Clowns are petrifying, horrible, and should never be considered funny. There is a reason they are the protagonists in many horror films, and that’s because they are evil! Subsequently, anything involving clowns usually has me running a mile. However, ironically, here I am reviewing the “cutesy” game, Ayo the Clown.
Developed by Cloud M1 and published by Eastasiasoft Limited, this is a side-scrolling platform title. It’s fantastically colourful, whimsical in nature, and has many levels filled with odd enemies, traps, and collectables. What’s more, it has enormous bosses, it looks great, and its mechanics are smooth and well-thought-out.
Ayo the Clown tells a familiar tale.
I don’t mind a rehashed story. After all, originality is hard to come by these days. Consequently, the plot of Ayo the Clown will feel familiar. There is a love interest, a missing dog, and a sense of danger. Moreover, everything is lost unless a hero steps forward.
So, no new ground has broken here, but let’s not be put off. Ayo’s best friend is Bo. He is a four-legged beast that is as loyal as they come. Therefore, when he goes missing, Ayo knows something is amiss! He must venture beyond his cosy circus and explore a world full of danger. He has plenty of potential but must learn new skills as he goes. Subsequently, he is one clown that must overcome every obstacle while saving his dog and the world.
A healthy blend of old and new.
I enjoy retro gaming, but I cherish the times when the mould is broken. Luckily, Ayo the Clown does just this with its hearty blend of old and new mechanics. Each moderately sized stage is loaded with traps, enemies, secrets, and more. You must complete tasks such as finding chocolate or rescuing balloons to unlock new skills. Now, none of these quests is challenging, but they add a rewarding element to the gameplay.
You’ll learn to soar through the sky, jump, slide, attack, use tanks and helicopters, and more. Each new skill opens up paths that would otherwise remain locked. It was fantastic to expand each stage while searching for every collectable. However, unlike Metroidvania games, Ayo the Clown funnels you to a definitive finale. I loved this, as you were free to explore without the worry of becoming lost.
An excellent learning curve.
I love challenging platform games such as Super Meat Boy and OkunoKA Madness. Yet, sometimes I want a simple life. Luckily, the gentle learning curve and drip-fed mechanics prevent this from becoming overwhelming. On top of this, there are well-explained tutorials to ensure you never go wrong.
Don’t let this simplicity fool you, though, as Ayo the Clown is challenging. You’ll fall to your death, become impaled on spikes, or be slaughtered by monsters. However, this matters not, as there are many checkpoints to be used. Consequently, death is a mere inconvenience in this moderately challenging title.
Ayo the Clown is an excellent-looking indie title.
I was amazed by how great Ayo the Clown looks and performs. It is one of the best-looking indie titles that I’ve played in a long time. Both its gameplay and cinematic are striking, interesting, and colourful. Furthermore, it captures the tongue-in-cheek nature of the plot perfectly. Alongside this, I adored the interesting and varied stage design. Each world has a unique look with different mechanics. Whether you are climbing vines, smashing walls, or hitting weird switches, it was fantastic.
Each gameplay element is complemented by the excellent audio. The whimsical soundtrack has folksy undertones and was fun to listen to. What’s more, the excellent narration delivers a fairytale-like story. I adored the amazing cutscenes because of Ayo’s many mishaps.
Plenty to do, but easy to play.
Ayo the Clown crams in a lot of different mechanics. Subsequently, you may worry that it’ll be complicated. Luckily, though, this isn’t the case. Each ability is brilliantly explained and easy to understand. Furthermore, the action never feels rushed, so this helps the learning curve. Alongside the excellent layout, were responsive buttons that helped further still. In short, this is a user-friendly title that’s excellent for all gamers.
With plenty of collectables, abilities to learn and upgrade, levels to finish, quests to do, and bosses to fight, this is jam-packed. I was impressed with the depth of gameplay and the various bosses you must defeat. Consequently, I never tired of trying each level. This is a game that oozes both longevity and replay value as you’ll play it for hours on end.
Ayo the Clown is an excellent platform title.
The platform genre is saturated. Therefore, you need something special if you want to stand out. I think Ayo the Clown does just that, as it’s an excellent title. Its story is fun, the environments are interesting and vivid; the gameplay is challenging but fair, and it has plenty of collectables. It ticks all the boxes and I recommend you to buy it here! Can you rescue Bo and get the girl? Jump, slide and shoot your way through every level to become the hero you are destined to be.