I know that Terraria has been out for almost a year (?) now, but I never did a review on it because I wanted to play it for a long time first to give it a bit of a better write up. As you may remember I bought this like many others during the Steam Holiday Sale in December for I believe $2.49. Let’s just say that equates to about 1 penny for every 5 hours of playtime I have put into it so far, and I am still playing it.
At first glance, many called Terraria a bit of a Minecraft rip-off. I’ve never played Minecraft so I really don’t care about that. I will say that the addition of combat into Terraria likely makes it amuch different game than Minecraft.
Terraria has virtually no story. Other than the NPCs you meet, and the monsters you fight , there is absolutely no tale being woven here other than the one you create yourself in your own mind. The NPCs have a few lines of dialogue, but really it is just them commenting on the state of the universe you are in and not weaving any sort of plot.
That said, this game isn’t about story in any way. It is about creativity, digging, building, digging, and more digging. You start the game out with creating an old school 8-bit looking srt of character that can be male or female with very minimal options other than skin color and hair color. This doesn’t matter either really. What matters at the start is what level of difficulty you plan to play with. Softcore, Mediumcore, or Hardcore. Once you pick, that character is locked into that setting for all worlds they jump into. Softcore is recommended for beginners, and most people play that way all the time due to the death losses you receive from others. You jsut lose a little bit of your cash when you die on Softcore. On Mediumcore you lose all your equipment you are currently holding, which can be a significant amount of loot. IT lies there until you find it again, unless you die, or quit the game. IT totally sucks to lose this stuff. Start over worthy if you do IMO.HIGHTLY advisable to start on Softcore.
Now the bulk of the game is in minng for materials so that you can build better shelters, create new weapons, and even find yourself fancy new outfits that have to be crafted. When you acquire materials you can build crafting stations in which will allow you to create more and more unique weapons, potions, armor, and other building materials. While at first you may be lost in how to create certain things, they give you a handy guide NPC that you can talk to and ask about any materials you are holding, and what they can be crafted into. It makes this process much easier to decipher and shows you things you didn’t even know existed before you asked him about your materials.
When you first start you want to get some wood, or stone ASAP so that you can build a shelter before nightfall….because at nightfall the ZOMBIES come out and attack you. With your puny weapons and life force at the start you are likely in trouble. It will probably kill your guide too, although NPCs auto-replace themselves in a day or so if they do die so no worries there really. You start out with a shanty house probably and now you are ready to start digging to find better stuff, or you can explore left/right of your starting point to find many other biomes like Jungles, Corruption, and even water. Each area has unique enemies and resources.
Your main goal here is to buld yourself up to higher strength, with better armor, helath, mana, and weapons so that you can fight the BOSSES in the game. Softcore has 3 main bosses you can fight that you will figure out on your own. You beat all 3 and the game doesn’t end. There are still optional bosses, and there are bosses that send your game into a harder difficulty for good as well. All the while you are attacked by zombies every night (they can’t get into your shelter unless it is a Blood Moon), you may encounter a Goblin Army, or any number of random events.
As you find more resources you also must build more shelters for new NPCs to arrive.Suppose you find some grenades in a chest digging down below. It is an explosive, and until you find an explosive the Explosives vendor won’t roll into your tiny little town. You also must have a sufficient shelter built to house the new vendor, or he will not arrive. The game explains this all.
Overall the game is a MASSIVE time sink. You dig, and build, and build, and create. IT’s very fun. In fact, you can even play with other people online in a world and create together, trade resources, and you can fight them too if you want! It’s awesome.
One other thing you may not pick up on right away is that the game randomly generates world for you. You can have it create as many as you want until you find a world you actually like. At the same time you can build in multiple worlds with the same character. For instance say you beat all the bosses in one world, you can create a new world and bring all your loot to it from the old one if you choose. You can go back and forth between them from the main menu, take resources from one and bring them to the other. So you could have a boatload of great loot from your old world and be a beast already entering you new one and just destroy everything with no problems. Items like Piggy Banks, and safes can be used to transfer things to other worlds without eve taking it with you. For your character whatever is in that container is always in that container no matter how many of them you have, or how many worlds it is in. In fact, the safe is player specific completely. Even if you play online with other people they cannot steal your stuff out of a safe. It only shows them what is in THEIR safe.
This game is completely worth the money and has many other things to play with that I didn’t mention. This game gets a solid 9/10 MUST BUY from me due to the massive amount of time I got out of it, and the fun of it.
I recommend watching the video below for starting the game because you will most likely be lost when you do begin like I was. This video told me basically all I needed to know. That and the Terraria Wiki is a great resource. The game has very low system requirements so any POS Hardware can run it and can be run windowed so you can check online fin the Wiki anytime you need to which is perfect.
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