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Terraria Review

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Posted: 16 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Terraria 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, 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.

DetailsGame Details


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

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Stadia, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @Terraria_Logic


Duration: This game will take between 50 hours and 80 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online. 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.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You will need PlayStation Plus to play online with PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita.
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One.
You will need Xbox Live Gold to play online with Xbox 360.
You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch.
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 12 with frequent mild violence. The examiner's report expands this rating with the following: 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.

ESRB TEEN with Alcohol Reference, Blood and Gore, Cartoon Violence and Mild Suggestive Themes

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.


This game supports accessibility in the following ways:
  • Difficulty: Extensive difficulty settings. In addition to the general settings, in Journey mode you can set how many enemies can appear at once (or turn them off). You can select a godmode, increased placement range of items and disable infection spreading. You can also speed research and instantly duplicate items.
  • Reading: There is a lot of reading of small text in the game that pops up to tell you what you can do with items. You can make the text bigger via the UI Scale in the pause menu, but this also makes other visual guidance bigger.
  • Controls: You can remap the keys and buttons. You can change the cursor colour and border. Can access Smart Cursor by tapping rather than holding. Quick Wall Replace and Quick Trash options reduce the number of presses to build or dispose of items. On Switch, you can use the touch-screen to use items and access inventory/map.
  • Image calibration: New items are highlighted with a bright border. You can disable the background images and visual effects like storms. You can disable the map. You can turn off gore. You can scale the UI up to double the size and specify a zoom via the menu. On console, you can use the left/right triggers to set a zoom while paused. On Switch, you can pinch on the touch screen to zoom in.
  • Audio calibration: You can change the volume of music, game sounds and environmental sounds.
System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Stadia offers some system accessibility features. Tandem enables you to use two controllers to play one character. This also enables you to connect other controllers like the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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