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Yono Might Be This Year’s Cutest Indie Adventure

Yono and the Celestial Elephants is a good demonstration of what most adventure games are missing these days: main characters that also happen to be cute elephants.

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Revealed as part of the Nindies Summer Showcase yesterday, Yono and the Celestial Elephants is a new adventure by indie studio Neckbolt Games. In it, you play as Yono, a young elephant born of the stars who is meant to save a world he knows very little about. And it’s quite the colorful place, a diverse environment with civilizations of humans, robots and zombies even.

The game has an adorable aesthetic that puts the elephantine nature of Yono to good use. Yono’s elephant trunk is useful as one of the game’s core mechanics, which sees it used to solve puzzles and find hidden items. One of the things we see it used for is to pick up peanuts, which can then be shot out to pop balloons or activate distant buttons.

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There’s a smattering of combat in Yono too, though it wouldn’t seem to be the primary focus. Yono can attack brutish goblins by headbutting them, tossing explosive barrels or blasting them with air from his trunk. However, much more primary seems to be the role of puzzles and ideas, with the Steam page advertising getting to know each of the game’s unique civilizations.

Yono and the Celestial Elephants is set to release on October 12 of this year, coming to both Nintendo Switch and PC.

See the PAX West trailer for the game below:

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