Try-It Tuesday: TERRARIA

My husband and kids played a lot of TERRARIA on PS3 about five or six years ago, but I guess I was too busy playing Skyrim, Fallout: New Vegas or maybe Dishonored back then, so I never got into it. I found the game on sale for only $2.99 for PS4, so I added it to my Try-It Tuesday lineup.

TERRARIA is a 2D action-adventure sandbox video game developed by Re-Logic, available for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, PS4, Xbox One, OS X, Linux, Nintendo 3DS, Wii  and Nintendo Switch. By February 2017, the game had sold over 20 million copies across all platforms.

At a glance, it seems simple. A side-scrolling 2D version of Minecraft with lots of mining and crafting, cutesy graphics and happy music. But, scratch the surface, and it’s much more complicated — and dark — than one might think. I spent two hours just doing the tutorial and was torn to pieces by an Eater of Souls, snapped in half by a Devourer, and slain by Jungle Slime.

Creative players can build houses, castles, villages, temples, gardens and more. Adventurous players can explore jungles, dungeons, deserts, forests, oceans, and even a space realm of floating islands and harpies, or delve into the depths of the Underworld to fight demons, hellbats and the Wall of Flesh, whose defeat unlocks a whole new realm of unicorns, pixies and rainbow slime called the Hallow.

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There are single-player and multi-player options. A recent update added Martian Madness, Celestial pillars, a Moonlord, Sky Lakes, and over 800 new items.

TERRARIA is rated “T” for teens, for Blood and Gore, Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol. Learn more at TERRARIA.org.

~ J.L. Hilton

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