Terraria, the best-selling indie sandbox adventure in the style of Minecraft, has finally arrived on iPhone. With role-playing elements, Terraria is a game with great lifetime value that's finally available on and specially designed for mobile devices.
The perfect mix of genres
Terraria takes its cue from several types of games: action, construction, platform, roleplay... The gameplay is very rich, and you'll get in hours and hours of play before finally mastering the game! The principle is very simple: you create a character (with loads of customization options) that appears by chance from a randomly generated world, and your only friend is a guide who's there to help you survive in this hostile world. It's up to you to build your home, upgrade your equipment, and mine deep into the bowels of the earth to collect the rarest materials and battle monstrous creatures. The concept recalls Minecraft, while being much more focused on the action due to the many ground mobs and secret game zones.
Designed with mobile devices in mind
This mobile version of Terraria arrived some time after the PC version, and the developers have had time to prepare a version specially designed for our expensive smartphones. Once you get going with it, the game leaves quite an impression: the menu navigation is easy and enjoyable and a bunch of features have been added to make it easier for the novice player to get up and running. A tutorial is included that explains the basics of the game and prevents new players from feeling lost in this huge world. The controls are accessible via a virtual joystick that appears on the touchscreen, with the ability to mine fairly easily (even if it takes a little time to master the "zoom" feature that lets you mine with precision).
Our verdict: this standout game, finally on mobile devices
A version of Terraria for mobile devices was a long time coming, but it was worth the wait. Quite simply, it's a game with a unique concept that offers huge lifetime value. Although multiplayer mode is sadly lacking from this version, the gameplay has been completely redesigned for mobile. We strongly recommend Terraria to anyone who wants to immerse themselves in a mobile version of the game, and especially to the uninitiated!
The graphics in this mobile version of Terraria are largely based on the PC version (with the exception of options for customizing the avatar, which are much improved, by the way), and the style is kind of old-school. Fans of 16-bit graphics will be won over, while those who swear by HD may be left wanting more! Terraria is decidedly old-school when it comes to the graphics and music, but the gameplay definitely has a modern feel.