…though it IS proving adorably addictive.
Genre: Indie, simulation, exploration, early access
Developer/Publisher: Monomi Park
AS WE ALREADY KNOW BY NOW
Slime Rancher is in early access, meaning it’s not finished, but is currently at the point where players can test the waters, provide feedback, and report bugs to help improve the overall experience. For such a title, it is simple yet pretty (very, very pretty).
It was ‘pretty’ or ‘cute’, and there’s a point in one’s life where playing cutesie games undermines one’s gamer cred…SO I AM GOING WITH PRETTY, DAMMIT.
Sorry not sorry.
WHAT IS THIS GAME?
In Slime Rancher, you play as a new rancher that has left life on Earth behind to take a crack at slime ranching on a new, wild west-ish planet. Yes, adorable, squishy slimes. Also chickens for some reason. Don’t ask, just collect some slimes with your Vacpack that collects slimes and other items, take them back to your ranch, and the first half of the game begins-the sim side of Slime Rancher.
Build a coral for your slimes, and feed them their favorite food, to collect those small, shiny gems called plorts that they spit out afterwards.
Oh; that’s their, um…their poops. That are highly sought on the plort market.
We are farming shiny poops.
Okay, you know what? I don’t even care. This game is cute. I feed adorable, happy squishy slimes and sell their plorts for coin because humans have a thing for shiny anything. We are effectively magpies.
The second half of this game is the exploration side. My favorite part. The world is so attractive, with an overall feel of southern vistas and dusty plains giving way to shoreline and verdant grotto.
There is promise of more areas to explore (and more types of slimes to take back to your ranch for their sweet, sweet plorts), as there are at least three areas under construction and many other islands tantalizingly close to the currently active areas.
SOUNDS SIMPLE, HOWEVER…
You can cross breed slimes. Some plorts are worth more than others on the day-to-day market board, so I cross bred the two most valuable to double up on my plorts.
Certain slimes eat anything, others nothing. Some have certain specifications for survival. Some are unattainable unicorns that you have to beat in the face with an armload of spare carrots in an attempt to collect their rare plort.
Oh, and if you’re not careful, you can cross breed a hulking, voracious abomination called THE TARR that will eat everything and everyone in its path, including a certain rancher that tried to play slime God.
See? Totally not another farming sim that involves micro transactions and alienating friends in the hope of being gifted a damn cow.
All about the shiny poops, like proper refined ranchers.
UPDATE, PLEASE! I NEED TO SEE WHAT IS BEHIND THE SECOND LOCKED DOORWAY!!!