February 24, 2023Terraria Review (A Fun 2023 Game Review)

Terraria was first released in 2011. That’s well over 12 years already, and yet Terraria still continues to amass a huge number of players all over the world and is still one of the best-ranked indie games to date. When the game was first released, it got the title “2D Minecraft.” But as the years went by, it started to gain recognition apart from being known as “2D Minecraft,” as everybody was saying. So, 12 years later, is it still worth playing in 2023? Let’s find out in our Terraria Review!

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Release Date: May 17, 2011,
Developer/Publisher: Re-Logic/Re-Logic
Genre: Action-Adventure, RPG, Open-World, Survival, 2D, Sandbox game
Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox, Series X/S, macOS, Linux, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia
Metacritic Score: 83%
Steam Review: Overwhelmingly Positive
  • The Steam Awards 2021: Labor of Love Award

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Terraria is known to be a 2D version of Minecraft; however, there’s actually more to it aside from it being 2D. Over the years, Terraria has grown into one of the best exploration, crafting, and 2D games on the market. It’s quite similar to Minecraft with all the building, crafting, and survival aspects of the game, but one of its key differences is that Terraria actually focuses more on combat and exploring deep down in the caves and mines of the game, which we’ll talk about more later on.

Terraria starts by letting you customize your own character and then throws you into a beautifully constructed 2D pixelated world full of greenery, mines, monsters, and other villagers. You have nothing more than a few tools to start with. But as you go on, you’ll start to realize that everything in the world is destructible. So, with the handful of tools you have on you, you can start to gather and collect different materials to build tools and create other cool things.

Breaking blocks lets you collect the different resources you need to build things like stone, iron, wood, and much more. And when you slay monsters like skeletons, cave bats, crimeras, wall creepers, and more, you’re able to collect rarer resources. You can also get these rare resources as you go deeper into the caves or mines. The materials you collect allow you to build different things, ranging from weapons to kill monsters to a monster-proof haven. Your world is your oyster.

Since Terraria’s gameplay heavily relies on foraging for different resources all around the world and what you can create with these resources, the sense of exploring every inch, crook, and nook of Terraria’s world will become your driving force. Compared to Minecraft, where you heavily stay on the surface, in Terraria, you’re much more inclined to go deeper down to find different resources and battle off with different monsters and bosses. After your adventure deep down, you can begin to climb back up and take a breather.

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Compared to life underground, where no matter the time, it is dangerous, life on the surface of Terraria during the daytime is relatively safer. Life underground is all about surviving against the different monsters and bosses that you may encounter while searching for resources. Although the safe and sound surface sounds quite enticing, the world of the underworld is much more enticing and intriguing to play for someone who seeks action and combat.

Everything you need to survive and build is right under the surface. But of course, as I’ve mentioned, you have to go to the deepest depths of the underground world to find the rarest resources. As you continue digging for ore and other resources, you’ll eventually uncover the homes of the different monsters that lie deep within the underworld. Once you kill these monsters, they will drop coins that you can use to buy shop items. But if you get killed by these monsters, you’ll re-spawn on the surface, which means you lose your coin stash and would have to go deep down again just to kill the monster that killed you.

Now, life on the surface during the daytime is beautiful and safe. You can go pick flowers, chop trees to get wood, roam around, talk to the villagers you encounter, and you won’t encounter strong monsters. The daytime is also the best time to build your fortress. The fortress you build will attract very helpful NPC villagers. But when the nighttime dawns, you’re going to experience similar events that happen underground. Floating monsters will come at you, zombies will hoard and attack you, and you’ll have a more challenging time seeing. So, build a tall and sturdy fortress for you to stay in during the night.

Another factor of the game that I quite enjoyed is the fact that everything in the world of Terraria is destructible, meaning, you can create almost anything and everything with the different components of the world around you. There are several different weapons you can build to help you slay different bosses in the game. You can also build other useful equipment, like grappling hooks to help you navigate the underworld easily and protective equipment to lessen the damage of monsters. I became quite obsessed with finding rare items or resources to build the craziest weapons I could.

One thing that I actually love and hate about Terraria is the fact that it doesn’t have a story. You just go on about exploring different areas of the world, slaying monsters, building fortresses, and building weapons and equipment, and that’s about it. I love and hate this idea because, in my opinion, it can get quite boring in the long run.

But if you’re someone who likes games that have no initial story or goal in store for you and let you just do your thing, then Terraria will be a hit for you. But for some who look for a story and a goal, you might be hesitant to play this game. Other than the fact that it doesn’t have a story, Terraria is actually a very fun game.

One way to make this game a lot more fun is that you can actually play with your friends. You can connect with your friends and go on different adventures with them within the Terraria world, which makes it so much fun compared to when you’re playing in single-player mode. This feature is actually the one that made me play the game. Without it, I don’t think I’d personally play it for hours.

Final Verdict

So, is Terraria still worth playing in 2023? For me, yes! It’s definitely still worth playing, even after 12 years since its initial release.

It’s a game that keeps you intrigued with the different resources you can collect, the things you can build with these resources, and the different monsters you can slay. Terraria is a game that, even after playing for several hours, will still show you something that will surprise you. Even after hours of gameplay, I can definitely say that I haven’t even scratched the surface of the game. It’s a game that keeps on giving, which makes it worth playing in 2023. Moreover, it’s still getting updates to this day.

So, give it a try and let us know what you think of it!

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