Terraria is a 2D adventure game that sees you crafting, building, and exploring a mysterious land filled with treasure — and deadly monsters. Despite being more than a decade old, Terraria continues to thrive thanks to constant updates and a gameplay loop that makes it easy to get hooked for hours on end.
You'll start the game in a barren landscape with little more than the shirt on your back. Your goal is to slowly explore the land around you, diving into mines, climbing gigantic mountains, and collecting valuable resources as you go. These can then be used to craft a variety of useful tools to make subsequent adventures a bit less daunting. Terraria also gives you limitless freedom to build a sprawling home base where you can hunker down at night (when deadly enemies come out) and plan for the day ahead.
Building and crafting are huge aspects of Terraria, but so too is combat. Multiple bosses are scattered throughout the world and defeating them will grant you powerful new items that let you progress through its free-form story and venture deeper into its harsh landscape. If you ever run into trouble, you can team up with friends for a bit of cooperative action. Terraria is great on its own, but adding a friend to the mix only makes things more exciting.
Since Terraria has been around for years, dedicated players might be ready to start another adventure. The indie darling remains one of the best games in the genre, but there are several other titles that capture a similar vibe and are more than worth a download.
Here are 10 games like Terraria to play next, listed by Metascore.
Best for: Fans of farming simulators
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Stardew Valley is a lighthearted life-sim that has you restoring an old, dilapidated farm to its former glory. Making incremental improvements to your small plot of land is the main draw, although you'll also get to venture into caverns filled with deadly enemies, chat with villagers, go fishing, or partake in a variety of seasonal events. Combat is a bit on the simple side, but the wealth of exploration and building components more than make up for that shortcoming. If the world-building aspects of Terraria are your favorite, you'll have an absolute blast with Stardew Valley.
"An absolutely charming little gem about forgetting all your worries and relaxing on a farm." — The Escapist
Best for: Fans of slick 2D graphics and deadly roguelikes
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Although it can become a bit challenging at times, Rogue Legacy 2 is a stellar 2D platformer. You'll dive into randomly generated dungeons as you fight through waves of enemies and attempt to find a variety of bosses hidden throughout the map. When you die (which is a frequent occurrence in this roguelite), you'll get to choose a child to carry on your legacy. You'll unlock a variety of upgrades as you explore, and these carry over throughout the generations — making each subsequent run a bit easier than the last. Upgrades are also tied to the physical appearance of your settlement, with small structures and new characters popping up as you improve your skills.
"A gorgeous looking game with solid gameplay and a satisfying loop that will keep you playing for hours and hours." — God is a Geek
Best for: Fans of challenging platformers
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Spelunky 2 is an unforgiving platformer, with randomly generated dungeons that'll put your skills to the test. Besides precision platforming, you'll be up against a motley assortment of enemies, each more deadly than the last. Everyone you encounter during your dungeon runs isn't out to stop you, however, as you'll meet a quirky cast of characters that helps tell the unique story of Spelunky 2. The game is incredibly mysterious, and there's no shortage of secrets to discover and useful gear to unlock. It's not easy, but stick with it and you'll be treated to a platformer that offers hundreds of hours of action.
"Spelunky 2 offers a challenging, but rewarding experience. With so many new levels, items, and enemies, there's no shortage of exploration and mystery." — We Got This Covered
Best for: Fans seeking a deep RPG with world-building mechanics
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Offering both a deep storyline and world-building systems, Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a surprisingly rich experience. You'll set out to become one of the best builders in the land and attempt to stop an evil cult that's threatening to outlaw all creative outlets. It's a quirky story, but one that does a great job of pushing you towards you next goal (or building project). Whether you want to make a towering fortress or tiny cabin in the mountains, Dragon Quest Builders 2 lets you explore and craft to your heart's content.
"Dragon Quest Builders 2 seems to take the best ingredients of Minecraft, The Sims, Harvest Moon, and The Legend of Zelda, and blend it all together with a sprinkle of the Dragon Quest flavor." — RPGamer
Part roguelike, part life-sim, Cult of the Lamb sees you rising from the dead to start a cult worshiping "The One Who Waits." You'll perform some nefarious tasks (such as sacrificing followers), but the game stays surprisingly lighthearted and humorous thanks to adorable, cartoony graphics. Cult of the Lamb is a game of two halves: One portion will see you heading out on Crusades to take on enemies in fast-paced, top-down combat, while the other has you managing a cult — cooking food, building new structures, and ensuring all your followers are remaining faithful.
"Unlike anything else, and able to meld its two disparate halves into something cohesive and satisfying. You won't feel fleeced if you buy this." — PC Gamer
Best for: Fans of iconic, open-world adventures
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Minecraft is essentially the 3D version of Terraria. You're given nearly limitless freedom to explore a procedurally generated world, harvest its resources, and turn them into useful tools or structures. What started as a small PC game quickly turned into a worldwide phenomenon, and today you'll find Minecraft on just about every platform. The developers have continued to pump new content into the game, giving players a reason to keep coming back for more creative goodness. Beyond an incredible solo experience, you can team up with friends for a bit of multiplayer chaos.
"A masterful piece of contemporary game design and a richly rewarding experience suitable for all ages." — X-ONE Magazine UK
Best for: Those who want a sci-fi version of Terraria
Where to buy: Steam
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Starbound takes place in a seemingly endless sci-fi universe. There's a loose story about an evil army that overran your home, but you're largely free to venture off in any direction you'd like. You can build structures on hostile planets, head out on bounty-hunting quests, or gather resources to craft thousands of unique items. Starbound won't hold your hand, but Terraria veterans will feel immediately at home with the adorable 2D graphics and frantic combat. The developers created Starbound with modders in mind, and there's no shortage of great community-made content to expand your adventure.
"One of the very few games that gets both 'open world' and 'sandbox' done right." — Everyeye.it
Its minimalistic graphics might lead you to believe this is a simple crafting game, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Forager is absolutely brimming with things to do, and it'll take more than 30 hours to discover all its secrets. Your goal is to earn money through crafting and collecting, then use your wad of cash to buy more land. Deadly monsters and proper resource management are the two primary hurdles you'll need to clear, although Forager's charming appearance makes it easy to stick around until the credits roll.
"A lovely surprise, its simple appearance disguising a huge amount of content packed under the surface." — TheSixthAxis
The name of the game gives it all away. Don't Starve is about surviving a hostile world and keeping track of several important stats — one of which is hunger. To do this, you'll be foraging for food, fending off monsters, and building a tiny shelter into something more comfortable to ride out the long nights. Crafting, exploring, and managing your hunger are a huge part of the game, but you'll also need to monitor your sanity. This decreases as you face off against terrifying foes or spend too much time in the dark, adding a unique twist to the standard survival gameplay.
"An incredibly satisfying survival-exploration game that understands how to foster the joy of discovery." — NowGamer
Ark: Survival Evolved is a survival game that takes place in a land occupied by dinosaurs. Creating a thriving settlement requires not only that you battle against deadly dinos and collect heaps of resources, but also that you learn to live with the towering beasts and tame them whenever possible. Mix in an RPG-like progression system, visceral FPS combat, and a gigantic world to explore, as it's easy to see why Ark continues to have legions of players despite launching in 2017. If you get hooked, you'll be glad to know that a sequel (Ark II) is planned for 2023.
"Near masterful in its ability to keep you caught up in a sense of discovery. There always seems to be more." — games(TM)