SLIME RANCHER

A good slime to be had by all

PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) - - CONTENT -

He who cor­rals the slimes, cor­rals the uni­verse. On the Far, Far Range, that’s the name of the game as you feed slimes and farm the ‘plorts’ they drop. The en­tire econ­omy is based on this re­source, with prices for each va­ri­ety of plort fluc­tu­at­ing daily. The money you earn can go into new ranch fa­cil­i­ties for hold­ing new types of slimes, unlocking new parts of the Range, or up­grad­ing your gear so you can hoover up even more plorts, slimes, and re­sources alike.

Beyond the odd of­f­world email of­fer­ing de­light­ful crumbs of a story, there’s not much more out­side of that. You quickly get into a re­lax­ing rhythm, spurred on by the cutesy chirps of the chub­bily ap­peal­ing slimes you hoover up with your vac­pack. The world it­self is suit­ably colour­ful, each new zone vis­ually dis­tinct from the oth­ers (as well as of­fer­ing new slimes, re­sources, and farm­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties), mit­i­gat­ing the lack of a min­imap and the con­fus­ing lay­out of the world map.

Not ev­ery slime you en­counter is happy to be a plort mule1 and not ev­ery new area you ven­ture into will be a walk in the park, how­ever, with feral slimes and en­vi­ron­men­tal haz­ards stalk­ing new parts of the Range. While it’s sur­pris­ing the first time you come a crop­per to such a threat, all are eas­ily ousted when you’re pack­ing the right tools or re­sources. But dan­ger is gen­er­ally fleet­ing2 on the Far, Far Range, plorts are plen­ti­ful, and the slimes are never not adorable… though we wish our in­ven­tory was just a few slots big­ger. While game­play isn’t su­per-deep, you’ll still find your­self re­turn­ing to the slime ranch again and again. Jess Kinghorn

FOOTNOTES1 They’re prob­a­bly none too happy about the cor­ral con­di­tions. 2 Feral slimes are just hangry, car­niv­o­rous Tarr slimes dis­solve in wa­ter, and en­vi­ron­men­tal haz­ards are eas­ily avoided.

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