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How I Became Addicted To Terraria

Okay, so maybe I’m not completely dependent on the the game, but I got way more into Terraria than I expected. Based off the game’s previous coverage the independent PC title just looked like 2D Minecraft. While the two sandbox titles share much in common, the world of Terraria delivers a uniquely addictive and rewarding experience that’s difficult to step away from.

By now you’ve probably heard of Minecraft. In that game players use axes, pickaxes, and other tools to harvest the world’s resources and mine into the earth. The same happens here, but the game’s 2D nature grants a broader perspective of the world. You can see where precious copper veins snake their way through the dirt, or enemies lurking beneath a thin layer of soil. The game also has a crafting system, day/night cycle, and tons of collectible items.

Like in Minecraft, deadly enemies attack at night so it’s important to build a shelter right away. After chopping down a few trees I constructed myself a humble hovel to ward off zombies and flying eyeballs. Over the course of my numerous hours with Terraria I joyfully expanded my home into a three story structure with plenty of chests for storage, crafting stations, doors, and even an opening into my own private mineshaft.

Mining is as simple as taking your pick axe to the soil and digging until you discover some precious metal or a cavernous opening. Monsters populate the underground, keeping players on their toes. The enemy variety is impressive, with bats, slimes, earth-digging worms, and skeletons populating the nether regions. Unlike Minecraft, treasure chests and destructible clay pots litter these underground areas, packing useful items and resources. I discovered immensely useful trinkets like double-jump boots, new weapons, and even permanent HP boosts. Thanks to the game’s random terrain generator, you never know what to expect.

Things get dark underground, so it’s a good idea to pack a bunch of torches to light the way. I even stumbled upon glowsticks in my adventure, which I used to illuminate bodies of water or gauge the depths of mysterious drop-offs. The rhythmic flow of digging, setting torches, and digging some more is comforting, and makes finding a gold or silver vein all the more rewarding. Using dirt or stone to craft stairs and ledges while mining is a snap, and players can even build a handy grappling hook to climb around underground like Spider-man.



Players are fairly squishy at first, resulting in frequent deaths. However, you retain all your collected items when you respawn in your home, so the sting of death is removed substantially. I loved digging as far as I could, dying, crafting new items with my new found resources, then mining some more. Cobbling together your first set of armor or splurging on that gold pickaxe are the little motivators that will keep you playing for hours.

During my exploration I dug deep enough to discover vast caverns with luminescent mushrooms, and even found a fiery hell world with molten lava and fire imps. These areas become progressively more challenging, requiring players to enhance their weapons and armor frequently. The game not only changes when digging downwards, but traveling laterally reveals new regions. I uncovered an unsettling, corrupt landscape with flying abominations and venomous mushrooms. I also saw desert areas, huge forests, and oceans bookending either end of the world map. Every world sports a dungeon guarded by a high level boss. While I was too underpowered to take on the guardian, I’m sure there are lots of goodies within to be uncovered. The real kicker is that I was playing in one of the Terraria’s small maps, which means the medium and large worlds must be tremendous.

I had as a ton of fun playing Terraria solo, but I believe the multiplayer experience will improve the game even more. My mind is reeling from the lodes group mining runs could yield. I’m also excited to join with friends to build a gigantic fortress where we can equip ourselves before taking on huge bosses or crawling dungeons. Having an extra sword protecting your back is always nice.

Like Minecraft, the denizens of Terraria enjoy free ongoing updates. These expand the world, add items, and generally improve the overall experience. If you enjoyed Minecraft and are looking for a new experience, I definitely recommend Terraria. Even if you’ve never played a mining/crafting-based sandbox game, I still suggest trying this one out. Despite my numerous comparisons to Minecraft, my time with Terraria has been unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in gaming, and has me excited to see how developer Re-Logic will augment the game moving forward.

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Comments
  • Looks like I have to give it a try.
  • I own terraria and from what I've heard it is somewhat fun for people who do not find the minecraft experience very engaging. I am one of those people. So maybe I should try it out.

  • Finally...Terraria (IMO) has a bit of a bad rap as a 2D minecraft clone; now that professional reviews are emerging (I believe GT just did a review as well), its starting to become its own thing.
  • This is a great game its kinda sad it has more stuff in it than minecraft on release lol I play minecraft to but man they are lazy wait months for an update that does something stupid like oh I waited 3 months for growing grass cool.... -_- If notch would buckle down and add tons of crap to the game like terraria has minecraft would be better.
  • I have and enjoy both. Sadly though, when I played Terraria it felt more like it had goals to complete(Kill the skeletron, finish the dungeon, etc). I don't feel as compelled to build structures as I did in minecraft.

    That being said, it was a fun experience and I'm glad I bought it.

  • Oh Terraria's great! It seems similar to minecraft, but once you get into it, you realize that it's not. It's a little more about combat and exploration than mining and creation.

  • I had heard about Minecraft for awhile but never really check it out. I was really itching for something new and fun that had a nice retro/old school vibe. Terraria definately scratches that itch. My wife and I play and build for countless hours. Re-Logic has been amazing about updates as well. Since the game's launch roughly a month ago there have been 5, yes 5, updates all including new monsters, loot, expanded crafting systems, vendors, and more. They are really listening closely to the community that plays their game. Multiplayer was rough at first due to some player not being able to host games through their firewall but once you get past that its a fantastic experience. My friends make me keep my server up all the time so they can drop on and build, dig, or explore whenever they feel like it.

    It would be very cool to start a GI Terraria group. I'd love that.

    Perhaps i'll see you in game!

    Twisty

    -The Twistiest

  • Call me crazy, but isn't this the exact same thing as Minecraft, except in 2D with new power-ups (like the double-jump boots and health increases)?
  • I played this game for over 40 hours in the first 4 days that I'd gotten it and I spent most of the time digging and building up my houses.
  • So, wait... is this already out? Because this a preview.
  • i have 260+ hours of playing time in this game... i have absolutely everything in the entire game that there is a point in having( and even tons of stuff i will never need) and i have done everything... needless to say i have stopped playing since there is litterally nothing for me to do that i havent done before( if you can come up with something i havent done u deserve a medal)
  • I have spent 58 hours according to steam. I crafted all I wanted to, made the best sword, and got the best gun. And guess what? I'm not done yet.
  • cool...

  • I have a friend who is addicted to this game. He left Minecraft to play it and said he is never going back. I plan on getting this once O finish off some of my back catalogue I've been playing this summer.

  • Spent like 22 hours playing this game in a 2 day time period...
  • I might get this game once I plow through my backlog, but that may take some time...

  • i feel your pain it really is addicting lol i spent a whole week mostly just playing when i first got it till my back killed me from being at pc so long lol...  can't say much in comparasin to minecraft i tryed the browser based part on the site to see whats its like and just didn't like the 1st person veiw so thats 1 good thing terrarias got the 3rd person like side scrollish vibe

  • Ugh. Who can play 16 bit games without getting nauseous these days? Even portable systems are better than that. Graphics aren't everything, but they're not nothing either.
  • 2D minecraft? SOLD!

  • what's the price?
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