Review: Run, jump, climb and puzzle in 'Trine 5' for consoles and PC

The three heroes in 'Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy' are accused of raiding a village and sent to prison. Photos: THQ Nordic/dpa

BERLIN: If you want to break out of a prison, you need a good plan. And the path to freedom in the platform-puzzle game "Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy" is no easy one.

Players slip into the roles of Amadeus the Wizard, Pontius the Knight, and Zoya the Thief, who were sent to prison despite being innocent and now want to fight for their freedom together.

Beautiful graphics accompany players at every turn in 'Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy'.Beautiful graphics accompany players at every turn in 'Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy'.

In the 2D side-scrolling levels players jump, climb and fight to save the kingdom from villains. The puzzles require a lot of patience because the solution is rarely obvious.

The abilities of the game characters are crucial: Zoya can triggers switches with arrows, Amadeus levitates objects with his mind and Pontius uses his shield to climb, float and defend.

What do you weird moles want? Zoya fights back with arrows in 'Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy'.What do you weird moles want? Zoya fights back with arrows in 'Trine 5: A Clockwork Conspiracy'.

You can play alone by switching between the characters but it's especially fun to play in multiplayer mode. You then have to reckon with more difficult levels, however, as the game dynamically adapts to the number of players.

With a story full of lovingly crafted characters and detailed game worlds that range from castles to aquariums, "Trine 5" has a lot to offer besides puzzles. The game is available for PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch for €30/US$30 (RM72 in Malaysia). – dpa

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