Review: Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power (Steam)

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is a platforming game of action, puzzles and adventure, and the sequel to the award winning Trine and Trine 2. Reunite with the three heroes in an all-new adventure, now for the first time in full 3D!

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Pros:

  • Graphics have once again been elevated. Frozenbyte are the masters at creating truly gorgeous visuals.
  • Gameplay is a puzzler but this time set in a 3D world.
  • Full 360 pad support.
  • Steam Achievements.
  • Steam workshop support.
  • In depth graphic options that allow you to tinker with everything from resolution to AA to v-sync to buffering.
  • Three player co op online and offline.
  • Stereoscopic 3D support.
  • Can re bind controls.
  • Can adjust internet settings from bandwidth limit to auto adjust rate.
  • Full controller settings: Sensitivity, Vibration, Input lag reduction and more.
  • Five save slots.
  • Multi language support for both audio and menu.
  • Central hub world where you can select levels.
  • Collect triangles to unlock new levels.
  • Simple easy familiar controls.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Excellent narration with all the original cast reprising their roles.
  • Wizard has been revamped with new easier and simpler controls so building boxes and planks is a lot quicker.
  • In single player you can switch between characters to solve puzzles.
  • Secret areas to discover.
  • Constant checkpoints.

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Cons:

  • Cannot rebind controller keys.
  • Mouse pointer stays on screen when using controller.
  • Aiming with the bow takes a long time to get used too.
  • Story whilst good is very short lived and just abruptly ends.
  • No character upgrades this time round.
  • Little replay ability.
  • Game is short and can be clocked in under 8 hours.
  • Camera can get annoying and not follow you correctly.

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Trine has always been one of my favourite game series. From the gorgeous graphics to the excellent story narration, The series does an amazing job of transporting you to an almost Terry Pratchett inspired world of mystery. Here they take the jump and go from 2D to 3D, Some may say this was daring but I knew they could nail it. For the most part they have as I mean the game is still Trine in every way. But they took out the potions you collect to upgrade characters, They removed hidden chests and extra weapons and made the story short but also have it all end in a cliffhanger. Now I personally can let this go just because im such a huge fan and I really enjoyed what experience it gave me. I hate that it ends so suddenly but then thats a risk you take in games now a days. Even if it had a proper ending someone will moan its not good enough so there is no easy way to win. In short the game is gorgeous and fun but the sudden end and short playtime with little to no replay ability may put people off.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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