The Gameplay - Refreshingly Unique and Enjoyable
When you go to start the game, you'll be faced with two tasks. One is to create a character and the other is a world. Creating a character is simple and you customise the character's looks only. World creation is also simple, with you needing to select the world's size. However, this may change in the future as you may also have a choice of different world types to create (more on this later). Even the smallest worlds are quite large also. They're also randomly generated. In addition, a character isn't tied to a specific world.
When you get into the game itself, you'll be placed in an unknown world with nothing but an axe and a pickaxe. You're forced to learn the game quickly if you want to survive the wandering slimes and this is just during the daytime. When night falls, things get worse as floating eyeballs and zombies attack. So, before nightfall, you'll have to cut trees down for wood and build yourself a shelter. You do the actual building by gathering and placing 'blocks', then applying a wall in the background for a home.
This leads me onto the next point. The game might be played from a 2D side-scrolling perspective, but the game world has a tremendous amount of depth in the sense that you can dig underground for what seems like forever and you can also 'build' upwards for what feels like forever. You have to dig underground to acquire various materials for constructing a building that can house NPCs and give you a safe spot to return to. The further down you go, the tougher the enemies are. There's also quite an in-depth crafting system implemented that allows you to craft armor and weapons, amongst other things. This is also where the RPG elements come into play. Your character may not level up, but he/she becomes stronger by equipping items and there are rare items you can find that increase your health or mana.
In addition, there are also bosses to defeat once summoned and there is a dungeon to work your way through for good items. Now then, there's also the promise of continued support for the game and so far, the developers have kept the promise with providing new content often. They have stated that they even plan to add new world types to provide players a way of progressing further once they're finished with the default world.
Overall, the gameplay is addictive and if there are any faults to be found here, it could be that enemies respawn a bit too fast.