Comprised of four main games, one spin-off, several expansions and re-releases, the series has been bringing players together for over a decade.
In this game list, we’ll attempt to organize all the Trine games in order of release and provide a brief overview of their story, gameplay, and critical reception.
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Release Date: July 3, 2009
Platforms: Windows, PS4, PS3, Switch, Wii U, Mac, Linux
Developed by Frozenbyte and published by Nobilis, the original Trine released in 2009 for PC and would be ported to other platforms later on.
In it, players follow the fairytale adventures of three brave magical heroes: Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight, and Zoya the Thief.
The game takes place in a medieval fantasy setting where up to three players control each of the three protagonists as they battle enemies and solve environmental puzzles.
Upon release, Trine was met with positive reviews and well regarded for its detailed environments and fluid game mechanics.
Release Date: December 7, 2011
Platforms: Windows, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Switch, Wii U, Mac, Linux
Two years later, the game would be succeeded by a sequel, Trine 2, in which players reprise their roles as Amadeus, Pontius, and Zoya on a new adventure.
Each of the characters has unique abilities that allow them to interact with objects to solve puzzles, battle enemies, and traverse environments.
The story sees the heroes reunited after a princess asks them to help her rid the kingdom of an evil Goblin King.
Much like its predecessor, Trine 2 received mostly positive reviews and as of October 2014, has sold over seven million copies worldwide.
Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power
Release Date: August 20, 2015
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Mac, Linux
Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power marks the return of our three heroes, this time for a brand new adventure rendered in 3D graphics on a 2D plane with some exceptions.
In it, the trio finds themselves summoned once more for a quest involving the Astral Academy after the Trine artifact shatters and releases an evil spirit known as Sarek upon it.
Along with support for up to three-player cooperative multiplayer, Trine 3 includes special challenge levels and a custom level editor.
Following its release, the game was met with mixed reviews as players complained it was too short compared to previous games in the series
Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
The fourth and most recent installment is Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince, which sees the franchise returning to strictly two-dimensional movement like the first two games.
In it, the wizard, knight, and thief must reunite to save a prince from his nightmare magic and bring him back to the Astral Academy.
New to Trine 4 is permanent character progression where each hero unlocks core abilities at fixed points in addition to optional ones that can be purchased using tokens collected throughout the game.
While some critics have accused the sequel of playing it safe and lacking any innovation, it was ultimately well-received and considered a return to form for the series.
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Nine Parchments is another co-op-driven game developed by Frozenbyte that occupies the same universe as the Trine series.
The game tells the story of a group of young wizards studying at the Astral Academy before setting off on a journey to find the titular nine parchments and obtain their power.
Instead of puzzle platforming-based gameplay, it functions more as a twin-stick shooter with action RPG progression and an isometric camera perspective.
Unfortunately, the spin-off released to mixed reviews that most likely resulted in Frozenbyte canceling any future plans for Nine Parchment sequels or further Trine spin-offs.
Goblin Menace – An expansion pack that features six new levels, story content, and additional character skills also patched into the base game.
Melody of Mystery – An expansion pack that adds six levels, new music, full voice acting, additional hero skill upgrades, and new gameplay mechanics.
Remakes And Enhanced Ports
Trine: Enchanted Edition
Trine: Enchanted Edition is a remake of the original Trine with dazzling new visual effects and gameplay improvements that help elevate the first game in the series.
This includes support for both online and local co-op with up to three players, mid-level saving, and updated visuals courtesy of the Trine 2 game engine.
It features both the updated remake and the original Trine, with each different version selectable from the game launcher.
Trine 2: Director’s Cut
Originally released as a Wii U console exclusive, Trine 2: Director’s Cut bundles the base game with the Goblin Menace DLC expansion and a host of other features.
Included are enhanced controls utilizing the Wii U GamePad controller, an exclusive Dwarven Caverns level, a multiplayer mode called Magic Mayhem, and support for various Wii-based controllers.
In Japan, the game was released under the title Trine 2: Forest of Mystery and the Power of Three.
Trine 2: Complete Story
In 2013, Frozenbyte issued a patch for the Steam version of Trine 2 that upgraded it to Trine 2: Complete Story edition if the player previously purchased the Goblin Menace expansions.
This new edition allowed players to access the Dwarven Caverns level that was previously limited to the Director’s Cut version on Wii U.
As a result, the Director’s Cut was delisted that same year and Complete Story became the de-facto way to play through Trine 2.