Shortly after the rise of Minecraft brought a new life to sandbox-style building games, a new, fresh, 2D take on the genre was released that took many players by surprise. If you enjoyed the feeling of being an intrepid adventurer, exploring uncharted lands and forging your own way in these untamed landscapes, and you are looking for games like Terraria, we have a few options for you!
14 Best Games Similar To Terraria
If you enjoy science fiction instead of the more fantasy-heavy setting you would find in Terraria, check out Starbound! Explore multiple randomly-generated plants from your starship as you collect items and survive harsh conditions. Experienced Terraria players will see how incredibly similar these games are, with similar 2D graphics, a similar combat system, and even inventory management. If you spent a lot of time on Terraria, it will be easy to jump into this.
The game that is universally credited with breathing new life into this genre of games, as well as bringing them into the mainstream. If you have not played Minecraft before, you at least have a rough idea of what it is. This lovable, fun game uses 3D graphics and a first-person perspective and keeps gameplay incredibly simple, while still having massive amounts of content. IF you are interested in other multiplayer games, check out some games like Runescape!
If you enjoyed both Terraria and Minecraft, Junk Jack will certainly be an interesting experience for you. At your first glance, you will be able to see that it is slightly blockier than Terraria, invoking feelings of Minecraft, but still plays in that fun 2D style and building system, giving you a new experience you can jump right into with ease.
Craft the World
Play as a dwarf while you explore a hostile, untamed world and build your own fortress to defend not only against the elements, but against ravenous monsters looking to do you harm. This game pays more attention to the graphics in its 2D world and makes you feel immersed in its fantasy world. If you are a long-time fan of this genre, this game is a must-play for anyone looking for a fresh take on gameplay.
King Arthur’s Gold
This free-form game looks far more old-school than you might expect from a modern game. The graphics are pixelated, but still lovable, and you get to play in an interesting and fun medieval settings. Build up your defenses and go to war, either as a brave knight fighting with a sword, or a cautious archer standing on your castle’s ramparts with your bow in hand.
Treasure Adventure Game
If you want to go even MORE old-school than mildly pixelated graphics, however, Treasure Adventure Game might be what you are looking for. Heavily pixelated, this game looks and plays just like something straight out of the past. Play as a young boy with a dream, exploring islands to find treasure in a world destroyed by immense magical forces that still lurk in the shadows.
In this fun, multiplayer-oriented game, take up to four of your friends and go adventuring into a mystical enchanted forest, finding magical weapons, armor, and using your class abilities to keep yourself and your friends alive. There is no building in Magicite, but it is an incredible 2D rogue-like game, with platforming elements and permanent death, for all of the hardcore players out there.
Recently out of Early Access on Steam, Portal Knights is a game that allows you to create your own character, stepping through portals into new worlds to do battle with fearsome monsters in this fun, 3D RPG. Build up your base with your friends in this cube-centric game, coming across beautiful landscapes as you explore and battle for the experience.
Signs of Life
Signs of Life is an interesting sandbox survival game in a science fiction setting, where you have to mine for resources, meet and befriend alien creatures, and defend yourself against horrors that want to spill your blood. The animation style is unique, incredibly different from what you may be used to from Terraria, with graphics that look more drawn rather than animated.
Another interesting take on the 2D survival sandbox genre, Crea focuses much more heavily on combat than Terraria, with over 80 skills and talents available to the player to defend themselves, gather resources, and build their dream home, no matter if that is a simple wooden cabin or an expansive stone castle.
If you are not a huge fan of either science fiction or fantasy, I have one question for you: have you tried Steampunk? Deepworld is an amazing 2D crafting MMO heavily influenced by classic steampunk themes and aesthetics, allowing you to feel like you are taking part in the cutting edge of futuristic technologies in an old-school style! This game is currently Early Access on Steam, and while there is still a long way to go before it can compete with a complete game with many updates under its belt, the unique animation style and graphics of Deepworld make it a one of a kind experience for any lover of either the crafting/sandbox or steampunk genres.
A titan among classic building and survival games, Dwarf Fortress is renowned for its difficulty and unforgiving nature. This game does not fit nicely into any one category, blending elements of rouge-like games with survival mechanics and management simulation. Essentially, you take over a fortress of Dwarves and are charged with ensuring their survival against all odds. Good luck.
Epic Inventor is a loveable, 2D sidescroller, with graphics that look hand-drawn in a cartoonish, intentionally-childish style. This game is free to play, with a download link on their main site, with a sequel in the works that sounds like it will be even better. Craft armor and weapons to fight off cartoony monsters, and find yourself smiling and giggling while you do it!
Grab your friends or fly solo as you embark on an epic journey to new planets to investigate the local wildlife, collect resources, and build up your base of operations into a futuristic metropolis. However, you will also want to sharpen your combat skills, because as night falls, horrible monsters will attack your base and push your skills and your defenses to the limit.