Terraria: The 2D Minecraftian Game You Need to Play

May 30, 2011 by  

Terraria Re-Logic Steam

On May 17, 2009, Minecraft was first released to the public. Considering the resources used to build the original (one guy with a knowledge of Java), Mojang (the company now behind Minecraft, formed after the initial release) has enjoyed astounding success, proving that the indie market isn’t simply growing, but is a place where creative titles can return huge profits.

On May 16, 2011, independent developer Re-Logic released Terraria on Steam, and the title “shipped” over 200,000 copies in less than a week. Not a bad start, and Terraria‘s tantalizing five-minute gameplay trailer (watch below) and mostly solid reviews should help boost success.

Some people are calling Terraria a 2D Minecraft clone. This may not be a fair comment, but more importantly, it may not be a bad thing. Mojang’s hit has obviously influenced Terraria‘s design (with a day/night cycle, for example, where much more dangerous critters come out to attack at night). Where Minecraft is focused on mining and building, Terraria‘s gameplay is much more an action RPG with players exploring, fighting, mining, and building to upgrade their gear and attract the most useful NPCs to move into their well-appointed structures. That’s right; build it, and they will come.

While we can’t yet recommend that you pay the $10 (US) for Terraria, (it can also be purchased as a four-pack for $30 US to share with your friends) we are intrigued with the title’s randomly-generated worlds, multiplayer, surface and cavern exploration, boss-summoning, and deep gear-crafting and structure building systems. Also, in what other game can you hack a slime apart with a sword before shooting an Eye of Cthulhu with a laser pistol?

Terraria Re-Logic Cthulhu

The graphical limitations may be a turn-off to some, and sandbox games do not appeal to everyone, but Minecraft has proven there is a healthy market for games like Terraria. Finally, this is the first iteration of Terraria, so the strongest selling feature of all may be the planned free updates throughout the title’s life cycle — it can only get better.

Are you interested in checking out Terraria, or are the graphics too much of a detraction?

Sources: Steam, Terraria Online

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  1. I don’t see why anybody would call this game a Minecraft clone. It may be similar in some respects, but it looks unique in many ways. I wouldn’t necessarily pay $10, but I would definitely like to try it out.

    • I’ve been playing this game off and on since launch and you’re absolutely right. While it does share some features with Minecraft, it is it’s own game. And actually, I’ve found it to be much deeper and more interesting than Minecraft. It has a sense of progression that Minecraft just can’t touch with its various zones meant for players with different gear. There’s just a lot more to do in Terraria that actually has a point behind it.

      Sure, I love building in Minecraft, but that can only last so long. Having the ability to fight big bosses and hunt down new gear adds a new level to Terraria.

  2. Played it at a friend’s house. Really did not like how many aspects of the game seem completely ripped from Minecraft. (Even zombies, really? Really?) It’s like Minecraft with an actual plot of sorts added to it, whereas Minecraft is essentially a huge sandbox. That said, I prefer Minecraft.

    • Fanboy, minecraft was not the first game to introduce zombies, and it certainly won’t be the last.
      Also notch ripped off infiniminer.

      • Yeah, because minecraft totally invented zombies (necrobumps FTW)

  3. While it is true that Notch ripped off infiminer, he added alot of new aspects to it, it is now a completly different game, just with the main idea as infiminer. I tried Terraria, but i mutch preffer Minecraft, mostly because i dont really like 2D games.

  4. I first thought when I got it ‘this will just be a 2d minecraft’, but I have been proven wrong, in minecraft building a house was a nice extra, in this building a house brings amazing benefits and a sense of pride when NPC’s move in, plus it’s £4 cheaper but offers so much more

  5. People don’t call every game with racing, or guns in it a clone of something. I see no reason to say this is a clone of Minecraft. If these 2 combined, I’d have to change my pants.

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