Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles - PlayStation 4 Review

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles - PlayStation 4 Review

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Quick Glance:

  • Platform: PS4 (reviewed); PC
  • Players: 1
  • Achievements: Yes
  • Steam Trading Cards: Yes
  • Controller Support: Yes, Full
  • Retail Price: $19.99

High Level Premise: Open world adventure

Graphics/Style: Three-dimensional animation

Music/Soundtrack: Easy listening melodies

Story: Explore your shipwrecked island of Gemea and extinguish the murk that plagues its people

Replay-ability: Moderately High – Players can aim for 100% completion among various areas

Time Commitment: Yonder offers a wealth of content, bringing in around 35 – 50 hours of gameplay for the completionist

Value: Moderately High, Yonder brings us a massive world that is begging to be explored!

Favorite Element: The peaceful nature of Yonder is a fresh concept, putting the focus on exploration over skill.

The world of Yonder is yours to explore!

As their first release, Australian developers Prideful Sloth pack a serious punch with Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles.  As a game that seemed to have released out of nowhere, Yonder takes the best elements of adventure video games and makes them accessible to a wider audience. 

Shortly after the basic character creation menu, the player finds themselves shipwrecked on the mysterious island of Gemea.  The inhabitants of the island are struggling with a murk problem, a substance that happens to plague a great deal of the island and many of its accessible areas.  After learning that sprites found throughout Gemea are the only fix, the player sets out on a quest to extinguish the murk infested areas.

One of Yonder’s best qualities is the primary focus on a peaceful adventure, as opposed to the aggression and violence based skill that typically is born from a game in this genre.  This allows the game to be accessible to both children & adults by containing the most simplistic rules of adventuring, in addition to the somewhat sophisticated hurdles the player will have to undertake for 100% completion.  All of this takes place in a gorgeous sandbox world which was surprisingly created using the Unity engine.

Fishing is a favorite past time in Yonder, bearing one of the more enjoyable fishing mini games we’ve played.

The world of Yonder runs on a day & night cycle while bringing a number time-specific events & quests to be fulfilled.  In addition, the changing of seasons also has an impact on the flora & fauna, making the time of year equally as important among some aspects of the game.  Farming and fishing provide fun past-times in and among side-quests, giving us purpose outside of the many fetch quests that the player will be taking on throughout the time cycle.

Overall, Yonder is a gem that first-time developers Prideful Sloth should be proud of.  The games lush environments and the interesting world are a pleasure to explore and discover.  The fun quests and pastime offerings give us a lot of reason to spend time on the island of Gemea.  While there were a few noticeable frame rate dips among the PS4 version reviewed, it’s nothing game breaking and in the way of overall enjoyment.  Yonder puts the focus on exploration & adventure first, all the while leaving violence & skill on the table for another day.

The day & night cycle brings certain time-specific elements that can only be completed with the right conditions. 

Release date announcement trailer for Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Web: https://www.yonderchronicles.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YonderChronicles/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/YonderChronicle/ Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles, an open-world adventure game set on a beautiful, vibrant island.

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