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When I first saw this game on the shelves, I was very sceptical. I was told by many people before purchasing it that it would be nothing but a simple Minecraft clone but in a two dimensional platforming format. This worried me at first, making me feel as if I was buying in to a half-baked copy but I bought it on a whim due to the very affordable price, thinking to myself that even if it was a disappointment, I wouldn't be completely out of pocket. Installation -------------- I purchased my copy before the release of the new and exciting box art so I didn't have a clue what to expect, thankfully this opened the way for the feeling of opening a Christmas present. You never know what to expect but the build-up of excitement ensues as you slowly reveal the packaging. I was personally pleasantly surprised by the installation process; the box contained a hard backup of the game as well as a Steam key to activate it. Steam is one of the largest digital distribution platforms developed by the Valve Corporation. I already owned a steam account as I have had one for years so the process was simply just to click the 'Redeem Key' option on the main overlay. I can see this posing a problem for users who are not familiar with Steam. If you do not already have Steam on your computer, you will be required to download it, create a free account and then launch it before being able to register and play the game. The installer will take you through all these steps to ensure that it is a fast, fluid process. Once you have steam set up, the game will automatically update if required and then allow you to launch it. One major drawback of it being a digital copy is that it is definitely not DRM-free. This means that you will have very little control over when and where you can play the game. Currently, Steam requires an active internet connection to log in to your Steam account but one you have logged in, you can play any game while offline. To counter this system to allow you to play Terraria and other steam games without an internet connection on start-up, you can plan ahead and set your steam to 'Offline Mode' in your steam preferences. This means that the next time it logs in, it will access locally stored information to start up, allowing you to play Terraria and other games in an area without an internet connection. Menu's & Options ---------------------- Now we get in to the game itself. When you first start, you will be greeted by a very colourful art style at the main menu screen with a selection of options. Terraria has a variety of different graphics options, ensuring that it can be tailored to your computer specifications. After choosing, you can select either Single player or Multiplayer. The multiplayer option requires you to know the IP of the server you want to connect to as there is no in-game server browser. You can find a variety of server information on the internet or you can host your own using software such as Hamachi to create a server for you and your friends. The game itself ------------------- When you enter the game, you will be dropped in to a huge randomly generated world, filled with mysterious being and caverns filled to the brim with treasure. Alongside this, you will also see a random 'Guide' walking around; mine was called 'Geoffrey'. The guide gives you basic information and shows you what you can make with your current items as there is no in-game tutorial. By default, you will be placed in 'Easy Mode', bunnies hopping around the landscape and calming music playing around you. Until nightfall that is... There is no question that Terraria has quite the steep learning curve to new players as a hoard of shambling un-dead skip through the meadow, decapitating small pixel bunnies and poor little Geoffrey on their way. Once you have built a little house to store your supplies, you will be able to explore caves, mine small blocks, butcher dozens of different monsters and create your own adventure. The amount of equipment you will find will astonish you, there is such a wide variety of loot that you'll never know what to do with it. You could even tackle the dreaded 'Corruption' if you feel up for a challenge and wish to face against the Eater of worlds or even sit down and talk to a nice old man, stood next to his purple dungeon before having your face ripped off by the even presence dwelling inside him. If you feel really positive in your abilities, you could also dig a hole all the way to the depth of hell to challenge the 'Wall of Flesh'. Upon defeating this innocent little creature, a variety of changes will occur but I'm not going to spoil them for you. But on that note, have you ever been stabbed by the horn of an angry unicorn? The crafting System ------------------------ Terraria has a fantastic crafting system, making sure that if you want any specific item such as armour or a wide variety of weapons, you will have to collect the materials piece by piece before smelting them and finally creating something you will be proud to be torn apart while wearing/ equipping. To help new players discover each recipe, the guide will offer a unique service, allowing the player to drag and drop things from their inventory in to a small box when talking to him. All the items that use the specific item you selected will then be listen alongside exactly what you need to make them. Is it worth purchasing? ---------------------------- With all these astonishing features all rolled in to one pretty package, I would definitely recommend this game to anyone with a computer. It will immerse you in a huge adventure, merging the lines between reality and a world of magical loot and general torment. I have put in a total of 94 hours in to this game and I have barely scratched its potential. I challenge you to beat me. I would rate this game as a near perfect 5/5, as it is one of a kind game, defining retro platforming with a modern twist. The only thing that drags this game down is the DRM system in place for users without a reliable internet connection.
When I first heard of Terraria, it was described to me as a 2D version of Minecraft. This was a good enough reason for me to have a look at the game. While the game has some similar themes to Minecraft, Terraria is a great game on its own merits. Terraria has a pretty basic concept. You start out in a randomly generated world, and you then set about crafting tools, finding items and building yourself a house (or castle) to protect yourself from enemies. The game has a day and night cycle, with different enemies spawning on the surface depending on the time of day. While the enemies on the surface around where you spawn aren't too difficult, mostly slime blobs during the day and zombies and flying eyeballs during the night, there are many different enemies to battle depending on where you are in the game. The landscape is made up of many different environments, with different enemies in each area. The game also increases in difficulty the further you dig down into the world. Exploring the world results in greater rewards, the more you explore the more items you will find, and harder enemies will generally drop better objects and more money. There are also secret areas that will quite often contain good items should you find them. As you build your castle and add more rooms, NPC characters will move in, which will allow you to buy different items which can help you out in the game. You can also buy things to help you craft more items. Crafting items is extremely important to the game, as it allows you to create better weapons, stronger armour, and also items that will allow you to summon bosses. These bosses are much more difficult than regular enemies, but will offer great rewards should you defeat them. You can either play the game on your own, or join others and fight along side them. This can make the game easier, although it also means you will end up battling over items that are dropped. The game now also has the ability for PvP games. This allows two teams to fight each other within the Terraria world, which defiantly adds more to the game if you ever feel tired of playing the regular game. While the game is available to download, the collectors edition comes with several extra things as an incentive to buy the collectors edition. Included with the game alongside the disc is a poster that has a basic Terraria landscape on the one side and a poster of the enemies and NPCs in the game on the other side. Also included is a pickaxe keyring and a set of Terraria trading cards. The collectors edition also allows you to spawn a pet bunny in game, though it has no obvious effect on the game.
I bought this game based solely on its pretty case and cover which shows a pixellated scene including monsters, vampires, unicorns, wizards and a strange flying eye monster. I had no idea what it was going to be about but im a sucker for a nice front cover so off I went to the counter to purchase it. I had heard a few people say it was like Minecraft, but as I had never played that either I really didnt know what to expect. The general aim of the game is to explore the world around you, collecting materials and artifacts and building your own little castle/town/village - whatever you want really. You start off with a little pixel person which you get to design yourself by choosing male or female, the colour of their clothes, style of their hair etc and then a name. Once you explore and start collecting materials such as wood and stone you can start to build yourself a house, and a few houses for other people too. As you progress more people move into your town, most of them useful members of society such as bomb specialists and nurses, which allow you to purchase weapons and extra health. The worlds have several areas and levels such as 'corruption' which is a dangerous land filled with monsters, then theres the underground which is filled with precious stones and underground caverns filled with strange objects and artifacts, and if you dig deep enough you can tunnel all the way down to hell which is filled with pools of molten lava and houses some giant nasties. The more materials and objects you collect the more new objects and materials you can make, such as a table and chairs for your house, new weapons and armour, lamp posts, benches, chandeliers, golden swords so you can kill monsters easier. You can also learn magic and summon bigger demons to kill to enhance your reputation. I still dont fully understand the aim of the game but it seems to never end, it is highly addictive tunneling around and underground and exploring the jungles, corruption and deserts above ground - and I get giddy with excitement when I find something new - which is still happening even after 40+ hours spent on the game. Overall I would definitely recommend it, its highly addictive, great fun - easy to play once you get the hang of it all and it seems to never end. It retails for around £15 in shops but I know steam had it on sale not too long ago for around £3 - which is an absolute bargain! My favourite thing about it is probably the way it looks, I love the brightly coloured pixellated world of terraria and it takes me back to the retro days of gaming when I was younger. Definitely one of my favourite games of the year!