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Slime Rancher (2016) is a farming simulation with a difference - rather than chickens, sheep or cows, you farm Slimes. As you gather more Slimes and species, you collect more types of Plorts from them, which can be used to upgrade your farm and your gear. It stands out for the surprising nuance and intricacy involved with breeding new Slime species and selling your produce.

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 a Tarr, which causes havoc on 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 with a more focused remit of just farming Slimes. That said, the many different kinds of Slimes 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 of realism to the otherwise unreal experience.

The result is a game that combines gentle exploration with whimsical and lighthearted farming to create a laidback experience that's silly fun, yet still requires strategy and savvy selling to make the most out of what you have.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Slime Rancher 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated yesterday.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Simulation game with Action, Collecting, Platform, Shooting and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3 for 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 on 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 into 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 Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up.

CostsCosts

Slime Rancher usually costs £4.79 to £19.49.
 

Slime Rancher

XBox Store Xbox One £15.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £4.79
Steam Store PC £15.99
Steam Store Mac £15.99

Slime Rancher: Plortable Edition

Switch Store Switch £19.49
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: 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". These are included in the Deluxe Edition of the game.

Slime Rancher Portable Edition brings the game to Nintendo Switch and includes previous DLC. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/10/2016

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Simulation (Action, Collecting, Platform, Shooting and Strategy)

Accessibility: 27 features

Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Monomi Park (@MonomiPark)


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