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Yono and the Celestial Elephants

Rating Summary

Based on 13 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

46%

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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchOct 12, 2017
PCOct 12, 2017

Publisher: Plug In Digital

Genres: Puzzle, Platformer

Elephants are a mighty protectors of the world, born from the stars once per millennium. This is the age of Elephant Yono. But Yono is still so very young and in a kingdom inhabited by feudal Humans, undead Bonewights and robotic Mekani, it's not easy to keep one's trunk out of trouble. Yono and the Celestial Elephants is a grand adventure, featuring carefully designed puzzles, treasure hunts, a sprinkling of combat and a world full of people. Play as a young elephant tasked to save a world he’s never seen before, and explore the rich history of a kingdom where humans, zombies and robots live side by side. Use your elephant trunk to solve puzzles and find secrets. Load it up with air, water and other things for different effectsVisit four towns full of people, shops and side-questsSolve three deep dungeons of puzzles, monsters and finally a scary bossExplore forests and caves to find treasures and upgradesDiscuss ascetic virtue ethics with the undead, existentialism and freedom of will with the robots, and political philosophy and the roots of power and authority with the humansPiece together ancient texts to uncover the history of the world, the development of human kind and the influence of past Elephant

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Yono and the Celestial Elephants Reviews

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I was pretty impressed how much depth the game actually had overall, considering its flat beginning.

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Yono and the Celestial Elephants, while simplistic in design, hides a curiously metaphysical tale behind it. Those looking for a Zelda-lite adventure might be disappointed by its straightforward approach and lack of upgradability, but those who are willing to give its lighthearted and deliriously cute tale a spin will find a worthy game to play.

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Yono and the Celestial Elephants may look like a children's game but its artistic style should not be the basis for judgment, this is a game that can feel surprising and its approach to actual issues and relevant topics will resonate with many players beyond the younger demographics. Where Yono falls short, however, is on the too simple challenge posed by its puzzles and on its somewhat disappointingly short lifespan.

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Yono and the Celestial Elephants is an adorable Zelda-like about a woke elephant doing his best to help people, zombies, and robots co-exist.

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