This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Terraria

terrariaWelcome to another installment of our weekly spotlight on Apple’s Editor’s Choice award. Every Thursday, Apple gives the special honor to one or more iOS apps that stand out as being particularly cool, fun, and uses the iOS technology to its best abilities. Last week, Apple named Asphalt 8: Airborne the Editor’s Choice.

This week, the award goes to a slightly less graphics-heavy game, but something worth checking out nonetheless.

Terraria is like a mix between Dig Dug, Super Mario Brothers, and Minecraft with just a hint of Skyrim thrown in (you get to “build” your home and add items to it). It is pixelated and brightly colored, but far from a simple, 8-bit game.

Players are tasked with exploring a vast and vibrant world, surviving attacks from dangerous creatures, and building a comfortable place to come home to after a long day of adventuring.

Players will be able to explore more than a dozen environments and be face-to-face with 75 different monsters, magical creatures, and bad bosses.

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Similar to platformer games, players will be traveling in a side-scrolling environment where they must defeat monsters in their path, jump, run, and climb to new and different locations, and collect special items along the way.

However, you must also use your handy miner’s pick to dig your way to new places, fight enemies, and excavate treasures.

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Additionally, there are 25 different block types, more than 200 crafting recipes, and day/night cycles reminiscent of the popular sandbox game Minecraft. Players use the blocks they find and crafting recipes to build in the environment they are adventuring in.

It originally launched as a Windows PC game on Steam and was later ported to PlayStation and Xbox. On Thursday, the game found its home in the iOS App Store.

Terraria is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for $4.99. Download it in the App Store.

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