Ayo: A Rain Tale, an atmospheric side-scrolling platformer that addresses the plight of more than 319 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, is now available via Steam for PC and Mac.
The game explores the psychological impact of trekking across the desert to carry water and reveals the struggles of millions of sub-Saharan African women and girls. Players take on the role of Ayo, a young girl who is about to leave home alone 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. Unsurprisingly, the desert is a dangerous place and players will face many hardships. Gamers will need to crawl, climb, and jump their way through the Sub-Saharan lands as they solve puzzles, avoid dangerous hazards, and discover hidden paths during the scorching days and lonesome nights.
“Ayo: A Rain Tale attempts the impossible and appears to succeed where few dare to tread: releasing a serious game that informs and entertains in equal measure," says lead game designer Ghaith Fleifel. "Waking up at dawn knowing your whole family depends on you would make most adults weak in the knees. The brave girls who walk miles and miles for clean water every day do so without complaints. They, like Ayo, are the real heroes – and they deserve our ongoing, unconditional support.”
Developed by Inkline, Ayo: A Rain Tale is currently available on the Mac App Store and Steam (Windows/Mac) for $6.99 (30% off) before returning to its original price of $9.99 on Nov. 16.