Monomi Park's plort-em-up Slime Rancher was one of the indie hits of 2016, and owes a lot of its success to its thousands of eponymous slimes who captured the hearts of its players.
At GDC 2017, Monomi Park chief Nick Popovich gave a talk during the Independent Games Summit about what helped make those balls of goo so likable: the stories they helped the player tell.
Driven by a series of wants and needs, these slimes create hundreds of tiny, emergent stories that end in triumph, cuteness, and chaos. In his talk, Popovich dived into a detailed breakdown of how the slime's vibrant, unpredictable behavior is actually the "secret sauce" that makes Slime Rancher sing, and how it's all crafted from surprisingly simple systems
It was a fun and informative session, one that you can now watch entirely for free over on the official GDC YouTube channel!
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