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If you like shooting things, growing things, capturing things, and raising things then you'll likely find yourself instantly drawn to Monomi Park's Slime Rancher. The game was recently revealed and has been garnering a lot of attention for its mix of pet management and open world exploration.
Siliconera did a quick write-up on the first-person, pet-raising title, linking to the reveal trailer that you can check out below.
Players assume the role of Beatrix LeBeau, who is attempting to grow a slime ranch. Players will be tasked with collecting slimes, raising them, feeding them and protecting them from dangerous predators.The gameplay and graphics are like a mix of Team Fortress 2, Portal and Monster Rancher with a side order of Harvest Moon.
While the title may be in first-person, it's not actually a first-person shooter in the traditional sense. Players will not have a weapon that can kill, maim and destroy, but instead they will use a vacpack vacuum gun. It allows players to suck up things or spit them out. It works pretty much like the gravity gun from Half-Life 2.
Players will have to go out, capture slimes, put them in a pen and take care of them. Much like Harvest Moon, players will be required to feed the slimes on a regular basis, which means that various types of food must be cultivated and farmed, ranging from types of vegetables to chickens.
Different types of slimes eat different types of food. The game works on a day and night cycle basis, where throughout the day players will venture around the open world and then return to feed the animals at night, not unlike the day and night system from games like Yandere Simulator or the original Jagged Alliance.
For dealing with various types of slimes players will have to use differing tactics, ranging from sucking up some slimes or using objects to push the slimes back. Not all of them are friendly, by the way. As the video above showcases, the game will require different kinds of strategies to deal with respective challenges.
Slime Rancher is currently seeking votes on Steam Greenlight, where gamers will determine if the title should be eligible to appear on the Steam store. The community curated service has helped push through unique kinds of games, including smash hits such as Shadowrun Returns, Wasteland 2 and Kerbal Space Program.
So far a lot of Greenlight community love the concept of the game and adore the bright colors and joyful themes of the first-person rancher.
According to the developers Slime Rancher is due for release some time in 2016. You can learn more about the game by visiting the Greenlight page or by visiting the official website.