Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

Game review by
Marcia Morgan, Common Sense Media
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Short, enjoyable journey of heroes grudgingly fighting evil.

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Positive Messages

Heroes don’t always have to be the obvious choice. Wizard who never passed his wizardry exam, treasure-hunting thief, self-proclaimed knight not your typical heroes, yet they work together to correct a mistake they made.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Three unusual heroes may not willingly embark on quest but eventually band together to battle malevolent force. Though the mess at hand is a result of their previous actions, they set out to make things right.

Ease of Play

Three levels let players learn characters' special abilities. Difficulty ramps up once three heroes are united, use combined powers to solve challenging puzzles. Though 3-D may cause some initial frustration to depth perception, controls, platforming are forgiving enough.

Violence

Characters use swords, arrows, sometimes large melons to defeat fictional enemies such as goblins, robots. No blood, gore, penalty for dying; nothing too scary for players.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is a downloadable 3-D platforming game full of fantasy, adventure, and challenging puzzles. The puzzles can be completed alone but are easier with the help of friends through local or online multiplayer. There's very little in the way of violence, though some monsters may seem scary to younger players. The three characters battle with a sword, a bow and arrow, or magic, and defeated enemies simply disappear. Though challenging, completing puzzles and finding bonus items results in a rewarding experience.

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What's it about?

What happens when duty calls but you just don't feel like answering? In TRINE 3: THE ARTIFACTS OF POWER, players are reunited with the band of adventurers from Trine 2 as they are summoned once again by a powerful magical artifact, the Trine, to save the world from impending doom. Tired of constantly being pulled from their regular lives to play hero, the trio decides to relinquish their powers and sever their ties to the mystical artifact, unwittingly releasing a dark force in the process. Now it's up to Pontius the Knight, Zoya the Thief, and Amadeus the Wizard to work together one more time and use what's left of the Trine to clean up the mess they've made. And if they save the world in the process? All the better.

Is it any good?

No expense was spared in going above and beyond to bring gamers an amazing game. Everything from the beautiful landscapes, the bright and cheery soundtrack, and the charming narration makes for an enjoyable experience. Unlike past entries in the Trine series, this most recent fantasy journey isn't just a 2-D side-scrolling experience. The addition of full 3-D platforming allows more freedom to explore through absolutely stunning fairy-tale environments and adds extra elements to challenging puzzles.

Players not familiar with the Trine series will have an easy time catching up, as the backstory is masterfully woven into the plot. The only downside is that the gameplay is too short. After the eight main levels and a handful of unlockable smaller stages, the game stops abruptly, leaving players wanting more. With that said, Trine 3 is still worth the price. Between the beauty of the game and the challenging yet fun puzzles, players won't walk away feeling shortchanged.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about heroes. Police officers, soldiers, and firefighters are often thought of as heroes, but they can come in many forms; what kinds of heroes do you see in your own community?

  • Talk about the difference between 2-D and 3-D games. Does the ability to explore more of the environment in the game provide a better experience?

  • Talk about duty. What defines duty and responsibility, and is there ever a good reason to walk away from either?

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