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Games Like Terraria If You’re Looking For Something Similar

Games Like Terraria

If you’re on the hunt for new worlds to conquer and adventures to embark upon after Terraria, you’ve come to the absolute perfect place. Featuring sandbox creativity, exploration, and survival, Terraria has a lot to offer, and all of these games make sure to not just include that but also build on them with their own takes on things. Featuring fifteen alternatives, you’re bound to find your next adventure here, so let’s get into it!

1. Minecraft

Hey, it’s hard to make a list related to Terraria and not mention Minecraft, okay? You and I know it as Minecraft, but it’s often called Terraria in 3D because that’s kind of what it is. Like Terraria, there is an absolute plethora of things to do in this game, and you’re going to be here for hours and hours if you want to get to the end of everything!

It starts off pretty simple and unassuming – you’re just a basic survivor who’s spawned in the middle of nowhere with no idea about who you are or what you have to do, apart from surviving, of course. And that’s where your adventure begins, you can take it as slow or as fast as you’d like! You break down a couple trees, build wooden tools and then stone tools, and then iron tools, and eventually make your way through the fantastical adventure that you’d never know this game had if you just looked at the surface.

Coming from Terraria, you’ll love the sense of exploration, crafting, building, and adventuring that you get in Minecraft – these two games might as well be long-lost twins. Everything you love about Terraria is here in Minecraft, but in 3D, so this game is literally perfect for you.

Platforms: Xbox, Amazon Fire, PlayStation, iOS, Nintendo, Android, Chromebook.

2. Steamworld Dig 2

It’s back to the world of 2D gaming with this one, with another absolute banger of a game. The original Steamworld was loved by everyone who played it, and that’s thanks to the devs’ focus on making sure you can explore, fight, and mine for as long as you could possibly want.

The word ‘dig’ is literally in its name, and that’s a lot of what you’re going to be doing – digging your way to treasures, new biomes, resources, and so much more. Like Terraria, you’re also going to be running into the (more than) occasional enemy, so combat is handy to learn and will be coming in clutch often.

Your character’s name here is Dorothy, and that’s super fitting because, like Dorothy, your adventure is going to be full of twists and turns, just like the Wizard of Oz! Through the humble beginnings that’ll be pretty reminiscent of what Terraria was like, you’ll eventually work your way to becoming an adventuring powerhouse as you get new tools and skills and use them to fight ever-stronger enemies.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, and more.

3. Hollow Knight

Hollow Knight just takes the cake for me when it comes to 2D games; it’s an absolute masterpiece. There are few games out there that have not just the depth of Hollow Knight (literally) but also the sheer amount of creativity that went into creating it. In Hollow Knight, you’re, well, a Hollow Knight who’s exploring the strange world he’s woken up in.

Like Terraria, this game lets you have as much freedom as you’d like while still allowing you to go from quest to quest if you’re here just for the story. Speaking of the story, be warned that once you play this game, you might be glued to the news as you wait for its sequel to come out because Hollow Knight has put its fan base in a trance! That, combined with the amazing dungeons, unique (and really satisfying) combat, and a looting system that lets you upgrade and level things up, makes for one of the best side-scrolling games ever.

If you’re looking for a pure adventure mixed in with some healthy exploration and a progression system, Hollow Knight is a must-try for you, especially since you also love Terraria. Just be prepared to wait a while for the next game when you eventually finish this.

Platforms: Windows, Linux, macOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.

4. Starbound

Terraria can be huge sometimes, but would you believe me if I told you that Starbound is even bigger? If you love exploration in a world as expansive and free as real life, Starbound is going to take your wildest dreams and launch them straight into space.

As you can guess, much of how this game expands on the size of Terraria’s world is by going into space and taking you with it! It’s much of the same side-scrolling gameplay you’ve come to know and love, but it’s on a spaceship that takes you from planet to planet and galaxy to galaxy. If the premise sounds ambitious, that’s because it is! On these planets, you’ll be harvesting all the resources you can find and expand your empire bit by bit.

If one of your favorite parts of Terraria was venturing into a new area and finding it to be completely unique, unlike anything you’ve come across so far, then Starbound will treat you to an experience you’ll never forget. Coated from top to bottom in its space-fantasy theme, it’s a game that’ll take you out of your Earthbound home and put you right in the middle of the stars.

Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Mac operating systems.

5. Craft the World

Don’t let the name fool you – you won’t be crafting the whole world here, just your own fortress. How big will that fortress be? Well, now you get the name! In this game, we’re taking a departure from the freedom of exploration that Terraria offered in favor of the base building and defense gameplay.

In Craft The World, the devs made a conscious effort to combine all of the best side-scrolling games into one, and the result is this. In this sim-like sandbox game, you build and manage your fortress, kind of like Fallout: Shelter if you’ve ever played that. But why is it a fortress? Because it’ll be standing the test of raiders and assault groups that want all the loot you have and then some.

With ever stronger defenses come ever stronger enemies, too, so the constant battle for protecting your territory is the main point of this game, which I found to be quite fun. From Terraria, you’ll find that it’s pretty similar to how you were always protecting your territory, except it’s taken up a whole bunch of notches.

Platforms: Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Classic Mac OS.

6. Don’t Starve

As if surviving in a forest filled with dangerous monsters wasn’t enough, Don’t Starve gives you a character that literally goes insane over time! Not if you can help it, though; you just have to protect your sanity from the dark. Not as simple as it sounds, because once night falls and you’re far from your camp, good luck finding a light source that lasts you through the dark.

As innocent as Don’t Starve looks on the surface, it is every bit as grim as the above description tells you – you’re going to be surviving in this mysterious world by building tools, a base, a way to get food, and lots more. The game is pretty unforgiving with how it throws challenges at you, so it takes a while to learn.

Once you do learn, though, it’s one of the most satisfying games out there as you go out exploring and foraging during the day and barely make it back by night to sleep near your campfire. Combined with the risk of going insane and avoiding the monsters that are on the hunt for you, this game gives you a thrilling alternative to Terraria that you’ll absolutely love.

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and more.

7. Astroneer

Astroneer is peak exploration. That’s all I can say about it. Okay, not really, but that’s the best part of it for me. In Astroneer, you play as an astronaut that’s adventuring through space, kinda like Starbound, as you go exploring planets. That in itself is super fun, but what really sells this game is what you get to do on those planets.

As it should be when you land on any planet, you get to explore around its curious biomes and wilderness and find a place that you can truly make your own. Like Terraria, you’re going to be building a base, foraging and hunting for resources, crafting stuff with the materials you get, terraforming the planet to your whim, and so much more.

The best part is that, although it’s perfectly playable solo, it also has co-op, so you and your favorite Terraria buddies can adventure together through the stars. With its cartoonish art style, a focus on exploration and crafting, and the various challenges scattered here and there, you’ll feel right at home as a Terraria fan in Astroneer.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Cloud Gaming

8. Raft

Ever wondered what it’s like to be lost at sea? How about being lost at sea on a raft? Oh, and the raft doesn’t have anything, and you don’t have anything; it’s just the never-ending sea and your quest for survival using whatever few objects this desolate raft can provide. That’s the premise of Raft, and boy, does it make for a lot of fun! Did I mention there are sharks in the water?

Raft is a lot like Terraria in 3D on the sea. If you’re a fan of survival and managing and building up your base, this game is the absolute best combo of both that you’ll find out there. Starting from essentially nothing, you’ll turn this raft into an absolute beast of the seas as you upgrade it and transition from surviving to actually having a pretty good time.

You get loot from barrels on the sea, and you also come across the occasional island. Without spoiling anything, there’s a lot of surprising waiting in store for you here, so you’re never going to run out of things to do. Plus, with the threat of sharks always looming over your head, there are few moments where you can do nothing at all. To see if you’ve got what it takes to survive on the sea, Raft is a must-try for fans of Terraria.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac operating systems.

9. Stardew Valley

Sometimes, there’s just nothing like the peace and quiet that a game like Terraria provides. With Stardew Valley, you get that but multiplied by a thousand. The premise of this game is that you’ve inherited a farm from your late grandfather, but it’s in a desolate state – it’s up to you to change that.

Starting with more or less all the tools you need, you begin cleaning up the farm bit by bit and start planting crops while also going questing and meeting the townsfolk nearby. As you do that, you also realize that the quests get deeper and deeper, and the game really starts showing what it’s made of – tons of pure, relaxing fun!

Stardew Valley can be anything you want it to be, kind of like Terraria. Want to spend a whole day just fishing on the lake? You can do that. Maybe you like working on your farm a lot or just renovating the house – you can do that too. There’s no rush to do anything, but if you’re into that, you can go for a speedrun in this game all the same. If you’re looking for freedom and exploration, look no further than Stardew Valley.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Android, macOS, PlayStation 4, iOS, and more.

10. Aegis Defenders

Shifting from the continuous, open-world flow of Terraria, we have Aegis Defenders. This game takes you through levels and stages, each one having been meticulously crafted to take you through an absolute journey in its world. You play as two characters, Bart and Clu, interchanging between them throughout the stages to use the abilities that best suit the occasion.

Your goal in this game is to protect a dangerous superweapon from falling into the wrong hands – an evil empire that will do anything it takes to get it from you. To fight them off, you’ll be playing the game in a bit of a tower defense format as you build unique items and strategize how to best utilize the abilities available to you.

Combat isn’t the only thing Aegis Defenders nails to perfection; there’s also a bunch of puzzles that you have to solve on your way to safety, which adds another layer of complexity and fun to this game. If you’re looking to broaden your horizons but just love the art style of 2D Terraria, then Aegis Defenders might be the best thing to happen to you since you played your first-ever video game.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, macOS, SteamOS, Classic Mac OS.

11. Growtopia

It’s always fun watching how many different types of ‘Topias‘ people can come up with. In this case, it’s Growtopia, where you grow things! That’s a bit reductive because this game is a sandbox-type adventure that’ll give you everything you love about Terraria but in a new, more accessible package.

Some games just incite happiness when you look at them, and Growtopia is pretty high on that list of wholesome games. The gameplay here revolves around building, crafting, exploring, and the other usual elements that come bundled with the genre. What you’ll definitely appreciate here, though, at least in my opinion, is the lack of spiders, zombies, and other hazards. All of that is replaced by the peace and quiet of just being in your element.

Terraria was nothing if not a canvas for your creativity to paint on, and Growtopia makes sure to let you do that as much or as little as you’d like. With all the freedom of doing whatever you want, this is a game to come home to and relax in after a day that’s really taken everything you had in you to get through. And the best part? You can play it on your phone, so there’s no need to hunch your back at your desk!

Platforms: Android, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, iOS, Mac operating systems, Xbox One.

12. Dig or Die

If you love Terraria, you’ll definitely enjoy Dig or Die. It’s like Terraria but with its own cool twist – you’re stuck on an alien planet where you have to dig for resources, make stuff, and protect yourself from aliens. It looks so innocent on the surface, and then bam! Aliens. Survival. All that grim stuff.

What’s unique about Dig or Die is how the aliens get tougher at night, so you need to build good defenses and be smart about it. It’s not all about the strategy, though; in my eyes, form is as important as function, so you can also make your base look how you want it to.

With its cool pixel art and the mix of exploring and staying alive, Dig or Die is a game you’ll have a lot of fun with if you’re a Terraria fan, mainly because it’s a super fresh take on the genre(s). Plus, who doesn’t love a good tower defense game that involves bridges? My mind went wild just imagining the possibilities, and if you’re in the same boat, you can play out those possibilities in this cute little game.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows.

13. MoonQuest

MoonQuest is a fantastic indie game that captures the spirit of exploration, building, and adventure you love in Terraria but takes it to new heights, quite literally. As you shoot for the moon, you embark on a space-faring journey to explore different planets, gather resources, and craft the coolest structures and tools you can think of. The game offers a procedurally generated universe, which means every planet you visit is unique and presents its own challenges and opportunities.

It may not look like it, but its world (universe?) spans far and wide when you start exploring. One of the best features, though, has to be its robust building system, letting you make your bases and structures as intricate or as simple as you like them. Whether you made a warehouse-like fortress or a tall skyscraper in Terraria, you’re going to be able to do both here.

The game also emphasizes creativity and experimentation, encouraging you to discover new crafting recipes and technologies as you progress. And unlike some games, you’re always rewarded for your creativity here, so you can adventure in any way you prefer. If you love the exploration and building in Terraria, this game is just begging you to try it out next.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems.

14. Portal Knights

Do you love sandbox games that let you play with all of your buddies? Well, Portal Knights lets you do exactly that with four of your gaming friends, so you can have all the socializing fun you could want here, just like Terraria. There’s just nothing like spending an evening goofing around in a game together with your friends.

That’s not all, though – in Portal Knights, you’ll explore a colorful and diverse world, complete with islands, dungeons, and creatures to defeat. The game combines elements of action, RPG, and building as you craft, gather resources, and build your character’s abilities. Basically, everything that Terraria does well, this game does it too, but with its own unique twist on it.

The game also features a leveling system and character classes, making your character’s progression that much deeper and more personalized. With its charming art style and engaging gameplay, Portal Knights offers a fresh take on the sandbox adventure genre that Terraria fans are sure to enjoy.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Android, PlayStation 4, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One.

15. Oxygen Not Included

If you’re up for a unique adventure, Oxygen Not Included is definitely worth a look or two. The premise of this game is that you’re guiding a bunch of stranded space explorers on an alien rock. As you can probably guess, the game is all about keeping your team alive. You’ve got to make sure they have enough oxygen to breathe, food to munch on, and comfy places to sleep. Sounds easy, right? Well, it’s not! Not at first, anyway.

The fun part of this game for me was figuring out how to manage everything. You learn, learn, and learn in the beginning, but once you finally start getting everything down, you feel like you’re on top of the world. You’ll be like a space scientist, dealing with weird problems like keeping things cool, recycling water, and dealing with alien poop (yep, that’s a thing).

Oxygen Not Included tops everything off with a cute and quirky style that keeps everything light-hearted. So, if you’re into the thinking and planning side of Terraria, Oxygen Not Included offers a different but equally exciting challenge.

Platforms:  macOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Mac operating systems, Classic Mac OS.

As a die-hard Terraria fan looking for fresh adventures, this list of fifteen games like Terraria has something for pretty much any mood you’re in. Whether you crave the creative sandbox experience, the thrill of exploration, or the rush of surviving in a hostile world, there’s a game on this list for you. Which one are you going to pick? Let me know what you think. Until then, happy gaming!

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