Terraria is a game that will keep on going for a long time. There is so much to do, so much to explore and so much to make in this 2D Minecraft-style platform game. The collectors edition version of the game, developed by Headup Games & RE-LOGIC and published by indie game masters MergeGames presents exceptional value for the small price the release costs. Read on for our full review and more information on what this game is about…

In the colourful, 8-bit land in which you begin the game, everything will seem peaceful, calm and unpopulated, but what the player doesn’t realise is that there is much more than meets the eye to this platformer/Minecraft style game. A wealth of interesting underground caves, populated towns, monsters and building opportunities await you. As you explore downwards, you will find more and more valuable materials, along with stranger and stranger creatures waiting for you.

Building is made very fun in Terraria, and, when you build a large area, people and creatures will come to live, sell and threaten upon your land. Boss fights, bizarre settlements and colourful worlds are available everywhere in Terraria, as the trailer above demonstrates. Unfortunately, the opening of the game isn’t very helpful in getting you used to the basics, however, once you get going (by the way, to get started, you have to build a shelter – however, this is not communicated very well), the world is your oyster. The vivid and crazy world of Terraria will come to life and throw all sorts of experiences at you that you may never have experienced before in video gaming.

So, back to the start… after building your shelter, you will be able to take advantage of a wider toolset. Guns, explosives, tools, other weapons, armour and appliances will be available to craft from the materials in the world around you, however, you will need to go looking. If you are looking for something valuable, perhaps underground would be an idea, or, you could attempt to steal from others, but, if you are feeling very moral, bartering is an option in Terraria, allowing you to purchase goods from people in the vicinity.

There are no goals or aims in Terraria, other than the ones you set yourself. You choose how the game goes and you choose what your game is going to be, there is complete room for creativity and the tools available to you are more powerful than those in Minecraft. Also, the world goes VERY, VERY, VERY deep down (ie. it would take a ridiculous amount of time to reach the bottom), so, if you want valuables, get ready to invest some time in the game and get ready to fight some tough creatures in doing so!

After exploring for a while, you are certainly going to need the next tier of tools to work with – not only for mining, but for fending off the increasingly dangerous, but beautiful designed, wacky enemies deep down in the game’s underground. When you find the material you’ve been looking for, an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment will fill you up inside – there is something about Terraria that other games just do not have.

So, to round up, the vast scope to which this game can be explorer is phenomenal, and this game will certainly give you value for the already low asking price, provided you have time to invest in the game. The only real negative is the bad starting hours of the game, which aren’t explained too well. Overall however, Terraria is an excellent purchase and gives some nice support to Indie developers.

To purchase a PC copy of the Terraria Collectors Edition, which includes an exclusive character, art cards and a poster, as well as a Steam copy of the game, visit the MergeGames Store now for the best prices!