Idle RPG plus digital pet sim Yolk Heroes: A Long Tamago delayed for another month, but now has colour palette options

Two localisations to be published by Astrolabe Games.

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A screenshot from Yolk Heroes: A Long Tamago showing intelligence training.

It feels like lately, 50% of my time is spent waiting for stuff and the other 50% is spent trying to catch up on stuff I missed while waiting. This is pretty normal for me: while waiting for something to happen on any given day, I drop literally everything until it does. I’m glad this doesn’t include waiting for media, especially video games; it seems more common than ever for games to experience delays (often piled on top of each other). Sometimes, that results in an absolute gem – just look at the new Alone in the Dark remake (read Matt’s review here). Yolk Heroes: A Long Tamago is quite literally nothing like Alone in the Dark, but I’m desperately hoping that the delay from 2023 to March 2024 to the end of April 2024 means good things for the idle RPG/pet simulation game. A trailer was dropped today to announce the new date, but also to give us a first look at something else: 30+ colour palette presets available in-game to match just about any aesthetic.

The realm is in danger and the Fairy Queen has tasked you, the realm’s Guardian Spirit, with hatching elves from eggs and raising them to protect everyone from the Dark Lord. Danger is rapidly getting closer, with the Dark Lord’s minions infiltrating the countryside. Your cute little elves may just be the heroes needed to save the day.'s Discord banner. You click on it to be taken to the Website's Discord server

At first glance, it’s obvious that the developer of Yolk Heroes: A Long Tamago takes a lot of inspiration from digital pets sims of the ’90s (like Tamagotchi, if the title didn’t make that obvious). But it also blends in idle RPG mechanics to create something fresh. It starts with taking care of an egg, protecting it from outside dangers. Once an elf is hatched, it’s up to you to keep it healthy and make it skillful for the adventure that lays ahead. Train for dexterity, intelligence, and strength through weaponry. After a hard days’ work, make sure your elf is fed and bathed so it’s ready for the next gruelling day. The game allows you to queue tasks, so your elf will continue forging ahead even after the game is closed.

Once your elf’s skills are up to scratch, explore the map and enter dungeons searching for hidden treasure. Enemies await in the wild, so be sure you’re prepared before heading off for adventure. And be warned: your heroic elf will probably die. But then you get a new egg and raise it all over again. This sounds a bit like a true crime documentary where someone has a baby, kills it, then has another and the cycle continues… but admittedly, I’ve been watching way too much Discovery ID.

Previewed in the above trailer, there are over 30 colour palettes available that still keep the retro-styled game looking retro. Examples include the Winter palette (frosty), the Slasher palette (how menacing!), and the Sunset palette (finally, something soothing). These colour palettes can be swapped at any time and saved for your next login.

Developed and published by 14 Hours Production (except for the Chinese and Japanese localisations, as those will be published by Astrolabe Games), Yolk Heroes: A Long Tamago will be released for iOS/Android and PC via Steam/ on April 30.

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Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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