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

Yonder is set in the world of Gemea. A natural island paradise with eight distinct environments ranging from tropical beaches to snow-capped summits.

Pros:

  • Cutesy graphics.
  • 1.3GB Download size.
  • Options- Invert axis, invert accept/cancel buttons.
  • Touchscreen support.
  • Basic character creator. Male/female and then sliders and color choices.
  • Open world adventure game.
  • Photo mode.
  • Crafting from the menu after you learn the recipes.
  • Save when you want.
  • Day/night cycle.
  • Ongoing tutorial.
  • Map- Can mark the map yourself with the various icons.
  • Tool selection shortcut bar like in Minecraft using the L and R button.
  • Trade system used in shops.
  • Harvest- Can cut down trees, break rocks, cut grass etc for resources.
  • Very easy to use controls with some on-screen button prompts.
  • Points of interest fill in automatically on the map as you discover them.
  • Play how you want and do things in your own order.
  • Sprites- Hidden in blue objects, These are used to clear out the Murk that is obscuring areas.
  • Charming, Almost chilled experience.
  • Fast movement.
  • Excellent lighting model.
  • Fishing- Clevel control method that involves rotating the right stick in the shown direction.
  • Bridges can be built to unlock shortcuts or new areas.
  • Farm- You can build and maintain a fully working farm. Acquire animals by feeding them their favorite food, generate resources from them. Use the grid create system to build and place buildings etc.
  • Farm stats will show a rating of how you are doing and a brief overview of what you are known for.
  • Feels like a cohesive collection of genres from adventure to survival to farming sim.
  • Trees stat- You are told how many are in the current area and increases or decreases as you chop/plant trees.
  • Compass- Highlights the direction of your quest.
  • Upgrade/unlock new tools as you progress through the story.
  • Well paced.
  • You have optional side quests outside of the main story missions.
  • Pleasant characters in the world to meet.
  • So much fun to play.
  • Every gaming session feels rewarding and productive.

Cons:

  • The character creator is very basic as you cannot change hairstyles or faces.
  • Crafting is not well explained.
  • You get bombarded with tutorials, menus, and cutscenes.
  • Have to press the button every time to harvest thing which is annoying when hacking a tree.
  • Day/night cycle is initially very short.
  • Easy to feel lost or overwhelmed.
  • A lot to take in.
  • Creation mode is fiddly.
  • No replayability.
  • Empty chests.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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