GIZORAMA - All art is derivative. Every artistic work builds on what comes before it, and games are no exception to that rule.
But for something to be creatively worthwhile, it has to evolve from what inspired it. A game that’s part of a specific genre will obviously conform to certain standards. However, it also needs to either bring something new or do something better than its predecessor.
Darkout is a sci-fi/fantasy 2D adventure game in the style of Terraria (and Minecraft, by association). Currently in open beta, the game borrows most of its mechanics from those titles, but it also attempts to add new features of its own. However, the game’s additions aren’t well-executed in their current state, and the result is a somewhat frustrating and uninspired experience.