It is a new year, and that makes it the perfect time to start enjoying some new video game releases. Nintendo’s Wii U was a hot holiday item, and while titles like “New Super Mario Bros. U” and “Zombi U” are titles worthy of your attention, one must not forget about the impressive variety of games available on the Nintendo Wii U eShop.
A digital title worthy of your consideration is Frozenbyte’s “Trine 2: Director’s Cut”.
“Trine 2” is best described as an action-adventure puzzle game as you’ll explore beautiful worlds while solving environmental puzzles. With this puzzle oriented theme, “Trine 2” is meant to be played slowly as you observe the environment and explore the mysterious lands found in “Trine 2”. Discovery is a key element of “Trine 2” and the magical world Frozenbyte has created is awe-inspiring thanks to the game’s beauty.
Upon starting “Trine 2”, you are given control of three characters; a wizard, a thief, and a knight, all of whom have their own abilities and skills to help you defeat enemies and solve puzzles. Using the abilities of these three, you can create objects, swing and climb to new heights, and knockdown blockades to solve environmental based puzzles.
A lot of the puzzles found in “Trine 2” are based on these concepts, but new elements are introduced periodically in order to challenge the player. Such situations include adding structural support to a bridge, building pipes to redirect hot air flow, or guiding water to flourish vegetation in an area.
If you find yourself stuck, as there are instances were a puzzle solution isn’t obvious, you can activate a hint system which will help guide you in the right direction.
When not solving puzzles, the world of “Trine 2” is vast, beautiful, and filled with crevasse to explore in order to discover hidden chests and orbs. Orbs are used to improve your skills; meanwhile chests will hold collectible pieces of artwork. Collecting such items isn’t a priority to the main game, however, earning new skills and finding chests provides additional enjoyment to the game as new abilities will grant you access to otherwise inaccessible sections of levels.
At the current time, “Trine 2’s” online multiplayer is rather cumbersome. With no means of communication, coordinating puzzle solving with a friend is impossible. Thankfully, Frozenbyte is aware of the problem and a patch will be coming later this month to rectify this online issue. Once the patch is released you’ll have a voice-chat option available and this will grant players an easier time when it comes to solving puzzles.
A welcome feature found in “Trine 2” is the option for Off-TV Play. Playing “Trine 2” on the Wii U GamePad is, simply put, amazing. The game’s visuals look marvelous on the GamePad screen and the use of the touch-screen is used exquisitely as you can manipulate objects with ease. Whether you play on your television or on the GamePad, “Trine 2” is a delight.
“Trine 2: Director’s Cut” is a must-own Nintendo Wii U eShop title. It’s fairly lengthy, offers splendid puzzles, and is a pleasure for your eyes. Anyone looking for a superb Wii U adventure game needs to invest in “Trine 2”. You will not be disappointed.
(Editor’s Note: A game code was provided by Nintendo for review purposes. The game was completed for review. “Trine 2: Director’s Cut” is now available on the Nintendo eShop for digital purchase for the asking price of $15.99.)