XBLA Wednesday: December 21st, 2011

By Mark Delaney, 7 years ago
This week's XBLA update consists of just one game, but that one game sports some very unique three-player co-op.

https://www.trueachievements.com/Trine-2-xbox-360.htm - 1200 MSP

Trine 2 is a puzzle platform video game, requiring the player to use the skills of the three characters, Amadeus the wizard, Zoya the thief, and Pontius the knight, to cross each game level. As with the first game, the mystical "Trine" has bound the three characters together into one common entity, and thus the player controls only one character which can be switched to the other two at any time. Each of the characters has unique abilities: Amadeus can use magic to grab onto certain objects in the game world, and create boxes and planks to be used to get around; Zoya can strike at objects with her arrows, and grapple onto certain surfaces; and Pontius is strong in combat against foes, can bash apart walls, and deflect projectiles with his shield. A combination of these elements are necessary to complete each stage in the game's world.

Though the first Trine was only available on PC and PS3 with no co-op, the sequel is going for that "bigger and better" feeling and it will allow you to play online with others, though collectively you must each play as one of the three characters. Swapping characters with other players is also a nifty feature, in case one of you hits a roadblock that perhaps a teammate can resolve.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is one of three voices on the TA Playlist podcast. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his fiancée and son. He almost never writes in the third person.