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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 12 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

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 eats 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.

Slime Rancher 2, updates the game in 2022 and will be coming to Windows PC and Xbox Series X. It takes the action to the ocean. The Slime Sea is not only a new location for the second game but adds new slimes and ways to farm. Catch and propagate slimes inspired by real-world animals like butterflies, bunnies, and anglerfish.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/10/2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Monomi Park (@MonomiPark)

Players: 1

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 15 hours and 19 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

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.

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

CostsCosts

Slime Rancher usually costs £14.99 to £19.49.
 

Slime Rancher

Slime Rancher: Plortable Edition

Switch Store Switch £19.49
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".

Slime Rancher Plortable Edition brings the game to Nintendo Switch and includes previous DLC.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Slime Rancher Accessibility Report documents 19 accessibility features:
The game offers 3 difficulty levels (Adventure, Casual, and Rush), providing different level and type of challenge. You choose difficulty level when you start the game and it can not be changed unless you start over.

There are not clear objectives in the game, this is a game about exploration and experimentation. As you explore and progress you will be able to open up new parts of the map. You can zoom in and out on the map but there are no labels and no legend given, so it can be difficult to tell what the map is showing you other than terrain. There is an Emergency Return option in the menu to teleport back to your ranch if you need it.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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