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Reviews By Kids, For Kids: Terraria

Terraria is an awesome new game that is similar to Minecraft, but it is 2D. It is similar to Minecraft as in the way the game is played – you go around cutting down trees, building bases, slaying monsters, and searching for treasures. The big benefit that comes with Terraria is that it has TONS more content. Terraria is more of a game where you level up your character by getting better equipment, where as Minecraft is mainly about getting enough materials to build things. This game is good for kids that are 9+, because it’s a little complicated and has a little blood. I highly recommend this game to people that love Minecraft and other RPG games.  Check out our video review of Terraria in multiplayer mode below!

Special guest review by Chaofruit and Berreh

Combat in Terraria

Combat in Terraria is big enough to be a whole subject. There are weapon types, unique monsters, and armor. Weapons are graded in damage or magic damage, speed, and looks. The speed is how fast you use the weapon, striking the enemy faster to do more damage. The damage is used to kill the enemy (or enemies) with one strike. The looks is to make your character look better than normal people.

The types of weapons are swords, wands, bows, and flails. Your beginning sword can only stab, striking only ground enemies and being harder to use. Other swords swing around your head, even striking enemies that jump on top of you (such as the slime). Wands are used to use spells to attack enemies. Magic missile is a spell that allows you to move a missile with your mouse and attack an enemy. You do not start out with a wand. Bows are really easy to make and use arrows as ammo. Arrows are made with stone and wood. Bows have different types of arrows you can find, such as the unholy arrow and the jester arrow. Flails are huge spiky balls that you throw at a group of enemies. The enemies get hurt as soon as they touch the spiky ball. You can toss a flail and let go of left mouse click to pull the flail back in.

Armor is can also be used for some of these weapons. Demonite armor gives the user 7% + combat speed per part of the armor you wear, Necro armor gives the user +4% ranged damage per piece of armor equipped, and Meteor armor gives the user magic boosts.

My favorite weapon is the Flail and my least favorite weapon is the sword. I think that if you want to do something in Terraria, you should gather weapons and armor to fight enemies.

By John, age 14.


A little more information about Terraria

“Dig, fight, explore, build! Nothing is impossible in this action-packed adventure game. The world is your canvas and the ground itself is your paint.”

The hot game in our house this week is Terraria, the new RPG adventure building survival game released in May 2011 by Re-Logic.  Designed as a 2D sidescrolling game with old style 16 bit sprites and graphics, you can explore the randomly generated world of Terraria, craft equipment and gear, and fight monsters day (slimes) and night (zombies).

Terraria has customizable avatars, single or multiplayer mode, and you can choose to play in either softcore, mediumcore, or hardcore gameplay mode.   It has crafting, mining, building, exploring, gardening, PvP, dungeons with bosses and treasures, and The Corruption – which is reminiscent of the Toxic Jungle in Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa.  But I think the best part is you can play with your friends in non-glitchy multiplayer mode.

According to Wikipedia:

Terraria is noted for its similarity to Minecraft and classic exploration/adventure titles such as Metroid. Basic gameplay features day/night cycles, aggressive nocturnal attackers such as zombies and floating eyeballs, world-building elements and character advancement based on increases to health/mana and equipment found while exploring. The game has a tile-based graphical style reminiscent of the 16-bit sprites found in video games released for the SNES.

Terraria is available on Steam for $9.99 (4 pack for $29.99), and setting up a Steam account on your PC is free.

Just starting out? Check out this Getting Started Guide, which tells you how to create your character and world, build your first home, defend your home, and all about mining.

Terraria offers versatile and fun gameplay for a great price, and the kids love setting up their own password coded server and playing together and with their friends.

Oh, and watch out for the Blood Moon. Just warnin’ ya.

For more information: – Official Terraria site  – Official Forums, Wiki


@Terraria_Blue – Twitter

Official Trailer:

5 replies on “Reviews By Kids, For Kids: Terraria”

if you can do this thank you so much sir.

can you make a game of terraria but 3d?…and more stuff to have to adventure for and more bosses?

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