Release: Dec 2011
Terasology is a beautiful open source game that combines sandbox style gameplay with other genres. The game is still in the midst of development but already looks amazing and has some very unique ideas for the genre.
If you want a free game that offers a very similar experience to what Minecraft has to offer or want to contribute to your own block building adventure behind the scenes, then Terasology might just be what you are after. The number of active participants varies from time to time but there are about a dozen users working on the project in an ongoing manner with options for you to contribute smaller parts always available.
The vision for the game is to eventually combine some management based features similar to that of Dwarf Fortress and even Dungeon Keeper. The game is still a fair way away from that point as of this review but still is an impressive experience.
In the current state of the game you can edit the game world by destroying and placing the various game blocks or spend your time blowing them up with the ray gun available in the game. You can also simply enjoy the experience with breathtaking water visuals, lighting effects (when you are holding a torch) and shadows that change with the position of the sun.
This planned gameplay will have you building your own ultimate fortress (hopefully on top of a nice hill) and managing your own minions as they protect you by fighting off various baddies in the game. NPCs will also be thrown into the mix in some capacity although final details are still unknown.
Other notable features that may (or may not) eventually be added also include tech trees, advanced crafting, a rich alive game world and portals. The game has slowly built up a great following that you can become a part of either just to play the game or contribute to a game that will definitely be something special.
- Free to play open source experience.
- Mixture of Dwarf Fortress, Dungeon Keeper and Minecraft.
- Tech trees and advanced crafting will take the game to the next level.
- Beautiful game experience with some great ideas behind it.
- Dedicated and friendly community.