Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince (Frozenbyte – PC) Release Date: October 8th 2019

Trine is back!

Trine returns this October with its fourth instalment in its popular, long-standing franchise. Continuing with its three staple characters, Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight and Zoya the Thief, Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince takes us back to a 2.5D world of magic and fantasy, riddled with puzzles that you can work through with up to three friends.

Even if you haven’t played any of the previous Trine titles, it’s worth mentioning that Trine 4 is still a great place to jump in. The tutorials for each of the characters do an excellent job at getting players acquainted with Amadeus, Pontius and Zoya. Amadeus starts off with a power that enables him to spawn a large cube that he can levitate to reach high places, prop open doors and place on pressure plates. His powers also enable him to move other objects for puzzle-solving and platforming. Pontius’ character focuses more on strength and melee attributes. Equipped with a shield, he can reflect rays of light to cut through plants, perform a ground-pound move to propel himself (or others) into the air, and hack away at enemies with his sword. Last, but certainly not least, Zoya can shoot arrows to interact with items, grab onto small rails while climbing certain structures, and tie ropes to various objects to either reach a platform, or simply move something. All three characters feel powerful and capable when solving puzzles and fighting bosses, but if you’re anything like us, you’ll probably still have a favourite.

There are two ways to play through the game, with the Classic mode allowing only one of each character to exist in the world, and the Unlimited mode allowing players to pick whoever they want, even if that means multiples of each character in a party. As a result, playing solo is an entirely viable way to enjoy this game as you can switch between each of the characters on the fly. It’s clear that some puzzles are more suited to specific characters’ powers and it’s fun to work with a friend or switch between classes as you try to work out how to overcome a problem. If you happen to fall down or make a mistake, checkpoints will also ensure that you don’t lose too much progress.

Versatility when puzzle solving

The Trine series has always been made with cooperative play in mind, and it feels like Trine 4 is no exception to this. We played Trine 4 in co-op for the majority of our play session where we could switch between each of the three characters on a whim. When switching to solo play, the game’s puzzles felt considerably more difficult without the assistance of a second player. This is great for those who want to play with their significant others or younger siblings as they should have no issues picking up the game. If you are looking for more of a challenge, you can play the game alone to try and work out crafty solutions to some of the harder puzzles.

We played through the first few levels of Trine 4 and we’re impressed with the story so far. The plot follows the three main characters, who are sent to find Prince Selius, another individual possessing magical powers. Plagued by terrible nightmares, the Prince accidentally manages to bring the monsters from his dreams into the world, which you’ll find yourself coming into contact with often, while you search for him. While traversing each of the levels is enjoyable, the enemies and boss fights linked to Prince Selius create a nice break between the puzzle sections.

We’ve only played through the early portion of Trine 4, but we’re excited to see what else the game has to offer in subsequent sections. Collecting vials on each level will enable players to eventually unlock new skills including Pontius’ Frost Stomp, Zoya’s Fairy Rope and Amadeus’ Bouncing Iron Balls, along with many others. We’re also looking forward to more levels as they increase in difficulty and fighting against more monstrous bosses.

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is scheduled to release on October 8th on PCPlayStation 4Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Players will be able to purchase the game as a standalone title, or as part of the Ultimate Collection Bundle that includes Trine 1-4.

Written for the September 11th issue of DailyBits.