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the Lost Vikings ride again...,
This review is from: Trine (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
Trine is essentially a glossy remake of the classic puzzle game The Lost Vikings.
The graphics and visual effects are gorgeous, colourful and in 3D. The gameplay is in 2D (you can't move in and out of the screen). It's a platform game with puzzles.
You have three characters you can switch between, each with their own abilities: the thief has an extendable rope (think Spiderman/Bionic Commando/Castlevania) and bow & arrow, the knight has a shield (to block fireballs etc) and a sword, the wizard can move remote items or conjure up a useful cube.
Your task is to move through deliciously drawn locations keeping all three alive past spikes, fireballs and enemies whilst picking up flasks for health and experience. You are continually challenged to plan your next move and then to execute it.
You can't save anywhere you like, but checkpoints are frequent. If characters die either trot back to the last checkpoint or see if you can make it to the next one. At checkpoints dead characters reappear. This usually isn't frustrating.
The animation of the characters and objects is extremely good, with very lifelike physics that not only look great, but also are integral to the puzzles.
I adore this game. It is fun, beautifully crafted and satisfying to solve. A very polished revival of a successful formula and a refreshing change from FPS and RTS games.
For me Trine beats both Braid and World of Goo. I lift my hat to the fantastic Finnish developers (Frozen Byte).