Review: Terraria (Nintendo Switch)



  • Beautiful pixel art graphics.
  • 213mb download size.
  • Own in-game achievements and they pop up in the game.
  • Gore: on/off.
  • Full touchscreen control.
  • 2D Sandbox survival gameplay.
  • 3 cores (difficulty)-soft, medium, and hardcore.
  • 3 world sizes-small, medium and large.
  • 2 enemy difficulties-easy normal and expert.
  • 8 player online.
  • World’s are randomized and created every time you create a new save/world.
  • Smart and free controls. Click left stick to change. Smart does an auto-target system making attacks and mining really easy. Free control means you move the cursor around and need to constantly move it.
  • Day/night cycle.
  • Many biomes (20+) from desert, jungle, snow to underground and hell.
  • Play how you want.
  • NPC are brought into the game once you do set conditions which are mostly related to your house like have a spare room or spare bed etc.
  • Multiplayer has join or host and play options.
  • Controls are simple and you can at any point use the touch screen to drag and drop.
  • Map bit large and mini. Reveals as you explore.
  • The camera can be changed by pinching the screen to zoom in and out.
  • Has all the content updates.
  • Many many enemy types.
  • Can see enemy health bars.
  • Crafting is a huge part, you have may option and need to build furniture and tools to further expand the crafting tree. You can see recipes.
  • Simple crafting and mining system.
  • Boss fights.
  • Random events can happen.
  • Free to do what you want.
  • A dark endless whole of time evaporation and creativity.
  • Can keep your character and jump into new worlds.
  • Treasure chests and secrets to be found.
  • Absolutely perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch.
  • Clear easy to understand user interface.
  • Toolbar for quick swapping between items and tools.



  • Long initial world creation load time.
  • Small text in places.
  • The learning curve with the controls initially.
  • Not every bit of criteria for unlocks and discovery is explained.
  • Tutorial objectives can easily be missed.
  • No local mp options.
  • Choice overload.
  • Difficult.


  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Length - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Fun Factor - 10/10


Terraria has been around for many years and available on near enough everything now. I personally have not played it for a long long time. Within 5 minutes I was transported back to the first time I played it, the sheer joy of discovery, the massive scope of options it is just insane. The Nintendo Switch version is not only a gateway back into the addictive madness of Terraria but a perfect port with smart Switch only integrations with the touchscreen support the god tier addition. Having not played it for so long I got treated to the many many new additions, touch-ups, and adjustments. It is pointless saying what those are, as it could be a long list! Know that buying Terraria on Nintendo Switch is not just a case of buying another port, a lot of love has gone into this and having portable and accessible as it totally justifies buying it again. I can feel the addiction pulling me back in as I wind the hours away ming and exploring the many many biomes of the world. In short, Terraria is still just as relevant and as fun, as it was back when it first launched, The Nintendo Switch version just adds more shine!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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