Yono and the Celestial Elephants

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Yono and the Celestial Elephants is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 15 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

47%

Critics Recommend

Based on 15 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Chicas Gamers
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 11, 2019

Yono and the celestial Elephants on Nintendo Switch first impression is to looks like a game only for the little ones, nothing further from it, it is a game that, despite its short duration, will make you enjoy a fun gameplay both young and old; for all these reasons, I recommend playing it if you have a free time and want to play a game that is too complicated.

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Scored Reviews

NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2017

The straightforward design might not be for everyone, as no great challenge is nestled in Yono's escapades. This is an easier game that's perfect for those who want to sink into a contemplative cartoon world or maybe kick back and play an easy-to-comprehend game with their kid.

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Nindie Spotlight
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2017

I think the main thing for experienced gamers who are interested in Yono to reflect on before buying it is whether being challenged is essential or not. The harder you’re hoping to have to work to make your way through the game the more you’re likely to be disappointed. If, however, you manage your expectations and simply enjoy it for what it is Yono is a great and fun adventure while it lasts. A group I would certainly point the game out to would be parents of younger gamers. Since the starting point is very friendly to less-experienced players, the ramping up of challenge is very gradual and smooth, and towards the end it will raise the bar enough to motivate them to figure out a way to win it would be an excellent primer to more ambitious fare like proper Zelda games. Something of this nature, in that regard, is a rarity and helps raise the bar of my respect for it a little higher. What I’m hoping is that we’ll be able to see a sequel with a slightly older Yono who will then continue to face progressively more difficult challenges and perhaps a newer generation of gamers will be able to grow older and more experienced with him.

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Video Chums
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2017

Yono and the Celestial Elephants is a memorable and charming journey with a story that'll actually make you think.

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COGconnected
72 / 100
72 / 100
Nov 1, 2017

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

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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 15, 2017

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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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 31, 2017

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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Oct 23, 2017

All in all, Yono and the Celestial Elephants is a game that is acutely aware of the great titles that it draws inspiration from, even it falls a little short in its well-meaning execution.

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VGProfessional
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 8, 2017

A title completely created by one guy, Yono and the Celestial Elephants is kid-friendly adventure, which hides a rich symbolic lore underneath its cartoonish appearance. I wouldn't recommend playing the game for its gameplay, but for the experience and discovering quite a deep story about the harmony of all things.

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Goomba Stomp
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 11, 2017

Despite very simplistic gameplay and challege, 'Yono and the Celestial Elephants' does have some personality and charm going for it, as well as some oddly frank discussions on deep philosophical topics.

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Gamerheadquarters
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

Yono and the Celestial Elephants is a fantastic game for kids and one that all ages could enjoy.

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CGMagazine
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2017

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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TechRaptor
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2017

Yono and the Celestial Elephants combines interesting story and fun gameplay into a title that is fun for everyone. While many won't find anything in the game particularly challenging it still remains an entertaining experience.

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Nintendo Blast
6.5 / 10.0
Nintendo Blast
Júnior Santos
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2020

The greatest quality of this game is in its philosophy. Yono is a young elephant, with a lot to learn, a lot to live on. This is the impression that remains of this game. At the same time, the proposal seems a little unbalanced. The simplicity of aesthetics, combats and puzzles make it seem like a game aimed at children, but certainly the dialogues are closer to the universe of a university student than of a child. I would recommend this game for its mechanics and visuals, but much more for its narrative.

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Nintendo Insider
5 / 10
5 / 10
Dec 3, 2017

That largely sums up my experience with Yono and the Celestial Elephants, a passion project that wearily falls short from the potential that it clearly had. It is probably best that you wait for another millennium to see what adventures await the next elephant, which, we can hope, will be far more exciting than this one.

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