Rain on Your Parade: Review

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Relevant for the platform: NSW

We all got into situations when we went for a walk without looking at the weather forecast, and immediately after leaving the house it started to rain. IN Rain on your parade people are faced with such a problem at every step, and not only on the street: in a restaurant, and at a closed concert of a rock band, and in school corridors, a rainstorm may suddenly begin. And we influence the weather by controlling a flying cloud.

Not a bear at all

This is not the first game where we play the role of a villain and mock people – one of the last such releases was Untitled Goose Game… But if there was offered an open (albeit small) world, then here the game is divided into several dozen levels. The essence of them is the same: you are a cloud, which is absolutely harmless until you press the button and water flows out of you. But what exactly needs to be done with this skill and for what purposes to use it depends on the situation.

It all starts very simply: a cloud attends a wedding and must wet not only the bride and groom, but all the guests. In the following missions, the tasks change: either you need to save the burning trash, then water the ground in the park and thus grow trees. Over time, you gain access to other liquids – if you fly up to the vat with fuel, the cloud will darken and fuel will start pouring out of it. When you pour fire on them, the result is predictable. Or you can soak up the acid and ruin agricultural machinery in a wheat field.

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All this clearly brings pleasure to the cloud.

However, it quickly passes – no one dies, and even in unpleasant situations, what is happening looks comical thanks to the funny visual style and funny voice acting. The levels-references to classic games were especially successful – here and Resident evil remember, and even Counter-Strike, and much more. The developers were also inspired by films with serials – one of the levels is designed in the form of a short sitcom, and its action takes place in the office.

How else to play a dirty trick?

While the basic mechanics do not change significantly towards the end of the game, Rain on your parade does not get bored. Various tasks help – some must be completed in order to unlock the next location, and some simply serve as bonus entertainment. For completing additional assignments, you do not receive anything except a better grade at the end of the level, but it is still interesting to carry them out – either you need not get anyone wet, then drive several crows from the field, then bring the goal from one part of the map to another.

You can’t hide under umbrellas.

Plus, there are secret tasks that you learn about only after interacting with some object. At a birthday party, for example, you need to set fire to all the boxes with gifts, but sometimes you see a radio-controlled airplane on the screen – it turns out that if the fire hits it, then you will complete a secret mission. There are a lot of such surprises here, and they don’t give anything for them either, but still there is a desire to look for them. There is only one complaint at such moments – the cloud moves slowly, and the larger the location, the more noticeable it is.

For some, the game will seem too easy – tasks are almost impossible to fail. Very rarely, you need to quietly complete a mission or not get hurt when the main villain (and he is here too) shoots from the cannons. But the complexity here would be inappropriate – instead of suffering for a long time with some task, it is more interesting to simply achieve goals and find secrets. And the game is perfect for children, who will surely fly from side to side and mock people with great pleasure, but they would not like to get stuck in the same place. It’s a pity that local co-op is not supported.

Yes, burn it all.

Rain on your parade – a little fun game similar to Untitled Goose Game, only with a different main character and completely different tasks. Here, the humor is not bad, and the levels are varied, and there is no progress system – over time you become stronger and you can spoil everyone’s life in more sophisticated ways. Great entertainment for the evening, which will cheer up players of all ages, but it will surely be especially fun to go through it with children.

Pros: original idea; various levels with interesting tasks; I want to carry out additional and secret assignments even without additional rewards; good humor and unexpected references to classic games.

Minuses: slow speed of cloud movement; lack of a local cooperative.

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