Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy may not be a title on everyone's lips but it's certainly game of the year material. With a wide variety of abilities and mechanics and astoundingly adaptive gameplay (especially for co-op play), it's quite the achievement in game design.
Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy is more of the same, and we love it exactly for that reason. Players who are familiar with the adventures of Zoya, Pontius and Amadeus know exactly what to expect and will certainly leave satisfied. And for players who aren't, this is an opportunity to embark on a magical world filled with puzzles. The experience is even better when shared with friends, either in local or online co-op.
Trine 5 continues on the foundation of the previous games and offers just a bit more variety thanks to the expansion in character abilities. The puzzles are also more varied and the build-up in difficulty is enjoyable. All this together makes Trine 5 a fine platformer that we can recommend although we should note that the combat segments do not reach the level of the rest of the game.
If you’ve enjoyed the Trine series up to this point then you are in for a treat, Trine 5 is by far the best entry yet, offering puzzles that are phenomenally inventive and an utter delight to solve. If you haven’t taken the plunge yet with Trine, then now is the perfect chance. If only we could ditch the combat and have twice the puzzles, then truly would Trine reach co-op puzzling perfection.
The game takes the familiar formula of the series, featuring compelling puzzles, chaotic combat, and perfect presentation, and sticks by it. With a whole new campaign and a wide variety of fresh and familiar abilities, Trine 5 appeals to series fans both new and old.
Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy is certainly not straying far from the sharp puzzle design the series is known for. It is a very familiar experience that might wear thin. There's some clever ingenuity on display and I managed to be kept interested by it. Combat still remains an afterthought and it almost feels like an intrusion on the puzzle solving. Cooperative play offers the most fun is but the solo experience is still engaging. At times, pacing can waver but the overall package remains good.
Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy isn’t a bad game by any means. In fact, it’s rather good. We can’t help but feel that it doesn’t do enough to prevent it feeling like another retread of familiar ground, however. If you love the series and simply want more, good news: this will deliver it. But those hoping that the formula might be well and truly shaken up in this sequel will be left sorely disappointed.
Ari Pulkkinen again caresses my ears with this wonderful music, artists delight my eyes with incredibly beautiful landscapes, and familiar characters make funny jokes and go on yet another adventure. Great game
I can't believe that critics gave it such a low score. This is 10 out of 10 experience for me. Literally every frame is overflowing with love and diligence that has been put into it. Music, art, characters, puzzles. Seriously Play it.
Strong visual direction; Solid puzzle design; Good movement mechanics; Consistent drip feed of new abilities that keep things fresh.
Story is somewhat simple; occasionally frustrating puzzles.
In conclusion, Trine 5 is a sequel that knows its strengths and focuses on polishing them to an even higher degree. The story is still simple and the combat doesn’t pull any punches either, but the co-op puzzling core of it all remains an enjoyable affair through and through. Trine 5 does have a few edges, but it’s still a surprisingly solid game and probably a great choice for some fun with friends.
SummaryTrine 5 will take Amadeus the Wizard, Zoya the Thief, and Pontius the Knight on their most action-packed journey yet!
With their reputations tarnished, loved ones in danger, and their own magical powers at stake, the Heroes of Trine must reunite to push back a fearsome Clockwork army and bring peace and justice to the land!