Monday, 5 June 2017

Venture across the magical sub-Saharan desert to bring water to your village in AYO: A RAIN TALE – now seeking votes on Steam Greenlight

Embark on a journey for clean water in AYO: A RAIN TALE – a lyrical side-scrolling platformer that addresses the plight of more than 319 million people in Sub-Saharan communities.

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.

Ghaith Fleifel (Founder & Lead Designer, Inkline):

“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.”

*   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.

Ayo: A Rain Tale is now seeking votes on Steam Greenlight. If Greenlit, the game will be available on Steam (Windows/Mac) on Q3 2017.

*   783 million people do not have access to clean and safe water worldwide.
*   319 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are without access to improved, reliable, drinking water sources
*   1 in 9 people worldwide do not have access to safe and clean drinking water.
*   Women and girls are responsible for water collection in seven out of ten households in 45 developing countries.

WHO/UNICEF JMP for Water Supply & Sanitation
World Health Organization (WHO)

Based in Beirut, Lebanon and founded in 2012, Inkline began as a design consultancy supporting local and regional brands. With the goal of raising awareness and giving a voice to humanitarian struggles, Inkline devotes its time and resources to creating games that shed light on these topics through symbolic, interactive, and enjoyable gameplay. Inkline is currently paying homage to classic video games and shining the spotlight on water-fetching realities in sub-Saharan Africa. For more information about Ayo: A Rain Tale and Inkline, please visit

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