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Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

Rating Summary

Based on 92 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

69

Top Critic Average

37%

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Based on 92 critic reviews
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Reviews Summary

Lacking Scope
Beautiful World
Engaging Exploration

Summary: Yonder's gorgeous world provides plenty of activities while avoiding combat. It's an approach that's not for everyone, but those that do like it can't recommend it enough.

Game Information

Available on:PlayStation 4Jul 18, 2017
PCJul 18, 2017

Developer: Prideful Sloth

Genre: Adventure

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 islands 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.

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Eurogamer

No Recommendation / Blank
Eurogamer

An open world adventure that does away with combat, Yonder's beauty is ultimately undone by its mundanity.

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Metro GameCentral

GameCentral
3 / 10
Metro GameCentral

It has admirable intentions, but this misguided role-player proves a quiet life is rarely an entertaining one when it comes to video games.

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GameSpot

6 / 10
GameSpot

A meditative game about exploring and gathering that offers great beauty but not much else.

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Polygon

7 / 10.0
Polygon

In the end, Yonder isn't inventive, exactly, as the multitude of ideas and cross-media inspirations converge somehow into something infinitely familiar. Missions are cut down to absolute basics to fulfill an open world quota, but it's possible to forgive this when traipsing through this aesthetically pleasing land and helping these delighted folk. And as importantly, there's bravery in eliminating things like combat and leveling, allowing Yonder a rare, distinctive brevity.

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