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The Severely Underrated 2D Adventure Game: Terraria

Quintin Patel
Quintin Patel and my Ronin Patel fighting the Eye of Cthulhu in Terraria. Photo taken December 2nd

Dig, fight, and explore! This game is not the 2D Minecraft clone you have been told. Terraria is a land of excitement and adventure, with many treasures waiting to be discovered.

Terraria was made back in April of 2011 by a team called Re-Logic that was directed by Redigit- or Andrew Spinks. When it was first released, it lacked a lot of the content it has now, such as only having three bosses. Today, Terraria is the 11th most popular game ever, with over 44.5 million copies sold.

The world of Terraria is full of color and uniqueness, with over 19 biomes discoverable in one playthrough! From the strange and mystic Glowing Mushroom biome, the calm and tranquil Ocean biome, the evil and twisted Corruption biome to the high-up and isolated Sky/Space biome, Terraria definitely knows how to add color to their world.

One of the best parts about Terraria is the enemies: while Minecraft has only 79 Mobs (creatures), Terraria has a whopping 356 Enemies and 91 different critters (Critters are creatures that don’t deal damage to the player). In a stronger example, Terraria’s creatures are mostly, if not, entirely, biome-specific; whereas Minecraft will spawn mostly the same creatures, sparing only a small amount of biome unique exceptions.

Terraria also has game events, with classics like the Blood Moon and Goblin Army, to more newcomers like the Lunar Events and Martian Madness. Terraria even has seasonal-exclusive content. During the months of October and December, Halloween Goodie bags or Christmas Presents will drop from Enemies, yielding a large variety of Halloween and Christmas-themed items will drop when you left-click them, they even have their own very difficult events: The Pumpkin and Frost Moons, respectively.

Terraria’s strongest aspect is what Minecraft lacks most of, the bosses. Minecraft’s only bosses include the Wither and Ender Dragon, which are lackluster. Terraria, on the other hand, makes up for this by having a large selection of 31 bosses that you can fight in a given world, 14 of which are exclusive to the in-game events mentioned. They are also very unique and have personalized twists in order to summon them. Some are obscure to summon, but others can be summoned really easily or even by accident.

Terraria seems very combat heavy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do any building in it. Terraria has over 5,000 items for you to build with. Most notably, unlike Minecraft, where you add some signs to the sides of a stair and pretend it’s a chair, Terraria has a variety of different chairs to choose from, over 40 options! Terraria doesn’t only have that kind of variety for just chairs, however, it even gives you a wide selection of sinks, dressers, bookcases, lamps, and even toilets.

Despite its wide selection of materials, Terraria however, lacks 3D Building. Instead of having all blocks being walls, it has specific background walls that you can place in your house, which artificially placed background tiles have a similar effect to the monster-repelling Minecraft torch.

You can play Terraria on multiple hardwares, such as desktops like Mac, PC, and Linux. It can run on many consoles like the PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. If you have a phone you can also play Terraria too. Terraria is also available for older generation consoles, like the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Vita, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS, but on older versions(1.2.4 or 1.2.2 if 3DS) instead and with exclusive content.

If you want to try out Terraria but are worried about its cost, don’t be! It is only $10.00 on Steam and has not increased its price on desktop since its initial release in May, 2011. Talk about dedication! Terraria is definitely a game where you still like building, but feel like other aspects are missing, while you don’t get free 3D movement like Minecraft, there is so much you can do to mold your own Terraria experience.

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Quintin Patel
Quintin Patel, Staff Writer

Quintin is quite the interesting character. Quintin is  a ninth grader who has not had any Journalism experience before; however, he is very eager to learn. Quintin hopes that this course can improve his writing skills and help him become a better writer.

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