Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince reviewTempo: Feb. 1, 2020 De:
For starters, developer Frozenbyte has made the astute decision to go back to basics
and make this a 2.5D masterpiece. And the adventure trio fans have grown to love
make a welcomed return.
Zoya, Pontius and Amadeus (the thief, knight and wizard respectively) are on yet
another quest, this time they are hunting for Prince Celius. He’s fallen victim to some
nasty magic which makes the nightmares of people around him come to life. Chilling stuff.
Actually, the story is slightly lacking when it comes to depth and wonder - but the action
more than makes up for this. And therein lies the secret of Trine 4’s success, any great game
understands the need to play to its strength, and Trine 4 does exactly this when it comes to gameplay.
All three characters have new toys and abilities to play with. From fire arrows to freezing
enemies to super charge attacks and fairy ropes. And, unlike previous games, the development
of these skills is much more in-depth.
The upgrades are also essential to help you solve each puzzle as you progress, resulting in a
more rewarding experience than before. And each boosted skill opens up a whole new way of playing.
All the action combines wonderfully and results in a dream team of heroes who hop, skip and
jump their way to glory.
Pontius is the brute-force option smashing through enemies and obstacles.
Zoya has a cool grappling hook and arrows while Amadeus’ conjuring of shapes and objects
is a vital assistance to the group.
Single player allows you to cycle through the characters yourself while Classic Mode allows three
of you to take one hero each. Or you and four pals can hop online and battle the puzzles together.
Although the puzzles offer up a challenge, there is a slight repetition of the conundrums which
becomes a bit grating.
Sure, I wasn’t expecting the intensity of head scratcher that the likes of Portal 2 offers, but there is
a whiff of familiarity with the levels which make them slightly easy to navigate.
However, Trine 4’s artwork is truly something to behold (think Ori And The Blind Forest meets
Little Big Planet 2). Vivid and detailed levels bursting with intricate textures make the game an
utter joy to watch. Its fantastical world is brought to life with clever details and incandescent colours
which can be delightfully distracting as you strive to complete each level.
This brilliantly bold background befits a title which will give you hours of puzzle-solving joy while
adding a bit of brightness and joy to your day.