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Slime Rancher Review

What could be cuter than wrangling slimes? Anything? I don’t think so! But it’s time to find out for sure as I play through Slime Rancher from Monomi Park. This game follows Beatrix LeBeau, a young rancher who sets off to fulfill her ranching dreams of wrangling slimes far off from Earth. I’ll be happy with this game purely because of how adorable it is, but I certainly hope it’s a great game too! Let’s find out!

Slime Rancher
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Overall Rating

5/5

1 - Visuals

5/5

Slime Rancher’s background visuals of a ranch setting are everything you would want and expect an alien-world-ranch to be. It’s calming and expansive, with just enough zany bits to keep you guessing about your environment. However, if we’re being completely honest, the background visuals aren’t what we come to Slime Rancher for. The little slimes roaming the ranch are the main highlight, and oh my goodness are they exceptional. With a multitude of slimes to discover, each with its own unique features, the slimy visuals of this game will keep you playing even if for no other reason than loving how adorable the little slimes are. They’re simply perfect. 

For visuals, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars. 

Slime Rancher
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2 - Audio

5/5

Slime Rancher’s audio is perfect in every way. From the bouncing background music to the delightfully slurpy sound of the slime vacuum to the bounces, squeaks and whoops of the slimes themselves, every sound in this game is ideally placed to make your gameplay entertaining and easy-going. There’s never too much background noise, which is especially excellent for this game because it’d be a shame to miss out on any of the sounds the slimes make. They are so cute, and the noises they make are exactly what you’d expect from a little bouncing slime. 

For audio, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars. 

Slime Rancher

3 - Story/Progression

5/5

Slime Rancher’s story is straightforward, and everything you want in a game about ranching slimes on a far-off planet. You can move forward in the game by discovering new areas, building up your ranching skills, finding all the messages left behind by the past inhabitants, and building your collection of all the different types of slimes out there. While you can eventually reach end credits, your opportunities to keep exploring and catching slimes never end. It’s similar to Pokemon in that you can continue to explore the game in a freeform way after you’ve reached all your goals. 

For Story/Progression, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars. 

 

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4 - Gameplay

5/5

Slime Rancher utilizes the design-aspect-as-old-as-time strategy of including the different actions and activities you’ll do throughout the game in the gameplay itself, so you learn as you go without having to learn a whole bunch of rules all at once. As you run into different things in the game, instructions pop up on the screen to teach you what to do, and whenever you encounter something new, you’re never lost. And, on top of the seamless in-game learning, the controls are all easy to manage, so you’re always able to fully focus on the game without having to worry about what you’re doing on the keyboard. 

For gameplay, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Slime Rancher
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5 - Context

5/5

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact context Slime Rancher fits into. Is it the world of slimes, ranch-style games, or creatively-made adventure games? Could it be all three? Somehow, in a game with so many particularities, it manages to remain balanced in all the categories it embodies without being too much of any one thing. It’s situated ideally within the world of goofy, adventurous, exceptionally creative games. It’s a simple enough premise, but I don’t think there’s another game out there quite like Slime Rancher

For context, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Slime Rancher
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Conclusion

When I first set out to play Slime Rancher I knew it would be an adorable game, but I didn’t know just how much of a fun adventure I would be entering into. The ranch scene is absolutely amazing, and it takes me back to some book I read as a child that I can’t quite fully remember. Overall, this game is exceptional, and there’s no doubt in my mind that I need to play the sequel! 

Overall, this game gets 5 out of 5 stars

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