Parents' Guide to

TRI: Of Friendship and Madness

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Cunning puzzler delivers beauty, challenge, and peace.

Game Linux, Mac, Windows 2014
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TRI: Of Friendship and Madness is an indie game. There's no big-budgeted producer behind this title, and, to some extent, it shows. Nothing's quite as polished as you'd find in a mass-market game, and the controls for building and climbing are occasionally frustrating. But put all that aside and you'll find a compelling experience set in a tranquil world with an oriental aesthetic. The music is peaceful, and the graphics are dreamlike. A steady stream of leaves or petals drifts by, as if a soft breeze is always blowing through the temples. This all contributes to the sense of freedom you experience as you're allowed to explore each temple with no time limits or threat of attack.

The levels aren't easy, and the whole game requires patience and the willingness to stick it out. Sometimes that even means walking away and taking a break so you can look at things with fresh eyes. But a little perseverance will pay off. It's hard to say just how long the game takes to complete, as it's simply a matter of how quickly you can navigate a level and whether or not you feel compelled to find each and every gold statue. That said, you can expect a minimum of 14 to 16 hours of exploration unless you're a labyrinth-solving wunderkind. TRI is refreshing, clever, and definitely worth tackling if puzzles are your thing.

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