Australian Council on Children and the Media

Terraria - 505 Games

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Terraria is a sandbox style game that allows free play within environments. Simple fine motor co-ordination required at times. Not suitable for children 12 and under, parental guidance for children aged 13 - 15 for social media connectivity, suggestive themes and cartoon violence.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Terraria was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 23 April 2019.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Terraria
Developed by: 505 Games
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: Rated 9+ for Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes, Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes, Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.
ACCM suggested age: PG 13 – 15 for social media connectivity, suggestive themes and cartoon violence.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Terraria contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Our Reviewer played the game over several days.

App description

Terraria is a sandbox style game with very simple blocky graphics that allows players to create and join other player’s worlds; build, dig and fight creatures. In fact, if you converted this game from 2D to 3D, it would undeniably be comparable to Minecraft. There’s no real objective in this game – other than keeping alive and staying safe from roaming creatures. Movement is achieved by using the joystick left of screen (left, right, up/jump). Fighting, digging and chopping can be achieved by selecting the correct tool (sword, pickaxe and axe) and directing position of swing by using the action joystick to the right of screen. Players can also enter each other’s worlds by selecting “Join Game” from the main menu.

Reviewers comments

The main concern for parents here is the social media connectivity. Players can join random games and communicate with each other – there is also connection with Facebook. Also, although very small in graphics, you can see bloodshed, dismemberment and decapitation. There are also suggestive themes – as stated by the developers in their age recommendation. Although the current reviewer did not encounter suggestive themes, other parents online have complained about a character named: “Morning Wood”, something called a “Golden Shower”, and a power ability called “Master Bate”. These features may have been removed in recent updates – but the developer’s “suggestive themes” warning is still current.

In App purchasing

There is no In-App purchasing in this game.

Online information

There is some online connectivity in this game, such as:

  • Connectivity with social media

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

  • None noted.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • None noted.

Coarse language

  • None encountered – but coarse language may be encountered from other players in multi play.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • See reviewer’s comments.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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