Become a Patron to help us improve MobyGames!

Trine

MobyRank MobyScore
Linux
...
4.7
Windows
82
4.1
PlayStation 3
84
4.1
Not an American user?

Description

When the king dies, there is no one to take the throne and the unspecified kingdom is left without a ruler. Soon, chaos ensues as the dead rise from their grave and take over the nation, driving everyone away. In this abandoned country, the lives of three characters become entwined. The thief Zoya make use of the situation to infiltrate the Astral Academy to steal riches. She discovers an artifact that glues her to the object, unable to move. Her fate is shared by Amadeus the wizard. Through an unfortunate experiment he was in a deep sleep and when he awakes he finds out everyone has left. As a light comes from a shrine in the academy, he discovers the thief and makes the same mistake. Finally there is Pontius the noble knight. More muscle than brains, he has bravely stayed behind to defend the academy, but he too, when discovering the duo, touches the object. The wizard recalls that the artifact is called The Trine, with the magical power to connect souls. Against their will, the three characters are now bound in their fate, their lives connected, and need to find a way to undo the powers. They explore the kingdom, looking for traces of the Guardian who is said to control the powers of The Trine.

Trine is a physics-based action game where the strengths of each of the three characters need to be used cooperatively to complete puzzles and advance. When playing alone, the player can switch between any of the three characters at any time, but the game can also be played offline with three players simultaneously, each controlling one of the characters on the same screen, similar to the Lost Viking series. The game uses 2D-sidescrolling gameplay, but with many different layers in the front and the back that provide depth, and a camera that zooms dynamically. Each of the three characters has specific abilities. The thief is able to grapple wooden surfaces and uses bow and arrow to attack enemies, or fire arrows to light torches. The wizard uses his magic to move objects, and he is also able to create planks and crates. The knight is the blunt force, relying on his sword and shield to take care of enemy threats, and he is also able to lift and move heavy objects. The three characters constantly need to work together to get past obstacles and often there are multiple solutions. The environment is physics-based, with objects that can be stacked and swung, and breakable surfaces.

There are also minor RPG elements to the game, as green potions provide experience. The characters can be leveled up for each of their three possible skills. Levels are also filled with hidden locations that often contain chests with items that enhance the characters' abilities. That way, they can resurrect, breathe underwater or get better resistance against damage. Levels contain multiple checkpoints. When one of the characters dies, it is possible to continue as the perished ones are revived at the next checkpoint. The characters can also collect health and blue potions that refill magic (drained by shooting fire arrows or using magic for instance). The focus is on puzzle solving and platform jumping, but there are many instances with different types of enemies such as skeletons, bats and boss characters, next to more general traps.

Screenshots

Trine Windows You are dead.
Trine Windows Pontius enters the Dragon Graveyard and is quite worried.
Trine Windows Amadeus can move this platform while standing on top of it.
Trine Windows Many platforms only hold the characters temporarily or with a timed sequence.

Alternate Titles

  • "魔幻三俠" -- Taiwan spelling

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

There are no reviews for this game.


The Press Says

Worth Playing Windows Jul 23, 2009 9 out of 10 90
YouGamers Windows Sep 25, 2009 88 out of 100 88
Peliplaneetta.net Windows Jul 17, 2009 84 out of 100 84
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Aug 28, 2009 81 out of 100 81
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) PlayStation 3 Sep 23, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Thunderbolt Games Windows Dec 04, 2009 8 out of 10 80
InsightBits Windows Feb 04, 2010 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Windows Jul 08, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Games (Germany) Windows Aug 07, 2009 78 out of 100 78
411mania.com PlayStation 3 Oct 09, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75

Forums

There are currently no topics for this game.


Trivia

1001 Video Games

Trine appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Related Web Sites

Contributed to by Picard (29303), Alsy (15222), Sciere (234463) and Kabushi (116517)