Trine 2

Common Sense Media says

Gorgeous sidescroller with some violence, tough platforming.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

A predictable, fantastical tale touches on heroism and sisterly jealousy, with running themes of forgiveness and sacrifice. Play is focused on platforming, frequent but not-overly-graphic combat, and a bit of puzzle solving.   

Positive role models

The game's three heroes are undeniably good. They selflessly leave their lives to embark on a quest to save the kingdom from various encroaching evils and never give into temptations. Note, though, that they regularly engage in deadly combat.

Ease of play

This is a challenging game filled with some tough battles and difficult platforming sequences. Occasionally finicky controls don't help matters. However, the initial learning curve is gradual and gives players a chance to get their bearings before the really tricky stuff begins to pop up.

Violence

A variety of implements including swords, bows and arrows, and hammers are used to fight non-human foes ranging from goblins to man-sized bugs. Some foes bleed green blood, and most grunt and call out in pain when struck. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Major privacy and safety concerns. Online co-operative play allows players to chat with one another, which means kids may encounter foul language and inappropriate topics of discussion, and may have an opportunity to share identifying information.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Trine 2 is a side-scrolling puzzle platformer and action game in which players control three fantasy heroes on a quest to rid a kingdom of evil. There is plenty of fighting using medieval weapons, but the violence never escalates beyond sword swipes, cries of pain, and the occasional gush of green blood. Parents should be aware, though, that this is a challenging play that will test kids' gaming abilities on several fronts as they take on difficult foes and work to figure out how to reach seemingly out-of-reach platforms.  

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • applying information
  • logic

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Trine 2's stunning visuals are enough to capture any player's imagination. And once the game has the player's attention it holds on thanks to its engaging action and interesting puzzles.

Learning Approach

Kids -- working alone or cooperatively in groups of two or three -- need to analyze problems as they encounter them, using experience and experimentation to noodle out solutions. 

Support

Everything needed to solve the puzzles is found within in-game tutorials. Some unofficial sites offer walkthroughs and tips. 

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • applying information
  • logic

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Kids can learn about logic, reasoning, puzzle solving, and cooperation in this compelling side-scroller. Players need to consider each situation to determine which hero is best suited for navigating obstacles and fighting enemies. Working out how to get to hard-to-reach items sometimes requires a bit of creative thinking. Working cooperatively with friends can make things much easier. Trine 2 adds logical thinking into a compelling side-scrolling platformer, making it a game where kids think rather than just mindlessly mash buttons. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

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What's it about?

A trio of heroes is summoned together to fight the good fight in TRINE 2. This fantasy-themed, side-scrolling action game sees a wizard, a thief, and a knight joined together to fight as one to rid a kingdom of an encroaching evil. The player can switch between all three on command to take advantage of their unique abilities as needed. The knight is the primary fighter, but he can also smash through walls. The thief, meanwhile, can use her bow in combat and to grapple up to ledges or swing across chasms. And the wizard, as a master conjurer, can summon ornate metal boxes of varying sizes that can be climbed to reach higher areas. Play continues if one or two fall, but if all three characters' health decreases to zero then it's game over and players return to the last checkpoint. As the game progresses, players can grow the trio's skills by spending vials they've collected during their adventure. One or two additional players can join in locally or online.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If there's a more beautiful side-scroller out there, we haven't seen it. Trine 2's gorgeously colored environments are dynamic, detailed, surprisingly deep. You may be limited to moving left and right, but the world has a wondrous sense of dimensional profundity that most truly three-dimensional games would envy. And it's more than just another pretty game. The clever three-character action system provides players a wealth of ways to deal with foes and circumvent obstacles. And the smart way in which single players can continue if one or even two of the heroes have been incapacitated –- though potentially without the character(s) ideally suited to certain situations –- forces one to adapt and make do.

The controls are a little finicky here and there – particularly if you're playing on PC using a keyboard –- and some collectibles can prove maddeningly difficult to acquire, but these minor problems hardly keep Trine 2 from being a very worthwhile investment for side-scrolling adventure fans.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about violence in media. How do you determine what's okay for your family? Where do you draw the line for tweens and teens?

  • Families can also discuss solving puzzles and puzzle games. Do you like them when they get hard and really challenge you, or do you prefer puzzles you can breeze through?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Windows, Mac
Price:$15.00
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Atlus
Release date:December 13, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:E10+ for Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence (Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old November 10, 2013
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8
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Pretty good

What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written byknifeandfork April 15, 2015
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LEARNING

Contains mild violence

This great puzzle game may have annoying controls, but the graphics are gorgeous, as well as the emotional soundtrack. You'll savour every bit of it. The puzzles don't have a specific solution; instead they encourage experimentation and there's more than one way they can be solved. There's some violence against various creatures like goblins but it's all very mild.

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