Terraria: a 2D Masterpiece of Sprawling Worlds

A player stands in golden armor besides a “slime” monster, not far away from a bunny and another player.

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A player stands in golden armor besides a “slime” monster, not far away from a bunny and another player.

Brandon Larsson, Staff Writer

Welcome to the magical world of Terraria. A world where anything can be accomplished, only limited by your imagination and your willingness to explore. Do you want to summon the Eye of Cthulhu? How about cruising the skies with your wings? Maybe craft the

Terrablade, the most powerful sword in the game? That might take a while!
All of this and much more can be done in Terraria. Terraria is a 2011 2D side-scrolling adventure game created by Re-Logic, a company founded in the very same year. Over 550 exciting weapons, 30 hand-crafted bosses, and 4000 completely unique items fill these sprawling worlds.

In each world, ranging from small-large, there are around 7 biomes in it. These include the desert, jungle, snow, forest, and even hell. Among these are the sinister Crimson/Corruption, evil biomes with dark intentions. These infect your world, causing deadly monsters and bloody Demon Alters to spawn, which can lead to your entire world being consumed if action is not taken. Fortunately, The Dryad NPC sells a remedy to keep it at bay.

In almost all adventure games there are NPCs (Non-Player Characters) that you can interact with, but in Terraria it is more than interacting. From Gleaming white steeds to huge cannons, NPC’s sell everything under the moon. The remedy that the Dryad sells is called Purification Powder, and with one swipe your terrifying Crimson/Corruption can turn into a humble forest. Some examples of Terraria NPCs are the Pirate, the Zoologist, the Steampunker, and the Goblin Tinkerer. Some NPCs, like the Zoologist, sell different things during a Blood Moon, one of the events in the game.

In Terraria, exciting events can occur. These are really helpful most of the time, but sometimes they can be computer-crushingly difficult. The Pirate Invasion, for example, can stump early Hardmode players. The Goblin Army is mildly difficult, but, if you know what you’re doing, you can get some serious loot. Martian Madness is a relatively new event, released in May 2020, and it is seriously hard. A giant spaceship with a 1-shot 1-kill laser spawns little spaceships with the sole mission of killing you. All of these can be overcome with the right weapons and a little luck.

Swords. They’re everywhere, but in every game, there is a problem with them. The problem is that to get a sword in a game you need to do some quest or kill some monster. Do you know what Re-Logic thinks? This is too easy! Every sword has its own set of rare ingredients. Terraria also has some awesome weapons that make the game effortless. Do you want a sword that shoots rainbow Nyan Cat heads at the enemy? Try Meowmere. How about making stars fall from the sky and rip your enemy to shreds? Have fun with Star Fury. Finally, do you want a giant blue sword that shoots little multicolored spinning swords that do 190 damage? No joke, it’s called the Zenith.

Bosses are the core part of Terraria. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to get even half the equipment to beat the final, hardest boss, The Moon Lord. Some bosses include the Eye of Cthulhu, a giant floating eye, Plantera, a pink flower that shoots poisonous darts, and the evil Destroyer, a mechanical worm with metal probes that can go through walls that shoots killer lasers!

All in all, Terraria is an amazing game with beautiful graphics and lots of things to do. In this dreary world of masks and Covid, we all need a colorful, exciting place to let go. Terraria costs $10 on Steam and $20 on both Xbox One and Playstation 4. Using only 200 MB, it takes around 20 seconds to download on PC, for those who want to play now! On console, it takes around 350-400 MB.

Enjoy the game!