Excerpt: As always, when a game proves to be a breakout success, similar titles flood the market. Terraria is obviously inspired by the smash Minecraft, but is it able to stand on its own? This game takes the elements you know and love from Minecraft, throws them into a side scrolling world, and puts a little more emphasis on action. As expected, you can avoid a lot of combat and just wander around the maps, but you’d miss out on what makes Terraria so special.
Excerpt: At long last, Terraria found its way from the PC and onto the Xbox and PSN respectively. First released onto the PC back in May 2011, this 2D side scrolling adventure game achieved critical acclaim amongst reviewers and users alike. Now after being ported from the PC by 505 Games, can Re-Logic’s Indie masterpiece live up to the expectations that it has built up. Firstly the art work and character of the game have not being compromised from being ported from the PC.
Excerpt: While many have seen Terraria as a rip-off of Minecraft, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, Terraria expands on Minecraft’s premise of sandbox survival in nearly every way by adding a huge variety of weapons and armor, ore, and boss fights. Even though Terraria is 2D, it manages to preserve the magic of exploring a new cave for the first time or digging deep into the bowels of the world to find the rarest ores.
Pros: Spelunking in a vibrant 2D world, destructible environments, multiplayer, more RPG elements than Minecraft
Cons: “Hard-Mode” bosses are too hard for single player, can feel like you have to grind to get some equipment, lack of tutorial in the PC version creates a reliance on external game guides
Excerpt: There is a simple, undeniable pleasure to be found in video game crafting. Add this purple glowy thing to that great big stone thing and you’ll get a great big purple stone glowy thing. Kill fifty men and you’ll unlock a new hat. It’s a time-honoured method that developers are fond of using to lengthen their game: we are curious beasts by nature, and if you promise a reward for jumping through hoops, we’ll do it in a shot.
Excerpt: The advertising tag line for Terraria is DIG, FIGHT, EXPLORE, BUILD. For many gamers that will draw an instant connection with the highly successful Minecraft. But can this 2D side-scrolling game with RPG overtones live up to that comparison? The first step should be to play the tutorial. This does a good job of introducing the key concept.
Excerpt: Any classics-nerds want a side-scrolling Minecraft? I'll be honest upfront: I've had issues with "build-it-yourself" stuff. I could build towers with Legos, I could build a cabin out of Lincoln Logs (remember those?), but I was never any good at building more complex things. Much as I love Sim City, I'm simply not good at it. I've avoided Minecraft for that very same reason. But with Terraria , it's a bit easier for me.
Excerpt: Gaming is a strange beast. As time goes by, everything my experience tells me that I think I know about gaming is gradually being shown to be wrong. I am continually surprised again and again by the innovation of game studios and how they manage to use an already-established idea and evolve it into something unexpected and refreshing.
Summary: Parents need to know that Terraria is a sandbox-style mining, crafting, and building game similar to Minecraft . There is a bit of mild monster combat that involves slaying one-eyed flyers, slimes, and shuffling zombies, but the focus here is on exploration, discovery, and creation. Kids will need to use reason and call upon their understanding of the real world to figure out how to craft and build the things they need and want, from a simple shelter to -- if they choose...
Excerpt: Terraria recently released for PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE Arcade following hot in the footsteps of the highly successful Minecraft on Xbox LIVE Arcade that the game is so often compared with. Terraria is an open world, sandbox game that starts players off with little more than a sword, pickaxe and axe.