Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is an open-world adventure game with absolutely no combat. It is breathtakingly beautiful and the art style is unique to the game. The animals are cute, the music is relaxing, and exploring is a ton of fun. This is Yonder.
Gemea, a vast island of eight distinct environments, is under attack by an evil murk that has covered the land and people in despair. As the hero, you must uncover the islands many secrets as well as the mysteries within yourself on your journey of self-discovery. Along your journey, you join forces with Sprites. These creatures are the only thing capable of destroying the murk in order to save Gemea and it’s kindhearted people. By contributing to the land through farming, cooking, fishing and brewing, strong relationships can be built between you and the locals. Travelling through Gemea is enchanting. There are eight different environments from tropical beaches, vast fields, and snow-topped summits. Each location has it’s own flora and fauna along with changing seasons and a day-night cycle. Gemea continues to be a beautiful paradise despite being covered in murk.
I absolutely adore Yonder. I actually previewed it at PAX East this year and fell in love instantly. It’s a super casual game and I found it to be relaxing. You get to create a character, though you don’t have many choices to choose from. The only upside to this is that as you continue on your journey and meet new people, you begin finding a bunch of clothing, hair styles, hair colors, accessories and more. There was one feature that I fell in love with; when you jump or fall off of a tall cliff, your character pulls out an umbrella to soften his/her fall.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is an incredibly unique game. One of the game developers I chatted with at PAX East this year mentioned how she got some inspiration from Zelda, but I would never compare the two games. Yonder has a very unique vibe and it’s definitely it’s own game! It’s very creative and the fact that it doesn’t have any actual enemies to fight through the journey made it different than other open-world adventure game I’ve played.
Yonder has so many different features that makes it fun for everyone. The world of Gemea is so bright and vibrant while also being extremely vast and fun to explore. Players can set their own pace, there is no clock or time frame to finish certain tasks and challenges. This makes Yonder relaxing and casual to play. As for characters, when you first begin the game, players don’t have much variety to choose from. As players venture through Gemea they gain more and more clothing, accessories and so much more. Players can master professions like carpenter, chef, tailor and more! These professions allow players to craft items and then trade them with different locals! One of the best features is how players can actually befriend and adopt adorable creatures from all around Gemea. In Yonder, players can spend time doing whatever they please!
Now onto the visuals, what can I even say? They’re spectacular. Yonder is a beautiful game, no discussion. Everything is aesthetically pleasing from the blades of grass to the clouds in the sky. The animals are the cutest I’ve ever seen in any game. Once you settle into your new farm, you can actually begin to adopt animals you find. The first is a Groffle, a buffalo-type animal that melted my heart. Anyone who loves beautiful landscapes, gorgeous artsyles and relaxing gameplay, Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is definitely for you!
Many reviews compare Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles to Stardew Valley and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I completely agree with these reviews, but I also feel Yonder is such a unique and almost genius new idea! I played for almost 4 hours when I began, and I didn’t want to put the controller down. It’s so relaxing and fun to venture through the beautiful world of Gemea. I enjoyed meeting and chatting with all of the locals from the different towns. Crafting new items is one of my favorite features because it’s actually pretty difficult. For example, if you want to create a barn, you would need wood, nails, glue, crafting kit, and a few more items. You find some of these items in nature, while others you must trade for. I really enjoy the trading system Yonder uses instead of some type of money, it makes it a bit tricky!
What else can I say about Yonder? Honestly not much. As an open-world adventure game, it’s perfect. I loved it from the moment I began playing and I would suggest to everyone they should play it as well! I’m so glad I was able to review Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles, and I definitely enjoyed every minute! Great job Prideful Sloth!
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is now available on Steam and PS4! Make sure you check it out now!
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Review Statement: The author of this review was provided a PS4 code by the publisher for the purposes of this review.