I live in Australia, and naturally, it doesn’t rain an awful lot throughout the year. Even when it does, I find myself cursing the sky and being extremely counter-productive even if I wasn’t planning outdoor activities that day. Rain on Your Parade puts you in control of a Jerk Cloud who rains on people for fun, which is not too far off how I feel about actual clouds.
Surprisingly, Rain on Your Parade has a narrative and is told as a bedtime story to a child. You play as the main protagonist, Cloudy, as he ventures to the mythical land of Seattle, making friends along the way and defeating the evil Dr Dryspell. It is a simple story, but it’s enough that it won’t draw any attention away from where the game shines; the gameplay.
“If you ever wanted to recreate the hit TV show, The Office, then you have come to the right place.”
Rain on Your Parade doesn’t take itself too seriously, which allows for the gameplay to shine. In the beginning, you must complete specific objectives involving you raining on ‘hoomans’. As you progress, you will unlock new abilities to wreak havoc in the form of snow, thunder and tornado. These missions aren’t always straightforward and require a little bit of problem-solving, which adds to the fun. However, designing 50 unique levels in a game where the mission is to ruin people’s day is hard — fortunately, the game designs unique levels derived from other successful media.
A game where you cause weather effects to other people can get a little repetitive. But, if you ever wanted to recreate the hit TV show, The Office, playing as a cloud and filling up coffee, then you have come to the right place. Rain on Your Parade utilises ideas from other games or TV to keep the levels from feeling monotonous. Although, not all of them are a good idea. In the earlier levels, there is a level drawn straight from Metal Gear Solid. You’re tasked with infiltrating the enemy and then finishing them all off with the power of rain!
“If you enjoy dry humour, Rain on Your Parade has an abundance of it.”
Unfortunately, one of the unique tribute levels made me feel mildly motion sick. This level came in the form of the classic first-person shooter from the ’90s, DOOM. I don’t suffer from motion sickness; however, this level felt a bit too shaky for my liking. Some of the other levels also felt as if they overstayed their welcome, but overall, it was a good blend of good and not so good.
If you enjoy dry humour, Rain on Your Parade has an abundance of it. Each level contains a witty remark either before or after. They even make jokes on the touchy subject of microtransactions. I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself as each joke was as silly as the last. This left me with an everlasting feeling of happiness and made me want to complete level after level.
“If you are looking for a nice and easy, light-hearted game, Rain on Your Parade should be first on your list.”
Rain on Your Parade lasts around 3-4 hours, and it is a relatively easy game. There is a new game plus (NG+) option for those perfectionists who want to replay the levels. It adds additional obtainable stars, increasing the difficulty for those looking for more challenging gameplay. The game is priced at AU$21.50 / 11.99£, and it is honestly worth every penny. If you are looking for a nice and easy, light-hearted game, Rain on Your Parade should be first on your list.