Slime Rancher (Early Access)

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Slime Rancher on Steam (Early Access)

MSRP: $19.99

Platforms: Win, Mac, Linux, XBox One

Release: 1/14/16

Steam rating: 95% positive


Slime Rancher was an early access title that was definitely on my radar – in fact, I was sort of hoping for a spiritual successor to Viva Pinata – but with a $20 asking price and no demo available, I was holding off until I either saw a fantastic discount, or the game was fully released.  Well, it was part of the Humble Monthly Bundle in October, and although I debated trying to trade, I ultimately decided to hold onto it, and wait until the game was a little more fleshed out to play it.   However, since it’s got a 95% positive rating on Steam – and highly rated early access games are pretty uncommon – I thought I’d give it a whirl.

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I will say this for it – it is pretty adorable.  Although you start off with only pink slimes, with just a little wandering, I came across some grey slimes with cat ears. When I put a grey slime in with the pink ones, something happened and I ended up with a rather large pink slime with cat ears.

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Unfortunately, I really didn’t get much out of it other than the cute.  You catch slimes, put them in cage-like structures, feed them, pick up Plort (yes, that’s slime poop), and shoot that into a machine in exchange for cash. Past that, you won’t be given a whole lot of direction, which while I get that’s the nature of a sandbox game, I wanted a little more information.  Disclaimer: I didn’t spend a whole lot of time bumbling around looking for information, but when you first start a game, inaccessible information is pretty much the same as none at all.

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In its current state, Slime Rancher didn’t do it for me, but there are plenty of people out there enjoying farming for slime poop.  It’s something I’ll check out again in a few months to see if it’s any more new-user friendly, but I can’t see myself losing even tens of hours to it.

 

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