Systems: PC Release Date: Mar 29th, 2010
Suggested Rating: E10+
Have you ever stood in a forest and looked out into the wilderness and wanted to explore? The daunting task of being virtually alone with a whole world just waiting for your pickaxe in some armor you’ve crafted after many hard days underground? If you think I’m talking about minecraft you’d be wrong kupo!
Terraria is an open world sandbox rpg by Re-logic. Using simplified but beautiful 2d pixel graphics combined with an unrivaled exploration aspect, terraria sets itself apart from other games in the genre by being both fresh and familiar. Starting out in a forest you have only your wits, a few basic tools and a less than helpful guide. As the sun creeps across the sky your first moments might be spent talking with the guide and exploring your surroundings, maybe even attacking the occasional slime monster. But as night falls and the darkness descends you might be wondering why you didn’t throw up a small shack or build a few torches to light your way, as zombies and disembodied eyeballs come to make short work of you in the darkness.
What terraria does absolutely right is exploration. Every inch of your randomly generated world is chock full of nooks and crannies, treasures buried deep underground, floating islands dangling just out of reach, and of course a dungeon with a menacing skeleton army just waiting for you to join their ranks. A constant flow of rewards awaits the experienced spelunker and with enough dedication you’ll be fighting off what lurks in the darkest corners of the world with ease in no time. Another aspect that sets terraria apart from the pack is NPC’s. at first you’ll only have the guide but as you progress and complete certain milestones other NPC’s start to move into your little village or base of operations. These npc’s provide everything from healing to trap building and are a welcome sight after long stints underground alone.
Now onto the multiplayer kupo! the basic Terraria experience can easily be enjoyed solo and its amazing and fun, but when you add one or two friends Terraria becomes a whole new beast. Exploring and building with other people is exciting and dangerous. Having another person there to experience the underground or your dungeon is essential and when it comes to one of the games many bosses, well let’s just say it’s great to have a buddy there to help you survive the frenzied encounters. Terraria supports up to eight players and provides features for activating Player Vs Player combat in your world, wither that’s in an arena you crafted for the event or just bumbling your way through the wilderness or underground its exciting to test your strength against your friends.
Over all terraria is an amazing experience that I feel anyone who enjoys building and exploration needs to play. Its simple and easy to grasp yet hard to master in the endgame content. Constantly being updated with new stuff (for free kupo!) and having recently gotten a huge update that almost doubled the size of the original experience, now is the time to pick up the pickaxe and make your fortune in terraria.
[ – ] Story: absolutely no story but the one you create, ultimately this game is only as interesting as you make it.
[ + ] Graphics: Its simple but in that simplicity there is a type of beauty that only pixels can provide.
[ + ] Gameplay: easy to navigate menus and place blocks, explore dungeons, everything is in place but nothing stands out as unique. (can’t fix it when it’s not broken kupo!)
[ + ] Replayablity: you’ll spend hundreds of hours replaying different worlds and crafting the best castles or dungeons. Randomly generated worlds= new experience every time you play.
[ + ] Opinion: downloadable game of the year (2010). Easily the best ten dollar purchase I’ve made on my PC in a long long time. Plenty of content and it just keeps coming with updates that continue to refine the experience.
I rate Terraria 4/5 Kupo!