Trine 2 review: Mac game offers gorgeous adventure, brain-twisting puzzles

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Trine 2 (Mac App Store link) enhances its 2009 predecessor’s realistic physics and delightful dialogue with even more variety, depth, and beauty.

Trine 2’s jaw-dropping graphics and vivid, living environments get more amazing with each level.

As in the original, you can switch between three uniquely skilled, charmingly characterized heroes. The knight fights, the defenseless wizard creates and levitates objects, and the thief sneaks, swings, and slings arrows. Trine 2 adds online and same-computer co-op, although I rarely found available games online.

Each level brings new plot twists and physics-based environmental challenges. I loved the freedom Trine 2 gave me to experiment and build my own solutions to its brain-hurting, hours-devouring puzzles.

Trine 2’s graphics consistently stun; I doubt I’ve seen a game this breathtaking on any platform. And if you wait for an occasional sale, you can get Trine 2—and its equally good add-on Goblin Menace—for a song.

An interactive intro screen changes to day or night depending on when you’re playing, and lets you test out your heroes’ abilites as they develop over the course of the game.

Bottom line

Trine 2’s built on familiar gaming ideas, but executes nearly every aspect flawlessly. Highly recommended.

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