Apr 27
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles - jistyles

Hello explorers of Gemea!

The "Fair Weather" update is now LIVE ːsteamhappyː
"Fair Weather" is a large care and support update aimed at allowing more people to enjoy the game.
Many improvements and system based features have been added, and every nook and cranny has been optimised to make the game run great on lower spec machines, but also truly shine for those with great systems!

At the same time, we've polished a lot of things where we could improve the look and feel of the game without sacrificing performance.

Major changes....
  • NEW: Added official OpenGL support for those suffering from DirectX issues! A lot of people have eagerly been awaiting this, we're happy to say it's finally here!
  • NEW: brand new occlusion system. This gives a large performance improvement for machines that struggle to draw high amounts of geometry.
  • NEW: ambient occlusion system. Faster and smoother, the new system looks great at a fraction of the cost.
  • NEW: new radiosity system. Our realtime radiosity is the cornerstone of our lighting technology. This new version is a lot faster and more directly supported on a larger range of hardware.

  • IMPROVEMENT: optimised LOD and mesh management system.
  • IMPROVEMENT: faster, prettier shaders.
  • IMPROVEMENT: optimised general CPU and GPU usage
  • IMPROVEMENT: reduced issues due to world streaming. Less performance hiccups/hitching when running around the world.
  • IMPROVEMENT: streaming + loading optimisations. You can now get into the game world very rapidly!
  • IMPROVEMENT: saving system. The game can now save super-fast so there's no hiccups when auto-saving.

  • FIX: camera glitch that can occur on saving
  • FIX: resolved a crash that can occur when hiring farm hands for your farm - boy was it fun chasing that one down!
  • FIX: solved a very rare, but repeatable crash when at Arcadia
  • FIX: instances of some NPCs falling out of world
  • FIX: serious physics glitch on slower computers
  • FIX: out of memory issues on some low spec machines
  • FIX: multiple collision issues
  • FIX: Shader/Material bug on some older GPU's
  • FIX: startup crashes with some older CPU's
  • FIX: solved multiple areas of player getting stuck on collision
  • FIX: Escape key not working for some microsoft keyboards
  • FIX: scroll wheel issues on emulated mice
  • FIX: crazy mouse sensitivity on track pad
  • FIX: wide screen aspect ratio issue on a menu
  • FIX: crash with a specific multi-gpu setup
  • FIX: solved the focus issue on Windows 8 and 3 monitor setup
  • FIX: serious physics glitch on slower computers

Hot fix 1 changes....
  • FIX: Fixed a case where Maggie would freeze game
  • FIX: Resolved rare save game not loading correctly when DLC item was in use

Hot fix 2 changes....
  • FIX: crashes/lockup due to halloween event
  • FIX: issues with Scarecrow quest
  • FIX: achievements now working in offline mode (finally!)
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Dec 21, 2017
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles - jistyles

The "Knots That Bind" update is now LIVE ːsteamhappyː
There is a tradition in Gemea that whenever a embarking upon a long journey, the traveler would fashion two knots out of vine; one they would fasten to their home, and the other they would keep with them as they explore the world.
These Travelers Knots are said to connect two places togethor so that you are never far from home...

TRAVELERS KNOT - fast travel
The Travelers Knot allows you to instantly return to any owned farmstead, but consumes the item in the process.
After you've built your first farm, the Travelers Knot recipe will become available; simply make a Travelers Knot, and use it as a tool.
You'll be presented with a choice of which farm you wish to travel to.

To celebrate the year, we're launching a free pack of accessories -- simply install the free DLC pack, find Maggie in any village, and collect your items from her!

Major changes....
  • NEW: Fast travel to farms. Craft a Travelers Knot to quickly return to any farm you own
  • NEW: Free accessory pack released
  • IMPROVEMENT: Localisation updates for Japanese
  • IMPROVEMENT: Localisation updates for Korean
  • IMPROVEMENT: lots of minor improvements, bug fixes, and optimisations
  • FIX: Minor UI bugs in inventory
  • FIX: issue with halloween scarecrow and fashionable scarecrow quest getting mixed up

Hot Fix 1....
  • FIX: Stopped phantom clothing item icons appearing in Bobbintoff trader. These are empty placeholder stubs that should never appear!
  • FIX: fixed a rare blocker when exiting halloween event on top of Murk
  • FIX: performance issue during some dialogue with Maggie
Nov 22, 2017
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles - jistyles

The Halloween Festival update is now LIVE ːsteamhappyː
It's said that ghosts and ghouls from all over Gemea party for eternity on the other side of the night.
Every Fall, the town of Bobbintoff hosts a Halloween festival to honour this folklore, but maybe there's more to it than just a tale?

Get dressed up for the occasion, go trick-or-treating, and hunt down as much candy as you can!
And if you visit Trader Jack while you're there, you'll also be able to get your hands on some great new halloween items...

New languages
We now officially support Russian, Japanese, and Korean.
This is the first major release for all three, so let us know if you spot any issues!
Русский язык теперь официально поддерживается!
한국어가 이제 공식적으로 지원됩니다!

Major changes....
  • NEW: Russian localisation (version 1)
  • NEW: Japanese localisation (version 1)
  • NEW: Korean localisation (version 1)
  • NEW: Bobbintoff hosts Halloween every Fall
  • NEW: Lots of new Halloween items
  • IMPROVEMENT: lots of minor playability improvements, bug fixes, and optimisations

Minor Fix Update 1
  • NEW: fix issues with cats no being collectable or showing up when they shouldn't
  • NEW: fix farm inventory scrolling on mouse
  • NEW: fix fishing competition not ending if player previously cancelled
  • NEW: swap accept/cancel on controllers when system language set
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Sep 26, 2017
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles - jistyles

The Great Peace update is now LIVE ːsteamhappyː

As you journey to restore peace to Gemea, a new creature has appeared.

This creature was last seen so long ago that is now believed to be a myth.  A creature that only exists in stories.

The people say it's a good omen - they are said to only appear in lands where wise and benevolent people reside in peace...

This, however, is not the only creature spotted in Gemea. Kari and Tack are rushing around the island trying to collect as much information as possible about the new fox species that have been spotted!

p.s. We now officially support Simplified Chinese! 我们现在正式支持简体中文!

Major changes....
  • NEW: Simplified Chinese Localisation
  • NEW: Sightings of different sub-species of Grass Fox have been made all over Gemea...
  • NEW: Legend tells of a mythical animal that may appear for those that bring about the Great Peace.

  • IMPROVEMENT: dismiss a farm hand from the farm management book.
  • IMPROVEMENT: player can cancel a quest board task by interacting with the quest board again.
  • IMPROVEMENT: added custom waypoints to the map! You can cycle through these to change the icon type.
  • IMPROVEMENT: custom pathing is now possible -- you can now set a custom destination for your Celestial Compass.
  • IMPROVEMENT: it's now possible to toggle active quests on and off from the map
  • IMPROVEMENT: mouse interaction with the map is now improved:
    1) Navigation is now edge-scrolling based instead of click+dragging.
    2) The mouse pointer is now the selection reticule instead of it locked to the center of screen.
  • IMPROVEMENT: updated controller support -- more controllers should now work natively.
  • IMPROVEMENT: Cats no longer instantly disappear if their appearance rules are invalidated but you're actively looking for them.

  • FIX: NPC world icons sometimes did not disappear after the NPC had moved on from the area.
  • FIX: made 2 tree plots in the Desert region easier to access -- they were previously VERY hard to get to.
  • FIX: when backpack is full, don't allow auto-pickup of loot drops -- just notify of full backpack.
  • FIX: NPC grunt variations implemented -- these were previously limited to a small set of available 'voice types'
  • FIX: animal previews are back
  • FIX: adopt a groffle quest, befriend not completable if player builds pen and adopts groffle before getting quest
  • FIX: fabbit bounce sounds are now working
  • FIX: Great beard off quest, resolved some players having issue with finishing quest
  • FIX: Spike the sprite no longer appears in Arcadia after collection and loading.

edit: we've made some further fixes and released as a minor update:
Minor Updates...
  • Fix: resolved missing language data issue for new Russian, Japanese or Korean region players. These languages are in the works but aren't yet included. Stay tuned!
  • Fix: fixed missing mouse input in farm edit mode.
  • Fix: added a small graphical fix to the gamma code. This was showing bad values in low light conditions for a small number of graphics cards.
  • Fix: fixed cat interaction issue (When they were still visible, but its appearance condition meant it wanted to hide, it wasn't able to be collected. You can now collect them whenever they're visible)
  • Fix: fix biome happiness counts for trees and cats -- these numbers were wrong, so it looked like some trees/cats were missing for some people when in fact they had them!
Stardew Valley

In the time since Stardew Valley was originally released, I have played it into the ground. I've reached year 10 in my first save, pushed myself to complete the community center upgrades in a single year for my second save, and supported Jojamart just to give myself an excuse for a third save. Like many others, I was obsessed with Stardew Valley for bringing the casual farm and life sim genre to PC where I thought it was destined never to take root. Over a year later, the madness has settled but I’m still craving other games in the same vein.

Although the casual farm sim genre itself is still sparse, there are other games out there that, while focused a bit less on farming and charming, can still keep you awake for "just one more day."

World's Dawn

Only a few PC games follow the Harvest Moon formula as closely as Stardew Valley, and most of them are of questionable quality. World’s Dawn is the exception. It is a bit rougher around the edges than Stardew, but all the same charm is there. You can befriend and marry villagers, grow and sell crops, fish, attend festivals, and bring prosperity back to a stagnating village.

World’s Dawn is more about coloring inside the lines than forging your own path. Your farming plots are predetermined and you won’t be constructing additional buildings on your property. That being said, there are plenty of clothing options, home décor, and cooking recipes. Despite the outdated 4:3 aspect ratio and initially confusing menus, World’s Dawn is full of cute characters that make putting up with a few petty complaints more than worth it. If you want to play the same game in a slightly different flavor, this is the best choice.

Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale

Recettear is, if not a cult classic, definitely a deep cut selection. It was released in 2010—the first Japanese indie game ever on Steam, in fact—and is showing its age, but maintains a very positive player review score on Steam. Recettear is the story of Recette and Tear, circumstantial partners in a brand new item shop for local adventurers. While there’s no farming in Recettear, it shares the dungeon-diving and profit-mongering that I enjoyed in Stardew. 

You split your time between organizing your shop, bartering with customers, and accompanying your adventurer friends into dungeons to acquire new loot for your storefront. It reinforces the same daily schedule and time management that makes Stardew tough to put down. The even split between hack-n-slash gameplay and store management makes it easy to pay more attention to the in-game clock than your out of game one. Capitalism-ho!

Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor

Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor is everything and nothing like Stardew Valley. It is not a heartwarming tale about the power of friendship and hard work. It’s the opaque, depressing story of a sentient trash incinerator on a spaceport where trash robots get picked on and can barely afford to pay their electric bills. It may have nothing to do with farming, but it has everything to do with learning your way around a new town, picking out familiar faces, buying and selling goods to keep a roof over your head, and performing the same actions over and over until you collapse. 

If you ever got lost looking for an NPC in Pelican Town, the spaceport is going to drive you up the neon-colored walls. If you insisted on completing every achievement in Stardew Valley, you’ll keep playing Spaceport Janitor even after you’ve gotten lost five days in a row and ripped your hair out. It’s weird and confusing at times, but satisfies the same compulsion that always keeps me playing Stardew until the unmentionable hours of the morning. 

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

If you thought Stardew Valley was relaxing, wait until you try Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles. Yonder takes place on an island plagued by something called murk. It is your job to push back the murk by collecting Sprites to open up additional areas of the map and thereby more Sprites and so on. In the meantime, you’ll be able to accept quests from the locals, engage in some light crafting, and begin your own small farm.

Your primary objectives in Yonder are exploring the island and collecting materials. There are no puzzles. There is no combat. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but it certainly sets the tone for the game. Yonder is a happy little experience that won’t try to tax you. Unlike Stardew Valley and other casual sim games, Yonder doesn’t ask you to manage your time, just spend it. 


Moonlighter isn’t out yet, but from what we’ve seen so far, it will expand upon a lot of the gameplay so many people enjoyed in Recettear. It’s due for release early in 2018, so you won’t have too terribly long to wait, and there's already a beta out there for Kickstarter backers.

Will, Moonlighter's star shopkeeper and wannabe hero, barters with customers by day and battles with monsters by night. Like Recettear, Moonlighter appears to be one part roguelike and one part management game. You’ll dive into the dungeons outside town to scavenge wares for your shop, and upon returning, attempt to determine through trial, error, and luck what those items are actually worth. Moonlighter will feature an overarching story to carry you through the game, though we don’t know much about the story itself. With only a few months left to wait, Moonlighter should be out in time for you to pick up after losing yourself in some other options on the list.

Farming Valley: Minecraft Modpack

Farming Valley is an impressively thorough modpack that turns Minecraft into a farming simulator. Guided by the Farming Goddess, you’ll recruit NPCs to build a town from the ground up. Just like in Stardew, you’ll plant different crops based on the season, spend large parts of your day watering them until you acquire sprinklers, and sell your goods through a shipment box. 

The best part of Farming Valley is that it doesn’t feel like a theme thinly veiling the Minecraft mechanics you already know. To progress in the modpack, you’ll spend your time trading and farming, not amassing long lists of crafting materials like you would in other modpacks. It’s a real testament to the power of Minecraft mods to create an entirely new experience when properly harnessed. If you have a copy of Minecraft already, Farming Valley is a great way to get the Stardew Valley vibe back without buying into an entirely new game.


Ooblets is expected sometime in 2018, but everything we've seen so far suggests it'll be worth the wait. Ooblets takes nods from Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing and Pokemon: part life sim, part farming sim, with lots of goofy dancing. That kitchen sink approach includes growing your own plant creatures and decorating your house with a disco ball. You’ll grow your own Ooblets and pit them in battles against other Ooblet trainers. You’ll sell all your crops and other junk in your own little shop. You’ll sport different outfits and decorate your house to your liking.

Above all other things, Ooblets is keenly aware of its own silliness, which feels like a good addition to a genre that is so often the epitome of sincerity. It’s too early to know if Ooblets will successfully get you in a play-all-night kind of groove, but it’s safe to say you’ll want to keep an eye on it.

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Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles - Tart Wand

Kari has spotted a new creature roaming the lands!

We are travelling there now to find out more!

Stay tuned!
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles - Tart Wand

We are happy to announce that Yonder took out the Grand Prix award at Busan Indie Connect Festival (BIC Fest) over the weekend.

We had a wonderful time in Busan and enjoyed every moment of BIC Fest, so it was a suprise (to say the least) and an honour to walk away with the top award at the festival.


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