"Another Little Sandbox Game"
Terraria is an interesting take on the sandbox genre. The game wants you to explore dark caverns, fight monsters, and build using the materials you collect. It's similar to Minecraft in the sense that you can wander around the world and do whatever you want. You can gather supplies and build stuff, but it doesn't feel as deep as Minecraft.
The building mechanics are a bit sloppy, and sometimes it's hard to pinpoint exactly where you want to build something. Your materials don't exactly stand out from the rest of the environment, so it feels like you are just manipulating the environment as opposed to building structures.
Freedom shines in Terraria; you can basically wander around the world digging for minerals and fighting monsters off. There is no goal, end game, or story Terraria is all about exploration. The world is randomly generated when you play, so you'll never experience the same mineral deposits or terrain. There are some cool environmental changes as well as you progress through the world; the enemies get stronger and harder to kill, and different materials like sand and water actually change and move as your cut through the environment. The game also includes an online multiplayer mode allowing you and others to explore the world together. There is also a really nice character creation tool that lets you customize the way you look along with colors and hair styles.
While Terraria is an interesting idea and it works pretty well, the novelty wears off fast. The building mechanics aren't as fun as they should be, which is upsetting in a game that's all about playing in a sandbox. Terraria feels weird on consoles, unfortunately. The game is more suitable for the Vita or 3DS. It seems like the kind of game you pick up for a few minutes at a time, maybe on the train or on the go. It doesn't feel like a game you sit on your couch for hours and play. Luckily, it looks like it'll be released on Vita in a few months.
Still, Terraria is a good idea, and it's fun for a while. For the price, you get a fun little game with online multiplayer and lots of customization options.
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