Note: Check out part one of our Terraria diary here.
So we knew that building shelter was going to be our main focus. We also knew that we could dig and gather resources to make better tools and weapons – we just didn’t have a clue as to exactly what we could make.
We started building the inside of our shelter – all the while expanding outward. Our shelter was now turning into a house, but we had ambitions for a large scale castle… clearly. We put up walls, torches, tables, doors, everything people would need to call their house a home. Suddenly we were alerted, “Guide has arrived!”. We had our first visitor! The Guide offered us some assistance, and told us what we could craft with the items we currently had. He was kind of dink, but we decided to let him stay in our house. Only 1 night after, we had a Merchant appear, and was interested in selling us items! We finally had a use for the gold we found from destroying green slimes!
Dave and I have recently gotten into Terraria, which you can read about in our ongoing Terraria journal. The pure joy we’ve been experiencing by playing around in the Terraria world got us talking about what our favorite game universes are. This list ranges from franchises to one-off titles, and the main criteria to make the list was how much fun I’ve had simply “existing” in these worlds. So let’s get the list started with the most recent game in the top ten:
Terraria is a pretty unique game, despite its obvious inspiration, Minecraft. The world Terraria drops you in will be unique, but it is created using certain design parameters. Every Terraria world will have 4 or 5 sky islands. Every world will have lava and a “hell” area if you dig deep enough. But aside from a few main characteristics, you’ll be given a giant world full of caves, forests, deserts and more to explore. Along the way you’ll encounter many types of enemies and building materials, find some random houses built with gold brick, and a few more surprises I can’t spoil. The world of Terraria might not be the same for every player, but I can guarantee the world it creates for you will be a lot of fun. Read the rest of this entry
So Dave and I have recently been trying out Terraria, and if you’re wondering why we’ve had so few posts in the last week, it’s because we are both addicted at this point. Terraria, a PC game available on Valve’s Steam service, is 2D Minecraft. I didn’t want to portray Terraria in this way, but there’s no avoiding it, it is completely based on Minecraft. I’m not going to explain how Minecraft works in this post (I’ll save the basics for the review), but Minecraft – and by virtue of its shameless emulation – Terraria are sandbox games. Tasked with doing nothing more than you want to, you’ll merrily chop away at pixelated blocks of dirt and stone to gain materials to craft awesome weapon and armor items. You can also craft all manner of decorative items to build your own little house, or in our case giant castle. Those are the core elements of the gameplay, but there is so much more. Read the rest of this entry
Mode 7 Games‘ Frozen Synapse is a turn-based-strategy game for PC and Mac that focuses solely on tactics and does away with base-building. I’m a huge turn-based-strategy and asynchronous multiplayer fan, so I’ve been really hyped on this game for a while now (Rock Paper Shotgun‘s coverage of the game got me really excited). I finally got my hands on the game last week, and I’m happy to report that Frozen Synapse is everything I hoped it would be and more. It’s like playing with little army men when you were 5 years old all over again.