Terraria Multiplayer Review: Embark on a Self-Guided Adventure

About Terraria

Terraria is a 2D mining and adventure game that allows you to create your own story. You mine materials, craft those materials into useful items and weapons, then use your newly created treasures to explore the depths of the world, battling enemies and discovering NPCs.

Though the game has no storyline, it does have progression that makes playing feel like a storyline. As you explore more of your world, find better materials, and craft higher-quality weapons and armor, you’ll be able to take on more difficult bosses, find higher-quality crafting materials, and discover more impressive loot caches.

Terraria Multiplayer

Every aspect of Terraria can be played in both local and online multiplayer. Join together with your friends in cooperative mode and explore the world together, or switch to PVP mode to see who can conquer the most land.

Local Multiplayer:  Up to 4 players, split-screen

Online Multiplayer: Up to 8 players

Systems: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Windows, Mac, Linux

Genre: Action-Adventure

Review of Terraria

The absolute best thing about Terraria is the loot. As someone who grew up playing Zelda and Final Fantasy, there’s just nothing like exploring a world and happening upon a treasure chest, and Terraria is absolutely full of treasures just waiting to be discovered. Treasure chests discovered in the wild generally contain between five and ten items and always have some exciting new weapon or accessory that can be equipped to increase your power or abilities.

Crafting and building in Terraria is also a lot of fun, and there are a seemingly endless number of items to be crafted. While you can craft weapons, armor, accessories, tools, and potions—things that help you more efficiently explore your world—you can also craft furniture, walls, doors, bathtubs, statues, and paintings to help you build your dream home. For this reason, Terraria is a great family game because it caters to those who like to play adventure games as well as those who like to build and create.

Terraria is also full of surprises and challenges. You’ll be at your house managing your inventory, and you’ll get a message saying “The blood moon is rising.” Next thing you know dozens of zombies and flying eyeballs are knocking down your door, attacking you and your NPCs. You can be wandering through a new zone you just discovered only to be killed instantly by a boss you didn’t know existed. The world of Terraria is a living place where things happen just as they do in real life—sometimes you’re prepared for things when they happen, and sometimes they surprise you.

Terraria’s controls and menus can be frustrating. Navigating through the menu requires a lot of back and forth and clicking of multiple buttons on your controller. While the navigation gets easier after playing the game for a few days, the initial learning curve of navigating through menus in the game can be frustrating for beginners.

One disadvantage of the game having no storyline is that you never really know what you should be doing, and most of the crafting happens through accidental discovery. To play the game effectively, you’ll probably need help from a friend who’s played before, or you’ll need to do some reading about the game online. A lot of what you can do in the game is obvious, but to experience the full extent of the game, expect to have to do some research from time to time.

While Terraria and Minecraft are often compared to each other because both are largely mining, crafting, and exploration games with no storyline, Terraria is a very different game from Minecraft. Terraria offers many more enemies and bosses than Minecraft and feels much more like an adventure. The world of Terraria is also much easier to navigate because it is 2D—a map shows you exactly where you are in the world, so you never run the risk of getting completely lost in some dark cavern you’re digging.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I initiate local multiplayer in Terraria?

  1. First, you need to make sure you have more than one player account on your console. To create a second account, follow these instructions: Xbox 360, Xbox OnePlayStation 3PlayStation 4, or Wii U.
  2. Have player 1 spawn into the world you want to play in.
  3. Once player 1 is in his/her world, turn on player 2's controller and press the start button.
  4. Player 2 chooses the player account he/she wants to play with.
  5. Player 2 chooses the Terraria character he/she wants to play with (or builds a new character).
  6. Continue this process to play Terraria with up to 4 players in split-screen.

Where can I find a Terraria progression guide?

Terraria is designed to be an open-world game where you can do whatever you want in whatever order you want to do it. However, this search-and-discover approach can be confusing for players. If you're looking for help with the order in which you should complete tasks, there's an excellent progression guide on the official Terraria wiki.