364616_largerFollowing our look at Junk Jack X, I loaded up Terraria [$4.99] to see how they compare. The same caveats go for this game too, in that so much of these Minecraft-likes involve really setting up your own personal infrastructure of resources, a killer base, equipment, and more. This is really just the first half hour of Terraria, including bumbling through the tutorial and then finally building our first house in game which (I think?) an NPC either moved in to or will soon be moving into.

Be sure to give this a look to check out the clever control scheme they've come up with for Terraria on iOS. The zoom functionality is super near. Also, like Junk Jack X, we're going to give the game a deeper look next week once we've spent more time with it and have a bit more impressive of a base to show off.

As far as whether to get Terraria or Junk Jack X, right now I'd say a resounding get both. They're both so good in their own ways, that they're totally both worth having- At least at first blush. The multiplayer in Junk Jack X is amazing, but it feels like you're building towards so much more in Terraria. Of course, stay tuned for full reviews of both games in the not too distant future.

  • Kugiro

    Makes me want to get it.....LIKE NOW!

  • anabolicMike

    Buy both.

    • anabolicMike

      Does anyone know when they will release this for android? The game is good on my iphone but hard to control sometimes. I have a 10 inch tablet but its android. I bet terraria will be amazing on a large screen. You iPad guys are in for a treat :/

      • themostunclean

        It is much better on iPad. Just like JJ.

        I have no idea about any plans to release on android. Then again, I don't really keep up on that news. All my mobile devices are Apple, makes cross-compatibility a breeze and every time I buy a universal game on my phone (like these) it's basically like getting the iPad version for free.

  • szydab1

    You can have 10 hotbars just simpily pause the game which is that button on top right and there will be an option to change from 5 to 10 hot bars

  • JJE McManus

    This week is an embarrassment of riches for crafting crazies. I'm in 7th heaven.

  • shaver

    I found the controls pretty awkward, personally. I ended up with random little blocks jutting out because I couldn't zoom without placing. I'll probably get more comfortable with time. And, oh yes, there will be time.

  • hla77

    The controls are not great at all.

  • shadax

    Am I the only who can't drag any items when a dialogue box is up? I may not be able to all in fact. Haven't gotten past the tutorial

  • RamazAdelphos

    And that picture of that guy in your house is that NPC that spawns when start a world the one who gives u help. He's the first NPC to move in once you make a room

  • nonstickron

    I'll buy whichever goes on sale first. Ready...set...GO!

    • Ben Norvell

      Why not buy them at full price to support these great developers?

      • doomsday3706

        What if you don't have 6.50 and want to wait....

      • nonstickron

        Because I've already bought more games than will fit on my phone, many many many times over, that I mostly haven't even played yet...often deleting games I just bought to make room for buying more games. Many if which I'll never play or played for an hour and then deletes. I can't afford for my addiction to start including $5 games. ;-)

  • eventide

    Does ANYone think either will get less than 5/5 from TA???

    :]

  • mw1

    Why pay for either of them when The Blockheads is free?

    • RamazAdelphos

      Because Terraria and Junk Jack X make The blockheads looks silly

  • WoeOfAftermath

    Damn, I hate it when the zoom functionality is super near. I'm going to have to pass on this one :(

  • chamillion205

    I bought them both. I haven't played terraria much (I played a helluva alot of junk jack x tho) but I have terraria on psn so I know it's great. They are both worth the 4.99. So buy them!!!

  • CooleTeeps

    You can craft platforms without a crafting bench.

  • http://www.thesteampunkraygun.com/ Allen Gore

    "Great" control scheme? I'd say, serviceable controls - but not great.

    • Reignmaker

      Try Junk Jack X. After a lot of deliberation between the two games, I decided to give it a try. Not sorry I did.

  • Reignmaker

    Pocket Gamer recently reviewed both Terraira and Junk Jack X.

    Terrarira got a 7 out of 10: "Terraria's mix of creative crafting and endless exploration will keep you rapt for weeks. But a lack of multiplayer and some wonky touchscreen controls let the experience down."

    Junk Jack X got an 8 out of 10: "A polished and well-contructed side-scrolling sandbox, Junk Jack X doesn't build much on the foundations of its predecessor, but what it adds is well worth exploring."