[PS4] Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Review
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is the first game from Prideful Sloth. Read our Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles review to see if it’s one you should play on PS4!
In Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles, the first thing you’ll do is pick between a male or a female avatar. You’ll then select your skin color, body shape, and body size before you end up selecting the eye color of your character. And then your journey will quickly begin!
You’ll be on a boat traveling towards Gemea, a land of legend that you’ll be able to find thanks to your magical compass. All seems to be going well, until a storm comes out of nowhere, hurting your ship. In a blink, you are transported before Aaerie, who was tasked with protecting the land. She tells you that the compass is actually a Celestial Compass that will always lead the way towards your goal. She says you are the Sprite-Seer, and asks that you find the other members of her family.
You then wake up in a cave, surrounded by the remains of your ship. As you move around with the left analog stick and pan the camera with the right analog stick, you’ll get a chance to interact with a rock – the game’s way of showing you how you should collect items with the Square button. Said button is also used for interacting with NPC and objects, so it’s a multipurpose trigger. You can also jump by pressing the X button. Once you have some tools, you’ll be able to cycle between them with the L1 and R1 buttons.
Pressing Up on the D-Pad will allow you to activate the Celestial Compass which will shine a guiding light towards your next objective. And if you want to review your current location, be sure to press Down on the D-Pad to check out your map. A quick glance at it will show you that the land is suffering so you must act to make things right. Pressing the Triangle button will show you your inventory in which you’ll get to equip new items, eat food, review your collections and check your objectives.
A few minutes later you’ll run into an area with a bright blue light. After interacting with it, you’ll find Lumie, a sprite who will join you. This is great since a bit further into the cave you will run into a Murk barrier – something that is very bad for humans. Luckily Lumie is a strong and resourceful sprite and manages to destroy it, but it does tell you that if you can find all the other sprites, things would be better. These Murk barriers will require more and more sprites to destroy as you progress in the game, so be sure to look everywhere for shinning spots where Sprites are hiding.
That was basically the game’s short tutorial, and once you exit the cave, you will find yourself in a vast and colorful valley, ready for you to explore it. As you survey the area, you will notice that any new animal you find will be added to your journal. You’ll also start to find new materials such as vines, flowers, and sticks, so be sure to get them. The compass will guide you to Fairmont where you’ll meet Master Low who will allow you to rest in his house in the village. After eating a ton and getting some proper rest, you will begin your quest. Talking to NPC is the best way to find new quests and side-quests to complete, so always chat with NPC, especially the ones with a “!” over their head so that you can learn new information!
Quests start simple. For example, the storm that wrecked your boat also destroyed the East Docks, which is bad news for the town. By gaining access to a mallet, you’ll be able to gather stones. Eight stones are what is needed to fix the East Docks, which you’ll probably gather in a few minutes – just find some medium sized rocks to smash with your mallet. There are also quests you can get from an activity board, so be sure to check that to add more quests on top of your quests. Completing one of the earlier quests will allow you to start crafting items from the materials you find. For crafting you’ll also require the corresponding recipe, so be sure to search high and low for them.
The game is a very relaxing experience with a lot of things to discover and plenty of materials and items to collect. Once you gain access to your farm, by freeing it from the Murk that surrounds it and fixing it thanks to the help of one of the locals, you’ll be able to add some animals to it, produce milk, plant crops, and even hire a helping hand or two! Be sure to visit your farm every now and then to make sure everything is in order, that the animals have water and food, and that the farm is completely clean.
I’m happy to report that Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles includes a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy at the end of the road. As I mentioned before, there are several main quests and side-quests in the game, and completing all of them will certainly bring you very close to getting the Platinum for your collection… and it’s a very fun Platinum run!
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is a relaxing, colorful, charming and fun release on PlayStation 4 that you should definitely checkout. It offers a lot of content and a full trophy list that is very entertaining as it marks the many milestones you’ll reach. You can check it out digitally straight from the PSN store, but if you like physical copies with bonus items, you can check out the Collector’s release from Signature Editions by clicking right here.
This Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles review is based on a PS4 copy provided by Prideful Sloth.