Review: Trine Enchanted Edition (PS4)

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Title: Trine Enchanted Edition
Format: PlayStation Network Download (1.2 GB)
Release Date: December 23, 2014
Publisher: Frozenbyte
Developer: Frozenbyte
Original MSRP: $14.99 (US), €14.99 (EU), £9.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E10+
PEGI: 12
Trine Enchanted Edition is also available on Wii U, PC, Mac, and Linux.
The PlayStation 4 download version was used for this review.
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Trine first appeared on the PC many years ago and spawned a sequel that made its way onto the PlayStation 3 and then as a launch title for the PlayStation 4. Frozenbyte has now released Trine Enchanted Edition for the PlayStation 4 which you can also buy as part of a bundle.

Gameplay:
Trine Enchanted Edition tells the origin stories of our three heroes – Amadeus the wizard, Zoya the thief and Pontius the knight. You’ll use their unique abilities to traverse the fifteen levels full of many puzzles and enemies. Having played the sequel first it was a little strange to finally play this older game.

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You accrue experience points when defeating enemies and collecting the green glowing jars, usually hidden just out of sight. Treasure chests often contain a special ability that will help on your journey, something that differed in the sequel as you could freely upgrade your characters as long as you had gained enough experience. In this game the upgrades lock in place and you cannot change your mind later on so make sure you upgrade the most useful things first. I prefer the freedom in the sequel.

… great example of stereoscopic 3D at its finest …
Not all the abilities and puzzle mechanics have stayed the same between games and slightly differ to what I’m accustomed to. It allows for a greater feeling of separation when playing the games and kept them both from blurring into one big adventure. However, I kept losing sight of the cursor when spellcasting as the wizard as it always appeared just off-screen. Then there is the controller image pop-up that seemed to get in the way far too often for my liking.

Whilst I’m mentioning my gripes with the game I should point out that there aren’t any real boss characters, unlike the sequel, and a few puzzles had some repetition. I enjoyed every other aspect and completed the game quite quickly. I didn’t get a chance to play the secret level nor did I collect everything but could replay any level with all the upgrades intact.

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Visuals:
Trine Enchanted Edition now uses the same engine Frozenbyte built to run the beautiful sequel. I made a quick video to show how different this game now looks compared to the original version as it’s quite surprising how much work has been done with this remake.

Trine reminds me of an aging, once great film star that just had a makeover and some new clothes for an upcoming premiere. You can still see all the wrinkles and scars that made them an icon underneath the fresh new look of today. There is now better lighting and particle effects but the world still feels a little sparse compared to the lush, dense foliage of the first level in Trine 2. It nevertheless looks great on the PlayStation 4 and holds up well compared to its successor.

… local and online components work exceedingly well …
I must point out that Trine is another great example of stereoscopic 3D at its finest. I urge anyone with a 3D television to give this game and its sequel a space in your collection. Both games make use of PhysX by Nvidia that allow for realistic physics and ragdoll effects, with the occasional unintended comical outcome.

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Audio:
Nineteen wonderful tracks composed by Ari Pulkkinen make up an excellent soundtrack that seems to add a layer of enchantment and wonder to every level. Sound effects and voice work is of a high standard but might need adjusting just like in the sequel.

Online/Multiplayer:
This section has received the most attention in terms of enhancements as up to three online players can now play alongside each other just like the sequel. Drop-in and out local or online multiplayer works exceedingly well. Just like Trine 2, I played this game with my two girls and had a brilliant time. This series is at its best when played with friends or family and both the local and online components work exceedingly well.

Conclusion:
Trine Enchanted Edition is a gorgeous remake of an exciting and captivating game. You can still make out the aging original peering out from behind the Trine 2 engine but it still looks fantastic, especially in 3D. This is the very best way to experience the origin story of this fantastic series.

Score:
8.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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