We liked Terraria so much we reviewed it twice: once in 2011 (Opens in a new tab)when it was new, and again in 2018 (Opens in a new tab), when we found it to be “one of the best adventures out there yet.” If that’s not enough proof of both its quality and durability, Terraria has received over a million positive reviews on Steam, becoming the first indie game to do so.
One of the big reasons for Terraria’s enduring popularity is undoubtedly developer Re-Logic’s relentless support of the game and its players. Its ‘last’ update (Opens in a new tab) It launched in May 2020, nine years after the game’s original release, but then another “real last update” (Opens in a new tab) It came out in October, and then there were more updates in 2021. There were even more updates in 2022, the last one less than a month ago. (Opens in a new tab)and at this point I don’t think anyone is even pretending that any of these updates will be finished.
Terraria creator Andrew Spinks also won players’ faith in early 2021 when he told Stadia to screw up. (Opens in a new tab) after disabling his Google account and unable to get help. That decision was eventually reversed (Opens in a new tab)but then Stadia crashed and in the end it didn’t really matter.
To be clear, Terraria isn’t the first game to hit a million positive user reviews, but it’s the first “indie darling” of its kind to hit the mark. Games ahead of the list are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (5.9 million positive user reviews), PUBG: Battlegrounds (1.2 million), Dota 2 (1.5 million) and Grand Theft Auto 5 (1.2 million).
But what makes the achievement particularly impressive is that those positive user reviews are accompanied by just over 22,000 negative reviews, giving an overall user rating of 97%, “very positive” in Steam parlance. It is the only game in the top five to maintain this standard: CS:GO, Dota 2 and GTA5 are “very positive”, while PUBG Battlegrounds is “mixed”.