Slime 3K: Rise Against Despot – (Early Access) Game Review

The latest installment in the Despot series, Slime 3K: Rise Against Despot is a roguelike bullet hell that has deck building mechanics. With the player playing as a green gelatinous slime, the game’s protagonist bears a striking resemble to Monsters vs Aliens’ B.O.B. As you select weapon upgrades and just have them sink into your body to be absorbed and then put to devastating use. This is one of them survivors like games that really get the premise brilliantly, the game’s core gameplay loop is simply addictive.

Developer: Konfa Games

Publisher: TinyBuild

Game Series: Despot

Platform: Windows (Steam)

Release Date: 2nd November 2023 (Early Access)

Slime 3K: Rise Against Despot

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The core game consist of 10 challenging levels, each has a different timer and a features its own unique boss (although they can appear as basic enemies in later levels). The player also levels up through gaining XP from their failed or successful runs, unlocking new weapons and abilities. These have to be equipped into your card deck to be used in your runs. Decks must contain a set number of each rarity of card, with you required to have at least 3 of each.

Analysis of Slime 3K: Rise Against Despot

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Enemies of Slime 3K: Rise Against Despot mainly consist of variants of the Despot’s series iconic pink people. All of which will be bearing various weapons as they try to annihilate your slimy body. Bosses were very creatively designed. I became very fond of the Tri-Pod boss early on in the game.

Weapons must be upgraded by having three of the same weapon at once. This forces some careful planning and inventory management, or you can find yourself having to get rid some of your abilities/weapons just to upgrade one. Resulting in a tedious backtrack. This mechanic is unique from the roguelikes I have played, and I found it extremely engaging.

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As mentioned before weapons need to be including into the players card deck. This quickly became one of my favourite features of any game. This allowed me to completely remove items and weapons I just didn’t like to use. Allowing me to specially choose weapons that would best benefit me. This makes using specific builds is much easier and allows players to better plan ahead before starting a run.

Performance on Steam Deck

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The game worked perfectly on the Steam Deck, I found myself picking it up on the go all over the place. I encountered no issues and the game looked brilliant. The battery lasted longer than I thought as well, with the games demands on the system being remarkably low for the quality of the graphics and effects.

Summary of Slime 3K: Rise Against Despot

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To summarize Slime 3K: Rise Against Despot is one of my favourite roguelikes of 2023 and I cannot wait to see it’s further development. The game includes various unique mechanics and I truly think this is one of the freshest new takes on the genre that due to its extreme spike in popularity, is getting exhausted in terms of ingenuity. Slime 3K: Rise Against Despot seems likely to be the one that rises above the rest and breaks that trend.

Overall Rating: 9 – Outstanding!

Platform Played On: Steam Deck

Recommendation: Yes

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