Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power
In many ways a step down for the franchise, Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is an unfortunate combination of lackluster 3D platforming and unfinished storytelling.
Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power continues with the Trine tradition of puzzle-solving co-op gameplay which has worked fine before and continues to work fine today. The main issue with Trine 3 is how it made the transition to a 3D world, one which just does not fit well with the gameplay and ends up feeling less enjoyable than its predecessors as a consequence, even if its worlds are still gorgeous to look at and to listen to.
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The switch to three dimensions hobbles rather than helps Trine 3. In the wake of the first two excellent entries in the series, it can only be considered a disappointment.
Trine 3: Artifacts of Power is by no means a bad game. It's visuals are exemplary, the characters charming and delightful, and the overall tone of the game is very well suited to the Switch. Unfortunately, in transitioning over to fully 3D environments, the poor depth perception and limited sense of progression really hurts the experience. If you enjoy collecting items, there's just about enough here to warrant a purchase, but everyone else would be wise to hold off until the upcoming Trine 4.
Trine 3 takes one step forward, one step to the side, and then one step back.
Though they demand the occasional spot of physics engine fudging to progress, puzzles are generally fun and challenging without being frustrating. It may not quite master its new perspective, but Trine 3 is still a charming, light-hearted romp that's well worth your time.
Trine 3 tries new things, and while it doesn't always hit the mark, it ultimately makes for a very enjoyable experience.
Trine 3 is fun, but also a step back for the series. While the levels are glorious, the 3D movement is imprecise and the story is incomplete.
Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is a puzzle platformer with stunning 3D environments. Players will enjoy finding the solutions to puzzles by switching between the three playable protagonists, but may find frustration with the necessity to find most of the collectables in order to progress.
A well made, if a little brief, third game in the Trine series, and hopefully not the last.