The Trine franchise is returning in a beautiful 2.5D perspective. That’s right, the series is back in its classic form. It also carries some enhancements to the general experience that aim to make it a little bit more intense. There’s still that well known light hearted fantasy element, but there’s certainly more to it now.
While at E3 2019 I was able to both watch a presentation on, and then play Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince. To start, if you’re unfamiliar with the series it’s a mix of cooperative play with a charming fantasy story. This time around your merry crew is out to find this lost prince, there’s a bit of darkness and mysterious intrigue around him as well.
The game is four player coop, whether that’s local or online. It features a story that follows a journey through a land inhabited by nightmarish foes. There’s also some rather interesting puzzle solving. We were shown a variety of puzzles over a short distance within the demo. The team used a variety of elemental aspects such as water movement, or sun reflecting.
These puzzles were built upon further as they continued playing. The individual characters also had some abilities, and you’d use these in order to solve some of the puzzles. An example would be creating a box to jump across, or using the shield in regards to the light. It seemed like there was some room for creativity as well for how you would handle situations. There’s also a revamped combat system as you take on groups of enemies in situations and then boss fights. To build on the RPG elements there’s a skill tree to use and work through. I should also mention that the fantasy aspect really is leaned into for those backdrops.
This is one gorgeous looking experience, and there were a variety of stunning environments to move through. It’s really quite lovely, I’m looking forward to this release and the packaged bundle featuring the older titles that will arrive around the fourth’s launch. That’s all for Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince, at least for now. Check out our E3 2019 hub for additional coverage from the event.
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