Terraria is a action rpg indie game. It was released by the game studio re-logic. The game uses exploration, crafting, building structures, and combat with many different creatures. Released on may 16 2011, it had sold about 50,000 copies within the first day of release, and it peaked to 17,000 players online at the same time on the first day. During the first week 200,000 copies of the game were sold making it the top selling game on steam for the first week. This was ahead of games such as witcher 2, and portal 2, it had eventually dropped to the number 2 spot by the end of the 6th day of release.
Terraria is known for its similarity to minecraft and adventure/exploration games such as Metroid. Normal gameplay features, day and night cycles, aggressive nocturnal attackers such as zombies and floating eyeballs, world building elements, and character advancement. The game has a tile base 16-bit graphic 2d sprite similarly to the SNES.
At the start of the game players have a copper; pickaxe, axe, and sword. They start with 5 hearts which is equal to 100hp. When you first spawn in the new world an npc called the guide will appear and explain the basics of the game. Once the players first house has been built the npc will move into the first free room.
At night different creatures spawn and constantly attack the player until morning. At certain areas could contain stronger monsters, such as giant worms and hornets. As you travel deeper the enemies get stronger and give off better loot. Players may also summon powerful boss monsters such as the eye of cthulu or the eater of worlds.
Players can attract NPC’s to occupy structures or rooms that they have built, including the merchant. Players may then buy weapons and armour with coins gained by defeating monsters. Each map also contains generated biomes with unique monsters and structures such as, the underworld, the corruption, deserts, and jungles above or below ground. Random events may occur during gameplay such as a blood moon, which increases the number of monsters out at night and allows some to enter the players structures, and also the goblin invasion, which sends a goblin army to march from one or both ends of the world and lay siege on the players home, meteorites may fall randomly during gameplay allowing the player to mine meteorite ore and create weapons and armour.
The player starts out with a copper pickaxe, copper axe, and a copper short sword which can be use to attack monsters, mine ores stone and dirt, and collect wood. The correct tool must be used to collect resources and ores that can be smelted in a furnace to make bars. The better tools are used to mine better ores and cut trees quicker.
Items can be made by gathering resources and standing by the right crafting station, such as a workbench or a furnace. As long as the ingredients are present new items can be crafted just by clicking on them. There are several types of crafting stations with the most common one being a workbench. throughout gameplay the player will discover new crafting station recipes depending on the ingredients they obtain. The fun of terraria crafting is figuring out which station allows the creation of which items.