Slime Rancher Articles RSS Feed | Slime Rancher RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Slime Rancher: How to Get the Deluxe Chicken Coop Wed, 13 May 2020 15:04:26 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Keeping carnivorous slimes is a more involved task than just keeping herbivorous ones in Slime Rancher, whether you're going out and picking up hens on your own or have got a chicken coop set up on Far, Far Range.

I personally like to keep chickens using two different methods:

  1. Tossing a ton of them in the Overgrowth and letting them do their thing.
  2. Keeping chickens in coops in key areas (and away from pens full of carnivorous slimes) for easy access.

You'll probably be most comfortable keeping your chickens in a coop, which costs a mere 250 Newbucks to build and a mere 1,275 total to get up and running efficiently between its three basic upgrades.

There is a fourth chicken coop upgrade that will grant a huge boost to your chicken production and make taking care of them easier overall: the Deluxe Upgrade.

The Deluxe Coop allows for double the chickens in a coop. Not only that, but it sucks up elder chickens to keep your chicken production moving. Very handy!

How to Unlock the Deluxe Coop Upgrade

The Deluxe Upgrade for the chicken coop isn't available until you unlock the Mochi's Manor ranch expansion, and then begin trading.

How to Unlock Mochi's Manor

Mochi's Manor can only be unlocked once you:

  1. Open one of the two Slime Gates highlighted in the image below this list.
  2. Unlock the Grotto ranch expansion.
  3. Trade with Mochi via the Range Exchange, after doing the above.
How to Get the Upgrade

Once you've done all of the above and Mochi's ready to partner up with you for big Newbucks, it's time to get to work at Nimble Valley. Nimble Valley should open up when Mochi's Manor is open.

You have to trade Mochi a total of 600 Quicksilver Plorts to unlock the Deluxe Coop upgrade, at her personal Range Exchange at Mochi's Manor.

Quicksilver Plorts are collected at Nimble Valley, and you'll have limited time to collect them each time you head inside. Nimble Valley works differently from the rest of Far, Far Range and you cannot suck up Quicksilver Slimes to take back to the ranch.

Once you unlock the Deluxe Coop, you'll be able to upgrade your chicken coops to the new and improved version for a small 650 Newbucks.


Check out our other Slime Rancher guides here on GameSkinny.

Slime Rancher: Dervish Plort Statues Locations Mon, 11 May 2020 18:35:53 -0400 Ashley Shankle

There are only three Dervish Statues for you to find in Slime Rancher's Glass Desert. Despite their small number, finding all three can be frustrating. You'll want to get the Dervish Fountain restored if you want to start farming their plorts, which means you've got to find the area's Dervish Statues.

Below, I'll show you exactly where to find them so you don't have to. 

Slime Rancher Dervish Fountain Location

To get started, you'll have to find the Dervish Fountain found in the Glass Desert. The location of the fountain is marked with a red circle in the partial image of the Glass Desert below.

In this area are three Dervish Plot Statues, each one in a different spot within the area and at a different altitude (to really shake things up). You'll have to keep your eyes peeled for them, as they're not particularly large either.

Luckily, your journey thus far has been a handful already, so you're well-prepared to take on this task with the help of your trusty jetpack.

Dervish Plort Statue Locations

You can seek these out in any order.

Dervish Plort Statue One

Entering the fountain from the east, you should be able to look up at the top of its northwest corner and see the first Dervish Plort Statue on the ledge. Find your way up and around the wall to be able to use your jetpack to reach it.

Dervish Plort Statue Two

The next statue is in a hole just outside of the fountain, just check the location of the red dot in the image above.

Dervish Plort Statue Three

This one can be found on the wall on the far side of the area from the fountain. It's a quick jetpack from the fountain to the wall where you can find this statue.

And with that, you'll see an increase in Dervish Slimes and can start your Dervish Plort empire! Or just enjoy the slimes' company, they are pretty darling. Check out our other Slime Rancher guides here on GameSkinny.

14 Relaxing Games You Can Play on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:47:49 -0400 Ty Arthur


Tell us which of these 14 games you plan on playing by sounding off in the comments below. Be sure to let us know what game takes the edge off for you or which games should be on this list that aren't!


Of course, not everyone will want their gaming to be all teddy bears and rainbows. If you'd rather get your frustration out by fragging hordes of enemies or engaging in a thousand or so turns of a complex strategy battle title, there are still tons of options.


To get started, take a look at all the free games currently available, and stay tuned for our upcoming list of great games with the longest campaigns!




Another extremely laid-back game without combat, the oddly intriguing Wattam is all about reconnecting with old friends while dancing, holding hands, and even skyrocketing off by using your odd hat.


Although there's perhaps more poop than you might care for in a relaxing game, Wattam is undeniably charming and a joy to play when you don't want something too heavy.




Watercolor is already pretty relaxing, so it just makes sense to use it as an art medium in a game meant to offer hope like Gris. You don't have to worry about combat or dying here, and this is one of those rare platformers where you won't be constantly frustrated while trying to figure out the mechanics.


What really makes Gris stand apart is its lack of dialog. Everything in this story is told through emotional connections and visual cues, which makes it extremely soothing to play.


Bejeweled 3


The original time waster. Bejeweled should always be in your backup list of quick and easy games to jump into. When you need the problems of the day to fall away and for your mind to focus on soothing colors and patterns, this is the way to go. 


For that rare group of people who didn't spend hours playing this online back in the day, Bejeweled is a Match-3 where your goal is just to swap jewels around the board causing larger and larger matches (and corresponding cascading explosions if you manage to get 5 in a row). It simple, low stakes, and addicting.


Imminently relaxing even when it was just a simple web game a decade back, Bejeweled has only increased its relaxing gameplay options since then, as the more recent PC and console editions also include Zen Mode.


The Room


Point-and-click puzzle titles may not be the first choice for a relaxing experience, since there are so many opportunities for frustration to arise with obtuse mechanics or high difficulty. The Room avoids those problems through the strength of its gameplay and the overall immersion of its sounds and visuals.


You can get lost in this one, especially if you prefer games to be a little on the creepy side. Essentially, you've got an escape room in digital form, but all the levers, knobs, and pulleys are just really satisfying to play with in this particular iteration of the genre.


A World Of Keflings


Oddball title World Of Keflings probably would have forever faded into obscurity (and let's be honest, it still isn't that well known) if it hadn't been one of the early free Games With Gold to hit the Xbox 360.


If you missed out on it way back when, now is a great time to jump back in, because there's not much room for frustration in this adorable city builder. Your Xbox (or Wii) avatar serves as the only giant in a world of very small inhabitants, so you get to help the Keflings build their utopia.


Gather sand and clay to make glass, stockpile planks to take to the carpenter for making carved wood, and so on until you get into a zen-like groove of harvesting and building.




If you like the idea of Abzu but would prefer the grandeur of the open world of nature instead of what's found beneath the waves, then Eastshade is for you. As a free-spirited traveling painter, your only goal here is to wander around and paint pictures of beautiful scenery.


Along the way, you can help people out with their problems and make the world a little bit better of a place. This is a game that's more about the journey than the destination, as it's basically an open-world simulator but without a ton of objectives other than to enjoy the scenery and chat with some fine folks.




The polar opposite of Subnautica, the ocean-exploring Abzu focuses on the calm, peaceful aspects of life beneath the waves. Swim with whales, weave through coral reefs, and experience life to the fullest while following schools of fish in this incredibly vibrant and visually stunning experience.


There's not a ton of actual "game" here, but that's alright: sometimes you just want to live in an underwater paradise and not have to save the world or rack up a high score.


Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles


If you've already played My Time At Portia or Stardew Valley, then Yonder is the next farming game that should have your attention. Forget about combat or anything stressful, because The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is a wonderful lazy Sunday of a game.


Unwind while exploring a gorgeous island, building a farm, taking time out for a fishing break, and helping people out while learning skills like carpentry and sewing. It's simple, it's easy, and it's exactly what you need when the real world is too much to handle.


Slime Rancher


Back in the days of yore, heroes slaughtered slimes by the thousands in the various Dragon Quest games. Now we live in more enlightened times and realize slimes are an adorable, intelligent species that should be sustainably farmed in Slime Rancher.


The concept sounds bizarre, but it is wonderfully relaxing to suck up carrots, beets, and even chickens into your suction gun and then plop them out to feed slimes as you build up your ranch.


It is important to note that as you get towards the end, the puzzles can, in fact, become difficult and stressful. That being said, most of the game is wildly comforting and incredibly low stakes.


Animal Crossing New Horizons


New Horizons is just about the best way to take things at your own pace and forget the troubles of the world right now. Dig up fossils, catch bugs, build your house, make animal friends.


This next gen reboot of the classic Nintendo franchise lets you live out your interior (and exterior!) decorator fantasies across a whole island while slowly expanding access to new areas. Whether crafting, buying, hunting, inviting new creatures to live nearby, or just enjoying the scenery, there's also something relaxing (and fun) to do in Animal Crossing.


Stardew Valley


You had to know the country living sim Stardew Valley would make the list, right? Take things at your own pace as you learn to live off the land by farming, fishing, raising animals, and forging relationships with other members of the local community.


Of course, Stardew Valley isn't totally without stress as you manage various resources, especially if you see everything as a challenge to overcome as quickly as possible, but for the most part, this is laid-back gaming at its finest. There are a good number of mods to make things more relaxing. 


Stardew Valley also (finally) features multiplayer, so you and your friends and family can all farm together. 


For those looking to take a darker route, Graveyard Keeper offers a different, but definitely less relaxing, take on the farm-life genre. 


Industrial Petting


Farming and ranching simulators are some of the best go-to titles for relaxing games, and there's no shortage of options there. While the big names like Farming Simulator are worth trying out, there's also plenty to explore if you dig into the indie scene. 


Industrial Petting is one of those lesser-known titles that's currently available in Early Access. While the content isn't overflowing yet, there are still tons of adorable animals to enjoy while building up an empire of ethically sourced, fair trade exotic pets.


Coffee Talk


Sitting somewhere between a visual novel and a barista simulator, there is something weirdly relaxing about brewing up a cup of joe in Coffee Talk while listening to people's problems.


The twist, of course, is that in Coffee Talk's universe, supernatural beings walk among us. Think of it as a low-key Shadowrun, with none of the violence and a lot more coffee. You'll get to offer advice to an elf and a succubus whose parents don't approve of their relationship while learning how to make lattes, teas, and smoothies.


I dunno' if actual real-world baristas will get the same soothing level of therapy out of it, but everyone else is in for a wonderfully relaxing time. Not sure if this format is right for you? Grab the free demo at Steam to try it out before you buy!




A truly odd and offbeat offering from DoubleFine, Everything is sort of like an anti-Katamari Damacy. Instead of collecting everything and going inward, you constantly expand outward, so far, in fact, that you might start over at the beginning again! There's no end goal and no way to win or lose. You just exist and explore while philosophical concepts are presented as voiceovers.


Everything's non-traditional gameplay is particularly helpful in stressful situations, as this bizarrely wonderful simulator makes you feel connected to the universe at large no matter where you are. 


This imminently weird but wildly intriguing title made our list of the top bizarre games. They aren't all relaxing, but all of them offer something outside the norm. 


It can be pretty relaxing to mow down hordes of gangsters and aliens while imbued with superpowers in Saints Row 4 or to plow through crowds in GTA 5. But not all games are conducive to lowering your stress levels. Fast-paced shooters like Doom Eternal might not be the best way to keep your blood pressure in a happy place.


For those of us in need of something calmer, this list of 14 extremely relaxing games is just the ticket. Core gameplay in all of these titles is explicitly soothing and meant to put you at ease. 

Slime Rancher: Deluxe Edition Gets Physical Later This Year Thu, 30 Jan 2020 13:41:31 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Slime Rancher's cuteness overload is about to hit the real world... sort of. Skybound Games and Monomi Park recently announced a physical release of the game is coming in the form of Slime Rancher: Deluxe Edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

One of the most adorable games on any platform, Slime Rancher tasks players with wrangling a variety of increasingly cute slimes, and doing whatever else they'd like in the varied landscapes of Far, Far Range.

Slime Rancher: Deluxe Edition will include the base game and all content updates, the Fashion Playset and Secret Style Pack DLCs, a physical Slimepedia, and digital copies of the game's very smooth and relaxing soundtrack.

You won't have to wait too long to get your hands on this indie darling's physical release. Slime Rancher: Deluxe Edition will release on April 7 for a $34.99.

Have you played Slime Rancher before, and if so, are you considering picking up the Deluxe Edition? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to share your favorite slime. I'm all about honey slimes, myself!

Don't Miss Out: PlayStation Under $20 Sale Discounts Tons of Awesome Games Mon, 20 Jan 2020 12:54:30 -0500 GS_Staff

There was a time when PlayStation sales were few and far between. But that's certainly not been the case over the past several months. And the latest post-Christmas sale discounts a plethora of PlayStation 4 titles and DLC packs. 

Since 185 items are currently on sale on PSN, we won't cover them all below. However, we will highlight some of the better and more popular deals available. 

The "Games Under $20 Sale" is live until February 5 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. If you happened to miss out on Sony's Holiday Sale, then now is the perfect time to burn that Christmas cash on new PS4 games for your library. 

Games such as Grand Theft Auto 5 aren't as cheap as we've ever seen them, but if you've somehow still not taken the plunge, 50% off is a pretty good deal if you have the dosh. 

Game Normal Price Sale Price
Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag $29.99 $8.99
Assassin's Creed: Unity $29.99 $8.99
Batman: Arkham Knight $19.99 $9.99
Batman: The Telltale Series  $14.99 $4.94
Call of Cthulhu $39.99 $9.99
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gold Ed. $59.99 $19.79
Conan Exiles $49.99 $19.99
Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin $39.99 $9.99
Dead by Daylight: Special Edition $29.99 $14.99
Dishonored 2 $39.99 $13.99
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider $29.99 $10.49
Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Ed. $19.99 $4.99
Dragon Ball Xenoverse $39.99 $7.99
Dying Light $19.99 $12.99
Elite Dangerous $29.99 $11.99
Far Cry 4 $19.99 $9.99
Far Cry New Dawn $39.99 $15.99
Frostpunk $29.99 $19.79
Grand Theft Auto 5 $29.99 $14.99
Injustice 2 Legendary Ed. $59.99 $14.99
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes $14.99 $5.99
L.A. Noir $39.99 $19.99
Mad Max $19.99 $9.99
Mafia 3 $39.99 $9.99
Mass Effect: Andromeda $29.99 $11.99
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Definitive Ed. $59.99 $14.99
Mortal Kombat X $19.99 $9.99
NBA Live 19: The One Ed. $29.99 $14.99
The Outer Wilds $24.99 $19.99
Overcooked + Overcooked 2 $34.99 $17.49
PayDay 2: Crimewave Ed. $19.99 $2.99
Rayman Legends $19.99 $4.99
Resident Evil 7 $19.99  $14.99
Resident Evil Revelation 1+2 $39.99 $15.99
Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Ed.  $59.99 $8.99
Slime Rancher: Deluxe Ed. $29.99 $17.99
Sniper Elite 3 $29.99 $7.49
South Park: The Stick of Truth $29.99 $1.99
Space Hulk: Tactics $29.99 $7.49
Steep $29.99 $9.89
Street Fighter 5 $19.99 $7.99
Tales of Berseria $59.99 $14.99
The Blackout Club $29.99 $19.49
The Crew $19.99 $6.59
The Evil Within $19.99 $7.99
The Evil Within 2 $59.99 $19.79
The SUrge Augmented Ed. $39.99 $13.59
The Wolf Among Us $14.99 $4.94
Thief $19.99 $2.99
Titanfall 2 $19.99 $7.99
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands $49.99 $19.99
Tom Clancy's The Division $39.99  $7.99
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 $59.99 $14.99
Unravel Yarny Bundle $29.99 $10.49
Valkyria Chronicles 4 Complete Ed. $49.99 $17.49
Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor Martyr $59.99 $14.99
Watch Dogs $19.99 $6.59
Watch Dogs 2 $49.99 $12.49
Wolfenstein: The New Order $19.99 $9.99
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood $19.99 $9.99
XCOM 2 $59.99 $14.99
Zombi $19.99 $3.99

From Resident Evil 7 to Rayman: Legends, The Outer Wilds and XCOM 2, head over to the PlayStation Store to see the entire list in alphabetical order. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more sales info as we come across it. 

Slime Rancher to Get Glitches — On Purpose Wed, 05 Jun 2019 09:33:15 -0400 Glitchieetv

Most of the time, people complain about glitches in games because bugs often cause games to crash, lead to broken quests, and otherwise annoying in-game interactions.

However, that is not the case for the next planned Slime Rancher update. Viktor's Experimental Update: v1.4.0 goes live for PC on June 18, with a console release planned shortly after.

The biggest addition to the game is Glitch Slime. Long teased in the game and discussed on forums such as Reddit, it is finally releasing with the new update.

Glitch Slimes have been discovered in Viktor's Slimeulations, and players are called to round them up before they can spread. Quarantine and research are the goals of this slime safari. Not much else is known about the quest itself, but these new slimes will surely make an impact on Far, Far Range. 

Along with the slimes, a Chicken Cloner, drone assistant, and various gadgets from Viktor have been added with this update.

Along with the free update, Monomi Park, the creators of Slime Rancher, is releasing its first ever paid DLC. The Secret Style Pack will be available for purchase on June 18 on PC, with the console release coming shortly after.

For those who purchase the DLC, they can find new treasure pods around Far, Far Range that will contain new styles for your slimes. These styles allow the slimes to adopt the appearance of other slimes, such as Angelic Slime showing off their inner Phosphor Slime. 

While the paid DLC is purely cosmetic, it is taking fans by storm as they experiment with decking out their slimes. Are you looking forward to styling your slimes?

Slime Rancher Emergency Return Guide Wed, 28 Nov 2018 13:54:15 -0500 Josh Broadwell

There's a lot going on in Monomi Park's Slime Rancher, from a range of subsystems to keep up with to a large number of critters to keep track of. One of the more obscure features is found in the game's pause menu: Emergency Return.

The game doesn't exactly tell you what this option does or why it might be handy. But this guide will.

What Is Emergency Return?

First, finding this option is simple. Pause the game, and look for the option second from the bottom.

There's a reason it's right near Save and Quit as well, because it's not an option you should frequently use.

Slime Rancher's Emergency Return feature does basically what it says: it automatically returns you to your farm.

It sounds nice, but don't use it glibly. When you choose Emergency Return, you lose all items on your person at the moment, and time progresses to the next day (or beyond) as if you were knocked out.

Why Use Emergency Return?

With that in mind, it might seem like there's little point in having such an option. However, it comes in handy at a few points. Polished as Slime Rancher is, the game still has many glitches. One of them is clipping.

Often, when you're running all out, you'll clip through some of the environment and get stuck, with no way to fix the glitch. Emergency Return lets you escape the situation with relatively minimal cost.

The same goes for glitching in the Slime Sea. Venture too far out, and the game starts behaving oddly since you aren't really supposed to go that far in the Sea. But Emergency Return resolves the issue without crashing the game or losing all your progress.

Another common issue Emergency Return helps with is the jetpack glitch. Tempting as using the fully upgraded jetpack to fly over Slime Gates may be, it also makes the game glitch out. Emergency Return is your only salvation there too.


Emergency Return is a handy feature in dire situations, but make sure you're careful when selecting it. As the name implies, it should only be used when absolutely needed.

Let us know in the comments if you've encountered any of these glitches, and be sure to check out our other Slime Rancher guides.

Slime Rancher Now Available on PS4, Xbox One Mon, 10 Sep 2018 11:32:12 -0400 Allison M Reilly

Indie hit Slime Rancher from Monomi Park is now out in stores for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Previously only available digitally on Steam and Xbox One, physical copies of Slime Rancher are now on shelves worldwide. Monomi Park partnered with Skybound Games on the new version and has released a new trailer alongside the launch.

Boxed editions of Slime Rancher come with extra content, including:

  • A Slimepedia Booklet (your beginner’s guide to Slime Rancher).
  • A free digital download of the game’s Original Soundtrack.
  • A discount voucher for Slime Rancher merchandise.

PS4 and Xbox One players will also receive console-exclusive DLC. The DLC involves heroic costumes for slimes and a new ranch house, vacpack, and ranch tech for the player, but each console features a different version. The PS4 DLC is goblin costumes and the Sapphire Chroma Pack, while Xbox One players will get pirate costumers and the Emerald Chroma Pack.

Originally launched in August 2017, Slime Rancher has been downloaded more than 5 million times. The boxed editions cost $30. Find them online or at a retailer near you.

There's a Sim for That: The Strangest Simulation Games Released in 2017 Thu, 28 Dec 2017 19:00:01 -0500 Lauren Harris




Available on Steam


This 2D simulation game requires players to venture out and find food. You must hide in the shadows of waterlilies so you won’t become fish bait for other creatures in the sea. Guppy has beautiful watercolor visuals and has players move like a fish through the water. It’s a weird game, and the controls are challenging, but the atmosphere is elegant in itself. 




These are just some of the strangest simulation games that were released in 2017. I can’t imagine what could top these, but I guarantee there are plenty out there. 


What are some of the strangest simulation games you’ve played? Let us know in the comments.


Ukrainian Ball in Search of Gas


Available on Steam


 This extremely weird game is about a Ukrainian man who drank Gorilka and turns into a ball. All the man wants to do now is to steal gas from the enemy forest. There isn’t much of a plot to this story. The visuals are nice, but the story is weird and makes no sense. Let’s just enjoy rolling a ball to collect gas.


the Line 


Available on Steam


This survival-horror simulation game is about a girl who has a mutated dog named Fin. She has to stand in a long line for resettlement from the east segment of the city. Players can advance through combat, through discovering the enemy's weak points and mental weaknesses, and through letting her dog Fin find items that she can exchange for a spot. 


Slime Rancher 


Available on Steam


Another strange simulation game, this one is about a young rancher named Beatrix LeBeau. Her goal is to catch as many slimes as she can. Players can collect different slimes, grow crops, and harvest their resources. There seems to be only one mission to complete in this game -- and it’s getting slimes. It looks fun and colorful, but the story could be better. 


Fart Simulator 2018


Available on Steam


It's pretty obvious from the title what this action simulation game is about. Players fart to rack up points and accomplish goals like running away from the police, fighting evil zombies, or even flying. This weird game also features mini-games and puzzles that all center upon -- you guessed it -- farting.




Available on Steam


In this open-world simulation game about becoming a cat, players can hunt, fight, and even befriend other cat colonies. Additionally, you'll spend time exploring, gathering herbs, conquering caves and territories, and even raising your own litter of kittens. If you've ever wanted to live the feline life, join Cattails on a weird and unique adventure.


Cat Goes Fishing 


Available on Steam


In this strange game, players become a master fisher cat that sets its sights on catching huge fish. You’ll learn to equip the right fishing rod to use in catching your prey, and in the process, you'll discover many types of fish with different personalities. As you progress (as a cat), you’ll earn cash to upgrade your rods. Nothing like fishing as a furry feline.  


There's no limit to just how bizarre video games can get. In this list, we've compiled some of the strangest simulation games of 2017. From a couple cat sims to a game in which you play as a ball trying to steal gas from an enemy forest, most of the games are hilarious, but they are all a bit ... weird. Let’s see what strange games this year had to offer.


 Image courtesy of YouTuber The NeptooN



2017's Best Sandbox Games So Far Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:24:27 -0400 Josh Broadwell


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Switch, Wii U

Naturally, any list of best sandbox games so far this year has to include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. One of the things that makes this game stand out as a sandbox game is the fact that it even is a sandbox game -- a tremendous departure from the formulaic, linear Zelda games of yesteryear.


After completing a few required scenarios, players can immediately race to the game's final moments, scour the land for the best equipment possible, find and complete a multitude of shrine quests and uncover new abilities in the process, or delve into the game's story. Series fans would probably be as interested in the last option as anything else, but the game is still completely accessible for newcomers on account of it being set so far in the future from any events in any other Zelda game.


Exploration and puzzle solving are no longer a "paint-by-numbers" affair either. As Nintendo frequently mentioned in the leadup to the game's launch, there are as many ways to solve a puzzle as there are players.




What have been your favorite sandbox games this year? If they aren't included in our list, leave a comment below and let us know! 


Lego Worlds

PS4, Xbox One, Steam

Minecraft might be the most well-known sandbox video game, but Lego has definitely been letting people build their imaginations for a lot longer. And that's exactly what you do in Lego Worlds -- build anything you can imagine.


In a combination of Minecraft and Scribblenauts, Lego Worlds unleashes you into a series of creative and bizarre worlds, all connected to each other somehow. You might start in a modern city setting, then end up in a haunted forest, only to leave the forest and head into an arid desert.


Like Minecraft, you are free -- freer than any previous Lego game -- to create anything and everything you want. There's a tutorial mode to help get you started, or you can bypass this completely and play in sandbox mode. Like Scribblenauts, there is a story to be found in all of this -- but it's not anything too in-depth, and there are plenty of side missions to complete as well. As with any good sandbox game, it's up to you how to handle them.  You can work within the lines, or you can completely break the game with some creative creations and work your way around the lines.


Slime Rancher


Slime Rancher combines a variety of different genres into one unique package. Playing as Beatrix LeBeau, you arrive at an abandoned ranch a thousand light years away from your home planet and must work to restore it to glory -- much like the setup in earlier Harvest Moon games (well, minus the space travel).


However, you won't be taking care of your usual animals here. As the name suggests, this game is all about finding, taming, battling, and raising slimes. Slimes come in a huge variety of forms and colors, all with their own characteristics that require specific methods of care to thrive. Of course, that means scouring the world to find what you need for your ranch and slimes to grow and prosper, and Slime Rancher offers a wide, quite attractive world to explore using your handy vacpack -- a vacuum that also happens to be your backpack and can act a lot like Samus Aran's arm cannon too.


There's not much story to be found here, which leaves you free to focus on making your ranch the best it can be using whatever methods work. (And with the help of our Slime Rancher guides, you're sure to get started on the right foot.)


Yonder: The Cloudcatcher Chronicles


Yonder: The Cloudcatcher Chronicles is an interesting game. Compared to most games, there's not a lot to do. It's almost impossible to die, there is no combat, and the story itself is rather thin -- involving a creeping darkness invading the islands of Gemea and the need to recover the Sprites that can repel it.


However, you don't really need to pursue the story, if you don't want to. The real fun comes from exploring and interacting with the environment, along with using materials to craft items that help you explore further. There are plenty of side quests too, along with farming elements, that your crafting will help make easier.


Yonder shows off a different side of gaming -- the more relaxed and comforting side that helps you unwind after a stressful day. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.


Gravity Rush 2


Gravity Rush 2 improves on its predecessor in almost every way. The world is more expansive, you have new abilities with which you can manipulate gravity, a multitude of quests has been added, and you can freely develop your own combat style.


It's difficult to determine what is more rewarding in Gravity Rush 2. The missions themselves are quite varied, but flying around to explore the vast world and its unique aesthetic is a pleasure in itself. Fans of the first game will likely think the story is the best feature, though, since it ties up many of the loose ends left by the first.


What makes this game special as a sandbox game is the fact that, despite having a definite overarching story, you are pretty much free to choose how you go about finding and completing the chapter missions. However, the combat is rather rewarding as well, since players can develop a variety of fighting styles -- all of which make excellent use of the key gravity manipulation mechanic -- to suit whatever situation comes their way.



PS4, Xbox One, Steam

RiME is an atmospheric puzzle game that offers a great gameplay experience despite having no dialogue. The world itself is very open, and players are free to pursue or ignore important and optional quests as they please. It's fairly easy to ignore the optional ones, though most of the required puzzles do give the player a good deal of guidance in one form or another.


However, puzzles are only part of the adventure here. The visual style makes exploring every inch of the island -- and trying to achieve the trophies -- as much fun as progressing through the game itself. Yet you will want to progress and see your adventure through to the end.


One of the best things about RiME is actually the story -- which is interesting, considering the fact that it only really starts to become a focus towards the game's end. There won't be any spoilers here, but it certainly gives you a different perspective on the game and protagonist.


Kingdoms and Castles


Kingdoms and Castles is a simulator that places you in the role of a ruler who must decide how best to build up their kingdom. It offers you plenty of options for doing so, along with plenty of challenges.


Your most basic goal is keeping your people happy -- partly because that's what good rulers do, and partly so that you can tax them without fear of revolt. You're also responsible for keeping them fed and healthy, which means allocating resources to farming, to better buildings, and so on. But in return, you also attract new residents to exploit -- er, care for.


There are other challenges too, including marauding Vikings and dragons that mercilessly sack your kingdom if you aren't militarily prepared for them. The biggest pleasure, though, comes from building and managing the layout of your kingdom itself, and the layout of things like towers and walls that change based on how you stack your tiles and choose to build.


Ultimately, how and where you build your kingdom determines your success or demise. It may not have quite the depth of Civilization, but Civilization also doesn't have dragons…


Horizon: Zero Dawn


Horizon: Zero Dawn is one of the best-rated games of this year so far, let alone being among the best sandbox games. It's not difficult to see why, either -- it's a gorgeous-looking game with a lot to offer.


Set in the distant future, where humans have reverted to living in tribes and machine monsters run wild, this game puts you in the role of Aloy -- a motherless outcast from a matriarchal society. You discover technology that you can harness to hunt and control the monsters you encounter as you traverse the world around you and attempt to unravel the many tangled threads of politics and warfare. 


Or you can do none of that, because you're also free to pursue sidequests, wander the world, or master your combat techniques -- and it's the latter that makes Horizon Zero Dawn really shine. Combat in this game involves learning the patterns and behaviors of various machines in a way reminiscent of Xenoblade Chronicles, and Aloy has no shortage of weapons and abilities to help her on the way to victory.


Of course, the combat is helped along quite a bit by the game's visuals. Dark, yet rich, they go a long way in pulling you into this world and making it believable -- and interested parties will also find a lot to enjoy in the game's themes of what it means to be human and the role of technology, among other things not often explored in video games. 


For more information, read our review of Horizon Zero Dawn.


Sandbox games are among some of the most inventive and engaging video games out there. They allow and encourage a great deal of creativity, helping the player be as much a part of what unfolds on screen as what the developers themselves intended. Be it progressing through a story at your own pace or exploring and shaping the game environment to your heart's content, sandbox games have something to appeal to almost everyone.


2017 has been an especially good year for lovers of sandbox games, so we compiled a list of some of the best ones up to now to help you navigate your way to your next favorite game.




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How to Open Treasure Pods in Slime Rancher Thu, 03 Aug 2017 18:15:14 -0400 Ty Arthur

After gaining a cult following in Steam Early Access, the adorable physics based game Slime Rancher has not only hit consoles, but is now this month's first free Xbox One title in the Games With Gold program.

If you haven't started building your own sprawling slime ranch and battling off harmful Tarr invasions yet, now is the time! Finding rare plorts is the main way of getting Newbucks and upgrading various aspects of your ranch -- but there's more than just plorts to be harvested across the game's map.

While exploring all the nooks and crannies of the Far, Far Ranch, you'll come across dozens of tantalizing treasure pods hidden just off the beaten path. None of these pods open on their own however, and sadly there aren't any magic keys lying around. So it will take a little more effort to crack these pods filled with goodies!

Slime Rancher Treasure Crackers

To open the various green, blue, and purple treasure pods scattered around the game map, you need a corresponding treasure cracker keyed to each of those three tiers of pods.

All three types of treasure crackers don't become available until after unlocking The Lab (for 10,000 Newbucks), building any Extractor, and then allowing it to run a full cycle.

After your first Extractor runs its cycle, you can buy the initial treasure cracker MKI for $4,500 Newbucks, which opens any of the standard green pods you come across in the Ancient Ruins, Dry Reef, Indigo Quarry, and Moss Blanket areas.

The upgraded treasure cracker MKII costs $9,000 Newbucks and is available after buying the previous model and building 35 gadgets in The Lab. With this model added to your Vacpack upgrades, you can open any of the blue treasure pods found in the previously mentioned areas and the Glass Desert.

To unlock all the final purple pods, you need to buy the treasure cracker MKIII for $25,000 Newbucks after building 100 gadgets in The Lab. These pods are found in every area of the game, but tend to be a bit more hidden or in out-the-way areas on islands.

Previous updates to the game seemed to tie Extractor cycles to unlocking the second two treasure cracker models, but that no longer appears to be the case in the full release version -- all you need to do is buy gadgets and have the requisite number of Newbucks.

  Buying the Treasure Cracker MKI

Slime Rancher Treasure Pod Rewards And Locations

So what exactly do you get with your fancy new MKI, II, or III treasure crackers added to the Vacpack gun?

Slime Rancher treasure pods contain various slime science blueprints, random resources, decorations for your ranch, or occasionally coveted golden plorts for a big Newbucks boost. 

There are specific numbers of each type of treasure pod, all scattered across the game in the following numbers and locations:

19 Green Treasure Pods
  • Ancient Ruins: 2 pods
  • Dry Reef: 7 pods
  • Indigo Quarry: 4 pods
  • Moss Blanket: 6 pods
 29 Blue Treasure Pods
  • Ancient Ruins: 6 pods
  • Dry Reef: 6 pods
  • Indigo Quarry: 6 pods
  • Moss Blanket: 4 pods
  • Glass Desert: 7 pods
37 Purple Treasure Pods
  • Ancient Ruins: 6 pods
  • Dry Reef: 2 pods
  • Indigo Quarry: 6 pods
  • Moss Blanket: 7 pods
  • Glass Desert: 16 pods

More updates are still slated to land for Slime Rancher in the future, so expect more pods to arrive, as well as the possibility of a fourth golden tier with a rumored new treasure cracker!

Have you found any other treasure pods we missed? Let us know in the comments section below! If you need more help with this cutesy but addictive game, be sure to check out all our Slime Rancher guides for more tips and tricks:

How to Get Strange Diamonds in Slime Rancher Sun, 09 Jul 2017 20:45:56 -0400 glados131

Slime Rancher is an adorable game. It also boasts a large sandbox world to explore, with different varieties of slimes to add to your ever-growing farm around every corner. With such a large world, a means of fast travel is invaluable, and luckily, such a feature exists. One of the many things you can build is a teleporter. There are ten different colors you can craft, and each comes in a set of two you can place in any two locations in the world. You can then instantaneously move between them. The recipes for the various sets vary, but the one ingredient they all share is a strange diamond.

Where To Look

You'll need exactly one diamond for every teleporter set, but how to go about finding them? Well, as a rare resource, it won't be easy. Further complicating matters is that it's not location exclusive, so there's really no place you can go to improve your chances other than to pray that RNG is in your favor. There is, however, one thing you can do to improve your chances-- though it may take a while.

Improving Your Drill

To find strange diamonds, you'll need to use a drill. One way to maximize the chance of a payout is to put down as many drills as possible. However, not all drills are created equal, and if you have the patience, you can greatly boost the odds of picking up a diamond by getting a better one.

There are four tiers of drill, with each higher tier granting a higher chance of obtaining rare resources like strange diamonds, but each has a different method of obtaining its blueprint. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Tier 1: Novice Drill. You have the blueprint by default.
  • Tier 2: Advanced Drill. You can buy the blueprint in the Builder's Shop, so this is probably the easiest of the higher-quality drills to obtain.
  • Tier 3: Master Drill. The blueprint is in a Treasure Pod in the Glass Desert. You'll need the Treasure Cracker upgrade.
  • Tier 4: Titan Drill. The blueprint is a reward for reaching rank 23 with 7Zee. Better start saving up those Newbucks!

As for actually building the drills, they all require increasing amounts of Pink and Rad Plorts. The first two also require Rock Plorts, while the last two require Mosaic Plorts.

Once you've gotten the drill(s) of your choice, it's time to deploy them wherever you'd like and start hoping for some strange diamonds. Happy hunting!

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Slime Rancher guides!

Slime Rancher Cuteness Tier List Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:13:09 -0400 stratataisen

Slime Rancher is a colorful and cute first-person sandbox game where players try to solve problems and gain mastery over their vacpack to survive. What the game is most known for is its array of colorful and adorable creatures, known as Slimes.

Slimes range from insanely adorable to more than a little frightening. So let's rank them all into varying tiers of slimy cuteness!

Insanely Adorable

Tabby Slime
  • Diet: Meat
  • Favorite Food: Stony Hen
  • Favorite Toy: Yarn Ball 

These slimes share many similarities to Earth’s domestic house cats. If they weren’t made entirely of gooey slime, the could be easily mistaken for a real feline.

Hunter Slime
  • Diet: Meat
  • Favorite Food: Roostro
  • Favorite Toy: Stuffed Chicken

The wild cousin of the Tabby slime, these capable hunters can cloak themselves, rendering them almost entirely invisible. Because of this, they excel at stalking their chicken prey.


Tangle Slime
  • Diet: Meat
  • Favorite Food: Painted Hen
  • Favorite Toy: Sol Mate

These innocent-looking slimes are quite the fearsome predator, with an enormous appetite for tasty meat. The Tangle Slime earned its name from the twisting vines it produces to grab onto things in its environment.


Phosphor Slime
  • Diet: Fruit
  • Favorite Food: Cuberry
  • Favorite Toy: Night Light

These nocturnal slimes are sometimes referred to by ranchers as ‘low stars.' They have translucent wings and a luminescent slime core that emits a soft glow, making them easy to spot on the moonlit range.


Lucky Slime
  • Diet: Meat
  • Favorite Food: None
  • Favorite Toy: None

These slimes unusual slimes are a part of the same slime family as Tabby slimes. They have a curious fascination with shiny objects, particularly newbuck coins. Since they gobble up any coin within reach, they give off a distinct jingling sound when they move about. Because they make a hasty retreat when a rancher is around, there is no known record of one being captured.


Gold Slime
  • Diet: Exclusive
  • Favorite Food: Gilded Ginger (according to legend)
  • Favorite Toy: None

This shiny slime is the most exclusive and sought after of them all. Very little is known about this creatures as they’ve proven impossible to catch.


Just Plain Adorable

Pink Slime
  • Diet: Everything (fruit, veggies, meat)
  • Favorite Food: None
  • Favorite Toy: Beach Ball

These slimes are the most common and easiest to ranch on the Far, Far range. They’re cheerful, docile, and will eat almost anything you put in front of them. However, because of how common they are, their plorts are the least valuable of them all.


Puddle Slime
  • Diet: Water
  • Favorite Food: None
  • Favorite Toy:  Rubber Ducky 

You can find these rare slimes in fresh water pools, and instead of eating food they absorb water into their bodies. Be careful not to leave them on any surface too long, as they will evaporate quickly without a source of water.


Honey Slime
  • Diet: Fruit
  • Favorite Food: Mint Mango
  • Favorite Toy: Buzzy Bee

This strange breed of slime is made up of a hyper-sweet slime compound. Many ranchers agree that their plorts taste great on cereal.



Quantum Slime
  • Diet: Fruit
  • Favorite Food: Phase Lemon
  • Favorite Toy: Puzzle Cube

These interesting slimes seem to be the result of some event that took place in the Ancient Ruins a long time ago. They are capable of emitting other possible realities of their beings, known as ghosts. The other realities can come true when they align with the reality of the ghosts, effectively teleporting. That must be why they love snacking on the aptly-named Phase Lemons.


Dervish Slime
  • Diet: Fruit
  • Favorite Food: Prickle Pear
  • Favorite Toy: Gyro Top

A swirling, whirling bundle of energy, Dervish Slimes are commonly found in the Glass Desert. They cruise across the dunes at high speeds atop a little whirlwind.



Painfully Adorable (Literally!)

Boom Slime
  • Diet: Meat
  • Favorite Food: Briar Hen
  • Favorite Toy: Bomb Ball

These slimes are usually heard before they are seen, as they crackle with the build up of energy before exploding. They never seemed harmed by the explosion, although they appear to be more than a little dazed by it. Music does calm them down and prevent them from exploding.


Fire Slime
  • Diet: Ash
  • Favorite Food: None
  • Favorite Toy: Charcoal Brick

This rare, burning slime lives solely on ash, without it, the slime will quickly snuff out. Will eat anything, as long as it’s burnt to ash first. If looking to corral these hot little guys, make sure you keep some water handy.


Rock Slime
  • Diet: Veggies
  • Favorite Food: Heart Beet
  • Favorite Toy: Big Rock

This slime gains its name from the rocky crown of sharp spikes atop its body. When these slimes are near, make sure to watch your surroundings, so you aren’t rolled over by one.


Crystal Slime
  • Diet: Veggies
  • Favorite Food: Odd Onion
  • Favorite Toy: Crystal Ball

This slime appears to be a cousin of the Rock Slime, covered in shimmering crystal spikes. These spikes form from the slime generating a tremendous about of internal heat. Caution: These slimes can create large patches of ultra-hot crystals that will shatter if splashed with water.


Rad Slime
  • Diet: Veggies
  • Favorite Food: Oca Oca
  • Favorite Toy: Power Cell

Sometimes called ‘raddies,' it is unknown if their radioactive state came from an external source or something naturally occurring. The dangerous aura they emit is so potent that they glow in the dark. When handling, monitor radiation exposure levels so not to cause serious bodily harm to yourself or worse.


Mosaic Slime
  • Diet: Veggies
  • Favorite Food: Silver Parsnip
  • Favorite Toy: Disco Ball

These sparkly slimes gain their name from the array of glass tiles that cover their bodies. The shimmer from Mosaic Slimes attract other slimes to them -- and the leading theory for this phenomenon is ‘sparkly things are super cool.’ Don’t let the beautiful shine fool you, though. Their glints can produce ultra-hot solar anomalies around them. Have water handy, and keep the slimes well-fed and happy to avoid further occurrences.


Frighteningly Adorable

The Tarr
  • Diet: Anything breathing, other than Gordos and Golden Slimes.
  • Favorite Food: Ranchers!
  • Favorite Toy: None

The Tarr are formed when a Largo slime eats a plort unlike its own. This turns the slime into sludge with a relentless appetite. Extremely harmful and hostile!


So Adorable They Can’t Be Categorized

Largo Slimes

Diet: Source slimes' diet

Favorite Food: Source slimes' favorite

Favorite Toy: Source slimes' favorite

Largo slimes are hybrids of two slimes when a slime eats a plort unlike its own. Because of this, there is a wide variety of Largo slimes. The image above is an example of a Tabby-Phosphor hybrid.


Gordo Slimes
  • Diet: Source slimes' diet
  • Favorite Food: Source slimes' favorite
  • Favorite Toy: None

These rare slimes occurs when slimes of the same type congregate. This larger slime is seemingly incapable of movement. A Gordo will eat until it bursts, causing all the slimes to become separate once more. Gordos produce no plorts of their own -- but once separated, the individual slimes will.


Feral Slimes
  • Diet: Source slimes' diet
  • Favorite Food: Source slimes' favorite
  • Favorite Toy: Source slimes' favorite

Feral slimes are Largos with a serious mean streak. They will attack on sight and only calm down when fed.


Hopefully, you enjoyed all the cuteness! Let us know in the comments below which one you think reigns supreme as the cutest slime! And if you're looking for some help keeping all these adorable little slimes happy, check out our Slime Rancher guides for all the tips you need!

Where to Find All Slime Gordos in Slime Rancher Sun, 14 May 2017 19:36:18 -0400 ReverendShmitty

According to their official descriptions, Gordo Slimes are "a rare phenomenon that occurs when multiple Slimes of the same type congregate. The result is that the Slimes seem to merge together into a much larger Slime that is seemingly incapable of movement. A Gordo will eat until it bursts, causing all the Slimes to separate once more, as well as revealing whatever object it was that caused the Gordo to form in the first place."

What this means for you Slime Rancher players, is by finding them and feeding them until they pop, you can get crates, slime, and special rewards unique to the different types of Slimes you come across!

To help you get your mitts on that sweet, sweet loot, here's a handy dandy list of locations for every one of those big, beautiful Gordo Slimes:

Boom Gordo

Ancient Ruins

To the left of the first archway near the end of the area, you can see the back of the Boom Gordo down to the left. Follow it and go through the door, then hover counter-clockwise around the edge until you find its cute little face. Then blow it up.

Honey Gordo

Moss Blanket

On top of a small cliff in the second area, near a water spring, you can find this fella propped up on the precipice. Take the walkway for a scenic view or fly up on your own if you just can't wait to make it explode.

Phosphor Gordo

Dry Reef

After seeing the Rock Slimes and going through a tunnel, make a left turn and leap over the wall you come to. On the other side, turn around and go into the nearby cave. Your loot awaits.

Pink Gordo

Dry Reef

1. On the ledge heading toward the second area, you'll see a missing section in the nearby fence. Go through it and you'll find your pink prey marooned on an island.

2. On your trip to the top of the Arch Island, after you've removed the second Tabby Gordo, you'll find this bubblegum blob just waiting to be blown up.

Quantum Gordo

Ancient Ruins

Go the Construction Site and look down to the right on the pathway to find a lower, hidden passage. Ascend the slope until you find a wall trigger and an open doorway. Go right, following another path, then turn around to find this Jabba the Hut impersonator.

Rad Gordo

Indigo Quarry

In the beginning of the cave area, you'll find a pillar of rocks. Fly up it with your jetpack, onto the next pillar, then soar over to the upper area. You'll soon find a wooden ramp. Take it, then turn left. On your right, near some green crystals, you'll find this deadly Slime irradiating his own cave.

Just be aware that this bad boy's radiation field will grow the more you feed it.

Rock Gordo

Indigo Quarry

1. Exit the entrance tunnel that brought you into the caves, and you'll find this living-loot-launcher sitting in a small inlet in front of you.

2. Behind the area requiring you to fly over a dilapidated bridge to access, this rockin' Slime is in the left side of the pit, accessible by a handy little ramp.

Tabby Gordo

Dry Reef

1. At the end of the Dry Reef, at the Moss Blanket bridge, turn right and you'll see this cat-like Slime chilling on a teleporter.

2. After unlocking the sandy area after the canyon, you'll find this kitty near the beach, avoiding the water on its own little island.


And there you go! Just remember to bring plenty of food and you can make all those Slimes explode and unlock sweet prizes like slime keys and teleporters. 

What else could a Slime Rancher possibly need?


How to Harvest Phase Lemons in Slime Rancher Fri, 12 May 2017 14:37:38 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

When playing Slime Rancher, Phase Lemons can be tricky little suckers to find and harvest. They are said to be from a different time (or even a different reality) than our own. As such, Phase Lemon Trees often appear and disappear seemingly randomly. 

This is a pretty big frustration for players who are trying to collect them. But with the tips in this guide, you'll be well on your way to having more Phase Lemons than you know what to do with. 

Where are Phase Lemons Found in Slime Rancher?

To find Phase Lemons, you will need to travel to the Ancient Ruins. To access the Ancient Ruins, you will need a plort from the following 6 slimes: 

  1. Tabbies
  2. Phosphors
  3. Rocks
  4. Honeys
  5. Booms
  6. Rads

If you don’t know where the Ancient Ruins are, then head toward either the Indigo Quarry or Moss Blanket Island. You can get to the Ruins from either of those locations. 


Phase Lemon trees pop up in all sorts of places across the Ancient Ruins, and never stay in one place for very long.

Getting the phase lemons, however, is relatively simple. Find a Phase Lemon tree that’s ripe with visible, yet translucent, lemons on the tree and shoot a fruit at it. You can also then use a Phase Lemon to plant your own Phase Lemon tree.

Phase lemons ripe for the taking on a phase lemon tree. 

That wraps up our guide for finding and harvesting Phase Lemons in Slime Rancher! Drop a comment below if you have any questions.

How to Get to Moss Blanket Island in Slime Rancher Fri, 12 May 2017 12:31:11 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

Remember the 90s when slime was all the rage on Nickelodeon? Remember how exciting it was to create and play with your own mushy, gooey, slime? Well, Slime Rancher gives you all of that fun without the mess!

This game has loads of fun places you can visit -- but the Moss Blanket Island is definitely one of the most valuable. It's a "smorgasbord of resources" for players to take advantage of, but getting there can be pretty difficult. How do you do it? We've got the answer!

See the circled island? That's where we want to be.

How to Get to Moss Blanket Island in Slime Rancher

Getting to Moss Blanket is simple, really. On the bridges leading to the Moss Island, there are smaller islands to the left heading towards it. One of them has a teleporter that takes you right where you want to go.

Getting back to the ranch is simple as well. There's a teleporter at the 'end' of the Moss Blanket. Since there are a variety of slime types there, The Tarr appears frequently -- meaning you need to travel with care. But don't forget your slime key! Otherwise you might get stuck.

How Bout That Slime?


Slime Ranch is a fun game with slime, jetpacks, adventure, and did I mention slime? Once you find your way to Moss Blanket Island, you'll be rolling around in plorts and Newbucks. And it will all be thanks to slime!

What's your favorite spot in Slime Ranch? Have you travelled to Moss Blanket Island? Let me know in the comments!

Slime Rancher - How Do Gordo Snares Work? Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:50:35 -0400 Erroll Maas

Gordo Snares are a new slime science gadget item introduced in the Version 5.1 update of Slime RancherThese snares can be placed down and allow you to lure Gordo Slimes -- rare slimes created when multiple slimes of the same type merge together to create a much larger slime seemingly incapable of movement -- with food and also allows you to put the Gordo slime wherever you would like to.

To use a Gordo Snare, properly place it on the ground and shoot food into it to use as bait. You'll have to have plenty of patience and a bit of luck if you're trying to obtain a particular Gordo. Gordos will also burst when given enough food -- 70 to 80 pieces normally, but this number is cut in half if the pieces happen to be its favorite food, which then is only 35 to 40 pieces -- causing them to create a number of smaller slimes of the same variety and in a handful of different items. Gordo Snares also allow players to bring Gordo slimes to hang out at their ranch.

When using Gordo Snares, it's best to continually farm Pink Gordos, as they're much easier to feed since they don't have a favorite food, and will be satisfied with whatever food you feed them.  Pink Gordos (pictured above) also give most of the same rewards as any other Gordo Slime would once it explodes.

Make sure to be careful when feeding Gordos of the Boom or Rad varieties, because they can be dangerous. Boom Gordos create a huge explosion when popped, while Rad Gordos (pictured above) emit a radioactive aura which can fill the entire room it's in, causing you to take damage, and water cannot remove this effect like it can with smaller Rad Slimes.

There are some newly introduced Gordo Slimes which can be created from Gordo Snares and currently cannot be found in the wild, including Hunter Gordos (smaller Hunter Slimes pictured above) and Crystal Gordos. As of the time of writing, there are currently eleven obtainable and explodable gordos in the game you can go out and find when going to certain areas including: two Pink Gordos, two Rock Gordos, one Phosphor Gordo, two Tabby Gordos, one Quantum Gordo, one Boom Gordo,  one Rad Gordo, and one Honey Gordo. Of course, all of these Gordos can be found by using Gordo Snares wherever there is a gadget spot as well.

One other notable feature, is if you add a fashion pod -- certain fashionable but not useful accessories -- to a Gordo slime you find or create with a Gordo Snare, such as the Shady Fashion Pod Sunglasses (pictured above), all the slimes the Gordo creates after exploding will have the same fashion pod.

The Gordos created and obtained from Gordo Snares can be found anywhere there is a gadget spot.

We hope this guide helped you understand how the new Gordo Snares work, and if there's anything we might be missing, let us know in the comments!

Slime Rancher - Get Jiggy With It! Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:00:02 -0400 Kimberly Cooper

When you think of a 'cute' game many people are quick to think of something with pesky pups or curious kittens. You know, the typical game of give Fido or Mittens a couple of pats and maybe a cookie or two. End of story. It'll cause you to smile for a few seconds (if you're maybe five or just really love pixel pets) and then you're going to wonder if you can get any money for it if you sell it. Games are usually interesting if you can beat up something or fry your brain with a puzzle. But have you ever considered Slime Ranching?

I know what you're thinking. Slimes? Sounds gross and messy. Try looking up videos on Slime Rancher sometime you will find yourself smiling so much that you'll be afraid you'll get a cramp in your smile bones (that's totally a thing, shush). Let's talk about Monomi Park's Slime Rancher a currently Early Access game that has enough in it to allow me to review it as though it was fully released already.

You Can Never Have Too Many Slimes (Graphics)

Once you start up Slime Rancher you'll immediately notice the crisp, refreshing cartoon-y graphics. It's incredibly colorful and just looking at it makes me smile. The colors aren't too overbearing and they fit the game rather nicely. The designs of the slime are also simplistic, but unique and it's easy to tell which slimes are which. As of version 5.0, there are technically about 19 different slime types with one type being an extra large version of any other type. There's really no real background story or missions, you just go out and suck up joyful slimes into your vac-pac and go about your way.

Some of the slimes have different requirements to be able to care for them properly. Flying slimes like the Phosphorous slimes usually require the player to install high walls and eventually a net to prevent them flying out of their enclosures. Oh, they also die when the sun's out so you'll have to either provide them with shade or move them into a location that lacks sunlight. My favorite (not really) slime are the boom slimes who like to blow themselves up about every fifteen seconds which results in an injured rancher and a stunned slime. For such a simple design the slimes have an incredibly high cute factor and they almost put puppies and kittens to shame. If you're worried that the game might be too cute for you, don't worry.

Slimetastic Ranching (Gameplay)

From there you have to build enclosures for your slimes, but it's not that simple. You have to make sure not to mix more than two types of slimes or they'll end up becoming a nasty tarr slime that'll ruin all your hard work. Putting two slimes into one enclosure will usually result in a hybrid of the two (ex. pink slime + tabby slime = pink tabby slime). Oh before I forget there technically isn't a breeding mechanic for the slimes in the game. So I bet you're wondering 'well, how do I get hybrid slimes then?' I've got news for you buddy! You can make hybrid slimes by allowing your slimes to eat another slimes plorts. What's a plort? Oh, it's just a slime's poop. Yup, you've just encountered a game where you make cute creatures each other's poop and you also make profit from their poop. The more fancy and exclusive the poop, the more money you'll get from the exchange.

I was surprised to see that that was how the game worked, but it was something different. Not to mention that the slime's plorts don't look like traditional poop, they're just colorful little crystals that typically match the slime they came from. Hybrid slimes usually have both types of plorts (that pink tabby slime mentioned earlier will produce both pink and tabby plorts). To get a slime to produce plorts you'll have to feed them, if you feed them their favorite food you'll get more plorts from them and have a happier slime a result. Some slimes love a specific type of fruit, vegetable and others like a particular type of chicken (they're called chickadoos and chickadees in Slime Rancher). You can also have your own little chicken breeding operation going on so that your slimes can truly have fast-food every day.

For an early access game there's quite a few upgrades that can be made to your ranch and your slime's enclosures already. I'd honestly expect even more content to come when the game is fully completed.

The Verdict

Slime Rancher is a very relaxing and charming game that is sure to put any player's mind at ease. It is also a nice change from shoot-em up games and other games that are super serious forcing the player to stay tense and focused at all times for hours at a time. I will mention yet again that this game is currently in early-access, but has plenty of content to keep you busy for a good amount of time. With it already loaded with this much content I can only imagine how much will be in the final update of the game once it's released.

It's also a very original concept and is user-friendly to all ages, young and old. If you have a craving for disaster, just add more than two types of slimes to one enclosure and watch all your hard work go into flames. Not to mention that you're free to discard unwanted slimes into the ocean and they'll give a little happy noise, optimistic to the very end.

I've rated it 8 out of 10 stars due to its lack of story and lack of any set goals. However, the game still be enjoyed as much as any story-rich game without those features.

You can purchase Slime Rancher on Steam and Humble Bundle for $19.99 for the PC and on the Microsoft website for the Xbox One.

Top 5 Indie Games to Grab During the Steam Summer Sale Wed, 29 Jun 2016 06:52:47 -0400 HaruOfTime

1. Undertale

Undertale is one of the most enjoyable indie games that I've had the pleasure of playing. It's a fun, quirky, adventure game with bullet hell mechanics. The character's are all interesting and likable, and the soundtrack is full of catchy songs.


The player is a human who's fallen into the Underground -- a world inhabited by monsters. As you try to find your way back home, will you choose to fight or befriend them? This is a game where your choices actually matter. Characters' behaviors and actions will change according to your action. 


Save 30% off Undertale during the Steam Summer Sale.


Regular Price: $9.99


Steam Sale Price: $6.99


While there are thousands of indie games for sale on Steam this summer, these five are among my favorites. What are your favorite indie games?

2. Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter is a 2D pixelated action role playing game developed by Heart Machine. If you like Legend of Zelda and Dark SoulsHyper Light Drifter is worth checking out. The game combines the action and adventure of Zelda games with the challenge that comes with Dark Souls games.


The pixel art is gorgeous, detailed, and vibrant. The game's world of Buried Time is dark, dangerous, and filled lost technology. The player takes control of the Drifter, who's traveling the land to find a cure to his disease.


Save 20% off on Hyper Light Drifter during the Steam Summer Sale.


Regular Price: $19.99


Steam Sale Price: $15.99

3. Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a farming simulator game with elements of adventure and exploration, and is heavily inspired by Harvest Moon. The game is developed by ConcernedApe, and published by Chucklefish Games. If you like Harvest Moon, you will definitely enjoy Stardew Valley.


The game starts off with the player moving to start their new life in Stardew Valley on a farm that they inherited from their grandfather. There's much more to do than just farming. There's fishing, exploring mines and dungeons, make friends with townspeople, and even get married. The unique thing about marriage is that players can even marry characters of the same gender.


Discover the secrets of Stardew Valley, and unlock more places to explore. Rebuild the town's neglected community center, and get rewards and unlock special bonuses that will make farming easier. There will be more upcoming features for the game, such as multiplayer.


Save 20% on Stardew Valley during the Steam Summer Sale.


Regular Price: $14.99


Steam Sale Price: $11.99

4. Slime Rancher

Slime Rancher is a sandbox animal raising game, where the player raises different slime creatures on their ranch to make money. The player plays as Beatrix LeBeau, a rancher who lives on the Far, Far Range -- a place that is a thousand light years away on Earth and inhabited by slimes.


Build up and upgrade your ranch to raise your cute slimes. Slimes drop plorts, which can be traded in for money to get more upgrades. Explore the land, forage for food to feed your slimes, catch slimes in the wild, and even discover new types of slimes. Just watch out for the dangerous feral slimes, which will attack you and other slimes.


Save 20% off on Slime Rancher during the Steam Summer Sale.


Regular Price: $19.99


Steam Sale Price: $15.99

5. Life is Strange

I'm not sure if Life is Strange counts as an indie game, but it sure feels like one. It is developed by Dontnod and published by Square Enix. If you like Telltale Games, you will enjoy Life is Strange, since it uses a similar episodic story and decision-focused gameplay style.


The game is a coming of age story of a high school girl named Max Caulfield and the strange events surrounding Arcadia Bay, the small town she grew up in. Max left the town around the age of 13 to move to Seattle, then returned to Arcadia Bay for high school. There her adventure begins as she discovers that she has a newfound superpower.


The story is excellent, engaging, and full of twists. As much as I enjoyed the journey of Life is Strange, I felt that the brilliant writing of the game went to waste with it's rushed, cliched ending that dismisses all of the player's choices and leaves the players with more questions than answers. While there are many fans that say that the ending makes sense for the game, I didn't feel that way.


Despite the poorly done ending, the rest of the game is amazing and filled with feels. The characters and story are very realistic and even relatable, and it has a pretty sweet soundtrack. If you're ready for an emotional roller coaster, you should try out Life is Strange.


Save 50% off on Life is Strange during the Steam Summer Sale.


Regular Price: $19.99


Steam Sale Price: $9.99


With the Steam Summer Sale underway, there's thousands of games on sale right now. With so many options, sometimes it can be hard to decide which games you should get -- especially when it comes to indie titles.


Hopefully, this list can help you decide. Here are 5 of the best indie games to get during the Steam Summer Sale.

What even is Slime Rancher anyway? Mon, 22 Feb 2016 05:29:20 -0500 Ashley Shankle

If you're anything like some people I know (you know who you are), you'll take one look at Slime Rancher's Steam page, say "Why even," and forget about it.

If you're anything like me, you'll take one look at Slime Rancher's Steam page and slowly slide your money toward the game as to not startle it in hopes it will be your friend.


Slime Rancher is one of those games that slinks its way into Steam Early Access and bewitches a portion of the indie gaming community even without the help of marketing. I guess that's what people call a sleeper hit these days.

So the big question is: What is this game really?

It's sort of a time management/raising sim and Harvest Moon fans should feel right at home here despite what the game initially seems.

You're either going to be enamored or confused when you first look at Slime Rancher on Steam Early Access and that's only normal -- normal people don't really care for slimes. You're normal, right? Right.


Don't kid yourself: You want to play with the slimes. I know you do.

Slime Rancher doesn't really let you play with slimes, but you can catch them. You can catch as many as your Vacpack can carry (30+)! But don't think you can raise as many as you can carry right out the gate.

No, raising slimes is hard work. They need suitable living environments and regular feeding. They need to be separated by type to avoid them mutating one too many times and turning into slime-hungry Tarr.

Toss your slimes about your ranch and they'll chow down on your crops and any stray chickens they come about, then probably wander somewhere you don't want them to.

Toss them in a corral with other slimes of their type and they'll stay nice and cozy, as long as you feed them regularly.

Upgrade your Vacpack to get access to a jetpack and hover into secret areas for.. more slime food!

Explore Far, Far Range to gather food and new slimes for your ranch.

Meet giant slimes and feed them to get keys, teleporters, and some other stuff (probably).

And for what? All for what? Why are you doing this, what is the point? Why are you slaving away on this ranch and dealing with the ever-increasing stress of keeping all your slimes fed and happy?


Slime poop.

You feed slimes, they poop out plorts. Plorts are money, and you like money. Even plorty money.

Slime Rancher is still clearly unfinished and needs more slimes and things to do, but if the game's current features as stated above don't titillate you enough to make you buy it now and make the big plorts in-game before the next update, you either don't have a heart or don't like to eat plorts.

And who doesn't like Honey Plorts?

Mmm, tasty.