Review: Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince (PlayStation 4)

The best-selling Trine series returns to the magic of 2.5D! Join three iconic heroes as they set off on a quest through fantastical fairytale landscapes to save the world from the Nightmare Prince’s shadows.

Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • 6.21gb download size.
  • Subtitle text size slider.
  • Two difficulties-easy and normal.
  • Character mode-classic/unlimited.
  • Puzzle hint delay-2/6/never.
  • Multiplayer-join/browse/host with private games available.
  • Local co-op player support.
  • The original narrator is back.
  • Told like a storybook.
  • Puzzle platformer gameplay.
  • Excellent voice work.
  • Discworld feels.
  • Three main characters- Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight, and Zoya the Thief
  • Tutorial for each character.
  • The story has five acts.
  • Solo-can instantly hotswap between characters.
  • Simplified conjuring with the wizard. Before you drew the shape whereas this time it is just a button press.
  • EXP bottles-collect them and unlock new skills.
  • Hidden collectibles.
  • Big boss encounters.
  • Can easily revive players.
  • Constant checkpoints.
  • Lush locations.
  • Find loot chests.
  • Such a fun game.

Cons:

  • No real replay value.
  • Not always sure when it saves/checkpoints.
  • Puzzles do feel like they repeat at times.
  • Few audio hiccups.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessibility - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.8/10

Summary

Trine is back! After a mixed reaction to the third game, Trine has indeed gone back to its roots. What this has done is instantly made the game awesome! It’s fun to play and retains its storybook narrative that is just engrossing and fun to hear. Puzzles are throughout the game mixed with platforming and boss battles. Playing solo is no problem with the fast character swapping, multiplayer amps it all up and encourages nothing but teamwork. Trine 4 is a true return to form and I could not be happier and is definitely the best in the series.

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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