My family has loved playing Minecraft together—both desktop and mobile—for a few years now.
It is an amazing, open ended sandbox game that has captured all our attention and flies in the face of “awesome graphics” as it leans on a simple retro look.
So when my kids approached me about Terraria, I knew that a good game was so much more than just eye candy, and I gave it a looksy.
I think Terraria is often compared to Minecraft and treated as some kind of 2D knock-off; but the truth is, it isn’t.
Here are some of the similarities and reasons why it seems so similar to most:
- 8-bit retro feel
- Collect resources for crafting
- Building, mining, and growing things
- Day/night and weather cycles
- Various biomes
- Monsters to fight during the night
- Multiplayer—local and offline
- Mobile and desktop versions
It’s easy to see why it seems so much the same, but after playing a few hours with my son, I now understand Terraria’s unique feel and appeal.
The quantity and diversity of enemies and items is considerably more than that of Minecraft. It’s not even close. The size of your 2D world, however, is nothing like that of Minecraft (as you can see here).
It’s a trade-off or a different focus of play.
There is a lot more diversity in the biomes, but building and collecting resources in your world isn’t Terraria’s sweet spot.
And while you can build some pretty amazing things in Terraria, it focuses more on the character you’ve created than the world they are in. That’s where Terraria’s sweet spot is. Building up your character and collecting more powerful weapons and gadgets.
You can easily create multiple worlds and use the same character in each—or even visit your friends world on your home wifi network or across the world via the web (mobile version can connect via wifi locally to other mobile versions, whereas the PC version can connect to local wifi PC versions as well as online).
A world can handle 4-players at once, so you can explore, fight, build, and trade with each other (my son LOVES to share his gear with me and his sisters).
And sometimes you may feel like you could use some help.
Terraria has much, much more battling than Minecraft. So much more, it reminds me so much of the 2D classic 8-bit games like Castlevania, Metroid, and others.
But with a lot more gore effects.
That being said, Terraria has a darker feel than Minecraft.
Not only are the enemies and monsters darker, but so are some of your weapons. It’s not too edgy for me and my family—my son is eight—but it might be for you and yours.
[Video via YouTube]
If you have any specific questions for me about the game, feel free to ask. This isn’t just a game for kids—many adults love it too (myself included).
You can find the PC/Mac/Linux version of Terraria on Steam, and you can snag a lighter, mobile version for Kindle, Android, and iOS.
Finally, learn more—about both the desktop and mobile versions—on the Terraria website.
GIVEAWAY!!! We would like to giveaway a copy of Terraria from Steam! Simply leave a comment below telling us some of your favorite games and you’ll be entered to win. 😀 Winner will be announced next week.
Winner noted in the comments. 🙂