Trine 3D side-scrolling puzzle platformer that is set in a fantasy world. The core gameplay sees the player solving intricate puzzles by switching between three individualistic characters, each with their own special skill sets.
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Pro Solving puzzles is done in a unique manner by requiring the player to juggle their active player and skillset
Use the unique abilities of each of the three characters to advance through the story by manipulating objects on different planes, in order to solve puzzles that block the players’ progression. Being able to switch characters on the fly creates for many puzzles that are fun but difficult.
Pro 3-player online or local co-op actually helps in puzzle solving by combining thinking
Trine always has three characters involved, even in single-player mode. When you play alone you have to control them all. By teaming up with friends, each player can control a single character, helping you solve puzzles even more quickly.
Pro All skill trees are refined to the point of every one being useful in some way
The more you play the more powerful your characters become. While there are fewer skills in this game than previous releases (they did away with skill trees), the skills have been refined to make sure that what is in the game is more useful. This shows a level of polish.
Pro Humorous dialogue gives some welcome reprieve from the puzzle solving
The chatter between characters and the narrator is well written and funny, making for an enjoyable presentation where the dialogue is concerned.
Pro The use of vibrant colors and a cartoony art style show of the capabilities of the graphics engine very well
The graphics are three-dimensionally rendered with vibrant colors and a pleasing, cartoony art style. They give a real sense of the fantasy world they are meant to illustrate.
Con The move from 2D to 3D shows a number of flaws
It's difficult understand the z-axis and where things are in space, which makes the puzzles more fiddly and less cerebral.
Con Somewhat simplistic combat
The game includes combat, but it is often overly simplistic in its execution.
Con Lacking story
The story is also unfinished, apparently the developers ran out of funds.