For millions of women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa, the task of gathering water for their families is an important one. In the new side-scrolling game, Ayo: A Rain Tale, you play a young girl about to leave home for the first time to gather water for her family. She must face harsh conditions like droughts and face the challenges of her own minds. Here’s the official description:
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. As Ayo continues on her journey, the world around her 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 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.
Ayo: A Rain Tale is now available on Steam (Windows/Mac) and the Mac App Store for $6.99 (30% off). The game will return to its original price of $9.99 on November 16.