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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Trine (2019) 4: The Nightmare Prince is the latest game in the Trine series of running, jumping, fighting and puzzle adventures. You play as one of three characters in a beautifully drawn fantasy realm; a wizard, thief or knight, each with their own special abilities. Your mission is to return Prince to the Astral Academy before his nightmares overwhelm the realm.

You can play single-player, swapping between the characters as required, or with two or three friends (local or online) each taking a different character. Although the game looks like it needs to be played as a cooperative game with friends, it works fine in single-player which for a game like this is unusual.

The majority of the play is solving physics-based puzzles, with occasional fighting sections. Use the magical powers of the wizard to create blocks to build stairways, fire arrows and grappling hooks from the thief's bow to pull levers, and use the knight's strength to defend the team from attacking enemies.

In single-player (and the Unlimited co-op mode) you can swap characters at any time, and each character's abilities will be important to solve the puzzles. As you progress you can upgrade characters to gain abilities for later challenges.

Although the game is the same in each mode, the challenge is slightly different. In solo mode, you have to concentrate on timing your character swapping so you have the right tools at the right time. In co-op mode, you have to make sure all players can get through the level and you leave no one behind. This can mean a different solution from the one you used in single-player mode.

The Trine series contains the following games:
  • Trine (2009) Originally for PC only (now also on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, WiiU, MacOS, Linux)
  • Trine 2 (2011) Originally for PC, PlayStation 3, OSX, Xbox 360 (now also on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, WiiU, NVIDIA, Mac, Linux)
  • Trine: Enchanted Edition (2014) (Remake of the first game) Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U
  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power (2015) Originally for PC only (now also on PlayStation 4, MacOS, Linux, Nintendo Switch)
  • Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince (2019) PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Google Stadia, Xbox One

You do not need to have played the previous Trine games in order to enjoy Trine 4 as it's a stand-alone story, but the characters are the same in all the editions. Either way, the result is a great game for three or four friends to play together, but also a fun single-player experience.

Our examiner, Andrea Walney, first checked Trine 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 11 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Platform game with Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Puzzle and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. Unlimited mode allows 4 players, other modes are single player, and 3 player.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Violence. Players take on a variety of fantastical creatures and avoid deadly traps. When a character is hit, they flash or let out a sound. When they are defeated, the character falls limply to the floor. There is no blood or visible injury detail. The game also features online playing capability, which may involve real-time interaction with other players.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence. Players use swords, bows, and magic spells to attack enemies in frenetic combat. Battles are accompanied by sword-slashing effects and cries of pain; enemies disappear amid puffs of smoke or break apart into pieces when defeated.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Requires puzzle solving skills more suitable for older children.

CostsCosts

Trine usually costs £9.99 to £24.99. 

Trine

Steam StoreSALE PC £9.99 £2.19 until 26/07/2024
XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
PlayStation Store PS5 -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -

Trine 2

Steam Store PC £13.99

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

Steam Store PC £15.99
Steam Store Mac £15.99

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince

Steam Store PC £24.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 08/10/2019, updated in 2023

Price: 78% off

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Fighting, Platform (Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Frozen Byte (@FrozenByte)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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