Every once in a while you stumble across one of those games which you just can’t stop playing. Terraria is one of those titles, which sucks you in and forces you to play it for hours on end. So how does this 2d platforming creation game match up?, does it fall short or does it give you the most for filling experience in 2d gaming?
Terraria first started out as a PC title which has managed to creep its way onto the Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. This game became a hit with PC gamers 2 years prior to its current release on the console market, but has had a solid following since it’s release.
At first you may seem a little disoriented as aside from the new tutorial mode which explains the basics, the game gives you little to no advice outside of how to use your basic tools and how to build shelter. From here on your on your own to work out how to progress and how to make new items that you will need to use against the harsh world.
At first this may seem like a 2d mining game as for the first few hours that’s all you will do, collect as many materials as you can to build something useful. But as you start to work out how to play the game and what resources do what, you start to add in some strategy to progress further and fight bosses and progress your character. After getting to grips with your character, you will have mastered the basics, explored the world and found key progression items.
Just as you would expect from any 2d pixel adventure the music has to fit the environment which you’re exploring. All the sound effect, music and atmosphere created by the audio in this game fits perfectly. There’s little variation to what you hear, and the same music plays in a non-stop loop which can get a little tedious at times, but you’re usually too busy exploring or mining materials to notice the same music loop.
Graphically the game delivers on all fronts with it’s retro styles and creative design. Everything you see is simple, with resources having a shimmer or glow to them as you explore the area. All the characters have their own unique look, and the same with the enemies you encounter. Terreria does a really good job in creative a world that you would expect to see in the retro era of gaming, but has an extremely simple layout with its blocky graphics.
The game runs extremely well unless you start to drop down a hole you’ve dug to the middle of the earth with hundreds of torches and objects on the way down. you won’t see any screen tearing or graphical issues, though there is the odd stutter when there’s a lot going on. There’s a lot to see and do in the world of Terraria, so make sure you explore as much as you can.
With this title there’s not much of a story to go on, but there is a progression to the game. Because there’s not real set story as you sort of make your own, you have set goals to reach and enemies and bosses to fight. By completing various tasks you progression through the “story” mode.
As you start out the game gives you the tools you need to make everything in the game, but it only gives you hints as to what you need to do and how upgrades work. From here you need to make your own progression, make new weapons, armor and develop your character with upgrades. At first you need to build a shelter and then mine your way through materials and explore the world. This is easier said than done as you will run into a constant slew of enemies which range in difficulty depending on where you are in the world, and what time of day it is.
Once you get to grips with building items, you can then move onto exploring the world which will lead you anywhere from the skies to the deep dark reaches of hell. Progression is simple, evolve and explore. But for you to make any story progression you will need to obtain various items to draw out bosses in the world which appear either at night, or through a set of requirements. These items and requirements will come with progression and building your character, but you can’t expect to rush as it takes some time to face the various bosses.
Aside from the exploration and searching for materials to build items, the games controls are rather simple and have translated very well from the PC release. As you have to use a controller, the developers have updated the controls to have console specific controls where moving around gathering has been made very straight forward. But if you’re after the precise pointer to click and drop objects you also have that as well by clicking in the right stick on the controller. You’re also given a world map so you can see where you’ve been, and where you might want to explore next.
If you’re one of those plays who likes to play with friends and share your experience, you’re also covered in this title. You can have up to four players exploring your world with you, which becomes handy if you want to fight various bosses, or even explore large areas which would otherwise take hours. The developers have put some serious thought into the co-op experience, so don’t fret if you can only play locally as you can have up to three friends join you on your couch to enjoy the fun also.
The gameplay is simple by design, but it also has a rather large complexity to it which you would expect to see in most RPGs, but this action adventure platformer offers the player the best of several game genres just in one small package.
Even though Terreria doesn’t have a conventional story mode, which makes the game somewhat unique, there are hours upon hours of endless fun if you can get into the gameplay. The 2d pixel art does nothing but charm you and draw you in while you explore the world. If you’re looking for something to kill some time then for the price this title is highly recommend. Just keep in mind that to make any progress, you need to put a serious amount of man-hours into your resources and exploration.
The price of the title may seem a little steep, but this experience is well worth the time and money if you’re into creating. If you’re still unsure, checkout the demo and see if it offers the experience you may be looking for.