Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince comes right after Trine 3 which was a very ambitious, but somewhat lackluster experience due to how short it really was. The game is a course correction in many ways. It ditches the unnecessary 3D while bringing back the 2.5D gameplay experience we all know and love.
This time around we are trying to find Celius, which is a missing prince. Celius was exposed to dark magic and the nightmares of all those people around him are coming to life. That’s why our great trio of heroes is coming back, to try and eventually eliminate all those enemies and help Celius step away from this issue.
What really matters in Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is the gameplay itself and you have the classic Trine experience. If you played any of the Trine games you know what you are getting into here. Pontius is great for obstacles and wrecking things, Zoya is a great utility character with the grappling hook and Amadeus is amazing thanks to his focus on solving puzzles. There are lots of puzzles in the game and collectibles, so you will find yourself playing Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince more and more as you try to get better at it.
As always you can play alone or with a friend. The game is very gracious here because it allows you to switch between characters if you want. You do have the Unlimited mode back, which means 2 or even 3 instances of the same character on the screen. That being said, you also have up to 4 players at once which is quite interesting considering that there are only 3 characters in the game to begin with.
Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince does a lot of things right here. There’s a sense of progression because you get a nice set of abilities for every character. You will be able to improve the capabilities of every character and even add new ones on your own which is really exciting. Unlocking and upgrading these things is crucial as you play and you will find the gameplay to become more and more interesting every time as you use this. That doesn’t mean it will be a simple thing to achieve, but it does give you the lee-way and exciting appeal you would expect from a game like this.
There are boss battles, many of which tend to become very tricky and challenging. That being said, you can figure out how to deal with a boss as you try to learn their strategy. So even if it might seem hard at first, every boss has its own things you can learn as you take him down.
Is Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince a great game? While it does have its flaws and it can be very easy at times, Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is definitely enticing and it comes with a nice fantasy story. It’s definitely creative, interesting and the new world the developers created here is a fun one.