[PlayStation 4] Sumatra: Fate of Yandi Review
Sumatra: Fate of Yandi is a traditional point and click adventure by Cloak and Dagger Games and Ratalaika Games. Find out more in our Sumatra: Fate of Yandi review!
In Sumatra: Fate of Yandi, you’ll be taking on a traditional point and click adventure from Ratalaika Games and Cloak and Dagger Games. As the name suggests, the game is about Yandi, a wood logger working in the Sumatra jungle. He is not a happy worker due to his new boss Bandan, and his wife Adiratna is also not pleased about the situation since Yandi is not paid for his overtime. One day, Yandi and his friend Ramdan are out on a hill trying to secure some logs even though it had been raining for a few days and there is the potential of a landslide. What had to happen happened, and so Yandi and Ramdan end up lost, with Yandi drifting on a log on the river for quite a few miles before landing deep in the jungle, separated from his friend. From there, your quest will take you through the jungle to find your way out, get back to your wife and hopefully find back your friend.
The game plays in a traditional point and click fashion, where you can move your cursor around the screen in order to interact with the scene. When you come across something that can be interacted with, some text will be displayed about the item or the person to indicate you can do something more. To interact with the objects, you press the X button, while the Circle button allows you to observe instead of interacting. Every now and then, you’ll find items that you get to keep in your inventory, which you can access by moving your cursor to the top of your screen. Items can either be used with something in the environment or combined with each other item in your inventory.
Visually, the game has the same type of minimalist pixelated style as Football Game, another release from Cloak and Dagger Games and Ratalaika Games that we got to review at the end of 2019. It reminds me of the good old days of point and click adventures where you have to look at all the details to find out what you need to interact with. When compared to Football Game, I found Sumatra: Fate of Yandi to have a slightly more interesting story, with Yandi trying to survive and eventually discovering some events surrounding the landslide he was a victim of. There were some occasional flashbacks about his past, again something that was also part of the gameplay cycle for their other game.
As for the puzzles, I found this game to be a bit more elaborate, with more items to collect and add to your inventory and a lot more things to consider. It also features scenes and more quests to complete in order to be able to progress through the story. But considering that you have visual cues on the items you can interact with when your cursor moves over them, as you long as you pay attention to conversations, observe items and interact with everything you find, you shouldn’t find yourself stuck on a puzzle.
In terms of trophies, it’s another one of those games you can get through in an evening and get that Platinum trophy for your collection. Do be aware that the game includes some missable trophies unless you follow a guide and know exactly what is needed, as there is no chapter select option. Also, considering the game is cross-buy between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, you can have two Platinum trophies in your collection over a couple of days if you happen to have a PS5.
Sumatra: Fate of Yandi evolves on the things that Cloak and Dagger Games did for its previous release, taking it a bit further by providing a better story and puzzle solving, which delivers another title that will be good for an adventure game evening. Sumatra: Fate of Yandi is out on PlayStation 4 for $6.99.
This Sumatra: Fate of Yandi review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.