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Trine review

A worthy, pretty-looking platformer

Pros

  • Wonderful co-op elements
  • Very pretty to look at
  • Well-realised world

Cons

  • Playing alone not as fun
  • Combat becomes repetitive
  • Not as original as it thinks

Finnish developers Frozenbyte pride themselves on originality, but Trine prompts obvious comparisons with LittleBigPlanet. Both are scrolling platformers with physics-based puzzles %26ndash; even Trine%26rsquo;s voice-over is reminiscent of Stephen Fry%26rsquo;s musings. Playing alone, you%26rsquo;ll need to cycle through the three character classes, using their special abilities to get through the levels set in a traditional, though well-realised world with some gorgeous lighting effects.

The puzzles are fun and inventive, and whether you%26rsquo;re playing on your lonesome or in three-player local co-op, you%26rsquo;ll get plenty of enjoyment out of Trine. That said, the combat soon becomes repetitive and casts an unfortunate shadow over the remainder of the game. It%26rsquo;s a shame %26ndash; this would have been better if it focused on its strengths and kept the battling as a side-note. Still, well worth a download, even though it comes in at a slightly inflated price.

Oct 22, 2009

More Info

GenreAction
Description<p>The puzzles are fun and inventive, and whether you&#8217;re playing on your lonesome or in three-player local co-op, you&#8217;ll get plenty of enjoyment out of Trine. Well worth a download, even though it comes in at a slightly inflated price.</p>
PlatformPS3
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
UK censor rating12+
Release date:22 October 2009 (US), 17 September 2009 (UK)
Available platforms:PS3
Genre:Action
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