Steam Greenlight is somewhat infamous for being a vast wasteland of games that bring nothing but pain and misery to those who venture in experience them, yet within this vast selection of games hoping to one day make it to Steam there are a few games that stand out as being worthy of attention. Ayo: A Rain Tale is a beautifully looking platforming adventure that allows players to step into the shoes of Ayo as she embarks on her daily chore of fetching water in Sub-Sahara Africa. If the Steam Greenlight campaign is successful, Ayo: A Rain Tale is scheduled to be released something Q3 2017. A description of the game from the developer is below.
“Ayo: A Rain Tale explores the psychological impact of trekking across the desert – revealing the struggles of millions of young African children. Players take on the role of Ayo, a young girl who is about to leave home for the first time to gather water for her family. To do this, Ayo must face the harsh conditions of the Sahelian droughts and overcome her fears without falling victim to her own mind …
After encountering a sudden sandstorm, Ayo loses her path and is lost in the desert. Fortunately, she meets the Asili Twins – who join Ayo on her search for water and provide help along the way. However, as she continues to travel, the world around Ayo begins to look mysterious and magical – as if she’s been transported to a new land.
The desert is a dangerous place, and you will face many hardships. Crawl, climb, and jump your way through the Sub-Saharan lands as you solve puzzles, avoid dangerous hazards, and discover hidden paths during the scorching days and chaotic nights. Escape from crashing boulders, time your jumps perfectly with moving platforms, and challenge ruthless enemies – all culminating in a climactic encounter with Ja Thunderstorm, a large bull who wants to keep all the water for himself!
If you survive, the trek back home is grounded in reality – a harsh reminder of the world we live in.
“We want Ayo: A Rain Tale to help raise awareness about the daily hardships faced by those who live in the Sub-Saharan region. Ayo represents every child who courageously takes on the job of fetching water for their family. It’s a story that must be told, and we’re confident that games – the preeminent interactive media of our time – are the perfect way to do so.” Ghaith Fleifel (Founder & Lead Designer, Inkline)
* Explore Sub-Saharan lands by crawling, climbing, and double-jumping.
* Experience day and night cycles on your journey.
* Solve puzzles and push through boulders to advance.
* Withstand the harsh desert heat and fight for strength and emotional balance.
* Face challenging enemies and confront Ja Thunderstorm!
* Discover hidden paths and avoid natural hazards such as thorns, lightning – and even lava geysers.”