Sunday, July 15, 2012


Trine is an adventure puzzle-platformer developed by the independent developer Frozenbyte. It is currently available on PC/Steam, along with the PlayStation Network.

The story takes place in a medieval fantasy universe. A great kingdom lies in ruins, ravaged by an undead army. Three survivors—a thief, a wizard and a knight—are linked together by an ancient, mysterious artifact known as the Trine. Not knowing what to do, they embark on a quest together to set things right in their broken world.

You switch between the three characters as you play—unless you play the recommended multiplayer co-op mode—and they each have their own essential attributes. The wizard can create and move objects such as platforms and planks, the thief has a bow and grappling hook, and the knight has a trusty sword and shield. Alternating between these characters is easy and quite useful.

The story is intriguing. When assisted by the games visuals and music, it makes for a unique setting that you could only find in a video game. The voice acting—both for the characters and the narrator—is done extremely well, and it adds personality to the game, along with some humor.

The thief was my favorite character to play as. Not only is her bow a very efficient weapon, but her grappling hook allows her to get to many high places that the other characters can't get to. In addition to that, the grappling hook is just a fun way to move around. Don't feel like walking? If the ceiling is made of wood, just grapple and swing past the entire area in a third the amount of time.

Something I really want to touch on is the music. Trine's soundtrack creates the perfect atmosphere for the setting, and it makes you want to keep playing. As soon as you start the game, the music welcomes you and almost makes a promise that the game you're about to play is going to be brilliant. The composer deserves a medal. The soundtrack reminded me a lot of the soundtrack of the Elder Scrolls games, and that there's some mighty fine music.

To conclude, this is an amazing game. The replay value is very high, as there are collectibles to find in every level, and you can come back to any level you've beaten to find what you missed your previous time through it. There's a leveling-up system where your characters can upgrade their abilities, and also many various stat-boosting items to find in treasure chests.

I recommend you pick up this game. It just might be worth your time.

Friday, July 6, 2012

20 Random Facts About Me - #3

So you think you know a lot about me, do you? Probably not, but here are another 20 facts that you might or might not have known.

  1. My father is a carpenter.
  2. I have a passion for photography.
  3. I prefer Windows over Mac.
  4. My favorite contemporary TV series is Castle.
  5. My oldest brother is a physics major.
  6. I review media as a hobby (you probably didn't know this).
  7. My favorite webcomics are "Brawl in the Family" and "Blank It."
  8. I hate cleaning my room.
  9. I get new books faster than I can read through them.
  10. My favorite video games are An Untitled Story and Bastion.
  11. I love lemons. And limes.
  12. My most common nickname is "Reu," but it's mostly only used on the internet.
  13. I want to learn guitar, but I currently know nothing about how to play one.
  14. I'm not currently writing any books—I'm just planning them.
  15. My favorite color is blue.
  16. I still love LEGOs, even though I rarely buy them anymore.
  17. I have a habit of winning book giveaways.
  18. The first video game I ever played was Super Mario 64.
  19. I find one of the most irritating sounds ever to be that of a vacuum cleaner.
  20. Somebody was vacuuming when I typed #19.

Well, I hope you learned something important today.