Growtopia

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Good
  • Socially focused building game that is ideal to play with friends or make new ones
  • Unique splicing mechanic offers something different in the realm of building games
Bad
  • Restrictive access without app purchases can limit your potential for building, fun and socialising
7.5

Growtopia is a 2D creative sandbox experience designed primarily for multiplayer and social building for your mobile devices (both iOS and Android). Following the success of Growtopia on the mobile platforms the game was brought across to Windows/Mac and consoles (PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch) with predominately the same experience albeit optimised for devices as appropriate.

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At its core Growtopia is a multiplayer sandbox and platforming universe of endless worlds that players can populate and customise with their own creations. Within a persistent game world Growtopia encourages collaboration between the community and friends to create their own virtual block themed worlds while allowing for everything that you can imagine. Alternatively for those that would rather create alone Growtopia has a number of options and settings to support this should you opt to be a solo orientated player.

Interestingly the key mechanic behind this customisation is known as ‘splicing’ which requires players to plant seeds in a particular combination to turn into something else that you can use in the game world which combined with a familiar digging mechanic rounds out your available tools. Splicing is particularly useful in generating items and with practice can even create useful jetpack trees or the unique lava tree While on paper this splicing mechanic can be difficult to wrap your head around its actual implementation in game and the associated tutorial ensures players are well equipped to customise their own plot of the Growtopia game world transforming it into a house, dungeon or thriving city block.

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Players of Growtopia will also often create puzzle, adventure or quest driven worlds with the available Growtopia adventure pack. Sharing these creations then allows for a different experience outside of the core sandbox components. With so much to do in the game world you’ll find that Growtopia’s newbie guide is an invaluable resource and worth taking the time to read carefully when you first open up the game as it will save you a lot of time in the long run and can be further paired with the extensive external wiki content.

The feature list for Growtopia doesn’t stop there though with all the chat options you’ll need to make new friends or stay in touch with your current ones and is further supported by an easy to use and intuitive locking feature that lets you lock down your creations to keep them safe from griefing players or accidents.

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Growtopia is a nice change from other sandbox building games that have come around in the genre as of late and it’s quickly grown a community to support its MMO social side of gameplay which thrives on having a constantly engaged community of a certain scale for full value.

Summary:

  • Grow and mine resources to unlock all sorts of block types.
  • Unique splicing mechanic that has players pairing seeds together to create items and objects.
  • A persistent and connected game world for social and collaborative building.
  • Chat with your friends or make new ones through the social chat options.
  • Lock down your creations to stop editing from others.

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Review Platform: PC

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Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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6 COMMENTS
  1. This is an awesome game, all other MMO games just don’t appeal to me. I also like how you can build almost anything in Growtopia. There are endless possibilities. I think, however, that without the social part of the game, this game would not be so popular. There are over 2 million players, I heard, and about 200,000 regular daily players. That should show how popular this game is! It’s also very unique… I absolutely hate having to search “fun MMOs” and always get these violent pictures of dark games. Another fun part of the game is making music. I’ve composed some great music for myself. ;)

    If you play Growtopia, check out my worlds: LAD, AIRSERVER, ROTATIONAL, WRATHE, LIGHTABOVE, and SECTIONALS. lol :D

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  2. Best game ever!

    When I search for growtopia I get nothing similar. But actually those games are similar to growtopia:
    Cubic castles
    Terraria

    I really like this game.

    ALSO THIS GAME NEEDS SOME UPDATED VIDEOS. Those videos of gameplay of this game make game looks so bad

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  3. Okay so I think the apps you should download that is like growtopia are
    Roblox
    Minecraft
    Terraria

    I hope that is helpful enough for you but over and out!

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  4. Agreed… Those old trailers just outdate the game….. Now though its awesome im like addicted ina good way xD. whenever i get on now there are atleast 30 k peple online too, and it can go to 50k.

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  5. Now hate this game

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  6. Roblox is not like growtopia trust mei have played each games for a long time and i dont know how you tought it was a rip off. Roblox is 3D growtopia is 2D, growtopia trade every item that you have, roblox trade only spesific items, roblox no pixels, growtopia pixel. That was just a few of the reason why it isnt a rip off

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