GG Slime Rancher Review

Slime Rancher
Review by Andrea “The Grill” of Geeky Gaming

Developer: Monomi Park
Publisher: Monomi Park
Release Date: Jan 14, 2016 (Early Access)
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Hey Geeks, it’s Andrea and today we are doing a review of a great new game on Steam called Slime Rancher. Before I get started, I want to apologize about being a little out of the loop the last week. I’ve been pretty sick and there have been some other things going on which we will probably talk about in a let’s play very soon. Okay so if everyone is ready, it is time for our review of Slime Rancher.

At the time of this review, Slime Rancher is in Early Access 0.2.4b, so keep that in mind if you are watching this at a later date.

The base concept of the game is in the name really, you are, well, a slime rancher. The objective is to increase your plort pool by capturing and raising slimes at your ranch. When you feed them, they give you plort, which is the in-game currency. So, basically the currency is slime poop. Which is silly and adorable on its own.

You use the slime poop, or plorts to purchase upgrades to yourself and your ranch. You can also purchase a couple extra areas for your ranch and create and upgrade corrals to store your slimes, coops to raise chickens to feed your meat eating slimes, silos to store your extra food, and of course gardens to grow more food. So everything really revolves around the plorts, as expected.

So let’s talk about the bad. I hate using that word, because I don’t really have too many harsh things to say about this game. Most of the “bad” comes from it being in early access. So as long as the game keeps updating and fully releases, these aren’t so much criticisms as they are things to wait for.

Okay, first, the obvious. Once you finish upgrading everything there really isn’t much to do with your plort. There aren’t enough spots to build everything I wanted even at this stage of the game and because of the lack of content at this time, what is there becomes repetitive pretty quickly. Which isn’t really unexpected from any kind of farming-style games. Especially ones in early access.

Within my first day playing this game, I had completed everything I could do at this time and stored up enough plort and food to wait for the next update. That isn’t saying that it was just a few hours.. I played the game a good 8 or 10 hours at least that day. Although that seems like a low amount of time, this is a very early release of the game. So that gives me a lot of hope for what is to come.

My biggest annoyance in the game was the largos. Largos themselves are not bad. They produce more plort and the idea of 2 slimes merging is adorable. The problem exists whenever a 3rd plort is found in the area and the largo eats the plort. It creates the main “enemy” in the game, The Tarr. The tarr spreads by eating and turning slimes into more tarr. As you can see, it spreads very quickly, so I find myself spending more time getting rid of largos than I would like. Especially because I do love the idea of largos in general. So that sadly kind of ruins largos for me. I am glad that the tarr is in the game, I just think it needs a bit of an overhaul. Also it seems as if the slimes go for the different plorts before going for any food.

Once I did everything I could, I found myself spending a lot of time exploring areas that aren’t open yet. With the jet pack and other abilities you can unlock, it makes it pretty easy to access where you aren’t supposed to. So the great news is it looks like there is quite a bit to come soon. The bad news is I suck at waiting.

I could easily spend so much more time talking about slime rancher, so if you do want to hear more let me know in the comments below and we’ll make some more slime rancher content.

As for the rating, I really want to give Slime Rancher a 5 rating, but at this stage I can’t. Once it is completely out, I don’t have any question that it will be a perfect scoring game, but with it being so early in the early access process it is maybe a 4 scoring game at this time. So, let’s split the difference and give it 4 and a half curious chickens out of 5.

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