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 believe they’re nice. I perceive coulrophobia may 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 now have a brilliant cute little clown boy who simply desires 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 probably dognapped. Instantly, he units out on a singular platforming journey to seek out his greatest good friend.
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 Huge Planet had a toddler, this might be it.” And I couldn’t agree extra. I noticed lots of inspiration from each Tremendous Mario Bros. and Little Huge 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 more likely to discover collectables and alternate routes; some would require you to backtrack as you could decide 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 gives you aspect quests to finish throughout the stage which often have a narrated cut-scene, including extra persona 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 primarily free run till the bees hand over, making for a enjoyable change of tempo from the standard platforming.
Operating and leaping aren’t the one technique of traversal in Ayo the Clown. In some ranges, you might be required to journey tanks and fly toy helicopters; others are purely vertical the place you might be tied to a balloon and have to ascend, avoiding hazards whereas finding collectables. Throwing in these mechanics and fully flipping the script with these vertical ranges retains Ayo the Clown feeling recent, including its personal enjoyable spin on the style.
You could 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 a brilliant mushroom or fireplace flower, you’ll be able to decide up a number of weapons to make use of quickly. 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 after they do. One other enjoyable mechanic that units Ayo aside from different customary platformers is as a substitute of a double leap, Ayo whips out a balloon so as to add some peak onto his leap, 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 observe the tried and examined method of pattern-based boss actions, that ramp up every time the bosses take injury, often falling after the third spherical of patterns. If it ain’t broke, don’t repair it, I assume!
The controls are what you’ll anticipate from a platformer. One button mapping selection that I hated, and by no means turned 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 chance went to begin the fallacious 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 had been advantageous 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 demise, 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 make it possible for each side 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 shiny, vibrant, and playful, too; nonetheless, the character fashions are a bit of tough across the edges, which is however a slight knock on the sport.
Outdoors of the platforming ranges is the city. On this space are the NPCs you’ve gotten helped alongside your journey, and it’s additionally the place you’ll be able to improve your balloon peak or variety of hearts with gems which are collected all through your journey. To me, this space was sort of pointless. Outdoors 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 keep in mind to return to the city and didn’t buy them. I think about on increased problem ranges these could be wanted, however on straightforward and regular, upgrades didn’t really feel vital.
Ayo the Clown is visually lovable and stuffed with a lot appeal which you can’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 may very well be on the horizon? With a bit of sprucing of controls, character fashions and the city operate, who is aware of what heights Ayo might float to.