Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Publisher: Prideful Sloth
Developer: Prideful Sloth
Release Date (US): 2018-05-17
Site Ranking: #29
Type: Action (#2)
Tags / Compare to: Crafting, RPG elements, Open-World, No Combat
Game File Size: 1.3GB
Players: 1 Player
Game Length (Avg): 10 hours ($3 / hour)
Length & cost per hour are subjective to play style
eShop: eShop Page
Website: Official Website
Twitter / Hashtag: @YonderChronicle
Views: 2097 (5 today)
OpenCritic Score: 77.4 (Based on Switch Reviews)
Updated Thursday May 10, 2018 10:08:57 AM:
eShop information added







Game Description

Yonder is set on the vast island of Gemea, a lush frontier with eight distinct environments ranging from tropical beaches to snow-capped summits. Each location has its own flora and fauna, along with changing seasons and a day-night cycle. Gemea, once a paradise, still maintains the appearance of one, yet an evil murk has enshrouded the land and its people in despair.

As the hero you will explore Gemea, uncovering the island's secrets and the mysteries within yourself as you embark on a journey of self-discovery. On a quest to become the island’s champion, you join forces with Sprites, creatures who are the only thing capable of dispersing the murk, to save Gemea and its people.

The towns of Gemea are filled with kind-hearted residents who have faced many difficulties since the murk arrived. By contributing to the island through farming, crafting, cooking, fishing and brewing, relationships can be built with the locals, who offer everything from resources to a new farm as rewards.

At the heart of Yonder, is a game that delivers a sense of discovery, wrapped in a familiar yet unique adventure.
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Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (Switch) Review via NintendoWorldReport

It does a fantastic job of making a captivating atmosphere that's both fun to explore and filled with things to do. There are frame rate issues and the lack of diversity among quests is a bit disappointing, but the jaw dropping visuals and superb audio design left me pining for more. While it certainly won't be everyone's cup of tea, those looking for a laidback trip through a stunning world, look no further.

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (Nintendo Switch) Review via Cubed3

Despite some hiccups in performance that are perfectly understandable given the scope, limited budget, and the engine used, Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles in its Nintendo Switch incarnation retains all of its charm. It is not a Triple-A product, and yet what it manages to achieve is a wonder to behold.

Review: Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (Nintendo Switch) via Pure Nintendo

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles does not disappoint. It's a highly enjoyable and polished game, displaying a thoughtful approach to adventuring, an offering plenty to maintain interest.

Review: Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (Nintendo Switch) via Digitally Downloaded

This is a game which taught me to love the feeling of being lost, and I'm sure it's one I will return to for a long time.

Review: Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (Switch) via Nintendo Life

All told, Yonder is that kind of game that has value, but only a very specific kind of gamer will be able to find it. Yonder isn't a bad game by any means, but it's clear that it tries to do too much at once and doesn't stop to make sure that anything is that fun in practice. Mediocre gameplay mechanics aside, it's a relaxing game to play with your coffee in the morning, and the presentation value is a definite plus. We'd recommend this to anyone looking for a relatively shallow game that doesn't take a whole much of a time investment; for what it is, Yonder is a decent game, though it's hardly a must-play.



August 23, 2018 11:43:50 AM
I played this game a bit, and it fell shallow quite fast. You start the game feeling somewhat special as a character, but then you turn quickly into a sort of errand boy? The world is pretty, but the story is not that great, the characters aren't very deep.

If you just want to explore, this game is nice, it looks good, but if you want a more in-depth experience, maybe not.
Jeremy Rice
June 30, 2018 08:36:03 PM
Looks beautiful and oddly peaceful. I hadn’t heard of it until today.
June 11, 2018 11:30:44 AM
I have put a few hours into this game and have decided it is not for me.

Initially, the no combat thing didn't really bother me. But everything else is so shallow, that you really kind of long for any kind of combat period. Yonder, to me, feels like it offers the busywork of an MMO without an engaging story and/or combat. I liked the introduction to the game, but it kind of opens up thereafter and doesn't put a huge emphasis on the story after that.

Freedom is great in open world games, especially when you can be whoever you want to be. But at the same time, the content still needs to be engaging enough to keep you invested. There is farm management and such here, but nothing we really haven't seen before. Without combat, quests boil down to fetch quests of no story substance, as well as escort missions that, in a supposed peaceful continent, doesn't really make sense.

Yonder has a truly beautiful art style, however I did not find myself enjoying it as much as I thought I would on the Switch. Docked, there are definite slowdowns in more populated areas, and the clutter distance particularly in grassy areas is pretty shallow. In handheld mode, there is a pretty dramatic blur that comes into play in favor of smoother performance.

I also was not a huge fan of the fisheye-like field of view. While I appreciate being able to see a wide range of terrain at once, there was just something about it that felt a bit "off". Ultimately, the whole experience just seemed a little too shallow for my tastes. I enjoy an open world just as much as anyone, but I need a reason to be excited about exploring it in order to keep it in focus.
March 14, 2018 07:41:51 AM
Despite hearing that there's no combat and the systems are a bit shallow, I'm super excited to give this a shot. I think this is something that the wife will enjoy as well!
February 23, 2018 11:28:43 PM
I sunk a bunch of hours into this on the PS4, I'll gladly double dip to play this whenever and wherever on the Switch.
Phillip Pinyan
February 22, 2018 01:23:13 PM
@rlcooper: It doesn't look there is combat, no. I've read it's like Harvest Moon in that way. That's not necessarily a deal-breaker for me. How about you?
February 21, 2018 01:36:17 PM
This game looks interesting, but no combat at all?
February 20, 2018 12:09:21 PM
I remember when Breath of the Wild came out some Nintendo haters said "who cares, we have Yonder !! Is much better with a better graphic !11!1!".

Almost one year later, Breath of the Wild is the GOTY, an universal acclaimed maasterpiece..... and now we have Yonder too.
Ergo : The Switch have all the best games now ?
February 20, 2018 01:16:17 AM
This looks like the type of game I like, also it would have a physical release as I've seen. Now I'm hesitant between picking this or My time at Portia, whenever they come out.
February 19, 2018 07:31:06 PM
Remember being interested in this when I first heard of it, looks very interesting. Looking forward to its release.
February 19, 2018 04:25:02 PM
Has anyone played this on PC? Any impressions?
Phillip Pinyan
February 19, 2018 03:32:02 PM
I'm not going to lie, halfway through the trailer for this game, I knew I would pick it up. I love the look, concept, everything. Can't wait to see more.

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