I first played Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles via Steam back in mid-October last year. I had heard that it was a mixture of Stardew Valley and The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild both of which are games that I love. Now with hearing that statement I really wondered how true that actually was. When I discovered that Yonder Chronicles was going to be released on the Nintendo Switch I knew that I had to add it to my collection and that it also seemed the perfect game for the Nintendo Switch.
If you haven’t heard about Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles or have no idea what the game is about, here is a quick rundown. The multi award-winning game which is developed and published by Prideful Sloth (who are based in Australia) and was released in July 2017 for Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and now most recently Nintendo Switch.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is a relaxing open-world adventure game set across a beautiful, vibrant island for you to explore.
Yonder is set on the massive island of Gemea, a lush frontier with eight distinct environments ranging from sunny tropical beaches to frigid snow-capped summits. Each location has its own flora and fauna, along with changing seasons and day-night cycles. Gemea, once a paradise, still maintains the appearance of one, yet an evil murk has enshrouded the land and its people in despair.
By contributing to the island through talents such as 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.
I’m about ten hours into playing Yonder Chronicles (this time around) and it is such a relaxing game with a beautiful graphics style and incredible music to accompany the game. It’s lovely to be able to pick up and play the game anywhere whether it’s just for a little while or a few hours.
There’s no combat but you focus more on exploring the world of Gemea, completing quests and crafting a handful of items along the way. Of course, there has been a lot of improvements since the game first released last year and a few of the new features added are photo mode, fast travel and a bigger inventory for your character.
You start off washed up on the shore of Gemea and start to make your way into the big open world. Much like any open world game, you will spend time travelling the world and completing quests and with Yonder Chronicles, it really gives you a chance to explore the world and take in the beautiful surroundings. The main quests and side quests help bring the story to live and help you bring communities together.
One thing not to forget is that you will be able to have your own farms across the world where you will look after and raise numerous animals and grow a selection of produce as well.
The biggest threat to Gemea is The Murk. The fog that slowly consumes parts of the world and can only be lifted when you have a certain number of Sprites. Sprites can easily be found throughout the world and collected.
Overall though I am really enjoying this game and it just keeps me wanting to play more and more. I’m taking my time as much as I can just so that I can explore the world and take everything in without having to rush too much. I do have to agree with how Stardew Valley and The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild have helped inspire Yonder Chronicles. With that being said I would definitely recommend picking up Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles if you are looking for a new game for the Nintendo Switch and also want to get involved in such a lovely gaming community.
There is honestly so much more that I could write about this game but I will leave those surprises for you to discover.