What do you get when you take classic 16 Bit graphics, Minecraft and an RPG? Terraria of course! This fun twist on the Block Building genre may at first appear to be a clear cut Minecraft clone, but as you dig yourself deeper into the game, you’ll soon realize just how immersive Terraria really is.
Gameplay for Terraria is both a simple yet complex. When you first load up the game, you will encounter a friendly guide who will take you through the gameplay basics. The controls are easy to grasp, and you’ll soon be off adventuring in no time. As you explore, you’ll find chests, ores and monsters along your way. Dig, Fight and Explore to find the best gear, and as you progress through the game even better gear will become available to you. As you pick up the gear however, the inventory system will leave you scratching your head. While a bit difficult at first, you’ll soon learn how to use it to its full potential and be collecting items along your way. But Terraria isn’t all about finding loot underground. As you progress, you will encounter items that summon bosses, extremely hard enemies. While they’d spawn at night randomly, they are most commonly fought with these summoners. Don’t run head on into these boss fights though; without the proper gear you’ll soon see yourself dying repeatedly until the morning light.
Beating these bosses will give you better equipment, and soon you’ll have chests bursting with loot and a pocket full of gold. One of the most interesting features of Terraria is the NPC housing system. Wherever you set up your dwelling, you can construct additional rooms of a satisfactory height and width to allow NPC’s to move in. You’ll need some furniture and light to get them in the room, but once you do, they are an invaluable asset to you. You use these NPC’s to buy ammo for your guns, more magic spells or clothing and other misc. items. They all have a use, and if you’re missing one, you can be assured they are important.
One of the most vital gameplay features of terraria is its building system. While difficult to control on the Xbox (Unless you switch your cursor mode), it is a powerful tool to grasp, allowing you to set up traps, spawn health, and create your perfect dream house. With a huge variety of blocks available to you, as well as large selection of furniture, the possibilities are endless.
Terraria is one of those rare titles which uses the 16 bit art style, but uses it well. The graphics are gorgeous, and the contrasting light affects between the sunny daytime to the pitch black night are astounding. Characters are crisp and sharp, particle effects are beautiful and the bunnies in the grass are astounding. You’ll learn to love these graphics almost instantly, and love them with a passion. The developers have spent many an hour crafting each and every item (Of which there are thousands), to make every weapon unique. Terraria is a game which will leave your eyes begging for more. It’s just that good.
Terraria isn’t all about the Graphics however. Terraria wouldn’t have half of its charm without its breath taking music. Every track is unique and fits the particular area, for instance while you soak up the sun on the surface along at a cheery daytime tune, you’ll be dungeon crawling deep underground along to a melancholy melody. The music is superb, and each track is well crafted and seamlessly switches whenever you enter a new area, or the time of day changes.
You will find this same level of detail right down to the enemy sounds. Each enemy has a unique sound to go along with them, from the clinking of bones from a skeleton to the hungry growls of a werewolf. Each and every enemy is unique by sound, and you’ll be able to tell exactly what you’re up against just by sound alone.
Overall, terraria is quite possibly the best indie game of the decade. With immersive gameplay, quirky graphics which will leave you smiling and crying as you play, and music to die for, you’d be hard pressed to find a game better than Terraria. Terraria can be purchased on Steam for US$10, or on Xbox 360 Live Arcade for US$15.