The critically-acclaimed side-scrolling platformer AYO: A RAIN TALE – created by Lebanese studio Inkline – is launching today on the App Store and Google Play.
Shedding light on the hardship of more than 319 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, Ayo: A Rain Tale explores the psychological impact of trekking across the desert to carry water – revealing the struggles of millions of Sahelian women and girls.
Players take on the role of Ayo, who’s about to leave home alone for the first time to gather water for her family. To complete her mission, Ayo must face the harsh conditions of the Sahelian droughts and overcome her fears without falling victim to her own mind …
The desert is a dangerous place, and Ayo will face many obstacles throughout her journey. 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 lonesome 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, you must face a harsh reminder of the world we live in during your trek back home, which is grounded in reality.
Ghaith Fleifel (Founder & Lead Designer, Inkline):
“I’m thrilled to be able to release Ayo: A Rain Tale on mobile devices. I firmly believe in the democratization of information, and that starts with the hardware. A large percentage of those living in developing countries have access to smartphones. Ayo: A Rain Tale can now be experienced by a much larger percentage of the population, which hopefully will translate into support – and recognition – for the girls and women of sub-Saharan Africa.”
* Explore sub-Saharan lands by crawling, climbing, and double-jumping.
* Experience day and night cycles along the way.
* 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.
PRICING & AVAILABILITY
Ayo: A Rain Tale is now available on the App Store and Google Play for $2.99. The game is already for sale on both Steam and the Mac App Store.