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Terraria (2013) looks like a 2D, lesser version of Minecraft. However, this is a game every bit as complex and creative as the better-known block-building game. To the world-crafting and survival, it adds hundreds of items to collect, characters to defeat and bosses to battle.

Like Minecraft, Terraria is a game that has developed and improved over the years as its developers have released updates. This means that playing on a new device will grant you access to the latest version of the game. A new Terraria Journey's End version of the game offers new items, foes, creatures and even a little Golf mini-game. It also adds new difficulty modes and enhanced weather effects.

It's essentially, an action-adventure open-world game with a focus on exploration, crafting, building, and combat. You start with just three basic tools: a pickaxe for digging, a sword for combat, and an axe for woodcutting. Many resources, notably ores, can be found while exploring caves. You must use the resources you find to craft new items and equipment.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Terraria 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated today.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Terraria. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Strategy game with Action, Collecting, Fighting, Platform, Shooting, Simulation and World Building elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game. You complete the game by building up enough weapons, armour and equipment to take on the big boss enemies. The time to do this varies depending on your particular map, and strategy to develop through the game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 50 hours and 80 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Violence. Gameplay is based around collecting materials - cutting down trees and mining to build houses to protect you from hordes of zombies at night. During the day you can also be attacked by small green blobs. All violence in the game is non-realistic although there are some blood effects and characters break up when killed. Also, the characters are borderline non-detailed. There are online interactions with other players.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Violence.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to persevere and have the imagination that inspires you to take on big challenges. There's some detailed control of the characters and the building of structures. You can play the game in Journey (creative) mode for younger players. It also lets you progress at your own pace. Older, more skilful, players will focus more on progression.

Account Rating

  • You need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita.
  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

Terraria usually costs £8.50.
 

Terraria

Steam Store PC £8.50 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Steam Store Mac £8.50
XBox Store Xbox One Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox X|S Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

Switch Store Switch -

Terraria – PlayStation4 Edition

PlayStation Store PS4 Free Free

PS Plus Extra

PlayStation Store PS5 Free Free

PS Plus Extra

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/11/2013, updated in 2019

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (8 online)

Genres: Adventure, Strategy (Action, Collecting, Fighting, Platform, Shooting, Simulation and World Building)

Accessibility: 25 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Blocks, Day and Night, Persistant World, Pixels and Weather

Developer: Terraria Logic (@Terraria_Logic)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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