Frozenbyte's character-swapping Trine series has been providing gamers with top-notch gameplay set in gorgeous worlds for nearly a decade. Now that the best in the series so far is available for Switch, let's see how it holds up.
Believe it or not, this is the fourth time that I've played through Trine 2 yet only the first time that I've actually reviewed it. I first enjoyed it on PlayStation 3 then I played through Trine 2: Director's Cut on Wii U. Next, I had fun checking it out on PlayStation 4 with Trine 2: Complete Story and now, that version is finally available for Switch.
Thankfully, the awesome 2D puzzle platforming gameplay has carried over beautifully. For the unfamiliar, each character has their own set of abilities such as being able to magically summon objects, shoot arrows and swing from ceilings, and hack and slash with a sword and shield. Swapping between Amadeus, Zoya, and Pontius in order to solve puzzles, progress past tricky scenarios, and defeat enemies is super-satisfying stuff and being able to play cooperatively with up to 3 simultaneous local players is the icing on the cake.
As you can tell from the screenshots, Trine 2: Complete Story is an absolutely gorgeous game with plenty of distinct environments that are impressively detailed. In fact, each frame of gameplay can be hung in a museum it looks so darn good. Plus, the audio is flawless complete with subtle moody orchestral pieces, fantastic voice acting, and gratifying effects that make solving puzzles and slaying enemies feel all the more visceral. Trine 2 may just be the best looking and sounding 2D game that I've ever played.
Trine 2 is a huge game that stretches across plenty of lengthy levels. It'll take you around 10 hours to finish it which is very long for such a consistently engaging 2D adventure. Once you complete its campaign, you can replay stages to discover more experience pick-ups that allow you to level up and learn more passive and active skills. There are also loads of hidden treasure chests that contain collectible paintings and poems. Trying to find and acquire everything will probably take about 20 hours. On top of all that, this Complete Story version contains the Goblin Menace DLC and the Dwarven Caverns stage that was introduced in the Director's Cut edition.
I really don't have much negative to say about Trine 2: Complete Story at all but one thing that stands out is that its core gameplay is very similar to the first game. Don't get me wrong, it improves upon the original in almost every possible way. However, the core set of abilities that each character has remains mostly unchanged. I'm glad that Frozenbyte took a chance with Trine 3 by having it take a leap into the 3D realm but the first 2 games are definitely very similar. The most substantial change is that Amadeus no longer has the ability to summon floating platforms but that simply makes the game more challenging which definitely isn't a bad thing.
Trine 2 is one of the greatest video games ever made and this Complete Story version is the best way to play it so far, especially with the Switch's portability. If you enjoy 2D puzzle platformers, you have to own this masterpiece.
- + Incredible classic Trine gameplay that's more challenging than ever
- + Stunning visuals and spot-on audio
- + Huge adventure with lots of replay value
- - Although awesome, the core gameplay isn't much different to the first game