Each edition of So I Tried… I will try a game that I have never tried before. Will I find something new to love? Will I find something new to despise? I'll take a full half hour, no matter how bad it gets or how badly I do, to see if this is the game for me. I went for the PC version of Trine 2.
What I thought it was
Some sort of side-scrolling platformer. Having grown up playing the original Mario and Sonic games, I’m still a big fan of the genre. I’d heard of Trine in passing, but never any details. Or at least enough to pique my interest enough to get my to pick it up. Steam Free Weekends are really great for this article series.
What it actually is
A funny, pretty side-scrolling platformer. At it’s core, anyway. There are plenty of physics puzzles in the first few sections, yet another thing I’m a fan of. Though the humour isn’t as in your face as Magicka, it is there. Having to think whilst controlling the very different abilities of three characters is quite challenging, though I imagine it gets much easier the longer you play. The knight with his weapons and shield, the wizard who can conjure boxes and move things, and the thief who can Spider-Man it up with a grappling hook.
There are fewer enemies than I was expecting, and the boss I encountered in my playthrough was defeated via solving an environmental puzzle rather than sword or bow and arrow.
Will I keep playing
Probably. I can’t say the storyline really sucked me in, but the game is quite fun and seems quite worthy of putting the effort in. However there are things I’m currently playing that have more of a storyline from the off than “The Trine wants us to do something”. I don’t even know what a Trine is, other than the name of the game and the game it’s a sequel of. Why should they care, other than the fact they were apparently the heroes of the first game?
I’ll admit I’ve been a little annoyed at some sequels doing a lot of rehashing of the previous title, but this is exactly the reason why it’s required. Someone is going to come to the second game and wonder what’s going on.
But also because of this, I’m more likely to buy the Trine Complete so I can find out...