The game sees three archetypal companions from the original, the wizard Amadeus, warrior Pontius, and
thief entrepreneur Zoya banding together once more to do the mysterious bidding of the Trine. The gameplay is a typical puzzle platforming affair, with a unique twist. Each character has their own special abilities (Zoya has a grapple and fires arrows; Pontius has a couple of melee weapons for bashing and smashing, and a shield for deflecting; Amadeus can levitate objects and conjure items out of thin air) and you’ll switch between them as required.
There’s some quite intense platforming throughout the game, particularly if you’re trying to grab all the collectibles, and some of the levels are littered with enemies to take down, which can be quite tricky, even when in control of Pontius. Aside from that, there are some rather fiendish puzzles to solve throughout, that will require using your team’s specially abilities and manipulating the environment. The way that the physics is handled is astonishing; there are typical see-saw puzzles, but also ones that involve manipulating the flow of fluids and even portal-based sections.
Each character has their own health bar, and if one gets killed, you must rely on the others until you reach the next checkpoint. Fortunately, these are distributed quite generously, so it’s rare that any significant backtracking is involved. As you progress, you’ll accumulate points to spend on upgrading your trio’s abilities, which can serve to make certain portions of the game a little easier later on. If you get stuck at a certain point, the narrator or one of the characters will chime in with a hint to nudge you in the right direction (which can be turned off completely if you prefer). The game is more biased towards platforming than puzzle-solving though, and so often you’ll have figured out what you need to do, but end up spending a lot of time just to actually do it.
Performance & Quality
The game looks great and sounds great. Unless you crank the antialiasing all the way up, it runs extremely smoothly, and is just pure eye-candy. It has full retina support (but you must keep the antialiasing to a minimum).
Trine 2 features local and internet co-op support. You control one character and your friend controls another, but in all other respects the game plays the same. Interestingly, the support is cross-platform, so you can play the Mac version with someone playing the Windows version.
The following DLC is available for Trine 2: