Slime Rancher Review

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Posted: 6 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.


Slime Rancher is a farming simulation with a difference. Rather than chickens, sheep or cows, you farm slimes. You explore the open world from a first-person perspective to find and collect slimes. As you develop your farm in numerous ways you generate "plorts", which enable you to upgrade your farm.

Different types of slimes can be combined and grown by feeding them specific items, and sometimes "plorts" from other species. If a slime east more than two different "plorts", it becomes an aggressive malevolent black slime called the "Tarr", which cause havoc in the farm and must be washed away with precious water.

The appeal of the game is in the open-ended farming, not unlike Stardew Valley. Only here you are in a 3D open world and with a more focused remit of farming just slimes. That said, there are many different kinds that lead to a complex web of collecting, feeding and breeding. This is extended by the scarcity of a particular slime determining its market price, a small touch that adds a layer on realism to the otherwise unreal experience.



Release Date: 14/10/2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy.



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Duration: This game will take between 15 hours and 19 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

In-game purchases offer more aesthetic options for the world via "The Galactic Bundle" and "The Secret Style Bundle".

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PEGI 3 with occasional, very mild violence in a comical or abstract context. When you jump into ponds, lakes or seas (deeper waters), you receive a message “you’ve been knocked out, a day’s rest should get you back up your feet”. A day passes, and you begin outside your house again. This loop also happens when your health points have been depleted. This only happens when you encounter ‘dangerous’ slimes. These slimes can bump to you, or curl up in a ball of spikes. If you don’t have the right tools for these encounters, the slimes can hurt you. As for the slimes themselves, you can’t really harm them. When you throw them in the water, they disappear. When you shoot them in the air, they just bounce when they hit the floor. You can, however, dissolve some slimes with water (or other substances). When this is done, they just disappear in a few drops, leaving behind some crystals or slime essence.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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