Hot on the heels of my Games Like Minecraft / Minecraft Clones post where I detail a huge list of (sometimes free!) games that are just like Minecraft or Minecraft with a twist, this post is the more of the same except for games that are like Terraria. There aren't nearly as many, but there are a few. And, like my other "Games Like" posts, this one will be updated all the time as we go along.
If you've found a Terraria clone that's not on this page, let me know in the commens below and I'll add it!
Everyone knows that I am a huge fan of Minecraft, so any game like Minecraft is going to turn my crank. Thanks to a reader's heads-up, I've learned about Deepworld and I want to share it with you, too. I mean, just watch that video and try to tell me that you wouldn't want to play this game. I won't believe you!
Here's the catch: as of this writing, there is only 5 days left to fund Deepworld and they still have about $10,000 to go. Because I really want to play this game I've thrown $40 into the pot to help it get made, but even a smaller contribution will help them get there.
Deepworld is a Steampunk-themed, Terraria-like, 2D, Minecraft-ish game where everyone plays on one gigantic and persistent server. The game is also cross-platform, so players using a Mac can play with people on iOS thanks to the Cocoa2D framework. Mine and craft with your friends and thousands of others in multiplayer!
I really love the art style, especially the characters and their animations.
One thing that's really neat about each Kickstarter backer tier is that anything over $25 includes a second and sometimes third copy of the game to give to friends, when it's released. This makes it so much easier to get friends to play since you don't have to try and convince your friends to pick up a copy and pay during a LAN party.
I was a latecomer to the Terraria community. It came out just after I became fully engrossed in Minecraft, so I didn't pay too much attention to it. But, that's okay because I've got it now and now I've had a chance to enjoy all of the updates and patches that have come out since release.
Terraria is often sold as a "2D Minecraft," but it's actually much more. It's also an action-packed platformer with simple yet deep crafting mechanics. The enemies in the game are relentless in their pursuit of your death as they continue to spawn, day and night.
Terraria is a lot of fun, especially the LAN play. Since there's much more action than Minecraft, Terraria excels in this area. With friends over I'd rather play Terraria than Minecraft. Over the Internet, though... I'd say Minecraft.
I picked up the four-pack of Terraria on Steam when it was on sale for $15 a few days ago and shared it with friends. Keep an eye out for another sale in the future and give it a go when you see it happen. If you enjoy Minecraft, it's very likely you'll enjoy Terraria.
If you're loving the gameplay found in Minecraft and are looking to try out some similar games, give these games a try. Some are even free to play!
Not all of these are Minecraft clones, however. Infiniminer was actually a huge inspiration to Notch when he started building Minecraft. Also, Notch was part of the team that worked on Wurm Online before leaving to go do his own gig.