Even rabid critics of Valve's ubiquitous digital distribution platform have to admit that it provides exceptional deals from time to time. This week, Steam has lowered the price of Trine, the critically acclaimed fantasy game, to £4.25. This will save you nearly £13!
At first glance, Trine looks like a fantasy action RPG. Robed wizards, heroic knights, hooded rogues and all manner of pseudo-medieval beasties are all proudly displayed in the screenshots and trailers; but don't be fooled. It's actually a smart little physics-based platformer that challenges the player to harness the power of three different heroes in order to make their way through a selection of pits, traps and enemies.
Trine may have great graphics and responsive controls, but its main attraction is that there are many different ways of approaching each particular puzzle. Each of the three heroes have distinct abilities: for example, the thief would use a grappling hook to swing over a pit whereas the wizard could create a series of floating platforms or levitate rocks to form a bridge. The knight would probably just chuck a boulder or three into the bottom before strolling off to find some skeletons to brutalise. The three characters can be switched between at any time, allowing players to adjust their tactics on the fly (as well as adding some impressive replay value).
The robust physics engine coupled with the genuinely creative puzzle solving makes Trine a refreshing and rewarding take on the platforming genre- and at this price even skeptics should probably check out the demo before the Midweek Madness deal expires!