Trine: Enchanted Edition (Wii U eShop)- Review

Originally posted April 12th 2015 on the Seafoam Gaming forums


Title: Trine Enchanted Edition

System: Wii U (eShop)

Price: $14.99

Release date: 3/12/2015

The main game/story

Originally released many years ago on PC and other systems, the original Trine used to be pretty much forgotten it seemed, considering how when Trine 2 was a Wii U eShop launch title in 2012, it was well received by fans and critics alike, which sparked a lot of interest in the series. However, even for gamers who had the other systems the original game could be played on, one question still remained; When will the original Trine be remade?

Well, luckily Frozenbyte is here to save the day, as the developers took the beautiful Trine 2 engine and remastered the original game with it, making magnificent improvements over both the original game and the sequel.

In this chapter of the Trine series, you take control of three young heroes as you work together to solve puzzles and discover the mystery behind the strange occurrences going on in the kingdom… A very basic story, but it’s supplemented by great writing and fun puzzles.

Graphics

Thanks to the Trine 2 engine, this game is gorgeous to look at, especially on a HD screen. Everything stands out, the cutscenes are well drawn, the backgrounds look gorgeous and the scenery is beautiful. Not as intense as Trine 2 in this category, but still amazing nonetheless.


Music and Sound:

Much like Trine 2, the music in this game is simple at best, mainly meant to help you relax during each stage, which is a good idea considering how some of the later puzzles can be quite difficult and frustrating. The best part about the audio is the high quality voice acting, which fits each of the three main protagonists very well.

Gameplay

The Trine series is primarily focused on puzzle solving, using the three different characters to solve different puzzles using their unique abilities. Along the way, you will find and gain experience, which can be used to upgrade a character’s ability. Amadeus the Wizard can create blocks and planks, Zoya the Thief can use her grappling hook and arrows, and Pontius the Knight can use his sword and shield to attack enemies and defend against numerous objects, which adds a lot of fun strategy to the game, especially when you have a friend or two to join you in multiplayer, by far the best part of the game.

With online and local options, there are plenty of ways to play, and online multiplayer can even help you if you get stuck on a level and don’t know how to complete it yourself. Personally, I found local multiplayer to be the best experience, as having my friend solve puzzles with me in person was a lot of fun, especially when you use clever thinking to solve puzzles with both characters at once.

Unfortunately, there is one minor fault with this game, which are the boss fights. While my friend and I did have some fun with a few of the bosses, the earlier ones ended up feeling like they broke the feel of the game, which is a shame considering how this game is really fun otherwise.


Conclusion

In conclusion, Trine Enchanted Edition is a truly amazing remaster of the original Trine, using the Trine 2 engine to remake and bring a wonderful experience to the Wii U that exceeds both the original and sequel in a lot of ways, thanks to the clever puzzles, high quality voice acting and excellent level design. If you have some friends around and are looking for an adventure to embark on, don’t hesitate to pick this game up, as despite the minor flaw with the boss battles, it’s a really fun and remarkable experience worth checking out. I give Trine: Enchanted Edition a 9 out of 10, and strongly encourage it to all fans of action and puzzle games. If you happen to own the second game, you’ll also get a 20% discount for this one, making it an even better reason to go back and see the great beginnings of this series.

Thanks to Frozenbyte for the review code.

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