Terraria - Xbox 360

Also known as: Terraria: Collector's Edition

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Also for: PS4, Xbox One, PC, 3DS/2DS, PSVita, Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360
Viewed: 2D Side-on, Scrolling Genre:
Platform
Media: Download (also on DVD) Arcade origin:No
Developer: Headup Soft. Co.: Headup
Publishers: 505 Games (GB)
Released: 27 Mar 2013 (GB)

Summary

Unless you've been living under a pile of giant, blocky pixels for the last few years, you know that Minecraft has become a phenomenom and catapulted the survival genre into the mainstream. Playing to those same strengths is a game you might want to consider Minecraft's quieter, more straightforward cousin.

Like Minecraft, you're dropped into a world with a bit of crafting ability and the very real threat of monsters that are soon going to be after you. Unlike Minecraft, your environment is two dimensional. It's procedurally generated, meaning that no two environments you start in will be the same, though they WILL all boast a retro, pixellated style.

With your customised character, flimsy sword, pick axe and wood axe you'll need get to work mining ore and chopping down trees pretty sharpish. The first character you meet will tell you how to craft, and you'd best pay attention because as soon as the sun goes down there are going to be monsters everywhere, and you don't want to get caught in the open.

The deeper you mine, the better materials you'll get to craft armour, weapons and tools, meaning you can find better treasure, hunt better game and build better hidey-holes. And, maybe, survive one of the boss encounters...

In short, Terraria is a 2D survival games that can justifiably be called 'easy to learn, difficult to master'.