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Retro adventure and discovery that needs a lot of work
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 13 Jul 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Kills your battery, challenging controls, not interesting game play, low quality graphics, low quality animation
Terraria for Android has solid gaming roots but virtually none of the charm translates to Droid. This one is just heavy handed, crude and boring.
Terraria is a hugely popular game, yet based on this iteration, I'm hard pressed to see why. Think of it as Minecraft meets Mario Brothers, yet possessing barely an ounce of either's charm. The game presentation is beyond pixelated retro, and is just downright crude. Movement is awkward and cumbersome at best. Essentially, the point is to wander around discovering things in your environment. I honestly can't say for sure, because between the boredom and crappy controls, I just lost interest in what little was happening onscreen. I started picking away at the earth and digging a tunnel, but every action is so belabored and slow that it would take forever just to get a couple inches. And I hardly think the payoff is worthwhile.
The controls are shoddy at best. The graphics looks like 8bit at most, yet the app killed my battery and overheated the CPU. It's amazing how much this app taxes and depletes the system, given how little is happening onscreen. The animation is simply terrible; there's retro, and then there's this. Apologies to all the fans and hard work that went into this, but I'm a retro arcade gamer from the 70s and 80's, and this is just crap in my book.
The menus were virtually unreadable because the fonts are so tiny. This would be a nightmare on a smaller screen and only indicative of how thoroughly unimportant the story and premise actually is here. No one cares if you read the text or not; at least not enough to present it well.
Terraria might be awesome on other platforms, but on Android, it's just a hot mess. Not worth the price at all; not even if it were free. This one needs a major overhaul from the ground up.