Terraria Review

Game Information

Genre: 

Survival, Adventure, Sandbox

Price: 

$9.99

Released: 

Aug 14, 2015

Reviewed On: 

OS X 10.11, 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6770 512 MB

Despite being an older game, Terraria is still worth talking about. Terraria is a fantastic 2D world building type game comparable to Minecraft (though distinctly different). With its large selection of bosses and items, if you find yourself getting bored you probably just don’t know how to play (look at the wiki perhaps).

Sadly the first few times I played I had almost no idea what I was supposed to be doing due to Terraria’s severely poor (almost non-existent) tutorial. However, after a bit of reading on the Wiki and watching a few YouTube videos, I managed to get the hang of the basics well enough that if I needed to know something I’d know what to look for on the Wiki.

When I first started playing, I was rather off-put by the fact that it was a two-dimensional game, but after a few minutes, you’ll start to see that it works in this game's favor as it makes it feel a bit like a sidescrolling platformer despite being a sandbox adventure game.

Gameplay in Terraria is straightforward once you’ve got the hang of the basics. Terraria is fairly open-ended in the sense that the game never ends. As you move forward defeating bosses and obtaining/crafting better gear, you will eventually enter hard mode. Once you have entered hard mode a load of new content will be unlocked, including new bosses, items and biomes.

While this game is fun single-player, it is certainly better with friends. Don’t have any friends who have Terraria? No problem, there are plenty of public servers that you can join as well.

As you play, you’ll find the 2D pixel art graphics and sound fx complement each other wonderfully. Terraria also has some excellent background music that again adds to the immersion of the game.

If you’ve got relatively low specs on your mac, never fear. Terraria will run quite happily on most older Macs due to it having a very small overhead when compared with most modern games released around the same time.

All that being said, at £6.99 Terraria is a must have for any Mac gamers library and will devour more hours than the Eater of Worlds ever could.

Terraria was reviewed using a copy from the writers Steam library. Read more on MacGameCast's review and ethics policy here.

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