Trinie 2 has made it's way from the PC and onto XBLA, but is it a successful port?
I never played the original Trine game, but after spending time with Trine 2,
I wish I had. As soon as it started up Trine 2 I was amazed by it's vibrant and
eye-popping visuals. It's not everyday a downloadable title becoming a visual
masterpiece, but Trine 2 is sure one of them. I was glued to the screen for the get go. Thanks to it's stunning environments and interesting gameplay
Trine 2 is an action, puzzle side-scrolled set in a fantasy world. The game
revolves around three playable heroes. A Thief, a Knight and a Wizard. Each of the three heroes have their own unique abilities. The Wizard is able to pick up boxes, for reaching higher areas. The thief can shoot arrows and grapple onto certain surfaces. Whilst the Knight is best in combat situations. He can slash enemies with his sword and deflect enemy attacks. Using all three heroes are needed in each level, and they are all used to complete the many puzzles.
As you travel across the screen, you will be faced with many challenging
puzzles. Whilst their not extremely challenging, they never feel dull. All three
heroes must use their abilities to work around the puzzles. You can switch
between each character on the fly. It works well enough, and it keeps the game fresh throughout.
Trine 2 can clock in at around 8-10 hours. The game can also be played in CO-op. This gives off a totally different experience, due to all the charatcers on screen at once. It's one of the best multiplayer experience you can have over XBLA, and it's also one of the most charming.
Trine 2 was great on PC, and it's the same on XBLA. With stunning scenery, great CO-op and interesting gameplay mechanices, Trine 2 is a delightful and engaging title. It's also one of the best XBLA titles around.
Review by Gareth Smith