That beloved sandbox indie hit Terraria has reached Android, and it won't cost you a cent to try it out. Terraria is a game in the same vein as Minecraft – you dig, explore, fight, and build. Each world in Terraria is unique, and now you can build one on most any Android device.


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This game is 2D and a bit more structured than Minecraft. There are over 75 monsters to fight, 5 bosses, 25 different types of blocks, and over 200 crafting recipes. There is even a special Android pet in the game. It's a little less tedious than Minecraft tends to be, and it's faster to get up and running. There's a nice little tutorial when you start playing. Terraria is an example of a game that does retro right. It's reminiscent of a classic dungeon crawler in the best kind of way.

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The developers have built a system of touch controls that makes Terraria very playable on a touchscreen. If you play the free version, you'll get occasional nagging reminders to buy the full version, which is $4.99. There is also Google Play Games integration, but I'm seeing an error signing in. Probably just opening night jitters. Note, the game might not be available in all regions just yet.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Jan Moren

    "This app is incompatible with all of your devices."

    Oh well; I have a spiral staircase to finish in my Minecraft world anyhow.

    • RyanWhitwam

      Really? What country are you in? It's compatible with all of mine.

      • Jan Moren

        Japan. The three devices are all normal ones (a Galaxy Nexus, a Nexus 7 and a Tablet Z), and I can usually download and buy stuff from the market with no problem.

        I guess they just limit it to specific countries for reasons of their own; I can't imagine why they want to limit their customer base, though. If they don't intend this region locking to be permanent then this is especially dumb. Release time is when everybody hears about the game; even if they "release" it for my country in a few weeks I'm very unlikely to hear about it or remember the game by then.

        • RyanWhitwam

          Yeah, must just be geo-restricted :(

          • Guest

            Works for me in India...

          • CharlesTF

            Well, it's compatible with my Nexus 4 here in Brazil so, on the bright side, it's not a " North America-only" restriction.

        • james kendall

          and this is why the wish list is handy ;)

          • Zomby2D

            Yeah, I just wish Scribblenauts was available to Canada already. My wish list keeps reminding me that it's not. :P

        • DavidOsaka

          Working for me on my Motorola Razr M (Softbank) and my Nexus 10.

          • Jan Moren

            That's just weird then. I've got one NTT Docomo phone and two Wifi-only devices, and I can't find this in the play store on any of them.

            And it's not like either the N7 or the Tablet Z aren't new or capable enough to play it either.

          • Justin Swanson

            Does Japan have an electronics commission like Korea does? At one point all 'games' needed to go through the Korean Games division (I don't have any of the official names for things). But that might be why it's region restricted at the moment?

          • Jan Moren

            No, there isn't, and as DavidOsaka above can attest, it isn't in fact region locked, which leaves it a complete mystery why I can't see it or download it.

          • Justin Swanson

            @.@ That's quite the strange one. What does the browser-based Play Store say? Same thing? If you want the APK I can probably get it to you via Google Drive...

          • Jan Moren

            This is what the browser-based Play store says; the game is not visible at all when I search on any of the devices.

            And thanks for the offer of an APK, but I'll pass. This is not terribly important to me; I'm more concerned with why I can't get to it than with actually playing the game.

          • Ben Lambert

            Same issue here with docomo s3. I guess region locked due to contract with japanese publisher. Davidosaka is probably using a foreign issued credit card.

        • omegavesko

          Serbia here, it's compatible with my phone. That's pretty strange.

        • Quest

          I'm guessing region locked, I have a Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 and the Play Store says its compatible with all my devices.

        • http://mavi222.deviantart.com/gallery/ Mavi

          It's available on my old slow ZTE Blade, so it is definitely a geo-restriction

        • arrrrr

          Erm... what about just downloading the full game apk?

  • Kevin Aaronson

    No enemies at night, sound glitches, and broken Google play service integration. I still bought it, but expect problems, which, hopefully are being worked on.

  • Stranger from a Far Coast

    Terraria is Free???! There really is a god after all!!!

    • Davis Hernandez

      there isnt, its a demo :(

      • grinjack

        qq another false hope of god's work

    • Herman

      It asks you to buy the full version in-game.
      It's better against piracy I reckon.

      • Keg Man

        it dont save my progress though

      • http://mavi222.deviantart.com/gallery/ Mavi

        How much is it?

        • Herman

          ... If you play the free version, you'll get occasional nagging reminders to buy the full version, which is $4.99

          • http://mavi222.deviantart.com/gallery/ Mavi

            Ah, dammit, I am blind. I thought of searching for dollar sign on this site but... :C sorry

          • Herman

            No problem, I'm one of the few on the internet who actually likes to help others :)

      • lol

        Nope, one click with Freedom, and I have my free full version

  • NoBullet

    I hate how this game is compared to minecraft, when this game is more action and adventure oriented than MC. yeah you can build stuff but exploring and getting endgame items is a hell of a lot more fun than building in MC

  • phildough

    And the video of game play is from iOS so how about no. If you won't even show Android apps in action while advertising an Android app then I have nothing for you.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Are you talking to us or the developer? We couldn't find a video of an Android app, so we went with the next best thing. A video is still better than no video.

    • omegavesko

      There *is* no Android gameplay trailer. They should be identical anyway, why do you care so much?

  • MITM

    Its weird to play Terraria on a phone... gonna take a while to get used to this

  • David Hart

    I've been playing this on my iPhone, I'm so excited to play this on my tablets though!


  • David Hart

    Once this gets ironed out it'll be great, for me, a big missing feature is a dedicated jump button. sliding up on the joystick is unbearable

    • xHabeasCorpusx

      I have bigger problem with going down on platforms. I think there should be a dedicated down and up

  • Thomas’

    Why didn't the developer mention this anywhere? Website, Facebook, Twitter?

    • Rich H

      Exactly. It's things like that, that make me think releases like this on Android are sketchy, though often times they aren't.

      • Thomas’

        Well, 505 Games is real. But still strange.

    • Yanz

      I've heard it was a 'dev' release and not the official one just yet

  • Mystery Man

    38MB? Isn't it only 12MB on steam?

    • omegavesko

      You can't really compare them considering most likely the mobile version shares little actual code with the desktop version.

    • John Smith

      maybe it's because of the various (same) images at different resolutions

  • Brandon Fletcher

    Needs controller support. Instant purchase when they add that.

    • jspjut

      I'm with. If it had NVIDIA SHIELD support I'd have bought it already.

  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    Isn't the free version limited to small-world only?

  • Mr Gerbik 666

    How do you save on this?

  • yabbandroid

    The thing holding me back right now is this weird in app purchase of the game. I'm never sure how they register these purchases on Google Play. I don't want to have to purchase this several times. If they had a normal buying link on Google Play I would have bought it already.

    But what if I buy this in game on my N4, will I be able to play the full version on my tablet as well? What if I uninstall the game, will I have toi rebuy it ?? Lots of questions and no info at all about the buying procedure on their playstore site.

    • Cheeseball

      I don't think it's a consumable IAP (e.g. one-time purchase). I'm waiting for a reply by 505 Games on how they set it up on Google Play before I drop $4.99 on it.

      • copax

        I paid for it on my N7 and it does not show up as paid on my phone. If I hit the Buy button (hoping it'll maybe phone home and unlock), google play store just says I already bought it.

        • james kendall

          sound like they need to implement a restore purchases button. most apps with iap have one.

        • Cheeseball

          After it says that you already bought it, can you confirm if it changes to the full version?

          • yabbandroid

            Hey cheeseball, i can now confirm that it's a permanent IAP. i bought it on my n4 and then downloaded it to my tablet and had the full version unlocked as well.

            I do think google should make this whole process more transparent. I am always wary of IAPs.

            The game is awesome tho

          • Cheeseball

            So did you have to click on the "Buy" button again and get the pop-up that says you've already made the purchase?

  • barefootbandit8

    Gonna wait to play this on my Vita. Seems like a game that would benefit from physical controls.

  • phildough

    Disqus is not letting me reply to Artem or Omegavesko so I have to start a new thread, sorry.

    I am talking to developers who half ass Android attempts. Android has a larger install base and superior, advanced OS but plays second fiddle to a dumded down system. Developers don't want to put any effort into Android apps, they prefer the dumbed down system.

    Hasn't it been proven that more income is generated from "free" (ad supported) apps than these $.99 apps.

    I can understand game developers charging money for games, but then I should also have the expectation that they will show the game to me operating on my platform not some other platform.

    I was pissed when Nintendo showed Zelda footage from the X box during the Wii U trailer. And why shouldn't I be? It doesn't show what it looks like on the correct system. Same here, why would I want to see gameplay frome iOS?

    • Thomas’

      I didn't see any "proof" or any statistic that ad supported apps generate more income than paid ones.

      Also, this video is NOT from the Play Store. So what are you complaining about?

  • Jason Wright

    Not available in Japan disappointing. Probably because they are charging 5000Yen for the PS3 version! About 30 pounds!

  • chuckt

    is this the end of growtopia? :o

  • Sara

    How do I save?!?!

  • Kristian Italianchigipirate Ki

    Is their a way to save I spent about five hours playing exited out and lost a really nice sky tower, 12 stars, and some nice boots I found while mining.

  • Sylvia

    For some reason I managed to download it onto my Samsung note 8 tablet last night. Today however I cannot find the app on the Google play store at all. When I Google it and the app turns up, it says it is not compatible with my device. How did I download it in the first place then? I was just about to buy the full version too.

    The game runs well, no problems at all (i didn't manage to get very far though)

    I'm from Singapore.

  • bob

    What are the major differences between items? I am trying to make staffs but cannot seem to smith one. Is there a item limit?

  • epiccyndaquil335

    im not downloading not getting a virus