Taking inspiration from some traditional platformers, Ayo has some huge (clown) sneakers to fill!
I’ve by no means actually understood why clowns encourage worry in so many individuals. I feel they’re nice. I perceive coulrophobia could be very actual to many, particularly with Pennywise being a factor and that point a few years again when some folks would stroll the streets at evening dressed as clowns. With Ayo the Clown, we’ve got an excellent cute little clown boy who simply needs to seek out his misplaced canine. And that’s the place our story begins. Ayo wakes to seek out Bo, his canine, is lacking and doubtlessly dognapped. Instantly, he units out on a singular platforming journey to seek out his finest pal.
Developed and printed by Cloud M1, Ayo the Clown is the primary non-mobile recreation from the corporate whose motto is “Made with Love,” and you’ll really feel the love on this recreation. At its core, Ayo the Clown is a 2.5D side-scrolling platformer that Cloud M1 has described as follows: “if Tremendous Mario Bros., Yoshi, Kirby, and Little Massive Planet had a toddler, this is able to be it.” And I couldn’t agree extra. I noticed lots of inspiration from each Tremendous Mario Bros. and Little Massive Planet in Ayo the Clown’s roughly 8-hour playtime.
With the core gameplay, the degrees aren’t as linear and ”left to proper” as most platformers are. There are a number of hidden areas, wherein you might be prone to discover collectables and alternate routes; some would require you to backtrack as you have to choose up an merchandise earlier than you’ll be able to progress or attain an goal. On many ranges, you’ll come throughout NPCs and townsfolk, who provides you with facet quests to finish inside the stage which often have a narrated cut-scene, including extra character to the characters. An instance of that is serving to a momma bear discover her child bear, who you uncover is taking part in with a bees nest whose swarm finally ends up chasing you! This begins a chase sequence that requires you to basically free run till the bees quit, making for a enjoyable change of tempo from the same old platforming.
Working and leaping aren’t the one technique of traversal in Ayo the Clown. In some ranges, you might be required to experience tanks and fly toy helicopters; others are purely vertical the place you might be tied to a balloon and must ascend, avoiding hazards whereas finding collectables. Throwing in these mechanics and fully flipping the script with these vertical ranges retains Ayo the Clown feeling contemporary, including its personal enjoyable spin on the style.
You will have three hearts every stage, and as soon as these are gone you’ll restart on the newest checkpoint. Though there aren’t any actual power-ups, like an excellent mushroom or fireplace flower, you’ll be able to choose up a number of weapons to make use of briefly. These embody a balloon sword, water balloons, and toy hammers, maintaining with the clownish theme. I’ve but to work out when and why they disappear because it appears fairly random once they do. One other enjoyable mechanic that units Ayo other than different customary platformers is as a substitute of a double bounce, Ayo whips out a balloon so as to add some top onto his bounce, once more, staying trustworthy to the circus backdrop which I genuinely love seeing.
The boss encounters in Ayo the Clown are closely influenced by Tremendous Mario Bros. video games. They comply with the tried and examined system of pattern-based boss actions, that ramp up every time the bosses take harm, often falling after the third spherical of patterns. If it ain’t broke, don’t repair it, I assume!
The controls are what you’d count on from a platformer. One button mapping selection that I hated, and by no means grew to become accustomed to, was that the B button was mapped because the choose/settle for possibility. This was from the beginning display onwards, which means to begin the sport, I needed to press B. If I by accident went to begin the flawed load recreation, my mind would subconsciously choose B to return, and I’d then be met with the load display taking me into that save file I didn’t need. The in-game controls have been high quality for essentially the most half, however typically unresponsive or inconsistent. This occurred most frequently with jumps. I discovered that some jumps wouldn’t reply instantly, which means that poor little Ayo would simply run off a ledge to his dying, the place you’d hear his faint, echoed scream…one thing I wish to hear much less of please, Cloud M1.
One factor I’d like to listen to extra of is the lovable soundtrack. Cloud M1 actually did guarantee that each facet of this recreation enhances the setting of a kid clown. The music is playful and childlike, enhancing the true innocence of Ayo’s character. The world can be vibrant, vibrant, and playful, too; nonetheless, the character fashions are somewhat tough across the edges, which is however a slight knock on the sport.
Exterior of the platforming ranges is the city. On this space are the NPCs you could have helped alongside your journey, and it’s additionally the place you’ll be able to improve your balloon top or variety of hearts with gems which are collected all through your journey. To me, this space was form of pointless. Exterior of the purchasable upgrades, the dialogue choices by no means modified so one go to was sufficient. Additionally, these upgrades are ridiculously costly! By the point I had sufficient to improve I used to be too far into the sport to even bear in mind to return to the city and didn’t buy them. I think about on larger issue ranges these could be wanted, however on simple and regular, upgrades didn’t really feel needed.
Ayo the Clown is visually lovable and filled with a lot appeal you could’t assist however love the little man and the world that Cloud M1 has created. I’m trying ahead to what else they will create; I ponder if Ayo the Clown 2 could possibly be on the horizon? With somewhat sharpening of controls, character fashions and the city perform, who is aware of what heights Ayo may float to.