March 27th, 2021 by Simon Elliott

Sumatra: Fate of Yandi - PS5 Platinum Review

Follow the story of Yandi, a logging worker who is caught up in a terrible accident which leaves him lost and alone deep in the jungle. Can you help him make it home?

Sumatra: Fate of Yandi is a point and click adventure where you'll interact with items in the environment, combine them and use them to solve puzzles. The game is mostly story driven and doesn't feature any combat or enemies. You can take the whole thing at your own pace while exploring the pixel art rainforest setting.

Control-wise, you'll usually have a cursor on the screen which you can move quickly with the left analog stick or more precisely with the right analog stick. Press Circle on an item in the environment to 'look' at it, and press X to 'interact' with it. Moving your cursor to the top of the screen will show your inventory and clicking at the sides of the screen will usually take you to the next area.

The game features plenty of interesting characters, including a variety of different animals and will take around an hour and a half to Platinum if you follow a guide and skip the dialogue.


Overview

  • Release Date: 19th March, 2021
  • Publisher: Ratalaika Games SL
  • Developer: Cloak and Dagger Games
  • Date Started: 27th March, 2021
  • Date Completed: 27th March, 2021
  • Version Played: Digital
  • Price: £4.99 (PS4 & PS5 Version Bundle)

The Good

  • An interesting story which takes place through some very detailed and vibrant pixel art jungles.
  • Quick and easy.
  • No combat so you can take your time solving the puzzles.
  • Two Platinums for the price of one.

The Bad

  • On first impressions I thought the graphics were a little on the basic side, but they do grow on you as you see the different environments. A lot of work has gone into it.
  • The controls are taken straight from a PC / mouse-based point and click game. It's not very fluid on console and trying to select items in the inventory or switch pages is a bit fiddly. It would have been more user-friendly to make use of the D-Pad or shoulder buttons to control the inventory.
  • Saving your game works... But I'm not sure how. If you try to overwrite a save it doesn't actually seem to do anything so I saved in a new slot each time until they got full then had to delete them all.

Hardest Trophy

  • The End - You have completed Sumatra.

None of the trophies in this game are difficult. A few of them are missable but if you follow a guide there's no challenge at all. This trophy unlocks when you finish the story which is the only reason I'm listing it as the hardest one.


Helpful Tips / Bugs / Glitches / Exploits

None required. Using and guide and skipping all of the dialog is the fastest way to completion, but some of the dialog is quite funny.  


Platinum Difficulty Rating - 1/10

1/10

There's no challenge at all. Completing some of the puzzles without a guide or at least knowing what you're supposed to be doing might be tricky, but it's essentially just an interactive story.


Platinum Time - 1 Hour 30 Mins

I don't think it'd be possible to do this in under an hour given the dialog and unskippable cutscenes, but it definitely shouldn't take any longer than 2-3 hours even without a guide. Personally it took me just over 1 hour 30 mins following a text-based walkthrough.


Platinum Enjoyment Rating - 7/10

7/10
The story was enjoyable and there was no challenge in terms of difficulty. It might have been a bit confusing without a guide though so I essentially played it with my phone glued to my lap, reading what to do and where to go every step of the way.


Overall Game Rating - 7/10

7/10
It's quite an enjoyable story-based game. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the different scenery and the story. If you're looking for something a bit more chilled out and relaxing, this is a good way to spend a few hours.


Platinum #539

Here are my most recent Platinum Trophies up to and including this game.

# Game Date
539 Sumatra: Fate of Yandi
PS5
27th March 2021
538 Castle Pals
PS4
27th March 2021
537 Reed 2
PS4
27th March 2021
536 Thunder Paw
PS4
27th March 2021
535 One Escape
PS5
26th March 2021
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