Slime Rancher 2 Review
Keeping in mind that this is an early access game this is not really a FULL review, but there is definitely enough here to give first impressions for sure. On the surface it’s a beautiful follow up to the original game with better graphics, buttery smooth gameplay, cuteness and colorful overload…. but is it enough?
Slime Rancher 2 is a sequel to the award-winning, smash-hit original that has been enjoyed by over 15 million fans worldwide. Continue the adventures of Beatrix LeBeau as she journeys to Rainbow Island, a mysterious land brimming with ancient technology, unknown natural resources, and an avalanche of wiggling, jiggling, new slimes to discover.
As Beatrix attempts to unravel the island’s secrets and uncover its true purpose, she’ll build, ranch, and farm within a beautiful conservatory, whose sparkling glass walls give her full view of the prismatic paradise she now calls home.
While technically the game is a sequel you don’t really need to know all about the first game to enjoy this, it’s a great jumping in point for new players and veterans all around. Largely the game is unchanged from a systems perspective. Capture, feed and raise various slimes for resources which you can sell to upgrade tech, unlock new areas, enhance your conservatory, lather rinse and repeat. The new conservatory is a very welcomed addition as the central hub area where you can build your slime containment areas, grow crops, raise chickens, everything you need to play. It’s important to continue to enhance this area in order to make sure your slime stay happy and contained so you can keep raking in the bucks.
The world they built in this sequel is amazing to look at, bright, vibrant and full of color and fun. There are a few different landscape types for you to explore early on with the promise of more to come with future updates. Monomi Park has already confirmed that this game will be receiving updates for years to come including new areas and new slimes to catch which honestly is pretty darn incredible because the game runs flawlessly, so really, they just need to make it a little bigger to make it stand out from the previous game.
As you play through the game, you will be able to upgrade your equipment using Slime Science. This is another feature carried over from the first game and lets you unlock new abilities. You can expand your storage, get a jetpack, get a resource drill, or even learn to harvest water. You will also be able to make useful gadgets like teleporters that let you quickly travel to and from your ranch. These gadgets are made through a process of coming slime plorts and harvest nodes that you find while exploring Rainbow Island. You will also be able to make decorations to place around your ranch, and you can find blueprints by opening treasure pods when exploring the wild.
On the slightly downside of things, is that if you put in alot of time in the previous game, as of right now there is not much that’s new or different, so the game can feel very “samey” at times. But again, it is early access and they are promising alot of stuff they haven’t elaborated on yet. So I think this is definitely one to check out and keep an eye on in the future.