Yonder - Game View
Yonder came to me as quite the surprise. I hadn’t seen or heard anything about the game, until basically the day before it came out.
I’m glad that I did find out about it though.
It’s SUCH a cute game. Everything about it is just cute.
You’re in an open world, and can complete various quests at your own pace. Or just ignore them and do gathering, crafting, farming.
But there’s just so many little things that I see, and I’m like “OMG.”
Like when you jump off of a high ledge, after you fall for a short bit, your character opens up an umbrella and gently floats the rest of the way down.
(And SPOILER: if you do that from a sufficiently high ledge, you earn a Steam achievement titled “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, which is of course a reference to Mary Poppins, and her floating down via umbrella.)
And various craft leaders will speak in very corny puns. Such as the woodsman crafter will say something like “Usually I wood axe you to join the guild”, and that just totally caught me off guard, and I laughed for a long time.
The game is scattered with little cute things like that.
I spent about 12 hours playing the game so far, before I reached the credits. That included a fair amount of side quests. And I still have more side quests to complete.
But the ending.. left me feeling rather empty. Like, suddenly you look at something, and then it cuts to credits. And there’s no music or anything over the credits. It feels hollow.
After the ending, you’re back to where you were at the end, and can continue on as if nothing happened. So you can go back to doing whatever side quests, or unlock secrets, or just play with the farming and crafting mechanics.
All-in-all, I liked the game, and the developers are very active in their Discussion forum, and have released several updates to the game to fix various issues, and adjust different balancing complaints. They have also promised further content updates as well.
So this is definitely a game to check out and keep an eye on!