Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. NF Magazine
    Apr 30, 2020
    90
    It's immensely satisfying! It's no wonder this series has reached its fourth installment. [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 71]
  2. Oct 7, 2019
    90
    Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is hands down one of the best titles in the puzzle platformer genre. It’s packed densely with charm, enjoyable gameplay, and some damn good puzzles. The combat leaves a lot to be desired, and there are times when it can be unbearable, but that’s a price worth paying when the rest of the game is so astonishingly good.
  3. Oct 7, 2019
    90
    With Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince, Frozenbyte has returned the series to its origins by making dynamic puzzles the main attraction. On the Switch, the controls feel tight and the basic button layout and controls feel natural. There are so many fun and perplexing puzzles in this game that it’s worth buying just for the challenge of teasing your brain. Though the story and action lacks a bit of depth and gets lost in the complexity of the puzzles, I found this to be one of the best experiences on the Switch.
  4. Oct 8, 2019
    85
    Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince re-establishes the series as a leader in the genre. I can't remember the last time I played a puzzle game that made me feel so smart and satisfied. It's magical world is full of wonderful inhabitants that further bring the world to life. If you're even remotely interested in puzzle games or are just after your next great co-op experience, you owe it to yourself to play this one.
  5. Oct 7, 2019
    85
    Trine 4 is beautiful and perhaps a bit too straightforward for solo players, but it shines brilliantly in co-op.
  6. 85
    Even playing the entire game solo I still had an absolute blast from start to finish, and performance on the Switch version keeps a consistent locked framerate throughout (the resolution in handheld can drop pretty low during some of the busier scenes). The combat is an unfortunate drag, but the puzzles stand on their own so well that it’s worth pushing through the dull battles to keep solving more of them until you’ve found the Nightmare Prince.
  7. Trine 4 is an excellent refinement of a unique and worthwhile game with smarter controls, more satisfying multiplayer, heaps of great puzzles and a more magical look and sound than ever. It's still not perfect, but Trine has come a long way in 10 years and there really is nothing else like it.
  8. 83
    Trine returns as bright as it once was, with its puzzles, platforms, enemies, and heroes ready to do anything to bring home the lost Prince. Despite some problems, this fourth chapter manages to deliver a good experience in co-op without too much difficulty, or a more interesting challenge for solitary players.
  9. Nov 4, 2019
    80
    Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince may be the best of the Trine series, and it certainly deserves your consideration. If it’s been a while since you’ve played Trine 1 or 2, by all means, dig in. But if you’re just now getting into the series via any of the multiple packages available, you may start to feel burnt out before finishing this particular chapter.
  10. Oct 23, 2019
    80
    Trine is back, basking in the sunlight where it belongs. It’s beautifully stylized and the gameplay is great fun - and not too difficult, apart from some well-placed puzzles. Consider this a thorough recommendation.
  11. Oct 22, 2019
    80
    The fourth chapter of the Trine series features a beautiful audiovisual environment, a very wide ranging multiplayer component and many dynamic, stimulating puzzles. This latest chapter is certain to leave its players absolutely charmed and brings the Trine series back to a land of wonder.
  12. Oct 15, 2019
    80
    If you are looking for a magical co-op puzzlegame, then this is the game for you. This is the most beautiful and the longest entry in the series yet. There are new skills and lots of puzzels to enjoy. Whilst the battles are not so impressive, this is still a game you must have played.
  13. Oct 9, 2019
    80
    Trine 4 had a lot riding on it given the effects of its predecessor, but we can confidently say that the course has been corrected and the series’ reputation restored. From start to finish, Trine 4 is a remarkably absorbing and beautiful experience that’ll keep you challenged and interested right through to the finish, while also offering a fair bit to keep you coming back for a couple hours after the credits roll. Though the combat needs some work, any failings here are easily rectified by the strong puzzle design that manages to stay both dynamic and challenging. If you’re looking for an easily accessible game to play in co-op or a game that’s a bit more reliant on brains than reflexes, Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is just what you’re looking for. We’d give it a high recommendation, especially if you enjoyed some of Frozenbyte’s earlier work.
  14. Oct 7, 2019
    80
    Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is a beautiful title that will delight every fan of the saga. In this new adventure we will enjoy beautiful landscapes while defeating enemies and solving puzzles. Its combat system is a bit simple, but it is still a title as enjoyable as the previous ones, both alone and in company.
  15. Oct 7, 2019
    80
    With Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince, fans will rejoice at what is, in every way that matters, a return to form for Frozenbyte's fantasy adventure.
  16. Oct 8, 2019
    75
    Despite some physics issues and dated animations, Trine 4 is a great experience with its magical atmosphere, which offers to the fans everything they could have asked for.
  17. 75
    Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is a treat for fans of the puzzle genre. While its combat is flawed and some power-ups overpowered, it has intriguing solutions to a myriad of enigmas. If that is all you want out of a series that is known for its mysteries, then pick up the latest entry. It will keep you guessing and pondering until the credits roll.
  18. Oct 28, 2019
    70
    Despite the relative simplicity of Trine 4’s early puzzles, I really enjoyed my time with the 7-hour adventure. The game looks absolutely gorgeous with a fantastic variety of interesting environments to explore that are absolutely bursting with life. The story won’t be remembered this time next year, but it’s a fun, light-hearted tale that really brings the whole adventure together. The physics-based puzzle-platforming is better than ever and it still feels fun to shoot, swing and levitate your way through lengthy levels filled with puzzles. Trine 4 is worth your time and if you’ve never played a game in the series before, this is the perfect point to jump in.
  19. Oct 7, 2019
    70
    Pretty. Inoffensive. Rote. Others might find the DNA of something pure that they want to pass on to someone close: a niece or nephew, son or daughter. Trine is a series that is well worth introducing to those just getting to grips with the medium. And this installment adds to that library of introductory possibilities. But it doesn’t use the platform it has to push boundaries and explore the unknown in fairytale video games.
  20. 70
    Pretty. Inoffensive. Rote. Others might find the DNA of something pure that they want to pass on to someone close: a niece or nephew, son or daughter. Trine is a series that is well worth introducing to those just getting to grips with the medium. And this installment adds to that library of introductory possibilities. But it doesn’t use the platform it has to push boundaries and explore the unknown in fairytale video games.
  21. Oct 7, 2019
    60
    PC is the ideal method of playing Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince. If you have a PC that can run it, I recommend grabbing Trine 4 for PC because after trying the Nintendo Switch version in both docked and portable mode, the experience isn’t as magical. The core gameplay, story and puzzle solving are all still quality but the experience feels more clunky with a controller or Joy-Con.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 6 out of 33
  1. Jun 5, 2020
    9
    After the great fall that was Trine 3, Trine 4 became the greatest of comebacks. This absolute marvel of a game built on every concept Trine 2After the great fall that was Trine 3, Trine 4 became the greatest of comebacks. This absolute marvel of a game built on every concept Trine 2 had set up and drove it home masterfully. Puzzle platforming returned, along with the skill tree with several new skills to learn that constantly made the game exciting to play. The visuals were also constantly breathtaking with vibrant backgrounds, detailed cutscenes, and animations that were a joy to watch. It's also worth mentioning the story was actually really good! You learn more about our main characters while enjoying a story of a troubled boy with some great inner demons, meeting all sorts of fun side characters along the way. Trine 4 was so constantly addictive and fun to play, and showed the developers can still deliver an amazing new experience while still sticking to their laurels, and I can't wait to see what they do next. Full Review »
  2. Jan 21, 2020
    8
    Trine 4 was enjoyable for the puzzles and leveling structure. I ended up beating it after 12 or so hours.

    Game(s) like: Other Trine games,
    Trine 4 was enjoyable for the puzzles and leveling structure. I ended up beating it after 12 or so hours.

    Game(s) like: Other Trine games, Unruly Heroes

    Pros:
    - The puzzles and levels were well done
    - The environments looked great
    - The powers of each character were fun

    Cons:
    - The characters themselves seemed sort of cheesy
    - The combat was not very fun
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  3. Dec 27, 2019
    10
    This game is a beautiful combination of challenging puzzles, outstanding visuals, a nice story that's not trying to be deep but fun and easyThis game is a beautiful combination of challenging puzzles, outstanding visuals, a nice story that's not trying to be deep but fun and easy to follow and a well developed progression system that makes you go "uuuh - nice!" each time you get a new skill. Playing the game was like eating a good meal: you don't want it to be over but you don't want to stop eating either. Full Review »