Trine First Look

We play through the first couple of levels in developer Frozenbyte's upcoming fantasy action platformer.

From the Finnish indie developer Frozenbyte comes an action platformer that feels kind of like a modern-day update to such classic games as the original Prince of Persia, The Lost Vikings, and Ghosts 'n Goblins. Before we even started the game, we were taken away by Trine's beautiful, dreamlike visuals and soothing music, which prepared us for the storybook adventure that was about to take place. Things only got better as we were introduced to a fantasy kingdom that had fallen under dark times. The first few moments of Trine are like listening to an audio book and flipping through the colorful pages of a hand-painted picture book while a narrator introduces you to the story's three main characters.

Platform your way through a mesmerizing fantasy world.

The calming voice of the narrator tells you what's happening as you learn how to control your character. You're first introduced to a beautiful young woman who is a thief with an eye set on a treasure chest in the shrine. The controls are simple; you use the WASD keys to move and the spacebar to jump. You can direct our young thief to shoot arrows with the left mouse button and fire a grappling hook with the right mouse button to swing over gaps. Once she reaches the shrine and has her hand on the treasure, the scene switches to Amadeus the Wizard, at which point we learn that he is a man more concerned with wooing women than learning how to be a proper wizard. He also heads toward the shrine, finds himself awestruck by the lovely lady, and touches the hand and object that she is holding.

Once again, the scene switches to a knight in a full set of armor, clanking through a cellar. He has sworn an oath to himself to protect the shrine, and so he heads in that direction to see what is happening. You can guess by now that something is really odd about the treasure, and as soon as the knight puts his hand on it, the three of them are transported to another area in which your adventure truly starts.

You will play as Pontius the Knight, Zoya the Thief, and Amadeus the Wizard, brought together by a mysterious object called the Trine. Your souls are bound by the Trine, so if you're playing in single-player mode, you switch characters at any given time. Thankfully, they each have a unique skill set, so you'll find yourself swapping quite often, using Zoya's grappling hook to swing across chasms and Pontius' blade to vanquish the undead. Amadeus, the womanizing coward who doesn't quite know his spells, does have a few tricks up his sleeves. He can create boxes out of thin air as well as levitate objects, which will come in handy when you're faced with a platforming puzzle. The two levels didn't take long to get through, but we were impressed by the tight controls and gorgeous environments. Whether you're above ground and swinging over rickety bridges or dodging traps underground, there's a soft glow to the areas that makes them very pleasing to look at. Although the gameplay doesn't feel new, everything from the voice acting, music, level design, and overall aesthetic is extremely well done, even in this preview build.

Play cooperatively with a friend to solve tricky puzzles.

By the time the game ships, there are going to be 15 levels that will take roughly 8-10 hours to complete. You can also play cooperatively with up to three players, who can jump in and out at their convenience. As time goes on, your characters will gain new abilities as well as weapons that you can upgrade by collecting experience points. If you find it too easy or hard, there are three difficulty settings to select.

We look forward to exploring more levels in Trine and tackling the physics puzzles with our curious group of adventurers. Trine will be available on the PC and PlayStation 3 at the end of June in Europe and later in the year for North America.

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26 comments
tuncsaban
tuncsaban

Cool but maybe it need powerful system

segatto
segatto

I´ve played the demo now, the game is fantastic. Controls are simple yet interesting, fun and precise, using mouse with a platformer game worked well. Game physics are great, besides for the thief´s hook which feels and looks a bit rough in comparison to other elements of the game. Visuals are unbelievable, I´m an old 2d platformer lover, but this time I must give the tip of the hat to developers who made the 3d art in this game so beautiful. Sound is great, voice over is great, and the characters are very charismatic. The only observation I could make here is that the wizard appears more like a child with a fake mustache, and the artifact cutscene looks a bit too much photoshopped. I´d recommend it, at the very least the demo, to all you platform lovers.

noizynet
noizynet

Badly lit. Too much specular.

jasopan
jasopan

Yay! looks really old-school and awesome =) will get this for PC and if good, PS3 as well!

Internetotaku
Internetotaku

This looks exactly like the kind of game I want and need.

Internetotaku
Internetotaku

This looks exactly like the kind of game I want and need.

Pilch_R_eD
Pilch_R_eD

I've been waiting for side scrolling type games to slowly come back as gamers and developers realised all the potential left behind from it when they dropped 2D completely for 3D everything. I love all my new 3D games. But I'm still playing stuff from NES, SNES, Sega, all that good stuff. Bionic Commando Felt so good to have a -NEW- side scrolling old school style game in all it's current day quality. With all the endless 3D environments and game play around, having a new side scrolling game felt so fresh. It definitely still has plenty to offer the good old side scroller. I look forward to seeing the progression of this.

effendi360
effendi360

ehhh its remind me oldschool 2d platformers - can't wait !!!! :D

FreakHacker
FreakHacker

looks like sacred .. hope that the size of it will generate better in all the positions (graphic, game play etc) for the last word... looking for it.

driton
driton

Based on the first impressions this game will be first on my waiting list, hopefully!!!

Slagar
Slagar

Looks awesome. I'd prefer to play it on the 360, but my PC will do :)

alzeer1
alzeer1

iv seen these game video trailer from long time its rock check it on www.gametrailers.com

redder1111
redder1111

for the first time! ... it's wonder full : always : only pc pc and xbox 360 but for the first time: """pc and ps3"""

m7oda10
m7oda10

looks like little big planet sweet

stefip
stefip

So, if understood preview correctly this is like lost vikings? That would be nice.

mfa1486
mfa1486

hehehe now we say Volaaaaaaa

SpitLead
SpitLead

Wow. On the surface it looks very intriguing. I'd like to hear more and see a in-game video.

ihsanqueen
ihsanqueen

Only for PC and PS3? Sounds good to me!!

whitemute
whitemute

Definitely interested in this one. Nice to see that side-view games aren't all buried in the ground yet. Now we just need to convince Konami to make a new side-scroller Castlevania for the PS3 or 360 =P

galerian86
galerian86

The game looks stunning. The coop feature is quite promising. I can't wait to hear more, especially on the price.