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Rise of the Slime

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General Information

Available on:Xbox Series X/SMay 20, 2021
PlayStation 5May 20, 2021
Nintendo SwitchMay 20, 2021
PCMay 20, 2021
PlayStation 4May 20, 2021
Xbox OneMay 20, 2021

Developer: Bunkovsky Games

Publisher: Playstack

Genres: RPG, Strategy, Roguelike

Rise of the Slime is a roguelite like no other, mixing deep and tactical deckbuilder gameplay with the chill vibes of a side-scrolling adventure. ⯀ Play it your way: Create an amazingly powerful deck from more than 100 cards! ⯀ A constantly shifting path brings good luck and bad turns: Evade falling rocks and spike pits, visit shops to bolster your deck, and discover secret doors to treasure rooms! ⯀ Battle puzzling and formidable foes, from crafty little devils to gargantuan horrors that will push your deckcraft and tactics to their limits! ⯀ Explore a beautiful, enchanted world of marshy swamplands, bubbling lakes of fire and mystical gardens! ⯀ With numerous gameplay mutators, shifting routes and countless deck variations, no playthrough is ever the same!

Rise of the Slime Critic Reviews

Rise of the Slime ticks all the boxes of a bad game. Not only is it a roguelike that crashes regularly to ruin your run, but the game has little explanation of basic mechanics, too much variety in the deckbuilding for consistency, little meaningful longevity, and a poorly considered port to Switch. If you're desperate to play it, get the PC release, but do yourself a favour and save your cash for your next run at a deckbuilder.

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Rise of the Slime has some accessibility issues, mostly because of its occasionally iffy controls and the ridiculously small text, but if you can look past those, then you'll find a pleasantly bitesized little roguelite deckbuilder. It's no Slay the Spire, but it doesn't need to be; it keeps to its small scope well enough.

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GOOD - Rise of the Slime is a very personable deck-building roguelike game. Robust gameplay mechanics with just the right blend of randomization and skill, as well as high replayability that makes it the perfect game on-the-go. The visuals are charming, but a bit lifeless, however the game is accessible through use of both the Touch and Joy-Con controls. With a competitive price point of $14.99, if you’re of a fan of games like Slay the Spire, Rise of the Slime will be good company in your library.

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I just hope that later updates will introduce more content, such as new enemy abilities. Or at least improve the user interface. The thing Spire did well with UI was to provide, through tooltips, all the information you might need to make a good decision. In Slime, informative tooltips weren’t always there to remind me of what certain terms meant—or, they were partially blocked by something else on-screen. Card and button selection could also be better highlighted on certain screens. If I could ask for just one “small” improvement, though, it would be a larger font size. I haven’t played long enough to settle on a definitive verdict, but for now, I can say this: Slushy the Great is still a long way from greatness, but the potential and groundwork is there. I’m keen to see how it develops over time with further updates.

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Rise of the Slime Launch Trailer | PC, Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One thumbnail

Rise of the Slime Launch Trailer | PC, Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One

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Rise of the Slime - Early Access Trailer

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