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Terraria review (iOS / Universal)

September 1, 2013

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10 word description: Dig, fight, explore, build. Indie sandbox adventure. Monsters, bosses, Game Center. 

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10 word review: Addictive, easy to figure out. Decent controls. Plenty to do.  

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You will like this if you enjoy: The mining & crafting sandbox genre. 

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The good news: Great port of the popular multi-platform game. Loads of content. Graphics are good, if not stunning. Controls are a good attempt at what could be achieved on touch screen and they begin to feel quite natural after a bit of time spent getting used to them. Death doesn’t feel too punishing; I like the fairly easy enemies that begin to get tougher the further you explore or dig. Crafting is easy too, with good explanations about what you need to do. 

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The bad news: No iCloud sync – a shame. Controls do initially feel a bit loose with jump being “up” on the floating joystick. Feels quite fiddly on the smaller (iPod 5) screen. 

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Arcadelife verdict: I hadn’t played this before on any other platform, probably something to be thankful for considering how quickly I got hooked playing it on my iPad 4. It’s a lot of fun and I like the fact that I didn’t need to start Googling crafting recipes and “how to play” guides the instant I started. I haven’t needed to do that at all, in fact, which is great for a game from this genre. Its flaws are very minor, nothing to prevent me recommending it.

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Arcadelife rating

Presentation – 9/10
Visuals – 8/10
Controls – 8.5/10
Content – 10/10
Fun – 9/10
Final rating – 9/10

GREAT

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is ? (Doesn’t appear to mention this on the app store)
iTunes link

Terraria website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
5th gen iPod Touch (iOS 6.1.3)
4th gen iPad (iOS 6.1.3)
This review was typed on a Das Keyboard Model S mechanical keyboard – check them out, they’re really rather groovy.
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