We’ve all seen an elephant fly, but have you seen one solve puzzles? That’s just what happens in Yono and the Celestial Elephants, a game whose childlike, pastel exterior hides a great story and gameplay reminiscent of Zelda!
It’s immediately obvious that Yono is not, strictly speaking, a game for adults. But if you liked Zelda (A Link to the Past or Link’s Awakening), you may well fall in love with it, and the storyline means it’s time well spent.
You (or your kids) play as a cute little elephant calf called Yono in an open-world adventure filled with different areas, chatty inhabitants, and houses you can call in to.
On your quest, you will find fragments of text that give insight into the history of the world you have just landed on, and what exactly you are here to do.
You’ll encounter puzzles that need solving to help other characters, as well as quests: finding marbles for a child, or acting as a florist for a besotted – but shy – admirer.
Over the course of your odyssey through towns, forests, caves, cemeteries, and catacombs, the first puzzles you encounter will seem too easy, but rest assured: the difficulty gradually ramps up. Kids and adults alike will have to rack their brains to find some of the solutions.
The perfect game for kids
Not everyone you meet will be friendly, so you will sometimes need to use your head... literally! Yono can push or smash rocks with his head, and he can also make good use of his trunk to spray water to put out a fire or wake up sleepyheads. He can also use his head to put vases on his back, along with other things like keys or small animals.
And, for fans of Zelda, along the way you will pick up pieces of heart to extend your life, and items to give your elephant a new look. Remind you of anything? We love it!