Ayo A Rain Tale Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Ayo A Rain Tale by Inkline Ltd.
Ayo A Rain Tale is a 2.5D platformer that was created to raise awareness of the water crisis in Africa. The story follows a young girl named Ayo who is tasked with carrying a 40 pound water jug through the Saharan desert to fetch water for her tribe. This is a common occurrence for young girls/women in these places because they don’t have access to fresh water. As a result these women don’t get to acquire an education due to how long these trips take. It’s estimated that they spend 200 million hours each day fetching water and often without fruit for their labor.
Ayo’s gameplay focuses on puzzle platforming elements and I will admit that there are times where it feels a little clunky. Especially if you try to do a running jump onto a ledge. You’ll often just slip past it and fall or hit a bush instead. This can be quite frustrating in a platformer and a little improvement could do wonders to make it less janky.
As you progress through each area of the game, the puzzles you face will become that much more challenging and will require the aid of powers granted by twin spirits. Each power pertains to an animal of the Saharan Desert including a wild boar, owl and gazelle to name a couple. The powers are all unique and they allow Ayo to move blocks or dig in the ground to get to out of reach areas.
Overall, Ayo A Rain Tale is a pretty standard platformer that’s got a very important tale to tell. It’s a pretty insightful look into the life of someone that has to fetch water for their village. As a game it doesn’t do anything all that revolutionary to set it apart from other platformers but the message it contains is an important one. Because of this, it turns a game that would otherwise be overlooked because of better platformers into one that should be played by everyone, just to gain insight on this important issue
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!
Bonus Game Info
Features of Interest
- Tells an Important Story
- Lots of Puzzles To Solve
- Pretty Interesting Environments
- Looks Great
- The Platforming Can Be A Little Janky At Times
- Doesn't Do Anything Innovative In The Platformer Genre