Either I have grown up and stopped noticing them, or there is a severe lack of cute and adorable games on the market. Fortunately, every now and then there is a refreshing release made for people of all ages. That is the case with the Slime Rancher, the newest title designed by Monomi Park. In its essence, this is a basic farming simulator. However, the colorful design, narrative, and a couple of unusual choices make this game unique.
Farming Simulator with a Charming Plot
You will be playing as Beatrix LeBeau who decided to leave the Earth for a “galaxy far, far away” where she will become a rancher. However, she won’t be breeding cows or horses. Instead, Beatrix will take care of slimes, the strange but sweet alien creatures. The game has a charming narrative and the plot matters, unlike other farming simulators.
While you are exploring the vast planet you are on, you will encounter messages from the previous owner. They were written for you, the next rancher on the farm. However, they also contain notes where the owner is looking back at their life, which is intriguing, charming and just a tad bit sad. Aside from that, Beatrix has left a loved one on the Earth, and Slime Rancher also discusses long-distance relationships and how hard it is to be separated from someone you love.
Collect, Breed, Harvest
But let’s back to the game. As mentioned above, you will have a farm set up on a distant planet where you will breed slimes. You will explore various areas to find different types of slimes. The exciting thing is that you will play from the first person perspective. That adds a whole new dimension to a farming simulator. We are used to FPS, but there is no shooting involved here. Instead, your ‘gun’ is something like a vacuum. Once you find slime good enough for your farm, you suck it in and transfer it to the ranch.
Back at the ranch, you will keep slimes in pens. Upgrading is a critical aspect of the game, and you will be able to improve your skills and abilities, as well as develop a science center.
Don’t Forget to Trade the Poo…Wait, What?
While exploring your ranch, you will find out that slimes’ poo is worth a lot. You can trade it for cash at the “plort market.” But be aware, the prices are not always the same, and you should look to earn as much as you can. And don’t worry about the fact that you are selling poo. It looks as cute as slimes and, overall, the graphics of the game is fantastic. The cartoonish style is the right way to go for a casual game, and the developers did an excellent job in that area.
As for the downsides, it’s a farming simulator after all. There is some repetitiveness along the way, but at least there no annoying timers like in Farmville. The overall durability of the game is 15-20 hours, and you shouldn’t expect a lot of replay value (unless you really like slimes).