Excerpt: I rationally know that if I venture too far or insist on exploring at night, I will get eaten by some powerful and brutish creature, but there’s so much 2D space to cover and dominate that Terraria instills a spirit of exploration that’s never fully satisfied.
Pros: + Occasions for creativity, + Art style
Cons: - Can become frustrating, - The tutorials are not very helpful
Excerpt: Another night, another full-on zombie and floating eyeball invasion. The safety of morning will come soon enough, and with it, some key decisions. You should probably chop down some trees for new materials. Though, maybe you might want to mine for some ore to forge better gear.
Pros: Absolutely tons to do, Everything can be mined, chopped, and rebuilt, New content for PC expatriates
Cons: Early game is a drag, Occasional slow down, Crafting without a mouse
Excerpt: Terraria is a dangerous game. It lures you in with strong promises of large scale fights and unique items and doesn't ever let you go. Many people are quick to dismiss Terraria because of its immediate similarities to Minecraft, and these people are really doing themselves a disservice.
Excerpt: It was dawn when I woke up at the boundary between a desert and a forest, with no idea of how I had gotten there or how I would get away. I didn't waste any time. Rather than focusing on the troubling how of my predicament, I set off into the woods to punch down a tree with my fists.
Pros: Flipping gravity and rocketing into the sky.
Cons: Trying (and failing multiple times) to face the first boss solo.
Conclusion: All in all, with its simple but effective interface, nostalgic sounds and vast open world, Terraria is a game of almost unlimited scope and enjoyment, provided you are willing to put the hours in to get proficient at the tasks the game requires you to perform.
Excerpt: Some games just aren’t long enough for their own reviews, but are still important enough to deserve some attention. With that in mind we present the first of our Indy Shorts reviews. This week I turn my attention to two recently released titles on Steam: Terraria and Universe Sandbox.
Excerpt: While it might be tempting to dismiss Terraria as a simple 2D Minecraft knockoff, its heavy focus on sidescrolling combat, boss fights, and crazy weaponry reveals just as large a debt to classics like Metroid and Castlevania.
Excerpt: The statement is reductive, but true: Terraria is a two-dimensional Minecraft . The game plops you into a randomly generated world—a side-scrolling cross-section of planet with woods and water on the crust and a labyrinth of caves beneath.