to solve puzzles or bypass an obstacle, you got use your characters wisely. The wizard has this power to create a box out of thin air and can levitate certain stuff. The thief is a fast and agile character using a whip (rope?) to climb and get to the unreachable places. While the knight is your basic tank and spank; slashing through an army of undead without fear – if you use blocking maneuver accurately.

Just like LittleBigPlanet, the physics of this game is something to be lookout for. For example, as a wizard, you can lift a box and drop it on a floor to open up an alternative route. Or.. pull a rock off the ledge to be drop upon an army of undead. Let just say, to complete puzzles, you really need to think outside the box.
The introduction to Trine is quite splendid. The narration fits perfectly with the story, and the voice casts for the characters are simply enjoyable.

Trine is available on Steam ($30) on the 3rd of July and on PSN ($20) ??.

Updated by eD: It seems it's gonna be later than I thought.

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