Terra Trilogy

Terra Trilogy Review

Retro physics-based arcade fun

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS4 on

Terra Trilogy is also available for Nintendo Switch

Terra Trilogy is rated Everyone by the ESRB

If you love arcade-style games as much as I do then here's a fantastic new collection of challenging score-chasers that's sure to please.

Terra Lander PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆

First up, Terra Lander tasks you with carefully landing a space ship on each level's goal. Its gameplay has you carefully control your thrusters as gravity pulls you to the surface and if you slam too hard into anything or get shot by a turret, you're toast so you really have to manoeuvre diligently if you want to survive. In addition to flying, you also have a projectile weapon that's utilized with the right stick so Terra Lander is essentially a twin-stick shooter. Blowing up turrets as you carefully navigate through tricky corridors makes for supremely challenging gameplay that's incredibly rewarding to master. I should also mention that each game in Terra Trilogy features a classical music soundtrack that I thought was funny at first but it actually goes with each game's unique gameplay quite well. Great stuff!

Terra Lander gameplay video → More twin-stick shooters
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I feel guilty blowing up trees but it's just so much fun!

Terra Lander II - Rockslide Rescue PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆

Next in this collection, we have Terra Lander II - Rockslide Rescue which takes the core gameplay of Terra Lander and adds a couple of elements. For starters, you have to land on platforms that are populated with folks who are in need of rescue and once you gather every single one of them, you can simply fly up to complete the stage. Additionally, you're equipped with a tractor beam that allows you to pick up boulders and move them around the level which adds a layer of strategy. Overall, I found this sequel to get much more difficult than the first game but never felt like it was unfair so striving to get a higher and higher score proved to be consistently rewarding. This is especially the case if you're playing on PlayStation because there are plenty of trophies to unlock as you improve your skills.

Terra Lander II - Rockslide Rescue gameplay video →
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Don't worry, fellows; I'm here to save you

Terra Bomber PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆

Finally, here's Terra Bomber which is more like a shoot 'em up than the other featured games. In fact, it's very similar to Konami's classic arcade game Scramble although Terra Bomber features much more fluid controls. In this game, you basically hold 2 buttons to unleash projectiles and bombs in order to blow up enemy missiles, turrets, and gas tanks. There's a nifty power-up system, too, where collecting stars adds a drone to your basic shot thus allowing you to fire many more bullets at once. The levels are very long and super-tough yet the cool physics-based bomb movements and tight controls make it a welcome challenge to master. I also enjoyed the sound effects a lot although the minimalist visuals get a bit tiresome after a while. In the end, each game is great and Terra Bomber is no exception.

Terra Bomber gameplay video → More shoot 'em ups
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I went from rescuing folks to blowing up everything in sight

Playing Terra Trilogy took me back to a time when simply improving your skills and achieving higher and higher scores made for a highly entertaining gaming experience. If you also love this old-school approach to gaming, you definitely need this in your collection.

  • + Each game is bursting with unique and challenging score-chasing gameplay
  • + Tight physics-based controls
  • + Fun classical music and satisfying effects
  • - Not much replay value aside from achieving high scores and trophies
  • - Minimalist aesthetic gets a bit tiresome
8.1 out of 10
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