When working for a boss who has no care for you, your safety or even paying you, it’s hard to actually want to go to your job. But when money is very much needed, you’ll have to go. In Sumatra: Fate of Yandi — a narrative adventure game with point and click elements — you are in this situation.
After an argument with your girlfriend, you’ve made your way to work late. This day isn’t going to get any better either. Despite the reassurance that it is very safe to go out and work — where you collect logs that have been cut down on a mountain — there is a massive landslide. Stranded without your co-worker and with everything broken, you have to figure out a way to get back home.
Sumatra: Fate of Yandi has you explore a dense and strange jungle, your character must be clever if they are going to find a way back to civilization. Outsmarting wild birds, getting past lions and listening out for your friend quickly become a top priority for the luckless hero. It’s not just a case of staying alive though, there are also a few flashbacks hidden in the vines and pathways of the jungle, for you to learn more about the unfortunate soul you are steering through the wilderness.
I played through a demo of some of the earlier scenes of Sumatra: Fate of Yandi while at AdventureX earlier in the year. Yandi’s journey through the jungle is cut short, further cementing their bad luck, as strange villagers who had been hidden not far from the landslide, spring a trap and capture the protagonist. I’m sure that they’ll have much, much more misadventures in the full version.
Sumatra: Fate of Yandi is currently available on Steam.