Trine 3

Trine 3 – The Artifacts of Power – Game Review

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I have been a big fan of the Trine games and the developers who make it. Fully supporting Linux has been a big part of that. If you have never played any of the Trine games, I will give you a little back story on the first two games. The Trine series is combination platformer and puzzle game beautifully mixed together with a nice story. With that said the first two Trine games were beautiful in the graphics department, however, in the control department they seemed to be pretty clumsy, and were very difficult to control the characters at times. Then Valve came out with the Steam Controller

Price: $69.95
which the Trine series tried to implement into the games and this really did not help at all with control and in my opinion it made it worse than just using a mouse. The first two were great games but for me were un-playable with the Steam Controller.

Then came Trine 3. I was a little hesitant to pick it up because I really wanted something I could play with the Steam Controller and a Steam Link on my TV.

Price: $49.98
After it went on sale on Steam, I finally decided to buy it. The developers did not disappoint. The game was beautiful. The graphics were even better than the two earlier games. There was more dimension to the characters and game overall. Most importantly the Steam Controller functionality was perfect! They even added aim assist on the bow when playing with the controller which was a big feature missing in the first two games. They really did a fantastic job of making the controls work perfect. No more clumsiness, just pure fun for hours. The game was fun to play as a regular PC game as well as on a the big screen. I would consider myself a casual gamer, so I really focus on how well a game keeps my attention and how easy it is for a casual gamer to pick up and play here and there. This game definitely gets 5 stars for both. I highly recommend picking this game up if you are a puzzle/platform gamer or a Linux Gamer. IMHO this is one of the best games for Linux and will run well on a variety of setups. If you have not played any of the previous two, not to worry, this is a self-contained game and story that do not play too much on the original two games. The game has the ability for mods as well, which is nice for the more serious gamers, and seems to work great running over the Steam Link. The story was OK in this game but seemed to lack time spent developing it (it could have been better) The difficulty of the game was good, entertaining enough for an teen or adult and not to difficult for young kids. There are some bugs that need to be fixed. Walls that the characters seem to randomly fall through were a problem, especially when it was a wall you needed to jump off to get a triangle. On the Junk boss, if you accidentally shot the head with the archer before destroying the arm, you could no longer beat the boss (I had to restart the level and hit him in the correct order). All the bugs I encountered were fixed by restarting the level and continuing. While there are some bugs to clean up, it won’t stop me from recommending this game. As with the other two it provided hours of good clean fun.I look forward to spending a lot more time re-playing this title.

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