Suck it, Streisand!
Millions of California residents like myself are bracing for what may very well be a really dry yr for our state. Water conservation could need to make a comeback in 2021 as our snowpack is under the yearly common, and I actually cannot keep in mind the final time it rained the place I stay. While I suppose I needs to be grateful to reside someplace that is brilliant and sunny practically daily of the yr, I may positive go for some clouds proper about now. Especially a jerk cloud, just like the one in Rain on Your Parade.
Rain on Your Parade (PC, Switch [reviewed], Xbox One)
Developer: Unbound Creations
Publisher: Unbound Creations
Released: April 15, 2021
MSRP: $14.99 (additionally on Xbox Game Pass)
Rain on Your Parade has a easy ask for gamers: be the jerkiest jerk cloud you may probably be. Set to the backdrop of a grandfather’s bedtime story to his grandson, the sport places gamers into management of a cloud in search of a legendary land often called Seattle. To get there, he’ll journey throughout just a few dozen phases finishing challenges and unlocking new talents.
The cloud’s principal means is that of rain. Use it to soak folks, to water gardens, to extinguish campfires, and extra. There are literally a number of totally different liquids gamers can make the most of of their puzzle fixing. Soak up some acid and you’ll corrode automobiles with it. If you discover some oil, you may burn this mom to the bottom. Depending on the extent, you may need to retry the problem should you run out of liquid. Most phases should not give gamers an excessive amount of bother, nonetheless, as the actual attempting duties aren’t unlocked till you achieve entry to New Game+.
I’ve at hand it to the developer for getting nearly essentially the most out of the premise because it may. Across 50 phases, gamers will use the cloud’s 4 talents — rain, twister, snow, and lightning — to wreak havoc on the folks under. And no person is spared from this cloud’s wrath. One stage will suggest you soak a bunch of kids till they run scared throughout the college, whereas the following will problem you to free a little bit inexperienced alien trapped in a quiet mountain city. Several phases right here reference popular culture to nice impact, similar to a stage impressed by Silent Hill and one other that presents a collection of challenges based mostly on the American Office. There’s even a separate mini-game modeled after Doom with first-person shooter controls and all.
When these ranges and themes hit good, they stand out. Unfortunately, so do these phases that basically miss the mark. Later challenges, similar to a Plants vs. Zombies tower-defense stage and one themed round The Legend of Zelda, had been in all probability good concepts on paper however are lengthy and uninteresting in execution. And whereas I do know it is a problem to provide you with 50 utterly totally different puzzle concepts, I’d wager one or two of those phases had been designed round getting consideration on social media relatively than creating a singular and attention-grabbing problem.
Thankfully, these ranges are few and much between. Most of my time spent with Rain on Your Parade with stuffed with absolute pleasure. It’s merely a enjoyable recreation with genuinely amusing dialog and artwork course that may be very pleasing to take a look at. The builders may need overused the screen-blur impact, however every one in every of these phases is kind of beautiful and I can inform there was lots of consideration put into the structure and design of every one. And the costumes you may unlock for this jerk cloud are completely lovable.
Rain on Your Parade roughly delivers on what it guarantees. It’s a intelligent and charming recreation that is sure to place a giant, dumb smile on your face every time you wreck some unsuspecting individual’s day.
[This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
Rain on Your Parade reviewed by CJ Andriessen
Solid and positively has an viewers. There may very well be some hard-to-ignore faults, however the expertise is enjoyable.
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