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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Finicky but fun Minecraft-style game set in a 2D world.

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age 9+

Based on 41 parent reviews

age 9+

This site is really wrong

Disclaimer: I am not a parent, I am here to clear stuff up First off, this game is nothing like Minecraft and has so much gameplay that gets fun the more you play. It looks like they haven’t defeated one, ONE boss. They make it look like it has barely anything to do with fighting, even though it’s they main point. Yes, there is gore, but there is also a setting to turn that off, making them turn into a cloud. Even if it does have sexual innuendos, KIDS WONT UNDERSTAND THAT, THATS WHY ITS THERE. The reason why I put it at nine+ was also because you still fight I giant wall of flesh, a cult, and a moon lord, don’t forget it’s still a PG game ( 6-12 in Australia ) Two. STOP GETTING ANNOYED AT ONE TINY SPRITE IN THE GAME, A CHILD WONT NOTICE ANYTHING ABOUT THE DRYAD AND THE LOST GIRL ( forgot the actual name of the enemy and only know it’s morph, sorry ) Three. Even though it has magic, why is that a problem? Most RPG games have a type of magic system and this game seems to ace it. No it is not Satan’s spawn because it has a dungeon and a tiny cult that really just spawns a boss. 4. Karen, no. Just because there is money means your kid gets addicted to money, the goblin tinkerer is also not a gambling system, you only now spend real money on the game and Tmod loader. ( haven’t talked about mods cause I use the PS4 version of the game ) Now that that’s gone here is a short paragraph that shapes the game on how I see it A godly game that was forged by the depths of hell and the heights of heaven ( This is a figurative sentence to show how good the game is in a lot of mindsets, this is just a disclaimer for that one person ) End
age 13+

Good game, and i dont think you guys realize it wasnt intended for kids.

Really good game, same with the brand new 1.4.1 update, it brings alot of new content along with new bosses to fight, sure it has violence but it wasnt intended for kids anyways. If your kid really wants this but you dont want the blood just disable it in the settings! So many fun references for everyone and enjoyment, you can have a baby shark reference, a gordon ramsey reference, a jojo reference, references to other films and franchises. The game is downloadable on really about any device you have, even your Nintendo DS. The bosses can be slightly imtimidating, but it wont harm your child, (no nightmares, etc) So what is terraria? Terraria is a game where you build your own house, explore a large world, and fight enemies to gain stronger and more powerful items to become stronger and more powerful, you can also have a full on CITY, with tons of townsfolk, and you can invite your friends to play with you It can even be educational sometimes, you learn a bit more about ores you never thought existed, like Cobalt, titanium, platinum, orichalcum, adamant, or as terraria calls it adamantite, all found in caves. So my rating? 10/10. about 3-5 hours of content to explore

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (211 ):

Terraria's 2D setting -- it's primary differentiator from Minecraft -- doesn't actually change the sandbox mining game formula all that much. You may be limited to digging and building on a flat plane, but the activities of harvesting materials, crafting items, and then placing them in the world to build things should prove quite familiar. And also a lot of fun.

That said, players should be aware that this game isn't quite as accessible as others in its genre. Movement and aiming are stiff and unforgiving and can lead to frustrating demises. Also, it takes time to grow accustomed to the game's awkwardly designed menus, which make working with recipes and ingredients and moving items around more complicated than necessary. Plus, occasional technical problems -- like the minute or so of extreme choppiness that follows after booting up a game in the Xbox 360 edition we evaluated -- don't help matters much. But while it may take a few hours to warm to, Terraria can prove quite rewarding for those tenacious enough to stick with it. It can be a great outlet for Lego-like creativity.

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