TRINE 2: COMPLETE STORY
wizard, a knight and a thief walk into a forest...
resulting in a punchline, however, they’re summoned by a mysterious
glowy doodad known as the Trine, and are tasked with an adventure.
To this end, Amadeus, Pontius and Zoya obey, despite knowing little
about what’s expected of them. Suckers! Having named our
protagonists, we must take this opportunity to promise that we’ll
keep Falco and Biggus Dickus gags to a Maximus – erm, minimum.
While Trine 2 has been around for a while, it’s never
looked this gosh-darned purty. 1080p and 60fps (that’s really
high-res and really smooth if you don’t talk tech dork) is the go,
and the rich, fantastical palette suits the rich, fantastical worlds
encountered. The ‘Complete’ of the titular thingy means that
expansion packs are seamlessly added in, offering 20 levels (if
you’re a thorough treasure hunter) and more hours of play than you’ve
a right to expect from a download title. There’s even 3D if your
teev supports it.
Back to the story, we’re talking serious
fairytale stuff. Going solo you can flip between the three
characters on the fly, utilising their various abilities such as
levitating bits and bobs, brute force and Batman-esque grappling, or
play co-op locally or online. While essentially a scrolly
platformer, physicscentric puzzles are at the heart of proceedings,
ranging from obvious to really bloody frustrating. The latter isn’t
necessarily due so much by difficulty, more by the game’s regular
insistence upon pixel-perfection of movement.
The enjoyment that you derive
from Trine 2: Complete Story will depend upon your
particular boiling point before hurling your DualShock in fitful
frustration (glances furtively at boxful of dead PS3 ones). However,
patient adventurers will find lots to admire, charm, engross, reward
and be killed by.
...and now we can all get some sleep!