Slime Rancher Review

Credit: Monomi Park
  Slime Rancher Review

Slime Rancher manages to combine it's quaint simplicity, endearing japan-imation design style (and at its core, repetitive gameplay) to deliver an experience that you will have no trouble sinking your time into.

Going into Slime Rancher you'd be forgiven for expecting a rather shallow experience and one that is not so unsimilar to existing clicker games, however there is a respectable depth lurking just beneath the surface. You take control of a young protagonist who has recently become the owner of a slime ranch, tasked with the regeneration of the old facilities and bringing the ranch back into prosperity, you'll be rangling cutesy balls of slime and feeding them in return for their precious gems otherwise known as plorts. 

Credit: Monomi Park

Plorts are the games central currency, which can be harvested in their various forms from the slimes you capture and feed in your corals back at the farm. As the game progresses you'll encounter more unique slime variations which of course drop plorts of a higher value, and so on. Back on the ranch you'll have access to the Plort Market that accepts your gems for an exchange of gold coins which can in turn be used to build on plots, upgrade abilities, buy aesthetic upgrades and unlock new facilities as the game continues.

The start game period can seem daunting as you repeat the very shallow and repetitive cycle of harvesting crops, feeding slimes and getting paid. The very nature of a farming/clicker game is of course grindey, despite this Slime Rancher manages to deliver a deceptively large over world packed with new species' of slimes, secrets and treasure to discover. The over world is undoubtedly the gel that holds the experience together, retaining interest with the expansive world and its quirky environments to explore and treasure to discover, when the monotony of slime management gets too much. It allows the player space to take a step back from the micromanagement and enjoy the world Slime Rancher has built. Upgrades like the Jet Pack actively encourage the exploration of the larger world outside the ranch, with level design prompting players to explore the verticality of each environment, and encouraging traversing cliff sides and scaling hilltops.

Credit: Monomi Park

I won't reveal too many details about the experience because the thing that makes it so great is the discovery. Every discovery uncovers an extra layer of depth that you just didn't expect to be there, and provides an extensive amount of content to explore in a relatively small game. Exploration is as rewarding as the ranch management aspect and delivers a fulfilling and enjoyable experience that only works to compliment the product as a whole. 

Slime Rancher at it core is a light-hearted, wonderfully vibrant and at times therapeutic little game that combines the successful aspects of open world and farming genre games, to deliver a product you can't help but enjoy.
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