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.
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
Finicky but fun Minecraft-style game set in a 2D world.
Common Sense Media
7 April 2013
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.