Trine 3 The Artifacts Of Power Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Trine 3 The Artifacts Of Power by Ari Pulkkinen.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 98.7
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 48.7
Album Excellence: 93.7%
Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is a 2015 action role-playing platform and puzzle video game developed by Frozenbyte, released on August 20, 2015. It is the sequel to Trine 2 and features a return of the series’ three protagonists and medieval fantasy location. The game is the first in the series to feature fully 3D gameplay. Similar to its predecessors, Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is an action role-playing platform game with puzzle elements, which requires the players to utilize the skills of three different returning characters: Pontius, Amadeus and Zoya. Abilities varied among characters. Pontius is a knight equipped with a sword and a shield to defend himself against enemies. Zoya is a thief that is equipped with arrows and a grappling hook, while Amadeus is a wizard that has the ability to manipulate and levitate objects. Players can swap between the three playable characters freely during the campaign. Trine 3 is the first game in the series to feature 3D gameplay, while the 2D gameplay remains the game’s focus as with previous installments. The game also includes three-player co-operative multiplayer, special challenge levels and a level editor. The score is composed by Ari Pulkkinen.
I’ve played both Trine and Trine 2 and those games are pure eye candy. I sucked hard at those games though and got killed pretty quickly and violently, but it was fun playing just for the visual experience. The music in those games were also composed by Pulkkinen, but I can’t remember any of it. The score opens with ‘Trine 3 Main Theme’ and since I have no reference point, I can’t tell you if it’s a theme that’s used in the previous installments. What I can tell you though is that it’s a fun mix of medieval style music and modern music. The percussion might not fit exactly, but the theme is catchy. ‘Pontius The Knight’ is next. That’s the theme song of Pontius, one of the game’s characters. It’s quite funny, in fact the music is a bit Eastern European which is interesting. I also hear some Spaghetti Western in there. That’s a strange mix to be fair, but I am humming along to this very addictive tune.
This modern take on medieval fun is strangely absorbing and immersive. I don’t know if I’m in Trine’s world when listening to it, but I’m in a world where I want to be, where I want to explore and listen to some more of this fun music. It’s great getting to know the characters. ‘Zoya The Thief’ is probably from South America judging by the music. The pan pipe is a dead giveaway. It’s more calm than Pontius’ music and deservedly so. A thief is stealthy and not so brutish. I love the retro sound here. It sounds like a 90s adventure game. ‘Amadeus The Wizard’ is the most comedic of them all, but also the most heroic. Another fine musical piece for one of the main characters of the score. Outside of the main character, the music doesn’t change much which is perfect because I wasn’t ready to let this go. It is a score so catchy like those classic 80s/90s scores which didn’t have massive orchestras to hide behind. The themes and music is quite brilliant and I’m sure this score will be stuck in my head all day.
1. Trine 3 Main Theme
2. Pontius The Knight
3. Smash Puny Goblins
4. Zoya The Thief
5. Amadeus The Wizard
6. The Academy Gatehouse
7. Guardian Of The Walls
8. Astral Academy Recrudesce
9. Academy Hallways Resurrected
10. The Infernal Minions Of Sarek
11. The Chronicles Of The Guardian
12. The Redwood Forest
13. The Beast In The Trees
15. The Legend Of Trine