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Learn About Sub-Saharan Drought While Playing This Beautiful Platform Game

By Luke Y. Thompson

Learn About Sub-Saharan Drought While Playing This Beautiful Platform Game

Don't tell us: if you wanted to learn, you'd go to school. Right?

Beirut-based game developer Inkline disagrees. They want to raise awareness of humanitarian issues, but to do so they're creating video games that pay tribute to all the classic, fun games we all remember, and Ayo: A Rain Tale is the latest. In the real world, beating drought conditions isn't as easy as beating a giant bull named Ja Thunderstorm (of the Nairobi Thunderstorms?), but the fantasy elements are just dressing atop a survival tale about a girl searching for water to bring home and getting lost in the desert.

In fact, who's to say the magical characters aren't dehydration-induced delusions? This gets dark when you think about it, and that's presumably the point. Real pretty to look at, though.

The game also calls attention to the extreme hardship of what's considered a woman's job in a majority of developing countries. Let's see Mario conquer these platforms in a land where mushrooms can't grow and plumbing is often not a thing.

Ayo: A Rain Tale will be available on the Mac App Store and Steam on November 9 for $6.99, increasing to $9.99 November 16th.

Now, if you'll excuse us, we're suddenly feeling very thirsty.

Images: Inkline


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