Not a Minecraft post

2011-07-11 by . 4 comments

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I’m not going to be reviewing this game as such, if you want to know what’s in it just watch the trailer:

Instead I am going to be explaining why this game is NOT Minecraft. Many people seem to think it is, and I can see why, but after playing this game for 5 minutes you can clearly see what this game is about and how different it is to Minecraft.

First reason: The are both pixel based.

Now this may be true, but then lots of other games are, and no-one accuses them of being like one-another, The original Mario games were too and I have never seen anyone say that “It’s like Minecraft” or vice-versa. I assume what they actually mean is that they are tile based. Well this is due to the world generating game-mechanic and, yet again if you think about it many games use the same game-mechanic and none of them are “the same game”.

All the dungeons in this game are randomly generated. It's Minecraft!

Reason two: They both feature mining.

Well yes, but they go about is in different ways, while Minecraft focuses on digging and finding ores, Terraria is about surviving, killing monsters and stealing loot, if you were to play Terraria with no monsters it would be dull and boring. Obviously the same is not true for Minecraft as there is a “Peaceful” mode, also building is very difficult in Terraria so don’t expect any fantastic creations.

The final reason.

There’s no demo so people who make these assumptions haven’t actually played the game. But it’s only £6, go buy it now, it’s totally worth it’s weight in code!

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  • DMA57361 says:

    Wait, if they’re tile-based (or block-based, if we think in 3D), and you can add and remove blocks as you see fit, doesn’t that mean that Minecraft and Terraria are both partially LEGO clones? ;P

  • Ronan Forman says:

    @DMA57361 Well sort of but no, a clone implies that the core gameplay is the same, and I have yet to see anyone’s lego get destroyed as they are building it buy the pieces them selves, neither have I seen anyone summon a giant eye to attack!

  • Thedaian says:

    There’s a lot more reasons why Terraria gets compared to Minecraft than just ‘pixel based and has mining’

    Both games feature being dropped into a randomly generated empty wilderness, and require you to construct a house to (generally) survive the night. Both games have a crafting system (though how it works is different). Both games feature construction (and mining) in a tile based system. In general, both games feature tiered tools and armour, where you use tools from the ‘first tier’ to get tools from the second.

    That said, they are also different games. Minecraft’s main focus (until the ‘Adventure Update’ happens, at least) has been on construction, with no real ‘end game’ beyond gathering a whole bunch of diamond. Terraria is more defined, with bosses, “high level” areas, and generally a lot of content for the ‘end game’. Terraria is the least Minecraft Minecraft clone, but there’s definitely some inspiration there.

    If anything, Terraria is a 2d Metroidvania combined with Minecraft.

  • Arda Xi says:

    I’ll even go as far as saying that Terraria is what Minecraft should have been. Terraria is definitely based on Minecraft, but it has more gameplay. I admit that it’s easier to implement in 2D than in 3D, but still, this is what Minecraft should’ve had a long time ago.

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