Terraria Guide

About

Terraria is a 2D Side Scroller side scroller RPG developed by the indie game developers, Re-Logic Studios. The game is currently available on Windows, XBox 360/One, Playstation 3 and 4, Windows/Android/Apple and Kindle Devices, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

The Game focuses on an Sandbox with 2D real-time action style similar to Metroid and Minecraft. Taking the idea of survival from Minecraft, new players are expected to cut down trees at to gain materials and to explore/mine for better tools and weapons. However, Terraria provides much more RPG and action mechanics than Minecraft could ever do by it’s simplistic nature. Rather than manually inputting recipes, all a player needs to have is the required materials to make an item in their inventory than they can simply click on the icon to craft it. The world is procedurally generated, but differentiating to Minecraft, not infinite. Also different is that the characters in the game can be played on different maps and servers.

Prerequisites

While Terraria has no support for OSX or Linux systems, the game will only support systems with the following specifications:

  • Operating System has to be at least Windows XP
  • CPU speed has to be at least 1.6 GHz
  • RAM has to be at least 512 MB
  • Any modern day video card will work, as long as it has a VRAM of at least 128 MB
  • Free disk space of 200 MB

Peripherals required by Terraria are as follows:

  • Monitor capable of a resolution at least 800×600
  • A Mouse
  • A Keyboard
  • Speakers (recommended at least)

For the actual installation of the game, the game itself should take care of that, but if it doesn’t automatically installs the software required to play the game, here’s the list of what’s needed:

  • Microsoft XNA
  • Microsoft .Net 4.0 (at least)

After having all the required equipment and software, you can go ahead and launch the game without a problem

Settings

There are some settings you might want to tweak in order to improve your experience. Some people may off slower computers and might get bad performance. This section will tell you what to tweak.

General

This section tweaks some of the small details in the game, the only things notable to tweak here are the following:

  • Autosave: Toggling this will enable a periodical save, if a crash or interruption of the program is to happen, this option might save your life. Recommended to turn on
  • Autopause: Whenever you enter the game’s menu or inventory, this automatically pauses the game. This only works in singleplayer games. Recommended to turn on
  • Placement Preview: Toggles the ability to see where your blocks will be placed before actually placing them down. Recommended to turn on

Video

This section tweaks the overall graphics of the game, and usually tweaking this can give you better performance:

  • Go Fullscreen: Makes the game into a fullscreen application. Recommended to turn on since it usually increases FPS
  • Parallax: This option changes how the background and foreground appearance of the game moves along with your player. This usually doesn’t affect FPS
  • Frame Skip: Allows the game to skips a small portion of the frames in order to compensate for its workload. Enabling this usually makes the game feel faster, but does not actually affect performance (confusing, I know)
  • Multicore Lighting: The amount of cores used to calculate lighting. Set this to the amount of cores you have in your CPU
  • Quality: The overall appearance of the game. The only real difference you’ll see with this set to high is softer shadows. Usually setting this to low increases performance

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