Mind telling us about why you like it?
haha, I saw this one coming.
Terraria has a TON of what I'm waiting Minecraft to be, but in 2D.
I love crafting, the sandbox environment, fending off creatures, and the massive randomly generated world. It doesn't have interactive objects like circuit or mine carts, however I think the gear, special items, special bosses, rocket boots and guns (Most of which I've only read about so far) make up for it.
The program is fairly simple, with less than a 20 MB install (not including the required .Net 4 framework). It starts up windowed with a fixed resolution. Not sure what the resolution is, maybe 800x600. You can full screen it, but the resolution stays the same.
You start off creating your character, which you can customize. For me, it was weird customizing a character that's only a few pixels high, though I'd recommended it especially if you're going to play in multi-player servers. Your character's equipment, inventory, and stats will follow the character between worlds.
Then you make a world you want to play in. You name it and then decide if you want a small, medium, or large world. It runs through some generation process for less than a minute, and you're in.
You start with just a copper pick and copper axe. You move around with wads, and use your mouse to point at things. You can interact with things close to you with your mouse, like mining and opening doors. You can also point in the direction you want fire your arrows, like running away from zombies while shooting them. You can clear away the dirt, chop down trees, plant acorns, eat mushrooms to regain lost health. Game play is responsive and very intuitive.
You start off with 100 health, or 5 hearts. You can increase your health pool by finding hearts in caves. You also have a Marna pool, but it starts off at 0. You can increase your Marna pool by collecting fallen stars that you can find during the night. Your max Marna pool can be 200.
Like Minecraft, you craft weapons, tools, furniture, walls, and have requirements for all of them. Unlike Minecraft, you don't need to know the crafting recipes, if you have enough materials while next to the tools you need (like a workbench, anvil, etc), the option to craft it will show up. There are also many tiers of weapons
you can craft as well.
There is a ton of other items
you can find & create as well, like a Enchanted Boomerang
, Grappling Hook
, Rocket Boots
, and Flippers
. I haven't looked through them all, I want some of it to be a surprise.
There is a day and night cycle. During the day you will see slimes
. During the night there are Zombies and flying eyes. On a rare occasion there will be a BloodMoon
where the zombies will come in double the force, And know how to open your doors.
On rare occasions, a Goblin Army
There are a lot of monsters
to encounter, and bosses to take down. One of which is the Eye of Cthulhu
There are a lot of Environments
to explore as well. The ones I'm looking forward to finding are Dungeons and Floating Islands.
All this has got me pretty excited, and making it difficult for me to go to bed when I should.