Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Review

by Sandoozee . November 18, 2020

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Review

My initial reaction to this game was a little different than my final opinions of it. Take a look at the Quick Blip here.

Warning some spoilers ahead.


Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles.

First things first. If you read my original post regarding this game I want to clarify that the backpack is NOT an infinite storage space! It will fill up and you will find yourself frustratedly attempting to make space for some random small item you need. 


Yonder was a fun way to spend some time over the past couple of weeks. Although the game doesn’t provide intense battle, or any battle, or anything very intense, it was still a nice game to play. There are a number of things about the game that I really enjoyed, and a few that I really really did not. 

 

Let’s start with some of the good stuff. 

The concept behind the game is a lot of fun for a casual game play. The island you crash onto has been slowly taken over by Murk. It has been affecting the citizens of the island making areas uninhabitable. You are able to “heal” these areas with the help of sprites but you need to find enough first! Each area of Murk has a number of Sprites required to cleanse it and once completed you still have the sprites so that part of the game is rather easy. You can find the Sprites by their telltale glow around an object or by completing certain tasks. 

A lot of what you’re doing in the game is just running around the landscape solving quests for people. At first I kept expecting to come across some sort of enemies that would make my life difficult but I soon realized that it wasn’t going to happen. Enemies aren’t a thing in Yonder. The most difficult part of the game turned out to be finding all the supplies that you need to construct the items to complete your quests. This becomes especially difficult when your backpack reaches capacity. 

a bridge after construction

 

Another thing that you can do in Yonder is build and grow your own farms. These farms allow you to tame animals who will provide you with items that you may need for crafting. They also allow you to grow crops and trees to harvest from them. The harvesting is done automatically and you can acquire farmhands from around the island to manage your farm for you. Since it was simply a matter of giving people stuff until they agreed to watch your farm for you I had a farm hand right away. I don’t know how necessary it is but you might as well do this. Collecting your harvests from the farm is as simple as going to the harvest chest and taking what has been collected so far. If you manage your farms this makes getting the supplies you need fairly easy. 

The open world concept of the game is a lot of fun to explore in the beginning but gets repetitive fairly quickly. A major bonus would be a better quick travel system which I will go more into in the games flaws. 

bringing a new animal to the farm

 

Yonder has a lot of flaws that get frustrating in the game. One of the major ones is the fact that your backpack has limited space. Although this is pretty common in games Yonder requires a lot of crafting to complete quests and it felt like there was never enough space in your backpack to deal with that. This wouldn’t even be as much of an issue if it was easy to figure out where items were. Some flowers are required to craft a certain item and yet unless you just know where on this island these flowers grow you end up having to search it online. Being a casual style game I would expect that to be a much easier thing to deal with. Either that or an unlimited backpack to be able to harvest everything as you come across it. 

Following that is the fast travel system in the game. You’re only able to fast travel to your farms. These farms can often be in locations that aren’t going to benefit your current situation in the slightest. I ended up doing a lot of running around to get somewhat closer to the location that I needed to be. I’m not saying that you should be able to warp anywhere whenever but being able to warp into the small communities that you have discovered would have made the game a lot more enjoyable.

 

Crafting also got to be fairly frustrating. For example creating an item under the tailoring section required you need to craft items from three other sections. Those items may also require ingredients to be crafted from other sections. It becomes such a hassle especially when you simply can’t store all those items in your backpack. It ended up feeling like I was running around the whole island collecting supplies to complete one quest at a time. In the end I gave up on crafting almost entirely. Instead I have just been buying everything that I can and you can almost always find the finished products at some vendor. Especially once your farms are producing crops it ends up being significantly easier to buy than to build. 

 

 

Spoiler alert

Finally your quest to rebuild the cloud catcher is completely lack luster. I don’t know what I was expecting to have happen when I completed it but it was so anti climatic. It did open another area and you can figure out that you used to be from the island and your parents saving you caused the Murk to take over the island. It basically just says “yay you did it” and you can continue back to doing what you were doing. The only other new thing is just increasing the happiness in each area. I didn’t get that quest done as I was just over the running around constantly. It felt very unrewarding at the very end of the game. 

 

watching a shooting star

 

Overall the game itself was a very enjoyable experience. Although it had some major downfalls they may have been exacerbated by the fact that I was playing it for such long periods of time. I feel like it was intended to be played a lot like Animal Crossing. I mean that in the regard that it’s supposed to be played over a long period of time but only a little bit of time everyday. If played like that Yonder would probably be a lot less frustrating overall. It is an enjoyable slow burn and a rather relaxing game in that regard.

 

Pros:

Relaxing

Creative

Calming


Cons:

Repetitive

Lack of decent fast travel

Item management/backpack size

 

 

TLDR

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is an enjoyable game if you’re looking for a very simple slow burner style game. Without having enemies or battles the game simply requires a lot of construction and task completion to beat. Great for relaxing without any real concern of what you’re doing.


Written by Sandoozee
Co-Founder of Time Wasters. Couch co-ops, games that can be made into drinking games, and anything open world. Grew up on Nintendo but I have been putting considerable time into the Playstation 4. Nintendo will always have my heart.
Favorite Game: Currently - Death Stranding. Forever - Ocarina of Time




Sandoozee .
Sandoozee .

Author



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


More Articles

Oculus Quest 2 Review
Oculus Quest 2 Review

by Sandoozee . March 06, 2021

The initial hurdles of getting into the system can be frustrating. Honestly something that I found a little frustrating was attempting to read my WIFI password and enter it into the VR headset although I can only see where I am typing when I have the headset on. Aside from that the main struggles were just related to learning how to properly function with a headset on. The controls are very comfortable and easy to use making the process easier. After getting past that I got sucked into using the headset way way too much. 
Stardew Valley Split Screen
Stardew Valley Split Screen

by Sandoozee . February 28, 2021

With the latest update to Stardew Valley there’s more reason than ever to get back into the game! Especially if you own it on console. SPLIT SCREEN CO-OP!!!!! This was a long time coming but even so I still am taken back by how much extra enjoyment is added to the game by playing it split screen with my partner.
Ingress Prime
Ingress Prime

by Sandoozee . February 26, 2021

Looking for a mobile game that not only has massive draw but will also get you out of the house? Something that you can play with others and even meet new people through? Ingress from Niantic is the game you're looking for.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars: Mario 64
Super Mario 3D All-Stars: Mario 64

by Sandoozee . February 24, 2021

There are a few games that are a major part of my childhood and Mario 64 is one of the top games of the “throwback” category to me. I remember spending hours trying to get through the simplest of tasks and I'm glad to say that as an adult the game is not so intimidating. Updated with smoother controls really elevates the gameplay to something a lot more enjoyable.
Cyberpunk 2077 | FAQ
Cyberpunk 2077 | FAQ

by Maki . February 14, 2021

Our growing repository of answers to the most frequently asked Cyberpunk 2077 questions on the internet today.
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Throwback
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Throwback

by Sandoozee . February 14, 2021

So a review of this game would be kinda absolutely useless based on the age of it. It’s been out forever so instead it lands as a Throwback to all those old games that bring back wonderful childhood memories. Much like Super Mario 64, I recall playing Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 obsessively as a child. Although it might not hold up as well as some games, the nostalgia is always nice.
Guide to Fixing Connectivity Issues in Minecraft
Guide to Fixing Connectivity Issues in Minecraft

by Sandoozee . January 26, 2021

Are you having issues playing Minecraft online? There's some fairly basic steps that you can follow to fix that. Follow this guide and start building up those bases!!
No Man's Sky: derelict freighters and freighter upgrades
No Man's Sky: derelict freighters and freighter upgrades

by Sandoozee . January 13, 2021

a quick guide to getting yourself some freighter upgrades in No Man's Sky
Gravity Rush: Attack of the Back Log, Episode 1
Gravity Rush: Attack of the Back Log, Episode 1

by Guest Writer January 10, 2021

alien isolation
PC
Epic Games 15 Days of Free Games!

by Sandoozee . December 17, 2020

Epic games is releasing daily games for free until the end of the year! Keep and eye out and jump on the chance, each game is only available for a day!
Death Stranding Review
Death Stranding Review

by Sandoozee . December 14, 2020

Hyrule Warriors Age Of Calamity release Demo play
Hyrule Warriors Age Of Calamity release Demo play

by sandoozee . November 22, 2020

It's finally here! Hyrule Warriors: age of calamity came out today. Did you wonder what happened during those 100 years that link was napping? Get your hands on Hyrule Warriors to see what went down. Not sure about the game? Grab the free demo on the Nintendo eShop and test it out for yourself.
ReGifting - Breaking the Stigma
ReGifting - Breaking the Stigma

by Sandoozee . November 10, 2020

Shopping for the gamers in your life this holiday season? Before you go into the store, read this!
watch dogs legion review
Watch Dogs: Legion - Review

by Maki . October 29, 2020

Watch Dogs: Legion has a more serious vibe than it's predecessor and a unique progression system that has lots to offer! This is our review.
Watch Dogs: Legion - Spider Bot Tower Climb
Watch Dogs: Legion - Spider Bot Tower Climb

by Maki . October 28, 2020

Watch this incredible Spider Bot climb of a London watchtower in Watch Dogs: Legion!
Darkest Dungeon
Darkest Dungeon

by Sandoozee . October 22, 2020

Darkest Dungeon is captivating as soon as you start it up but will that maintain. With so many games out there some just aren't worth your time and for me Darkest dungeon falls into the latter category.
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Quick Blip
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Quick Blip

by Sandoozee . October 20, 2020

Looking for an open world game full of quests yet with the options to craft and farm? Yonder might be what you've been waiting for! With its mix of crafting elements to build up the world and exploration you'll find yourself scouring the island to save the inhabitants from the murk that is taking over this island.
Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact

by Guest Writer October 19, 2020

Genshin Impact: Gacha gaming that’s… good? I often find myself not knowing quite how to feel about mobile games. While capable of providing cheap thrills and alleviating temporary boredom, they generally don’t possess the sort of staying power more robust console and PC titles do.
Do You Have Gamer’s Block?
Do You Have Gamer’s Block?

by Maki . October 19, 2020

Has gaming lost its magic? Are you unable to find a game worth your time? Do you scroll endlessly through your library and waste time watching trailers - but nothing engages you? You might have Gamer's Block! Don't worry though, there's hope for you yet.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War beta Day 2
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War beta Day 2

by Sandoozee . October 18, 2020

The game is a blast to play. I am not one who tends to play these competitive first person shooters but I'm starting to think maybe I should be spending more time playing them. I did get better over the course of playing but still got obliterated each round. Some of that was due to glitching in the game but generally it was just me. 
Call of Duty Cold War Beta
Call of Duty Cold War Beta

by Sandoozee . October 18, 2020

I don't play a lot of competitive first person shooters. Call of Duty specifically I haven't played since high school. That made getting Beta access to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War a little nerve wracking. I figured that I should record my first attempt at playing this game so that you can what it's all about
Katamari Damacy Reroll
Katamari Damacy Reroll

by Sandoozee . October 17, 2020

Most games that I remember from years past are the classics known for their great gameplay. I can confidently say that's not the case for this game. The crazy nature of this game, from animation to concept, is definitely what has kept it in my mind all these years.
Shovel Knight
Shovel Knight

by Sandoozee . October 10, 2020

This quirky throwback to old style gaming got me hooked pretty quickly. Even with it's simple play style the game offers a variety of challenges that'll keep you staring that the screen.

Jump in

Don't have time for this? Click the X, go ahead, it's right there!

If you've got a little time on your hands, enter your best email. No spam, ever. That's a Time Wasters guarantee.

Not convinced? Click here and get to know us first!