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Slime Rancher pre-alpha, DRM free, available for Linux

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Slime Rancher is the tale of Beatrix LeBeau, a plucky, young rancher who sets out for a life a thousand light years away from Earth on the 'Far, Far Range' where she tries her hand at making a living wrangling slimes. With a can-do attitude, plenty of grit, and her trusty vacpack, Beatrix attempts to stake a claim, amass a fortune, and avoid the continual peril that looms from the rolling, jiggling avalanche of slimes around every corner.

Each day will present new challenges to players as they attempt to amass a great fortune in the business of slime ranching. While players are free to approach these challenges however they wish, a typical day might look like this:
You wake at the crack of dawn and get to watering the crops at the ranch. Some slimes are vegetarian, after all. Then it's time to gather up the plumpest hens from the chicken coop. Some slimes are totally not vegetarian, after all.

Next, you're off to feed slimes their breakfast over at the slime corrals so they don't get too out of hand during the day. Hungry slimes get jumpy. Jumpy slimes can't be contained.

With your ranch set for the day, it's time to begin exploring the untamed wilds of the Far, Far Range. Along the way, you'll encounter slimes you've never seen before, discover a new type of veggie to cultivate back at the ranch, and narrowly avoid certain doom in a valley of burly, feral slimes.

With the sun setting, it's time to head back to the ranch, rustle up some dinner for your slimes, and try and figure out just how the heck you'll keep these new slimes that seem to, well, explode all the time.

But you can do this. You had the courage to travel a thousand light years away from home to make a living as a slime rancher. Slimes that go boom? No problem. Slimes that burn with a radioactive aura? Bring it on. Slimes that wiggle their butts? Wait, do slimes even have butts?

Let's get ranching.

Features

-Vacuum things up and shoot them out: gameplay driven by two simple actions
-Manage a bustling eco-system of slimes who have wants, needs, and emotions that drive their behavior
-Customize your ranch however you choose with slimes, corrals, gardens, silos, and more
-Grow crops and raise chickens back on the ranch or forage in the wilds of the Far, Far Range
-Use slime science to combine and create new slime species
-Embrace total freedom to choose where to explore, which slimes to ranch, and how you'll stake your claim

Port report:

Linux version seems to work quite well - have no idea about the actual framerate, but it was smooth sailing with everything maxed 1080p (thats with AMD FX-8320@4,4ghz, GTX 970).

The game is currently under development, but already has lots of content to play through, some of the game areas are blocked and worked on.

Website: http://www.slimerancher.com
Price: €18,49
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liamdawe 9 January 2016 at 8:16 pm UTC
Thanks for covering it, I literally just got access to check it out myself and found it delightful already!
Xpander 9 January 2016 at 9:24 pm UTC
yeah its pretty cute game at first..but later down the road some horrors starting to happen when you start to experiment with the slimes and combine them
dubigrasu 9 January 2016 at 9:44 pm UTC
Thanks for bringing this up, looks like a nice game.
WorMzy 9 January 2016 at 9:54 pm UTC
Ooh, I played the alpha of this briefly, and it was quite fun. There was a bug with grass rendering though, making the ground all black, which made exploring a bit difficult. It certainly looks like it'll be a fun game.
liamdawe 9 January 2016 at 10:11 pm UTC
WorMzyOoh, I played the alpha of this briefly, and it was quite fun. There was a bug with grass rendering though, making the ground all black, which made exploring a bit difficult. It certainly looks like it'll be a fun game.

They fixed that very recently.
Swiftpaw 10 January 2016 at 12:50 am UTC
This going to be on GoG or Steam or somewhere else?
GustyGhost 10 January 2016 at 3:20 am UTC
SwiftpawThis going to be on GoG or Steam or somewhere else?

I came looking for the same answer. It's DRM free so GOG is only the natural landing pad for such a game.
Xpander 10 January 2016 at 8:40 am UTC
SwiftpawThis going to be on GoG or Steam or somewhere else?

atm if you buy from their website, you get DRM-free copy and steam key:

Pre-order Slime Rancher today and receive (when available):
A DRM-free copy of the game
Early access to in-development builds (available now!)
A Steam key


that widget on the website looks a lot like Humble one though, but its not currently sold on Humble Store.
No idea where it will be available when its released though, Steam is for sure since they got greenlit
Swiftpaw 10 January 2016 at 3:27 pm UTC
Xpander
SwiftpawThis going to be on GoG or Steam or somewhere else?

atm if you buy from their website, you get DRM-free copy and steam key:

Pre-order Slime Rancher today and receive (when available):
A DRM-free copy of the game
Early access to in-development builds (available now!)
A Steam key


that widget on the website looks a lot like Humble one though, but its not currently sold on Humble Store.
No idea where it will be available when its released though, Steam is for sure since they got greenlit

Will wait until it's available in more places, but the game looks interesting. Too bad they don't have a demo yet.

Makes me long for games like Ratchet and Clank. At least we have Yooka-Laylee coming, if that ends up being good.


Last edited by Swiftpaw at 10 January 2016 at 3:27 pm UTC
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