Overview of Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles for PC was released recently on steam. This game has been anticipated by many people as one of biggest hits of 2017… but does it live up to the expectations? In this review we will see.
The game is a single player game. And is a collection, exploration and crafting based game. The game has a stunning visual style similar to another game, ‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild’. It shares many similarities between Zelda, whether this is good or bad for ‘Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles’, will be discussed later.
You start of the game as a young back-pack wearing man out on a mission. Your parents have sent you to the island paradise known as Gemea. On this island are plenty of fantastical creatures and plants, suiting to island paradise. But on your way there, your ship is engulfed by a fierce storm.
You fall unconscious during the storm to be woken up by a spirit creature known as Aaerie. The spirit creature tells you that the land of Gemea is cursed with an evil known as Murk. You are given the task of dispelling the Murk by finding and collecting creatures known as sprites. As you explore and adventure across the island, you will befriend many of the locals and do quests for them for rewards.
‘Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles’ is essentially an exploration, collection and crafting game. What this means is that you will be placed into an area, and to progress to the next area, or next pseudo level, you must collect all the sprites necessary. The main storyline only lasts about 8 hours, which means you will have explored and adventured most of the island within 8 hours. This can be seen as the game only being 8 hours long, but the game’s main appeal lies not in the story, but elsewhere.
‘Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles’ is jam-packed with side quests, side objectives, and other things to do besides the main storyline. The game is meant to be played in a relaxed manner, while enjoying the stunning visuals and having fun being immersed in the experience it provides.
Here’s a few additional things you can enjoy doing in this game; fishing, farming, cooking, tailoring, carpentering and woodcutting.
The locations you will be exploring are the standard ones you would expect form a game like this, the frozen, swamp, grassland, wasteland locations.
The visual style is definitely one of the biggest positive points to the game, the game looks amazing, the art style is amazing, and the lighting and coloring of the game are so breathtakingly well done that you will often be left speechless as you take in the scenery around you. The audio and music is also awesome. You will be taken within minutes by how good the sound effects are to hear, when you splash around in water, it feels natural. When you clunk on by on a windy stone path, you will hear the clunking and rattling of your character and his items. The game itself is often times very enjoyable, a relaxing game which you can kick back and just zone out with. As you do all sorts of fun side-quests and missions, you will find yourself having a good time.
The game has just one very big flaw. And the flaw has to do with a core design choice that the developers had when they made this game. Well, I can see the perspective they had when they chose to make this game this way… But I also disagree with it. You see, the game has no challenge to it. No monsters, no enemies….Not even any puzzles.
The game is something that will appeal to extreme pacifists and those who do not enjoy any form of combat or challenge in any form. The games antagonist, the evil Murk is also just a shoddy thing thrown into the game to act as a barrier that deters you from moving too quickly from one area to the next. All this does is force you to find the amount of ‘sprites’ necessary through exploration before moving on. If this game came out before another game, one that is important to mention here, perhaps I would not be so critical of this.
So should I buy this game?
Zelda: Breath of the Wild, is a game that mimics the art style of ‘Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles’. And guess what….Zelda has both combat and puzzles and also has a much bigger world than Yonder. Also possibly more side quests and things to do besides the main story line as compared to Yonder. Zelda also has a more fleshed out story and a better antagonist than Yonder… Do you see what I am getting at here? Two very similar games in terms of mechanics and art direction…Yet one is better. Zelda was also released before ‘Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles’ was.
If you want to know if you should buy Yonder, then I can make it very simple for you. If you find the game interesting, and haven’t played ‘Zelda: Breath of the Wild yet’, then play Zelda instead. Have you have already played Zelda? Are you thirsting for an experience similar to it, and also want something more relaxing and casual?. Then perhaps Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is the game for you.
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