Game Review: Terraria (Pc)
Check out my review of the indie, RPG, action game, Terraria.
Terraria, a fantastic world for all gamers alike. Terraria has been released for a few months now and has grown very popular, hitting top-selling game on Steam the first week of release. Let me tell you, Re-Logic has done a wonderful job crafting this artwork. Almost everything (I said ALMOST) is perfect in the game, though there are a few downs. When Terraria was still in Alpha, there were mixed reviews of it; it’s a rip-off of Minecraft, this game looks awesome, or I think Minecraft is better than this crap. But the day of release, it hit over 200,000 copies sold in the first week. That’s quite a lot. I myself, bought the 4-pack for my buddies and I, let me tell you, I didn’t regret buying it one bit. For a mere $10, it is quite a bargain. Not only that, Re-Logic is giving free updates from time to time.
Now, fast-foward to today (July, 2011), Terraria has grown to be ever more awesome, now in v1.0.5, it has been one of the biggest update for this little sandbox game (don’t get me started on the upcoming update, v1.0.6). Now let’s get on to the review, today I’ll be reviewing Terraria’s: unique concept, gorgeous 16-bit graphics, dull sound, and its overall entertainment.
Warning: The following paragraph contains mild spoilers
You start Terraria with a copper shortsword (to defend yourself with), a copper pickaxe (to gather dirt, metals, stone, etc.), and a copper axe (to I don’t know, cut down trees?). The first thing you’d probably want to do is gather wood (as wood is an essential in almost every survival game), and then make a house. I made my house a little 2-story house, which I kept expanding on. Next thing you’d probably do is go raid a few caves, hopefully finding a crystal heart. Now, I remember playing Terraria for the first time and I found a crystal heart, and I had no idea how to get it. After a few hours of trying to get it, I finally relied on Google to help me. Of course, you have to make a HAMMER… Duh. So, after that, it’s pretty self-explanatory. What I would do is go get at least silver armor then I would summon a boss called “Eye of Cthulu.” And killing it one or two times would give me a “Nightmare Pickaxe” (which you craft…) and that pickaxe would allow me to mine through ebonstone which is found in an interesting biome called “Corruption.” The Corruption is one interesting biome actually, as it slowly spreads, infecting your world. And the only way to stop it is use sunflowers. So, in a way, I think this game is trying to tell us to protect nature. Anyways, with my newly made pickaxe, I would be able to break away ebonstone and destroy these “Shadow Orbs.” And breaking these Shadow Orbs triggers an event in which a meteor crashes somewhere in your world. Mining meteor gives you newer and better gear to fight off monsters even more easily. After that, all there is to do is raid the dungeon (or go raid the jungle), the Dungeon, unlike Minecraft, is a maze, containing chests, spikes, and strong monsters. But before you go do all that, you have to fight the NPC “Old Man.” You’d probably think, oh, I could CUT through this guy like nothing. Now, I would go on, but it would be very spoiling, so you should get the game to find out yourself.