Terraria Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Terraria RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Terraria NPC Happiness Guide to Pylons & Cheap Prices https://www.gameskinny.com/o27av/terraria-npc-happiness-guide-to-pylons-cheap-prices https://www.gameskinny.com/o27av/terraria-npc-happiness-guide-to-pylons-cheap-prices Thu, 21 May 2020 13:02:53 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Terraria's new happiness system for NPCs is one of the many surprise additions to the Journey's End update, and it's one you should familiarize yourself with to make use of the new Pylons, which allow for teleportation between one another.

Pylons are also new to Terraria, and become available for purchase from vendor NPCs that are sufficiently happy. You obviously want to rush at least a couple of Pylons so you can open teleportation between them.

The happier an NPC is, the lower their vendor prices will be; and if an NPC is elated, they'll sell you a Pylon corresponding to the biome they're in for less than 10 gold. What a steal!

Before you can get your hands on some Pylons (which we will explain in more detail soon enough), let's talk about how that whole thing works as well as exactly how you can make your NPCs happy.

How to Get Pylons and How They Work

Pylons allow you to teleport from one to the other, as long as you have at least two available to you.

Once a vendor NPC is happy enough, they will have for sale a Pylon corresponding to the biome they are in.

For instance, if the Dryad and Witch Doctor are together in a house in the jungle (satisfying their happiness needs), both will have Jungle Pylons for sale as they will be in their preferred biome with an NPC they like, and they are not overcrowded.

The following Pylons can be purchased from happy NPCs:

  • Cavern Pylon
  • Forest Pylon
  • Snow Pylon
  • Desert Pylon
  • Jungle Pylon
  • Mushroom Pylon
  • Hallow Pylon

The Cavern Pylon can be purchased if the NPC is housed underground and not in a specific biome.

If your NPCs are living somewhere with two biomes, you may be able to buy Pylons for both biomes from them.

Additionally, once you complete the Bestiary, you will be able to buy a Universal Pylon from the Zoologist regardless of her happiness.

How Pylons Work

There are two requirements for getting Pylons to work:

  1. Pylons will only work when near at least two NPCs who have a home
  2. Pylons will only work when placed in their corresponding biome

I'm not entirely sure what range the NPCs need to be from the Pylons to work, but they do not necessarily have to be squished into one room.

When you come close to a Pylon after you already have two up, you will be able to click on a Pylon once nearby to select another one on the world map to teleport to.

This system forces you to divide up your NPCs permanently if you want to continue to use the Pylon Network, but Pylon use is not tied to NPC happiness.

You can divide your NPCs up however you like once you've bought Pylons from them, but remember their happiness affects their sales prices for other goods as well.

How to Make Terraria NPCs Happy

Giving your resident NPCs a more fulfilling life isn't something we really had to think about before Journey's End, and you only need to consider it up to a point even now.

NPC happiness affects whether they will sell Pylons and the prices of their goods. It is based on:

  • The biome they live in
  • How many other NPCs are nearby
  • Which NPCs are nearby

As a general rule of thumb when trying to make your NPCs happy, keep them to two or three NPCs in a 25 to 30 tile area.

You'll be able to figure out where to house your NPCs using the table below, based off their preferred and disliked biomes and fellow NPCs.

Because you only need eight separate biome Pylons, you only need to focus on eight vendor NPCs. Pick and choose the ones you want to focus on!

NPC Pref. Biome Dislike Biome NPC Likes NPC Dislikes
Angler Ocean Desert Party Girl
Demolitionist
Tax Collector
Tavernkeep
Arms Dealer Desert Snow Steampunker
Nurse
Demolitionist
Golfer
Clothier Caverns Hallow Tax Collector
Truffle
Nurse
Mechanic
Cyborg Snow Jungle Pirate
Steampunker
Stylist
Wizard
Zoologist
Demolitionist Caverns Ocean Mechanic
Tavernkeep
Arms Dealer
Goblin Tinkerer
Dryad Jungle Desert Truffle
Witch Doctor
Zoologist
Angler
Golfer
Dye Trader Desert Forest Painter
Arms Dealer
Pirate
Steampunker
Goblin Tinkerer Caverns Jungle Dye Trader
Mechanic
Stylist
Clothier
Golfer Forest Caverns Painter
Zoologist
Pirate
Merchant
 Guide Forest Ocean Clothier
Zoologist
Steampunker
Painter
Mechanic Snow Caverns Cyborg
Goblin Tinkerer
Clothier
Arms Dealer
Merchant Forest Desert Nurse
Golfer
Angler
Tax Collector
Nurse Hallow Snow Wizard
Arms Dealer
Party Girl
Dryad
Zoologist
Painter Jungle
Ocean
Forest Dryad
Party Girl
Truffle
Cyborg
Party Girl Hallow Caverns Wizard
Stylist
Zoologist
Merchant
Tax Collector
Pirate Ocean Caverns Angler
Tavernkeep
Guide
Stylist
Steampunker Desert Jungle Cyborg
Painter
Dryad
Wizard
Party Girl
Stylist Ocean Snow Pirate
Dye Trader
Goblin Tinkerer
Tavernkeep
Tavernkeep Hallow Snow Goblin Tinkerer
Demolitionist
Dye Trader
Guide
Tax Collector Snow Hallow Party Girl
Merchant
Mechanic
Demolitionist
Truffle Mushroom  N/A Dryad
Guide
Witch Doctor
Clothier
Witch Doctor Jungle Hallow Guide
Dryad
Clothier
Nurse
Truffle
Wizard Hallow Ocean Merchant
Golfer
Cyborg
Witch Doctor
Zoologist Forest Desert Witch Doctor
Golfer
Angler
Arms Dealer

 

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That's it for Terraria NPC happiness, pylons, and cheap prices! Keep your eyes peeled for more Terraria guides here on GameSkinny.

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Terraria 1.4 Summoner Best Build Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/c4uva/terraria-14-summoner-best-build-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/c4uva/terraria-14-summoner-best-build-guide Fri, 22 May 2020 13:22:28 -0400 Sergey_3847

The last big update 1.4 for Terraria has just been released. It introduces a whole new set of whip weapons for the Summoner class.

If you're looking for the best build for this class, then this guide will provide you with a powerful set of gear, including their locations and crafting recipes.

This Summoner build focuses on powerful summon weapons and armor, including accessories with high damage potential.

Armor: Stardust Set

Stardust armor set is currently the best choice of armor for the Summoner due to its natural ability to boost summon weapons, which is essential for this class.

The set includes three items:

  • Stardust Helmet
  • Stardust Plate
  • Stardust Leggings

Each item requires two types of materials to craft in different quantities:

  • 45 total Stardust Fragments
  • 36 total Luminite Bars

Stardust Fragments can be obtained from the Stardust Pillar during the Lunar Events, which can be activated after beating the Lunatic Cultist boss in the Dungeon.

You will need 45x Stardust Fragments in total for all three items of the Stardust set.

Luminite Bars can be crafted from Luminite, a material which is dropped by the Moon Lord boss.

Luminite can be smelted into bars at the Ancient Manipulator crafting station. You will need 36x Luminite Bars for the Stardust armor.

Here is the exact breakdown of all necessary materials for each piece of the armor:

Item
Recipe
Stardust Helmet
10x Stardust Fragment
8x Luminite Bar
Stardust Leggings
15x Stardust Fragment
12x Luminite Bar
Stardust Plate
20x Stardust Fragment
16x Luminite Bar

 

Stardust Armor is also crafted at the Ancient Manipulator.

Main Advantages

When the set is complete, you get a permanent companion in the form of Stardust Guardian, who will attack all hostile creatures or NPCs automatically. As of 1.4 update the Guardian attacks enemies with a barrage of powerful punches.

Full set grants the following bonuses:

  • +66% minion damage
  • +5 minion capacity

This means that with a complete set and other buffs included in this build, you will be able to summon up to 11 minions. Such offensive power fully compensates for rather low defense abilities of the armor.

Weapons: Zenith, Terraprisma, Stardust Dragon Stuff

Zenith Sword

Zenith is the ultimate sword weapon in Terraria, and this is also the best choice for Summoner that wants to rely on strong offensive tools.

This sword can be crafted using other ten swords from the game. Here they are:

  • Terra Blade
  • Meowmere
  • Star Wrath
  • Influx Waver
  • Horseman's Blade
  • Seedler
  • Starfury
  • Bee Keeper
  • Enchanted Sword
  • Copper Shortsword

Most of these swords drop from Moon Lord. When you have all ten swords in your possession, you can craft Zenith at the Mythril or Orichalcum anvils.

Terraprisma

This is the newest summon weapon in the 1.14 update, which also happens to be the most powerful summon weapon of all.

However, instead of summoning minions it simply creates more copies of itself that can deal with multiple enemies at a time.

This weapon can be obtained by defeating the Empress of Light boss at the Hallow. Follow this guide for a complete breakdown of this boss fight.

Stardust Dragon Staff

This is another highly potent summon weapon, which summons a flying dragon. Unlike any other summon weapon, reusing Stardust Dragon Staff simply makes the dragon longer instead of creating another copy of it.

This means that the staff is especially useful against single targets, such as bosses or powerful enemies, while Zenith and Terraprisma will do a better job with a horde of enemies.

You can craft Stardust Dragon Staff at the Ancient Manipulator using 18x Stardust Fragments.

Summoner Accessories

Summoner Emblem

Minions from summon weapons are quite effective on their own, but you can make them deal even more damage with the help of the Summoner Emblem, which increases it by 15%.

This accessory drops from the Wall of Flesh boss, which can be located in The Underworld.

Avenger Emblem

Since you'll be using several types of weapons, including summon weapons, you need to increase the damage of your weapons. This accessory grants 12% bonus damage to all your weapons.

Avenger Emblem can be crafted at the Tinkerer's Workshop with the help of this recipe:

  • 1x Warrior Emblem
  • 5x Soul of Might
  • 5x Soul of Sight
  • 5x Soul of Fright
Destroyer Emblem

This emblem provides a damage bonus to your character. It adds 10% to your overall damage and 8% to your ritical hit chance.

Destroyer Emblem can be crafted at the Tinkerer's Workshop using Avenger Emblem and Eye of the Golem.

Necromantic Scroll

You can increase the number of your summoned minions by one with the help of this accessory, as well as increase your summon damage by 10%.

Necromantic Scroll drops from Mourning Wood mini-boss, which can be encountered during the Pumpkin Moon event.

Papyrus Scarab

This accessory stacks with Necromantic Scroll and adds an extra summon minion and 15% bonus to summon damage.

Papyrus Scarab can be crafted at the Tinkerer's Workshop using Necromantic Scroll and Hercules Beetle.

Celestial Shell

The last one is probably the most important accessory you can have for your character. It increases your damage, melee speed, critical hit chance, life regeneration, defense, mining speed, and minion knockback.

This amazing accessory can be crafted at the Tinkerer's Workshop using Celestial Stone and Moon Shell.

That's all on the best build for Summoner class, and be sure to check more Terraria guides right here.

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Terraria: How to Make Jungle and Glowing Mushroom Biomes https://www.gameskinny.com/jbyc6/terraria-how-to-make-jungle-and-glowing-mushroom-biomes https://www.gameskinny.com/jbyc6/terraria-how-to-make-jungle-and-glowing-mushroom-biomes Tue, 19 May 2020 13:29:52 -0400 Ashley Shankle

There are not a ton of ways to affect which biomes populate your world in Terraria, but it is possible to manually add and grow two of them. We'll go over what those biomes are and how to create them in this guide.

Both the Jungle and Glowing Mushroom biomes can be grown manually to customize your world and give it a little more pizazz, or to farm the biomes' unique materials.

There are two methods you can use to grow either of these biomes, and even one method to grow Corruption, Crimson, or Hallow that also allows you to remove them. We'll go into that a bit further down.

How to Create a Jungle Biome in Terraria

Every world generated in Terraria has at least one Jungle, but maybe it's not big enough for your tastes or maybe you just want to have all those Forest biomes swallowed up by the infinitely cooler and significantly riskier Jungle.

Whatever your reason, it's an effort-intensive process to pull off. Though less so for Journey mode characters, which we'll touch on briefly as well.

To spread or create a Jungle biome, you need two things:

  1. 80 Mud
  2. A similar number of Jungle Grass Seeds

Jungle Grass Seeds can be obtained by destroying plants growing in an already-established Jungle biome. You only need to run around swinging your weapon to destroy plants, but be aware there is a mere 1/100 chance a plant will drop a Jungle Grass Seed.

If you are playing a Journey mode character, you only need 25 Jungle Grass Seeds to research and dupe the seeds infinitely.

Mud can be found fairly easily, either from a top Jungle biome or underground.

You'll want to place at least 80 mud tiles next to each other over an expanse. If you're starting above ground, clear out any trees in the area and use the new tile swapping feature to easily swap the dirt with the mud blocks you've accumulated.

From there, you select your seeds and place them directly on the mud to get the process started.

Now, it's worth noting that Jungle Grass spreads at a rate of three to five tiles per day. This means you do not need 80 Jungle Grass Seeds to get started, especially if you spread them out by a few tiles on the mud you've placed.

After a few days, the area you've covered will begin to convert into a Jungle biome, Maneaters and all.

As an aside, you can place 80 Lihzahrd Bricks near each other to spawn Jungle biome enemies, without the plant life and other aspects of the Jungle biome.

Lihzahrd Bricks can be found in Jungle Temples and require one of the higher tier Hardmode pickaxes to dig up, such as one of the Luminite Pickaxe or Drill.

How to Create a Glowing Mushroom Biome in Terraria

Creating a Glowing Mushroom biome is very similar to creating a Jungle biome, but most players will need to make a Glowing Mushroom biome at one point or another to get the NPC Truffle to spawn.

As with creating a Jungle biome, you'll need:

  1. 80 Mud
  2. A similar number of Mushroom Grass Seeds

Truffle requires that you have an above ground Glowing Mushroom biome, and that there be a house available, before he will come to your world and settle.

Mushroom Grass Seeds drop from the plants in a natural Glowing Mushroom biome underground, but at the low chance of 1/40 plants.

It can take some time to get enough seeds, but you do not need a full 80 as Mushroom Grass does spread at a rate of three to five tiles per day.

Journey mode characters can simply collect 25 seeds, research, and infinitely duplicate them to save some time.

As with the Jungle biome instructions above, clear out the trees over an 80-tile or more wide area and replace all the dirt with mud blocks. Then, sweep over those tiles again placing Mushroom Grass Seeds. After some time, they will grow into a full-on biome.

You do not need a full 80 seeds to get a Glowing Mushroom biome started, as you can spread them out across the mud you've placed and let the grass spread naturally to create the biome.

How to Make Jungle and Mushroom Biomes the Hardmode Way

You can totally use the above methods to create your biomes earlier than Hardmode, but if you're well into a world and want to do it in an easier way, there is an option.

The Steampunker NPC can move into one of your houses once you've defeated a mechanical boss and sells a nifty tool called the Clentaminator for a mere 2 Silver.

The Clentaminator allows you to convert biomes into select other biomes using solutions she sells. Though some solutions allow you to spread or remove Corruption, Crimson, or Hallow; two particular ones allow you to change Jungle biomes into Glowing Mushroom or Glowing Mushroom biomes into Jungle.

If you have either a Jungle or Glowing Mushroom biome you want to do other things with, the Clentaminator will allow you to completely change that biome into the other. Snazzy, right!

The Green Solution, which converts Glowing Mushroom biomes into Jungle biomes, can be purchased from the Steampunker for 25 Silver when she is in a Forest.

The Dark Blue Solution, which converts Jungle biomes into Glowing Mushroom biomes, can be bought from Truffle for 25 Silver. This requires you have had to made an above ground Glowing Mushroom biome already.

With Clentaminator and solutions in-hand, you can easily bounce between Jungle and Glowing Mushroom biomes, should you want to. It converts a huge area at a time, making it a quick option for those well-into a world.

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Hopefully, this guide helps you on your way, and it's not the only one. You may find these two pretty useful:

But of course, we have plenty of other Terraria guides as well!

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Terraria Lava Fishing Guide: How to Fish and What You'll Catch https://www.gameskinny.com/09z1r/terraria-lava-fishing-guide-how-to-fish-and-what-youll-catch https://www.gameskinny.com/09z1r/terraria-lava-fishing-guide-how-to-fish-and-what-youll-catch Tue, 19 May 2020 13:55:34 -0400 Jason Coles

Terraria Journey's End has brought with it a huge amount of new stuff for players to master and find. One of the most relaxing (or least, depending on your point of view) comes in the form of Lava Fishing, which takes the pastime of fishing and makes it super hot. 

Lava Fishing isn't just a good way to kill time, though: It's also a great way to find some of the new items in Terraria 1.4. By lava fishing, you'll be able to craft some new gear and even learn how to manipulate lava at will. So, here's what you need to know about Lava Fishing in Terraria

How to Fish in Lava

To actually cast your line into the lava, you need the right equipment first. The best rod is the Hotline Hook fishing rod, which allows you to fish in lava with no other specialized gear. 

To obtain Hotline Hook, you need to first play in Hardmode. Then complete 25 Angler quests. After the 25th quest, you'll a 1/75 chance of getting the Hotline Hook after an Angler quest. 

You can also use the Lavaproof Fishing Hook. You can get it by opening Obsidian Crates, which you can catch by fishing in the Underworld. The advantage of this hook is that you can use a better rod and any bait you want.  

It's worth noting that fishing in lava has its risks; If anything decides to knock you while you're waiting for a bite, there's a chance you'll fall in the lava and die, so it's best to keep a close eye on things  or fish with a summon protecting you. 

What You Can Catch While Lava Fishing

Lava Fishing allows you to catch some really interesting items, all of which are useful in a variety of different ways. The fish you can catch are:

  • Flarefin Koi
  • Obsidifish
  • Obsidian Swordfish. 

The first two are ingredients for crafting the Inferno Potion, which sets fire to all enemies that come near you. The Swordfish can be made into a powerful spear. 

You can also reel in a Bottomless Lava Bucket, which allows you to produce infinite lava wherever you want; the Lava Absorbent Sponge, which can remove lava; and the Demon Conch, which can teleport you to the Underworld. 

It's easy to see why these are all really useful — and worthwhile — items, and the possibilities they unlock really open up the game. This is especially true if you want to watch the world burn, in which case, that Bottomless Lava Bucket is really going to be your favorite item. 

 

That's it on Terraria lava fishing. For more, including tips on other Journey's End additions, be sure to check out our other Terraria guides

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How to Make and Plant Gemcorns in Terraria 1.4 Journey's End https://www.gameskinny.com/jdwdu/how-to-make-and-plant-gemcorns-in-terraria-14-journeys-end https://www.gameskinny.com/jdwdu/how-to-make-and-plant-gemcorns-in-terraria-14-journeys-end Tue, 19 May 2020 13:36:33 -0400 Jason Coles

There are lots of cool changes in the Terraria 1.4 update, Journey's End. One of the coolest, at least aesthetically, is the Gemcorn. If you're here, that means you need to know how to make and plant Gemcorns, and that's where we come in. 

Gemcorns grow into Gem Trees, and Gem Trees are a fun way to get more gems, but they also help make underground lairs look far more interesting, and style is everything. So, here's what you need to know.

How to Make Gemcorns

Making Gemcorns is actually very easy, you don't even need a workbench as you can combine them by hand. Try not to think too hard about how that's possible, though... 

Anyway, to create a Gemcorn, you need a gemstone and an acorn. Then, you just squish them together in crafting.

This works with:

  • Amber
  • Amethyst
  • Diamond
  • Emerald
  • Ruby
  • Sapphire
  • Topaz.

Each will produce a Gemcorn of the corresponding type. Those, in turn, will grow into a Gem Tree that produces those gems. Super simple. 

How to Plant Gemcorns

Planting Gemcorns is the same as planting any other kind of acorn. However, you can't do it on the surface world. Instead, you have to do it in the Underground or below, and you can only plant Gemcorns in stone

Unlike normal trees, Gem Trees grow when there is no light, meaning any light source near them will actually slow them down. Ideally, you want to plant them in the pitch black

Once they're fully grown, you can chop them down, and they'll produce some Stone Blocks, some Gemcorns, and some Gems too. This can make them pretty useful for generating money early on in a game, but also great for making certain items too.

Of course, you might just want them to look flashy, and we respect that. Either way, that's everything you need to know about how to grow and plant Gemcorns. For more, be sure to check out our other Terraria guides

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How to Install Texture Packs in Terraria 1.4 Journey's End https://www.gameskinny.com/tdr32/how-to-install-texture-packs-in-terraria-14-journeys-end https://www.gameskinny.com/tdr32/how-to-install-texture-packs-in-terraria-14-journeys-end Tue, 19 May 2020 13:14:43 -0400 Jason Coles

Terraria is great, and it looks incredible for the most part, but sometimes you want to change things up. Sometimes, you want to install Terraria texture packs to make Journey's End look even better. Here's how to do it. 

As of this latest update, Terraria now officially supports texture packs, which means it's easier than ever to play around in a world that looks however you want it to. So, it's a great time to spice up the look of Terraria, and here's how. 

How to Find Texture Packs for Terraria 1.4

Finding packs is easy, all you need to do is head over to the forum dedicated to texture packs. Then, you can either go into the Released or Works-in-Progress sections.

Released packs are complete and will work perfectly, while Works-in-Progress might not. Choose the pack you want and download it and you can begin the install. 

How to Install Texture Packs in Terraria 1.4

Installing the texture packs is easy too. First of all, you just need to drop the .zip file into the right folder. Here are the paths to follow for PC, Mac, and Linux: 

  • Windows: Documents\My Games\Terraria\ResourcePacks
  • Mac: ~Library/Application Support/Terraria/ResourcePacks
  • Linux: $XDG_DATA_HOME/Terraria/ResourcePacks

Once that's done, you need to open up Terraria, choose the Texture Packs option from the main menu, and then activate the texture pack you want. 

You can activate them and deactivate them from here, so you can swap between them to get a feel for your favorite ones or see what happens when you use loads of them at once. We don't recommend that though. 

That's everything you need to know about how to install texture packs in Terraria 1.4. Be sure to check out our other Terraria guides

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How to Get the Terraprisma in Terraria 1.4 https://www.gameskinny.com/59ip2/how-to-get-the-terraprisma-in-terraria-14 https://www.gameskinny.com/59ip2/how-to-get-the-terraprisma-in-terraria-14 Mon, 18 May 2020 14:51:42 -0400 Jason Coles

While there are plenty of new things to find in the Journey's End update for Terraria, new enemies to defeat, and new powers to wield, few of them are as impressive as the Terraprisma. "What on earth is that?" I hear you crying from beyond the internet. 

It's one of the thousand-plus new items introduced in Terraria 1.4, the last update for Terraria, and its power is incredible. With that in mind, you'll be wanting to get your hands on it if you're hoping to be at your best for the challenges ahead of you. So, here's everything you need to know about the Terraprisma. 

How to Get the Terraprisma in Terraria 1.4

What is the Terraprisma

The Terraprisma is a fancy-looking new "sword" available in hardmode. While it looks like a sword, though, it's actually the best summon weapon in the game, which means it should be at the top of your wishlist. 

Using it costs 10 mana, and summons an enchanted sword to fight alongside you, somewhat like a familiar.

How to Get the Terraprisma 

To get the Terraprisma, you need to defeat the Empress of Light. This is a new boss introduced in the 1.4 Journey's End update, and they feel a lot like a bullet hell boss, to be honest.  

The Empress of Light flies around the world shooting out beams of varying colors that either home in on you or appear in specific areas, and dodging all of them is incredibly tough. She drops a lot of new loot, but to get the Terraprisma, you actually have to defeat her by only dealing damage during the day

This makes an already tough boss fight much harder because daylight boosts her damage high enough to instakill with nearly every attack.

However, doing this is the only way you can get the Terraprisma, so you'll either have to get very good at the game, or play on Journey Mode and activate God Mode instead. Both are equally honorable if you ask me. 

How to Spawn the Empress of Light

To spawn the Empress of Light, you first need to be in hardmode, which you reach when you've killed off the Wall of Flesh down at the bottom of the world. 

Now that you've done that, hallowed areas will appear, and you need to kill off Plantera, then head to one of the hallowed areas and keep an eye out for a little bug called a Prismatic Lacewing. These insects only spawn at night, and you'll need to kill it to summon the Empress of Light. 

The trick to getting the Terraprisma is to kill the Prismatic Lacewing just before night ends, and then make sure you keep moving as you're fighting off the Empress. 

If you don't deal damage to her only during the day, then the Terraprisma won't drop. It's not an easy thing to do, but the power of magical blades following you around is well worth it. Plus, you'll get to feel a little bit like Alucard in the Castlevania series, and that's gotta be worth the effort. 

That's it on how to get the Terraprisma in Terraria 1.4, as well as a few tips on how to beat the Empress of Light. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the latest Terraria update, and be sure to keep an eye on our other Terraria guides!

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Terraria Reaches Journey's End Just Before Summer https://www.gameskinny.com/bglqt/terraria-reaches-journeys-end-just-before-summer https://www.gameskinny.com/bglqt/terraria-reaches-journeys-end-just-before-summer Mon, 13 Apr 2020 17:25:03 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Terraria has had a long and notable life. After nine years and a whopping 30 million total sales, the 2D action sandbox will be receiving its final, and perhaps biggest, update yet with patch 1.4, titled Journey's End.

Releasing on May 16, Terraria's Journey's End update promises to bring more to the game than the largest patches prior.

Though we don't know everything to come in 1.4 just yet, we do know of a few additions. Some notable ones to whet your appetite are:

  • A new bestiary
  • New furniture sets, consumables, equipment sets, and more
  • New Void Vault and Bag storage
  • New pets
  • New mounts
  • Golfing minigame
  • New Blood Moon enemies
  • New critters
  • At least one new Hardmode boss
  • A new block swapping feature
  • Wind
  • Master mode, a difficulty higher than Expert
  • The ability to sit in chairs
  • Wing rebalancing
  • World generation revamp (more varied worlds, perhaps?)
  • New graphical elements and animations
  • New music

The above is just a touch on what Journey's End promises to bring to Terraria players come to PC players next month.

Terraria 1.4 will be launching on PC on May 16, with the console and mobile editions of the game receiving its final massive update sometime later this year.

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7 Ways to Make Terraria Mining Easier https://www.gameskinny.com/bwh6w/7-ways-to-make-terraria-mining-easier https://www.gameskinny.com/bwh6w/7-ways-to-make-terraria-mining-easier Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:51:59 -0400 reecerooprai

Mining is an essential part of playing Terraria. It helps you find awesome loot, and it allows you to craft better weapons  especially in the early-game.

Unfortunately, mining in Terraria can be blighted by long spells of not finding anything valuable or getting pulverized by some particularly nasty enemies, making the game a lot duller and less fun to play.

Fortunately, though, there are some ways to stop this from happening and make mining a lot more lucrative. Here are seven ways to do just that.

7 Ways to Make Mining in Terraria Easier

1. Find a Natural Cave to the Underground

When you first enter a newly-created world, digging an easy way underground may be a challenge, because you will only have a shortsword, a pickaxe, and an axe. Digging with these tools is slow, and fighting the enemies you find is difficult.

Finding a natural way underground will let you simply get on with exploring the map, and it will often lead to finding a Life Heart early on. On top of that, rope, torches, lesser healing potions, and glowsticks are useful cave-exploration items. They are easily found in pots.  

2. Use Rope to Your Advantage

Fall damage is a major cause of early-game deaths in Terraria.

Guard against a premature death by using rope to safely climb down. All you have to do is place your rope and hold the place button down where the rope starts. This will automatically unfurl the rope to the bottom of the cave or opening. 

3. Forge a Grappling Hook

Sometimes, you find a cave full of great loot, but some of it is on a hill, and you can't quite reach it. A great way to get around this problem in the early game is to craft a grappling hook, which will allow you to grapple surfaces and channel your inner Batman.

Of course, if you have already killed King Slime, he may have dropped a slime hook, which allows you to grapple up to three times in a row.

4. Illuminate Unknown Caverns Before You Enter Them

Having a way to illuminate caverns and see what’s inside before you blast in sword swinging is a great way to making sure you don’t fall down a deep cavern or run into a room full of enemies.

In the early game, chucking glowsticks down a cavern can help light it up, but it's ultimately wasteful. You could better use glowsticks to see how deep an underground pool is.

A great way to light up caverns is to craft the space gun. Fire it into your newly-discovered cavern to light it up. Having a full set of meteorite armor will eliminate the space gun's mana cost, leaving you with a fantastic early-game weapon.

A space gun can be crafted at an iron anvil from:

  • 30 Meteorite Bar
  • 2 Fallen Stars

Another great alternative to the space gun is the Starfury sword, which can be found in a Sky Chest. These are found on floating islands.

The Starfury is a great melee weapon, but it also fires a shooting star. This can be exploited to discover new chasms underground before you dig into them.

5. Take Spelunker Potions

The Spelunker potion is a fantastic brew that allows you to see all valuable underground treasures, including pots, chests, and Life Hearts.

This will dramatically increase your mining efficiency, since you can pinpoint where to dig to find the ore you need. This is particularly effective in early Hardmode.

Spelunker potions are found in chests underground, but they can also be crafted at a placed bottle or an alchemy table from:

  • Bottled water x1
  • Blinkroot x1
  • Moonglow x1
  • Gold Ore x1
    • Or Platinum Ore x1
6. Dig a Hellevator

A Hellevator is a very effective way of discovering new chasms quickly. You can easily make one by digging a 2-block-wide tunnel straight down to the Underworld.

Doing so reveals many new areas open to exploration, which then raises the chances of finding more loot and ore. Make sure you take some rope so you make your way back up to the surface!

A Hellevator also gives you easy access to Hell, making farming for late early-game resources easier. You can also use it to find and fight the Wall of Flesh.

Find a Magic Mirror

The Magic Mirror is a wonderful item that teleports you to your last spawn point. It's a great way to avoid death if you make the wrong jump or a Fire Imp is about to melt your face.

The Magic Mirror is part of the Cell Phone crafting recipe, which gives you a vast amount of real-time information about your world.

Magic Mirrors are commonly found in underground chests. The Ice Mirror is found at a similar depth as the regular mirror but in the Underground Ice biome.

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While mining can be a chore in Terraria, stick with it, and you will amass more loot than you’ll know what to do with! Be sure to check out our other Terraria guides if you need help. And let us know what Terraria topics we should cover by leaving a comment below! 

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How to Make Terraria Boss Fights Easier https://www.gameskinny.com/7oxkw/how-to-make-terraria-boss-fights-easier https://www.gameskinny.com/7oxkw/how-to-make-terraria-boss-fights-easier Mon, 30 Mar 2020 17:45:36 -0400 reecerooprai

Terraria bosses are both dangerous and tough, but the loot these bosses drop is absolutely worth the challenge. All that is needed to defeat them is good preparation, the right weapons, and a bit of luck!

To make boss fights much, much easier (and in some cases even possible), you should consider building a battle arena in which to fight bosses. Note, however, that some bosses, such as Plantera and the Wall of Flesh, can only be fought in their respective biome.

This guide will provide tips on how to prepare a battle area for fighting bosses.

How to Make Terraria Boss Fights Easier

There are three things you must think about when preparing a battle arena for boss fights. Try to do as many of these things as you can when starting your first boss fight.

Some of these tips are only available in Hard mode, but you should have more than enough to work with when you are just starting out.

Make Space

Many bosses in Terraria are both fast and deal a lot of damage. Often, a single hit from an attack can kill a character, particularly if you haven't found a lot of life hearts yet.

It is therefore essential, that you clear a large area of space so that you can move around easily. Use platforms to form two or three levels in your arena, so that you can move around easier and are able to drop to a lower level if needed. Combining this with a grappling hook is a good way to quickly maneuver around the arena.

Use Buffs

There are various furniture pieces which provide a wide variety of buffs. Buffs can greatly enhance your stats and make boss fights much easier. Some of these are obtained from crafting and some can be purchased from various NPCs at various points in the game.

A few of these important objects are:

  • Fireplaces: Increased health regeneration
  • Star in a Bottle: Increased mana regeneration
  • Heart Lanterns: Increased health regeneration
  • Ammo Box: 20% chance you won't consume ammo
  • Bewitching Table: Increases the number of spawnable minions by 1
  • Crystal Ball (Hard Mode): Increases maximum mana by 20, increases mana damage by 5%, increases magic critical strike chance by 2%, decreases mana usage by 2%
  • Honey: Adds health regeneration to your character
  • Sunflowers: Increases movement speed 10%, decreases enemy spawn rate by 17% 

Placing these objects in the arena and activating all of them before a boss fight makes your character instantly stronger, which can help turn a boss fight from barely manageable to doable.

Have all of these objects all in a single place, preferably in the middle of the arena, so that the aura of the buffs provided from these items can reach all areas of the arena.

Several of the buffs stack (such as buffs provided from the health regeneration buffs), which can seriously improve various character statistics.

Take Advantage of Statues

Ever wished that there was a constant supply of health to keep you alive just a second longer, or a constant supply of mana to plink the last 10 points of health from a boss?

Then you need some statues!

Heart and star statues are very rare, but when wired to a switch and a timer, they can provide a steady stream of mana and health to the player. Place these statues in spots around the edges of your arena so you can pick up some health or mana along the way.

Heart and star statues are found underground at various random points on the map. Mining for a long period of time might be the best way to find them.

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While these things will definitely help you beat bosses in Terraria, it’s likely that you will die a few times before defeating a boss. But honestly, that’s what makes a boss fight fun and worthwhile. There must be a challenge when fighting bosses otherwise it wouldn’t be a boss fight.

Those are some of our tips on how to make Terraria boss fights easier. Be sure to check out some of our other Terraria guides here

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Terraria Console Commands: Building a Better Server https://www.gameskinny.com/th4rh/terraria-console-commands-building-a-better-server https://www.gameskinny.com/th4rh/terraria-console-commands-building-a-better-server Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:47:34 -0500 Jordan Baranowski

Like many open-world building games, Terraria can move from fun hobby to total obsession when you start playing around with custom servers. There are a seemingly infinite number of things you can do once you start delving into this aspect of the game, and console commands will help you make the most of it.

Setting up a server in Terraria is a fairly simple process, and it will be a big help towards letting you customize the game to your liking. Hosting a server is a great way to bring friends into a persistent world that you can return to over and over. It's also a great way to test new things in a game that rewards experimentation and curiosity.

These console commands help you adjust your server and the players in it as well as helping you to close everything down when you're ready to call it an evening. Here are all the console commands in Terraria and the command line parameters you can use when launching a server. You need to be hosting the server in order to use these commands, by the way.

Terraria Command Line Parameters

When you first run a new Terraria server, you can use these commands to help customize the rules and settings of the server.

  • -config  Indicates a specific configuration file to use
  • -port  Indicates which port to listen on
  • -players OR -maxplayers  Sets a maximum number of players
  • -pass OR -password  Assigns a password to your server
  • -motd  Sets your server's message of the day
  • -world  Loads and automatically launches a world
  • -autocreate  Creates a world if none is specified. The number indicates the size. 1 is small, 2 is medium, 3 is large
  • -banlist  Specifies the server's banlist .txt file location
  • -worldname  Sets the world's name when it is autocreated
  • -secure  Adds cheat protection
  • -noupnp  Turns off universal plug and play
  • -steam  Adds Steam support
  • -lobby or  Determines whether friends can join the server

Terraria Console Commands

While you are hosting a Terraria server, you can input any of these commands into the console to change several parameters.

  • help  Brings up a command list
  • playing  Loads a list of players currently on the server. You can also type /playing in chat to see the same effect.
  • clear  Clears the console window
  • exit  Save and shutdown the server
  • exit-nosave  Shuts down the server without saving
  • save  Saves the game world
  • kick  Kicks someone off the server
  • ban  Bans someone from joining the server
  • password  Shows the server password
  • password  Changes the server password
  • version  Shows the version number
  • time  Shows the current game time
  • port  Shows the listening port
  • maxplayers  Shows the maximum number of players allowed
  • say  Sends a message to all players in yellow text from the server name
  • motd  Shows the message of the day
  • motd  Changes the message of the day
  • dawn — Sets the time to 4:30 AM
  • noon  Sets the time to 12:00 PM
  • dusk  Sets the time to 7:30 PM
  • midnight  Sets the time to 12:00 AM
  • settle  Settles all water in the game world

That's all there is to it. These console commands will help you customize your Terraria server however you see fit. If you simply can't get enough of Terraria, check out our Terraria guides page for a whole lot more!

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GameSkinny Weekend Download: Nintendo Switch Lite, Stranger Things 3, Cyberpunk 2077, More https://www.gameskinny.com/wr8eb/gameskinny-weekend-download-nintendo-switch-lite-stranger-things-3-cyberpunk-2077-more https://www.gameskinny.com/wr8eb/gameskinny-weekend-download-nintendo-switch-lite-stranger-things-3-cyberpunk-2077-more Sat, 13 Jul 2019 09:36:52 -0400 GS_Staff

This week, Nintendo unveiled the Nintendo Switch Lite, and we looked at which games don't support handheld mode, since you can't play every game on the Switch Lite. 

We also looked at how Nintendo is preparing for the cloud gaming future, why FIFA has gotten lazy with women's soccer, and which games you should play before Cyberpunk 2077 releases next year. 

We finally got a look at Shenmue 3's forklift gameplay (yes!), we reviewed a handful; of amazing games, including Blazing Chrome, Sea of Solitude, Stranger Things 3: The Game, and Dragon Quest Builders 2, and we wrote a few guides for some of the most popular recent releases. 

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy. It's the weekend. What else are you gonna do? Play video games? 

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Culture

Guides

Check back next weekend for another roundup of news, reviews, guides, and features. Be sure to check previous weeks for more content: 

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Terraria Switch Review: Building a Promising Path https://www.gameskinny.com/ardjb/terraria-switch-review-building-a-promising-path https://www.gameskinny.com/ardjb/terraria-switch-review-building-a-promising-path Tue, 09 Jul 2019 12:27:44 -0400 diegoarguello

It's getting late. I think of going back to the mines in search for some more cooper and maybe some chests with items that might come handy, but Demon Eyes start slamming the walls of my house. My sword can only get me so far, and my current armor made of dirt barely adds any protection to my body. I make a run for it, digging and breaking any obstacles in the way.

I had forgotten how daunting Terraria can be at times after years since I played it on PC, but the Nintendo Switch port is making me fall in love with it again. Even if it's demanding some patience from me when it comes to the way it controls.

Let's start with the basics: Terraria isn't Minecraft. That discussion has been long-had and finished.

From the ground up, it's much more arcadey experience. It seemed limited at first with its 2D perspective, but it couldn't be farther from reality. Digging below the ground with a handful of tools and discovering the map bit by bit is still exciting, and you never know what to expect just around the corner.

The key difference with Mojang's sandbox is that the game encourages you to build all sorts of weapons, from a wooden sword or a shotgun to different types of grenades, even getting magic into the mix. There are companions, probably too many materials to find, forge, and build upon, and so on. It's huge. And the developers haven't stopped supporting it throughout the years.

I've always enjoyed this particular focus, which is surprising to see in a sandbox, and it has always worked well. But if you're like me and you've probably already played Terraria before, you must be wondering if it's worth it to start from scratch on a new console.

Everyone wants everything to be on Nintendo Switch, but I was skeptical about this port at first. The narrow 3D perspective of Minecraft translates well to consoles since aiming at blocks only takes a gentle movement from the camera. But when it comes to Terraria, it's not as easy as on PC.

The left analog stick controls the player, as expected, but there's also a pointer that follows you everywhere that can be controlled with the right stick.

This can be used on the go with only your left stick movement (if you're mining sideways, for example) or you can also help yourself with the right stick, with moves said pointer to the direction you want to. Thing is, the sensitivity is way too high at least with the Joy-Cons, and it doesn't feel as intuitive as it should.

In addition with this control scheme, the game has the tendency to fill up all empty spaces around what you're aiming at, and it does it in a fast manner. Say you're placing background blocks to form walls. If you move the pointer in a spiral while holding the right trigger, it will probably use around 20 blocks in a couple of seconds. This isn't a huge problem when you actually want to cover up space, build yourself a bridge or block an enemy's path fast. But if it's a matter of precision required, it can become tedious.

Luckily there are two elements you can use to ease this. One is the possibility to zoom, something that is only available on the console versions of Terraria and is especially helpful when you're playing on handheld mode. The other is a particular perspective that makes a grid visible around your character. This allows for a much slower building instance, which made so much easier to cover specific parts of the environment.

Since this is Nintendo's hybrid console we're talking about. you can also use touch controls to navigate through the game. This is naturally far easier to pick up and play with. It also showcases a zoomed-in box of the particular area you're setting blocks in building mode, which makes it even easier to read.

For the most part, I haven't encountered any problems with Terraria's performance on the console.

It runs at 720p in handheld and jumps onto 1080p in docked mode. Even there the screen got crowded with enemies and projectiles, it always maintained itself at 60 fps. One would like to take this for granted, but a bad port can ruin any game regardless of how demanding it is, so it's a nice change of pace to just jump in and get the best experience possible.

Pros:
  • An exuberant amount of content
  • Intuitive touch controls
  • The same Terraria experience
  • Solid performance
Cons:
  • Building isn't as easy as on PC
  • No exclusive content

Terraria is an entertainment experience that seems rather simple from screenshots alone but hides a lot of charm underneath with literally dozens (or hundreds!) of hours well worth your time. The Nintendo Switch version has the potential to grant it new life, both in singleplayer and multiplayer, even if the actual building isn't as natural as one would expect.

It's a fair trade-off from the PC version thanks to its pretty much outstanding performance, and the possibility to zoom into the action in different ways erases any kind of troubles that might come with visibility, especially when you're holding your Switch.

Whether or not veterans would want to return to Terraria in 2019 is up for discussion, but if this could be your first time and you have a couple of friends willing to get on board for some online spelunking, then there are literally hundreds of adventures waiting for you.

[Note: A copy of Terraria for Switch was provided by 505 Games for the purpose of this review.]

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11 Best Terraria Mods for Starting a Fresh Sandbox Adventure https://www.gameskinny.com/fyts6/11-best-terraria-mods-for-starting-a-fresh-sandbox-adventure https://www.gameskinny.com/fyts6/11-best-terraria-mods-for-starting-a-fresh-sandbox-adventure Wed, 10 Jul 2019 13:43:42 -0400 Jason Coles

Terraria is a fantastic game in its own right. Despite being released nearly 100 years ago in 2011, it still pulls in a lot of players and is a must-play for many gamers. Thanks to some brilliant PC players, you stack Terraria mods high and varied.

To help you keep your game going on forever, here are some of our favorite mods. 

It's important to note that some of these don't play nice with each other; we've marked these to help you keep track and marked them with the "(overhaul)" designation. As they do so much to the core game itself, they can't work in harmony, unfortunately. 

tModLoader

Of all of the mods out there in the big wide world, few are as helpful as tModLoader. This is because simply installing this one thing allows you to search for different mods, install them, and generally help you keep on top of this crazy experience.

Most of the mods in this list can be found within tModLoader, so make sure to hit this one up first by going here

It’s an incredible tool and a must if you want to play Terraria with some of the quality of life mods, so make sure you grab this before anything else. Keep in mind that with great power comes great responsibility, so if you overdo it and install too many mods, then you can cause the game to crash. So, take it easy, and take it slow; that way, you should have no issues.

Also, some mods just aren’t capable of playing nice, so make sure to pay attention to what you’re doing.

Calamity Mod (overhaul)

The Terraria Calamity mod adds a ton of new content to the game (shown here)

Calamity adds in huge swathes of stuff. Not only are there over 20 new bosses, hundreds of new enemies, and a bunch of new gear to collect and craft, there are even more modes.

These include things like bosses having one-hit kills, and even modes giving you fantastic special abilities. It even boosts the power of the throwing weapon class, which helps it more viable in the mid- to late-game.

Thorium Mod (overhaul)

Thorium adds in new biomes, new bosses, and new events. While Calamity tends to put the focus on the things that happen after Moon Lord, Thorium decided to flesh out the run to the final boss instead. It also adds in two new classes, the Healer and the Bard. These are both more suited for co-op play and help to make the game feel a bit more like an RPG.

N Terraria Mod (overhaul)

N Terraria answers the question: What if Terraria was a full-blown RPG? It adds classes, races, NPC companions, and more quests. It’s a great way to change the feel of the game and give it a bit more direction; it’s a must-have for those who don’t like the freedom to do whatever they want.

Super Terraria World Mod (overhaul)

Super Terraria World is a bit like N Terraria. It turns the game into an RPG complete with skills, NPCs, and quests. It’s also constantly being updated thanks to its popularity, and even adds in things like additional chatting from NPCs and extra stock. It’s a very impressive endeavor.

Terraria Overhaul Mod (overhaul)

Terraria Overhaul does a great job of changing up a lot of the core framework of the game. Rather than adding in as much as some of the other options, it opts instead to change how things work, for example, you can dodge-roll thanks to this mod.

It changes the way a lot of the game works and can help to make it feel completely fresh, instead of just adding in too much stuff.

imkSushi’s Crafting Mod

Crafting is an essential part of Terraria, so it makes sense that there would be a mod or two focussed on that aspect of the game. Well, imkSushi's Crafting Mod is probably the best of the bunch, as it allows you to craft wherever you want, whenever you want.

It just streamlines things a bit and helps you avoid the somewhat tedious affair of organizing your forges.

Recipe Browser Mod

Recipe Browser makes crafting thing far easier to digest. It lets you see everything you can craft and tells you what items you need, and even tells you which enemies can drop those items. It makes effectively serves as an in-game wiki, which should help you stay in the game longer.

Boss Checklist Mod

Boss Checklist does what it says on the tin, but it’s a great way of keeping track of all of your different worlds. It’s not flashy, but it is incredibly useful.

Fargo’s Mutant Mod

Fargo's Mutant adds in a few NPCs who make fighting bosses far simpler. Farming a boss can be a pain in vanilla Terraria, but this mod adds in NPCs who sell items that can summon a boss or even multiple bosses. It is a great way to get that grind going without all the stress. It adds in some exceptionally useful items too, such as the Instavator, which automatically creates a hellevator wherever you throw it.

Universe of Swords Mod

Everyone likes swords, at least, that’s what Universe of Swords assumes. It adds in an ungodly number of new weapons for you to use. This includes swords that shoot out grenades when swung. It’s a bit bombastic, but it’s a lot of fun.

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There you have it, that's a list of some of the best Terraria mods out. However, there are an innumerable amount of them out there, so have a mess around and see what works for you. Let us know which ones we left off the list and why they should have been included! 

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E3 2019: Highlights From the PC Gaming Show https://www.gameskinny.com/z5tcg/e3-2019-highlights-from-the-pc-gaming-show https://www.gameskinny.com/z5tcg/e3-2019-highlights-from-the-pc-gaming-show Mon, 10 Jun 2019 16:48:47 -0400 GS_Staff

As expected, the PC Gaming Show at E3 2019 showed some truly fantastic upcoming games. From Evil Genius 2 to Conan Chop Chop (yeah, it's not fake), to Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, Shenmue 3, and Auto Chess, there was a little bit for everyone. 

While we don't cover every single announcement below, you'll find the highlights from the show. 

Evil Genius 2


Those well-versed in Steam sales are more than familiar with at least the name Evil Genius, since it's been a staple of Steam sales for over a decade and has been tasking players with running an evil empire since 2004. The game is finally getting a sequel from developer Rebellion, which served as the publisher for the first title.

Payers have until sometime in 2020 until Evil Genius 2 makes its way to PC; that's plenty of time to learn how to be properly diabolical.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2


One of the most hotly-anticipated games of 2020 got even more screentime during the PC gaming conference this E3, further emphasizing that yes, it's back and better than ever.

You're going to play Malkavian, aren't you? Yeah, you know you are. Look for Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 in March of 2020.

Starmancer


If you say a game is like Dwarf Fortress is space, it better actually be like Dwarf Fortress in space, and not akin to the already established and amazing Rimworld.

From publisher Chucklefish comes a fresh spin on the management and strategy genre in Starmancer, featuring an isometric view and what appears to be a vast amount of customization for player bases. Those interested can pre-order to get into the upcoming beta now.

Planet Zoo


If you thought the folks over at Frontier Developments did the classic RollerCoaster Tycoon legacy justice, you may be elated to find the developer is returning to another familiar setting: zoo management.

Zoo Tycoon may be pretty much dead, but Planet Zoo is coming to fill that gap in your strategy-searching heart. The animals simply look fantastic, and if Planet Coaster is any indication of the quality here, we're in for a great time.

Look for Planet Zoo on PC on November 5 of this year.

Auto Chess


In a move that surprised many and... I'll keep it to myself...

Yes, Auto Chess is that Auto Chess, the custom mode in Dota 2 that's been taking the game by storm and has now spawned a League knockoff.

This Auto Chess is by the very same developers who made Dota Auto Chess, officially separating the franchise from DotA and even moving over to the Epic Game Store. It's also a mobile port. It smarts a bit, not even going to lie.

Terraria: Journey's End


Did you think Terraria was dead? Haha, silly mortal! Terraria will never die!

Okay, it will die eventually. But that day is not this day, and it's not this year, either. The next update for the game, titled Journey's End, isn't the game's last update, but it does promise to be one of the biggest it's seen yet and that's really saying something.

Journey's End will be bringing tons of new items, weather conditions, a new super hardcore Master difficulty level, and even more to the classic sandbox that should definitely be in your Steam library by now.

Chivalry 2

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare released in 2012 on the PC, before making its way to consoles in 2014 with the Xbox 360 and 2015 with the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Fans of the series have been awaiting a sequel to the first-person medieval melee for some time. 

Now we know that Chivalry 2 is in the works. It is set for release in "early" 2020 for the PC. It is being developed by Torn Banner Studios in conjunction with Tripwire Interactive. It was not announced if the game would be making its way to console. 

The trailer above is all about beheadings, limb-severing, and body maiming. The developers mentioned that the game would have the iconic Battle of the Bastards, first seen in Season 6, episode 9 of Game of Thrones. However, they did not provide further details. 

Zombie Army 4: Dead War 

Rebellion's Zombie Army subseries began in 2013 as a spinoff of the niche but popular Sniper Elite series. Each of the Zombie games provides an alternate World War II timeline, one where the Third Reich raises an army of the dead to lay waste to The Allies, and all of Europe. 

Dead War is set to release on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2020. It will be an Epic Games exclusive when it launches. There was no confirmation if such exclusivity would be timed or not. Rebellion said actual gameplay would be shown at E3 on June 11. 

Zombie Army 4 looks to carry the torch from previous games in the subseries. Featuring frenetic online co-op gameplay for up to four players, there will be plenty of hordes to eviscerate, plenty of traps to lay, and flamethrower zombies to outsmart. Rebellion said there will be ways to enhance weaponry, dozens of skills, special attacks, cosmetic items, and more. 

Of course, the series' beloved X-ray kill cam will make a return as players travel "across Italy and beyond."

Shenmue 3

We already knew Shenmue 3 would be releasing later this year, although it would be later than expected because of yet another delay. During the PC Gamer Show, the long-awaited game was confirmed for a November 19 release (unless there's another delay). 

In a trailer all about glorious kung-fu training and beating up bad guys, it was also confirmed that the game would be exclusive to the Epic Games Store when it releases. 

Thankfully, the game looks like a proper sequel to Shenmue and Shenmue 2, even down to the crappy (yet endearing) voice acting and classic Shenmue style. Unfortunately, no forklifts are shown in the trailer. 

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Versus

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is one of the best first-person melee games currently on the PC, standing tall alongside Chivalry and Mordhau. Slicing and dicing Skaven and members of the Chaos army with pals is a joyous experience. The game does well to capture the Warhammer universe and has received overall positive reviews since releasing on PC in 2018. 

Now those that want to slice and dice each other will get the chance. Vermintide 2: Versus will be a 4v4 asymmetric PvP mode for Vermintide 2. It currently does not have a release date, but we can't wait to play a Skaven wielding a mini-gun. 

In a release about the mode, Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark said: 

The player has always been the hero of the game, but in the Versus mode, players will now be able to play as the enemy factions. Versus is a competitive game mode where two separate teams of four players take turns playing as the enemies and heroes.

Maneater

Coming from Tripwire Interactive, Maneater might be the "shaRkPG" you didn't know you always wanted. While this isn't the first time we've seen footage of the game, the trailer is some of the first footage we've seen of the game's villain, Scaly Pete. 

Full of completely insane sharkery, the game's PC Gaming Show trailer featured lots of explosions, lots of fast swimming, and lots of maneating. Taking place of the Gulf Coast of the United States, Maneater follows a shark growing from baby to beast on a journey of revenge. Just so happens Scaly Pete is also on a reality television show called Shark Hunters vs. Maneaters

Tripwire Interactive will show more gameplay behind closed doors at E3. However, TI President and Co-Owner John Gibson did provide some details about the game. He said that Maneater is like "GTA if you were a shark."

The game will feature progression systems and life phase evolutions. Players will gain XP to level up and grow more powerful, they will increase their power and capability, and they will unlock evolutions like "metallic teeth to shred boats" or mutated lungs. 

The game does not currently have a release date, but it appears it will also be exclusive to the Epic Games Store at launch. 

Conan Chop Chop

What began as an April Fool's joke has, as in the past, now become a reality. Roguelike Conan Chop Chop is currently (for real) in development by Mighty Kingdom and published by Funcom. 

It will release on September 3 for the PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Set in the world of Conan: The Barbarian, Conan Chop Chop can be played alone or with up to three friends. 

The developer calls say that it is "the most epic and realistic stick figure game ever to be set in the world of Conan the Barbarian, thus there will be an excessive amount of gore and flying limbs."

Although characters aside from Conan were not confirmed, the developers also said that there would be "a diverse case of badass warrior gods" players would be able to use. 

Mosaic

What initially looked like a commercial for a mobile game turned out to be a trailer for the upcoming adventure game Mosaic. Although the BlipBlop game played by a character in the trailer above is currently out on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, Mosaic itself doesn't currently have a firm release date.

All we know is that it will release sometime in 2019, and that it will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. 

Mosaic is a surreal adventure game set in a dark, "cold" city. Aesthetically, it resembles games like Limbo and Orwell. It is developed by Krillbite, the same studio behind Among the Sleep. It also looks to take inspiration from certain episodes of Black Mirror, such as Season 1, Episode 3's Nosedive. 

Midnight Ghost Hunt

Coming from Vaulted Sky Games and Coffee Stain Studios, Midnight Ghost Hunt is a 4v4 ghost hunting game featuring ghosts and ghostbusters.

The game features what appears to be fast-paced first-person action, where those playing as ghosts seem to be able to enter a third-person perspective and traverse the environment. 

Ghost hunters have until midnight to "find and destroy" all of the ghosts lest those ghosts return as vengeful spirits and attack them. 

The game does not currently have a release date, although those interested can sign up for the alpha here

Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy

The original Unexplored released in 2017. The indie RPG roguelite has garnered very positive overall reviews on Steam in that time. In 2018, the game released on the Nintendo Switch. 

Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy takes what players loved in the original and increases it across the board. Instead of slinking through dungeons and the underground, Unexplored 2 takes things to the surface. The art style has also changed to implement more 3D elements, as seen in the trailer above. 

The game's new Legacy system also means more progression this time around as worlds can be begun anew after dying, or players can choose to keep exploring previously explored worlds. 

It is set to launch in 2020. 

The Lost Oasis

The Lost Oasis is an upcoming MMO developed and published by Donkey Crew. Set in the post, post-apocalypse, players find themselves vying for control of an arid landscape. 

In the game, players build walking, mobile bases, which allow them to battle other players and clans, lay siege to encampments, harvest resources, and much more. It features hefty building mechanics and myriad ways to initiate combat, from close-quarters melee to long-distance barrages. 

The Lost Oasis is set to release into Early Access on July 15 on PC. It plans to fully launch on the platform on September 3. 

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

It's likely that strategy and 4X players already know about Age of Wonders: Planetfall. Developed by Paradox Interactive, the game was first revealed some time ago. It was originally set for release in 2017. 

While previous Age of Wonders titles are exclusively set in a fantasy world, Planetfall features a sci-fi setting. The game will reportedly feature six factions when it launches on August 6 of this year for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. 

Players will scavenge for resources on procedurally generated maps, all while battling hostile factions and vying for land. 

Remnant: From the Ashes

Battling an ancient, multi-dimensional evil, Remnant: From the Ashes is a post-apocalyptic third-person shooter from the same developers behind Darksiders 3. From the looks of it, players are poised to go up against some truly ghastly beasts and Lovecraftian horrors. 

Remnant: From the Ashes is set to release on August 20 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

It can be played solo or with two other players. The game's worlds are "dynamically generated," according to the developers. It will also feature "heavy replayability," with the game scaling to match player progress over time. 

Griftlands

As noted during the PC Gaming Show, Griftlands has undergone some rather significant changes since it was first announced. At one point, some even thought that the game had been canceled, with some even inquiring about the game's state on its official forums as recently as May 30. 

However, the game is still alive. However, the game looks a tad different than it did before. Now, the game revolves around a single-player deck-building experience. According to the Klei, the game's developers, "You play the game as one of three characters, and each decision you make is important — which jobs to take, which side to choose, and which cards to collect."

The game is scheduled to release in alpha on July 11, with an Early Access release in June 2020. 

Songs of Conquest

To some, Songs of Conquest might look like Heroes of Might and Magic. That's because developer Lavapotion was heavily inspired by the franchise while creating Songs of Conquest

Featuring beautiful pixel-art graphics and an old-school aesthetic, SoC presents a fantastically realized fantasy world. 

The turn-based adventure strategy game is set to release on the PC at a currently-unknown date, potentially "late 2020." PLayers can currently sign up for the game's alpha here

Per Aspera

Base-building strategy game Per Aspera is being developed by Tlon Industries. The game tasks players with terraforming Mars, and while we don't know a lot about the game just yet, we do know that it's coming to PC sometime in 2020. 

While the gameplay trailer above starts out with a spacecraft settling on Mars and before a base begins to expand across polygonal "tiles," it ends with a macro view of the planet, with supply lines and paths etching themselves across the planet's surface. 

Not surprisingly, the scale seems quite grand. We'll have to wait for more. 

Valfaris

Valfaris is a 2D side-scrolling action game that looks like it shares way too much in common with Contra, and Axiom Verge — and that's a good thing!

Slated to release on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch sometime in 2020, the game is developed by the same minds behind Slain: Back From Hell. It even features a kick-ass heavy-metal soundtrack and tons of giblets. 

Honestly, it looks pretty badass, and we can't wait to try it out. 

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20+ Great Online Co-op Games Currently on Steam for Less Than $30 https://www.gameskinny.com/trd74/20-great-online-co-op-games-currently-on-steam-for-less-than-30 https://www.gameskinny.com/trd74/20-great-online-co-op-games-currently-on-steam-for-less-than-30 Sat, 30 Jun 2018 19:32:38 -0400 Ashley Shankle

If your group of friends is anything like mine, getting them all to both agree to and pay for a particular game is harder than herding feral cats. Maybe you're in a similar situation or maybe you're just on the prowl for some good multiplayer games to play in Steam Remote Play. Whatever the case, we've compiled a sizable list to help you out.

The good thing about Remote Play is that only one player in the group needs to own the game; the rest can try it out for free — at least in its current beta period. 

Let's choo choo on through, and hopefully, find you and your friend(s) a game you can play.

Terraria

Price: $9.99
Steam Store link

You'll see this game mentioned on just about every list of co-op games. This co-op sandbox-adventure has loads of content for any group of friends to go to town on. Terraria has stayed on the top played Steam games for 7 years for good reason.

Grim Dawn

Price: $24.99
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If you're looking to scratch your ARPG itch, you could do a lot worse than Grim Dawn. Even without the expansion, you can find dozens of hours of whackin' and lootin' in Grim Dawn. If you're not too keen on its darker aesthetic but do want an ARPG, the next option may be more down your alley.

Torchlight 2

Price: $19.99
Steam Store link

It may be older than Grim Dawn, but Torchlight 2 still has a lot of staying power if you've never given the game a chance. There is more content to be found in Grim Dawn but Torchlight 2 has a robust array of mods available, including content, quality of life, and classes. This is still a solid buy today in 2018, and it can be modded for up to 8-player multiplayer.

Castle Crashers

Price: $14.99
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Another staple co-op game sure to be on pretty much every co-op list, Castle Crashers is the poster boy for co-op beat'em ups. This is an easy one for all ages and kill levels to get into and have fun with.

BattleBlock Theater

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

Another game from The Behemoth, the same studio behind Castle Crashers. BattleBlock Theater's campaign is completely co-op and it also features a healthy selection of hectic PvP modes, for when you want to prove your better than your friends once and for all.

Rocket League

Price: $19.99
Steam Store link

Before you say, "Ugh, no. Too mainstream," take a breath and consider Rocket League as a co-op game with a low barrier of entry and a whole lot of speed. Rocket League may not be your first choice, but it's an easy game to get a group of people to agree to hop onto for a quick round.

Risk of Rain

Price: $9.99
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Risk of Rain is a co-op game with an unquenchable bloodlust. Though not for everyone due to its extreme difficulty, Risk of Rain is an easy buy for roguelite fans or groups of friends who hate life. It's a hard game and it will knock you down a peg with ease, whether you've got 1 hour or 300 hours worth of gameplay logged.

Risk of Rain 2 is pretty good, too. It's currently $19.99 on Steam

Beat Hazard

Price: $9.99
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This one always seems to slip through the cracks since it's been blessing Steam with its presence for eight years now, but despite its age, Beat Hazard continues to be a recommended purchase for co-op play, providing you and your friend(s) are good at shmups. Beat Hazard lets you use your own music or one of many radio stations to generate enemies, which is what makes this one so unique.

Ultimate Chicken Horse

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

Playing this game with a group of friends is an exercise in sadism. You and up to three other friends will be tasked with creating and completing the stages in Ultimate Chicken Horse, and you can bet at least one (or even all) of you will make them nearly impossible to beat, in the name of being the better platformer player. Ridiculously fun and honestly not as enraging as it sounds.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

An outlier among the other games in this collection, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes only requires one person to buy the game. There's a reason for that: Only one player is allowed to see the screen at a time, so only one can directly defuse the bomb. The other players must tell the defuser what to do based on the instructions in the manual.

If it sounds a little convoluted, that's because it is by design. Can you and your friends defuse a bomb? Maybe, maybe not. But you can certainly yell at each other trying.

Don't Starve Together

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

Don't Starve has stood as one of the more accessible survival games over the years, and the multiplayer expansion Don't Starve Together may be an even more enjoyable game than the base with the Reign of Giants expansion. Together contains both, plus the ability to die in the forest with your friends. If  as in my case — you tried the original game but didn't enjoy it much, you may still find this fun.

Left 4 Dead 2

Price: $9.99
Steam Store link

You may be dissuaded from picking Left 4 Dead 2 up based on its age. It's been out for 11 years now, it seems like everyone's been through the game. Why bother? If you haven't played it yet, this is your reminder to pick up L4D2 to play with your friends. It's still fun to this day, but it's best played with friends. Any community for a decade-old game is bound to be elitist and this game is no exception.

PAYDAY 2

Price: $9.99
Steam Store link

If you don't play PAYDAY 2, it's possible the only thing you've heard about it was the hubbub about microtransactions a few years back. It's been a long time since then though, and the game is a solid heister. You don't need to play the first game to dive right into this one and, provided your group can cooperate, there are hours upon hours of heists for you to tackle.

Dungeon of The Endless

Price: $11.99
Steam Store link

How about something a little different? Amplitude's Endless universe has expanded this way and that, with "that" being Dungeon of the Endless, a pseudo-tower defense roguelike. In this, players must hoard resources and expand based on the ever-increasing threats of the depth of the dungeon. A single round in this game can take several hours and it is very hard, but if your group's into roguelikes you could do a lot worse.

Borderlands 2

Price: $19.99
Steam Store link

Borderlands 2 is another old staple that still holds up today, especially multiplayer. Pushing through this game with friends is satisfying as firefights are intense and the weapon system is a ARPG-style lootfest. Not many games age as well as this one -- you can come back years later and still have a ton of fun.

Golf With Your Friends

Price: $7.99
Steam Store link

If you just want a game to pay a little attention to while chatting, this is an easy choice. Golf With Your Friends isn't exactly rolling in content variety and only contains 7 levels with 18 holes, but things are kept fresh through golf ball shapes and game modes. A very easy game to just sit back and play while having a couple beers and a laugh.

Human: Fall Flat

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

How about something a little less-in-your-face about its silliness? We've got some pretty quirky games listed here, but they're all a bit more obvious about it than the cooperative physics-based puzzle solving found in Human: Fall Flat. The one downside here is that there are not a lot of stages, but it's a good deal at this price. 

Project Zomboid

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

Don't let this game's graphics and the year it entered Steam Early Access fool you: Project Zomboid is a fleshed-out survival sandbox with hundreds of potential hours of gameplay, with continued support from its developer as it slowly shambles toward full release. If you and your group can accept the high learning curve, you can have a great time with this game.

Portal 2

Price: $9.99
Steam Store link

The Portal games are famous for a lot of reasons and one of those reasons is (Spoilers!) the stellar co-op campaign. If you haven't played Portal 2 and you want a game to play with a friend, you may as well throw the $2 at Valve and see what all the hubbub is about.

Barony

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

An other roguelike to add to the pile, Barony is the closest to a traditional roguelike of any of the games listed here. It looks old, it feels old, and it plays like an old game. That's perfectly fine: You'll be hard-pressed to find another game that takes the classic roguelike formula, turns it 3D and realtime, and allows for online co-op. This one's pretty niche but you're in for a good time if you're comfortable with classic roguelikes.

Endless Legend

Price: $29.99
Steam Store link

Though Endless Space is currently also on sale, I would recommend Endless Legend over it for its similarities to the Civilization series and its overall fun factor. This is a more traditional-style 4X game. Expand, form alliances, wage wars -- it's up to you. A worthy strategy addition to most gaming groups on a budget.

Resident Evil 5

Price: $19.99
Steam Store link

You don't hear much about Resident Evil 5 or 6 for a few reasons, but none of those reasons equate to them not being fun with friends. Resident Evil 5 is often overlooked in favor of 6 for co-op play because it retains the semi-tank controls found in its predecessor, but if you and a friend can adjust to that control style this is an intense and worthwhile co-op action game.

Resident Evil 6

Price: $29.99
Steam Store link

Like its predecessor, Resident Evil 6 is best played with a friend. Unlike its predecessor, it's got more modern, fluid controls and a whole lot of QTEs. This one is over-the-top in about every regard, to the extent I can't help but find it silly each playthrough. If you like classic Resi games, go with 5. If you can't deal with the antiquated controls, go with 6. The decision is as simple as that.

7 Days to Die

Price: $24.99
Steam Store link

One of the first titles in the survival game wave that paved the way for games such as Rust and ARK: Survival Evolved, 7 Days to Die still stands as one of the most played games on Steam and is just as fun now as when it came out. As with the two mentioned, 7 Days to Die allows you a great deal of freedom in your efforts to survive. Break, use, and do whatever you want to ensure your survival in a world overrun by over 50 types of zombies.

Orcs Must Die! 2

Price: $14.99
Steam Store link

The original Orcs Must Die! set off a chain reaction of action-tower defense clones, some good and some bad, but none really hold up to the sequel. Orcs Must Die! 2 is an improvement over the first game in almost every way, and has the added bonus of online multiplayer. It's easy to get into, easy to wrap your head around, and easy to spend too many hours in.

Tabletop Simulator

Price: $19.99
Steam Store link

This is a bit of a strange one since Tabletop Simulator itself isn't a game, but a mini-platform for tabletop gaming. The amount of games available via Tabletop Simulator are nearly endless, making this a fantastic purchase for any static group of friends who have trouble deciding on what to play or want to play board games without having to pick up after themselves.

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These are definitely not all of the co-op games you can get for relatively cheap on Steam, but these are some I can personally recommend. I hope you've found at least one game you find worthy of your Steam library.

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New Terraria Update 1.3 Bridges Gap Between PC and Console https://www.gameskinny.com/2b8mz/new-terraria-update-13-bridges-gap-between-pc-and-console https://www.gameskinny.com/2b8mz/new-terraria-update-13-bridges-gap-between-pc-and-console Thu, 01 Mar 2018 12:03:42 -0500 bazookajo94

Fans of Terraria no longer have to play solely on PC to enjoy all the game has to offer. Developers Re-Logic and Pipeworks Studio have worked together with 505 Games to release the much-anticipated 1.3 update for Xbox One and PS4. 

The initial 1.3 update for Terraria was the biggest in the game's history, and with this new release for Xbox One and PS4, players can now breach that content gap from PC to console. 

Terraria 1.3 update offers console players more of what they already love

A side-scrolling sandbox akin to Minecraft and paired with action elements, Terraria has been a fan favorite for years, and the developers didn't want to leave their console fans in the dark anymore. 

The 1.3 update introduces a long list of new features, creatures, and crafting. To name a few (seriously, this is but a glimpse of the changes made in the 1.3 update), players can now enjoy: 

  • new enemies and loot
  • new events and boss encounters
  • new underground biomes to explore
  • the introduction of expert mode (with the promise of better rewards)
  • upgraded crafting
  • over 800 new items 

For a full list of the 1.3 patch notes, you can view the game's changelog for the PC update. 

Ready to cross the bridge and experience Terraria on console? Buy the game on Xbox One before March 5th and you could get it for $6, or you can buy the game at its full price for $19.99 on PS4

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7 Indie Darlings with a Switch Release on The Way https://www.gameskinny.com/bxjoi/7-indie-darlings-with-a-switch-release-on-the-way https://www.gameskinny.com/bxjoi/7-indie-darlings-with-a-switch-release-on-the-way Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:21:02 -0500 buymymixtape123

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These are just a few of the many nindies that are coming to the Switch during this year. This is a great time to own a Switch as we already have blockbuster games such as: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and DOOM, and now have these nindies to look forward too. It is great to see the Switch getting a large amount of support, therefore keeping fans interested and more people investing in the console.

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It will be great to see how these nindies play on the Switch when they arrive. I can't wait to try out Shovel Knight: King of Cards and Moonlighter when they drop. Which nindie are you the most excited for?

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Moonlighter

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Moonlighter is an RPG that is reminiscent of the old school Legend of Zelda games and will be arriving on the Switch this year. Moonlighter expands on the original Legend of Zelda's formula, as you can talk to villagers and take on quests for them which will reward you with equipment and other items. You can also own a shop, which you will be able to manage and make money off of. Crafting also plays a big role as you can make better equipment to help you complete dungeons. Moonlighter promises to be an interesting port to the Switch and is well worth checking out. 

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Away: Journey to the Unexpected
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Release: TBC 2018
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Away: Journey to the Unexpected is a first person adventure title where you try to get recruit different people in the world to join your side to try and help you throughout your adventure. There is a negotiation mechanic which is highly reminiscent of trying to negotiate with personas in Persona 5. What really stood out for Away is the graphics. The game is set in a  colorful 3D world, but the characters are cartoonish and are in 2D. This unique graphic choice makes the game look even cooler than it already is. The protagonist of Away wields a stick which allows you to use melee attacks or magic spells. Be on the lookout for this game as time goes by!

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Crypt of the NecroDancer

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Brace Yourself Games' rhythm like dungeon crawler is coming to Switch on February 1st. I never heard of this game until my friend showed me it last summer, and I, for one, was quite shocked at the intriguing take on an older genre. On the surface Crypt of the NecroDancer looks like a regular dungeon crawler, but it is so much more than that. This game's movement and combat is based off a rhythm movement, similar to Dance Dance Revolution's rhythm controls. So lets say you want to move around in the dungeon, you would have to time your movement to the beat of the background music. If you do this you will gain a score multiplier, and if you are unable to the move to the beat then enemies will be able to attack you and you lose this multiplier. This game is incredibly fun and is a great fit as a nindie for the Switch. This game is also out now so go ahead and get it when you can.    

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Layers of Fear: Legacy 

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Layers of Fear: Legacy is also becoming a nindie, and it will become one of the first horror games that is being ported to the Switch. Layers of Fear first came out in 2016, and it received heaps of praise from critics and fans for its immersive horror experience. In Layers of Fear, you are a painter traveling through a mansion while trying to finish your masterpiece. While trying to finish this painting you go on a journey full jump scares and puzzles, all while finding out more about the painter and how he come to be where he is. Layers of Fear may not have the same frightening build-up as games like Resident Evil 7: Biohazard or Outlast, but it still provides a tense atmosphere alongside an abundant amount of scares and a mysterious plot that will keep you interested throughout the game. The game is out now so if you haven't tried it, go try it now!

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Terraria 

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Release: TBC 2018
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Terraria - developed by Re-Logic - is a 2-D make your own adventure sandbox game which has very similar mechanics to Minecraft and could have been influenced by this popular game. Re-Logic first announced that the port for Terraria would be coming out on the Switch last year, but they pushed the release back for 2018. This was disappointment to many Switch owners as many fans were looking forward to exploring the world of Terraria on the new console. 

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Inside

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Release: TBC 2018 
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Playdead's critically acclaimed Inside is now making its way to the Switch, and it will be bringing its darker, eerie visuals and story with it. Playdead's first title - Limbo - earned renown throughout the gaming scene in 2010 as Limbo was a beautiful yet fatalistic and depressing puzzle game. Inside is no different, with sombre themes and puzzles being in the forefront of the game. Furthermore, both titles are driven by their bleak and desolate tales which will shock and amaze you throughout the game. There are no new features arriving with this port of Inside, but being able to play it anywhere because of the Switch's portability is going to be a massive plus for the port.

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Shovel Knight: King of Cards

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Yacht Club Games' fan favorite indie game is now coming to Switch as the last piece of standalone DLC called King of Cards. Shovel Knight was a Kickstarter funded plat-former that is reminisce of old 8-bit plat-formers of the late 80s. In the follow-up DLC you're the "King Knight," who is trying to lay their claim on the monarchy by taking on the "Three Kings" who are currently ruling. Other than a new protagonist and 30 new levels, King of Cards will have a new built-in mini card game too.  

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Since the release of the Switch last year we knew that the console was going to get a lot of the indie games ported or released onto the eponymous device. Games like: Stardew Valley, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, Yooka Laylee and Retro City Rampage DX have already been ported to the Switch, and these games fit the console like a glove. Nintendo is going to keep up with the ports and new releases of indie games - or nindies - throughout the year with a plethora of nindies coming out soon. So here's 7 nindies you should look out for that are heading to the Switch. 

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Starbound vs. Terraria: Which is The Better Sandbox Experience? https://www.gameskinny.com/gnqsx/starbound-vs-terraria-which-is-the-better-sandbox-experience https://www.gameskinny.com/gnqsx/starbound-vs-terraria-which-is-the-better-sandbox-experience Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:00:01 -0400 stratataisen

Terraria and Starbound are both popular 2D survival sandbox games. While they may look alike, they are very different. One takes place in a fantasy realm, while the other is set in space.

So, if you're looking to pick up one of these games, which should you choose: Terraria or Starbound? That's a great question.

To find the answer, I'll break down each game from the soundtrack to combat.

The Visuals

Graphics

As the newer game, Starbound's graphic quality is superior. For a pixelated game, it's far less pixelated than Terraria. In addition, the shading adds more depth and shadows, which contributes to a sleeker gameplay experience.

Both games use 2D pixel graphics for nearly everything you'll see: sprites, objects, the foreground, background, etc. There are some similarities in the games' art styles. This could be attributed to one of Starbound's leading artists, who has also worked on Terraria.

Genre

In my opinion, you can't compare the genres of these two games. Fantasy and sci-fi are both too different. 

In Starbound, you travel through space. You'll also meet an assortment of alien races along the way. In Terraria, you fight against evil using magic spells, although how you fight depends on your fighting style.

The "better" genre depends on one’s own preference. Personally, I like both fantasy and sci-fi.

Story

Terraria appears to lack an official story, which is great for players who want to dive into content.

On the other hand, Starbound's story must be completed to some extent before you can have the "real" sandbox experience. This approach is similar to Skyrim's. 

Animation

2D games usually have simple animation. Terraria and Starbound are no different. Despite their simplicity, the animation in both games is still good. The animation is as best as it can be for a 2D game.

That being said, Starbound's animation seems to be a step-up from Terraria’s in complexity. Again, this is most likely because Starbound is a newer release. It also runs on its own custom game engine.

Gameplay & Mechanics

In this section, I'll explore the mining, crafting, and combat systems of both games.

Mining

Mining is essential for gathering crafting materials in both games. In Terraria, mining is easy: left-click and hold on the block you wish to break to begin mining it with a pickaxe. By upgrading your pickaxe in Terraria, you can increase your mining speed, power, damage, and mined materials. 

In Starbound, mining is a much slower process at first. When you're starting out, you can only extract one block at a time at a slow rate. Mining becomes faster once you upgrade your Matter Manipulator (which sounds far cooler that a pickaxe). Eventually, you can extract more than one block at a time. 

Crafting

Your mining skills will come in handy when it's time to craft. You will need those mined materials to create equipment.

In Starbound, you craft most of your armor and weapons. While monsters drop gear, it’s usually replaced by something you can craft. Bosses don’t drop gear. Instead, they drop items to improve your star maps and unlock new locations.

In Terraria, you'll craft gear no matter what stage you're at in the game. However, there are other ways to get gear. Bosses drop armor and weapons that you can't get from crafting. These armor drops are usually an upgrade. 

Combat

Both Terraria and Starbound’s combat systems fall under the action game genre.

In Starbound, combat was designed with strategy in mind. For instance, you should know when to block against powerful attacks or damage the enemy.

On the other hand, Terraria seems to be more attack-oriented. There is some strategy involved by dodging, but I don't see anything like the blocking mechanic in Starbound.

I’ll admit: with the exception of turn-based combat, I’ve never really liked the combat in any 2D game. There’s something so satisfying as almost feeling the impact of a sword, or firing a gun in a 3D game, in a way that 2D games can never come close. It’s safe to say that I’m not overly impressed with either game’s combat. 

The Soundtrack

The soundtracks for both games fit them well. In Terraria, the music sounds electronic with a midi-like quality. I find it cartoony at times, but the music still sounds like something from any other fantasy game I've played. 

On the other hand, Starbound’s soundtrack sounds like it belongs in an epic space odyssey. It sounds like there was a live orchestra used in its production.

Starbound's soundtrack wins easily. I love this music. In fact, I wrote most of this article listening to it.

Listen to the Starbound soundtrack below:

The Difficulty

In Terraria, you can set two different levels of difficulty: character and the world. First off, character difficulty has three tiers: Softcore, Mediumcore, and Hardcore. These difficulty settings affect what happens upon a character’s death. When you die in Softcore, you drop about half your coins. In Mediumcore, you lose all your items. In Hardcore, you’re permanently dead.

On top of this difficulty setting, you can also set the world difficulty -- Normal or Expert mode. In Expert mode, everything is ramped up: from monsters' stats to what happens to you when you die. For example, in Expert Softcore mode, you’ll drop about 75% of your coin upon death. Enemies can even steal your coins and despawn.

Starbound has a similar character difficulty setting, except it affects the challenges you face. The three modes are Causal, Survival, and Hardcore. In Casual mode, you'll never get hungry. The only death penalty is a 10% loss of Pixels, which is the game's main currency.

In Survival mode, you'll need to eat to survive. You'll drop your items upon death, and suffer a 30% loss of Pixels. Hardcore mode is the same as Terraria’s: once you die, that’s it for your character. You'll have to restart the game. 

All in all, Terraria has a greater variety of difficulty modes compared to Starbound. However, given that Expert mode wasn't released right away, there's still a chance for Starbound to come out with something similar.

The Features

In the final section, I'll go over character creation and multiplayer mode. 

Character Creation

When it comes to the character creation, Starbound has greater race variety. Other than that, both games offer a similar range of character customization options to choose from, such as their gender and appearance.

Of the two, I find that Starbound’s character creation UI looks a lot better than Terraria’s.

Multiplayer Mode

Both games support multiplayer game modes, allowing you to play with your friends, or against other players in PvP battles.

The Wrap Up

Which title has the better sandbox experience?

Is it Terraria? This game seems perfect for those who aren’t looking to get entrenched in a story. These players may rather build, mine, and fight tough bosses instead.

Or is it Starbound? This game presents good challenges, decent combat, story, and exploration opportunities.

Both games are good, approaching the design type in similar but different ways. However, I’ll have to give this title to TerrariaStarbound's story can be too linear at times. 

Let me know which game you think offers the better experience! Leave a comment below!

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Does Launcher for Terraria on Android Actually Work? https://www.gameskinny.com/a44zf/does-launcher-for-terraria-on-android-actually-work https://www.gameskinny.com/a44zf/does-launcher-for-terraria-on-android-actually-work Mon, 01 May 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Paige McGovern

The Launcher app for Terraria claims to be the very first pocket edition mod app for this sandbox adventure game. Launcher currently has more than 4,000 reviews at 4.3 stars, proving its worth as an effective app for many users. There's just one problem... It doesn’t work for everyone.

The app -- which requires Android 4.1+ -- is free to all players who want new characters, building archives, and other content for Terraria. With the help of the app, your character can even become invincible and alter the environment. Of course, Developer Re-Logic has informed users that more new items and features are coming.

The latest update for the app, which released on April 27, fixed some bugs and added Google login support. Unfortunately, many users are complaining that it still doesn’t work. They are not able to log into their Google accounts -- that's not the only issue either.

On the Google Play page, the developer has stated that GGTT might not work with the following:

  • Android 7.1 devices
  • Android 4.3 and 4.4 Galaxy devices
  • Zenfone and Zenpad intel-based devices

However, the developer has stated that they plan to fix this in future updates. In addition, Android 5.1 and 6.0 users should be wary of lagging and crashes, as these bugs have been reported as well.

Those who are interested in downloading Launcher for Terraria should be aware that pre-existing data can't be transferred to the launcher. Once the Cloud Save feature is implemented, old progress can be uploaded then.

While Launcher for Terraria is far from perfect, it's made many users very happy. The developer seems to be well aware of the app's shortcomings, and we can only hope this awareness leads to compatibility improvements in the future.

If you have any questions or concerns about Launcher, send an email to the developer at gameexpert@gmail.com. You can also leave a private message on the app's official Facebook page.

What do you think about Launcher for TerrariaWill you be downloading it? Are you using it now? Let us know in the comments!

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