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Ayo The Clown - A Playful 2.5D Platform Game.

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You can download the Demo here: https://www.indiexpo.net/en/games/ayo-the-clown

or here: Win, Mac, Linux,  

Update: All the digital console versions are unlocked by default, please ignore what the tier says.

 Ayo the Clown is about courage, love, friendship, and the amazing things that happen when you never give up. 

With Ayo the Clown, we’d like to reintroduce you to the incredibly fun platformer games of the ‘90s where platforming is accompanied by an inspiring and memorable story. 

Ayo the clown has a very unique and cute art style that everybody loves. Expect the unexpected as this clown takes you through a world of imagination. Just think, if Super Mario Bros., Yoshi, Kirby, and Little Big Planet had a child, this would be it. 

 Unique Platforms-  The most important part of any platform game, each stage has a unique theme and interesting platforms to ensure gaming is fun and not repetitive. Ayo is not the kind of clown to make the same old jokes over and over again. His jokes get better each time. 

 Huge Bosses and loads of enemies- Take on bosses bigger than life itself and prove that clowns are much tougher than they seem. Don’t be fooled by Ayo’s handsome look!  

Run!~~~~
Run!~~~~
Don't get licked!
Don't get licked!
Don't get squashed into a pancake.
Don't get squashed into a pancake.
Enemies with one goal, to get a piece of that clown!
Enemies with one goal, to get a piece of that clown!

 Arsenals- Tank, helicopter, toy hammer, balloon sword, water balloon, you name it. They can break open hidden places and extinguish fire...etc.

Skills- head stomp, wall jump, slope slide, and many more~

 Side Quests-Plenty of side quests you can take on in Town or along the journey, be prepared for surprising rewards. Rubber Chicken anyone? 

Ayo sure loves balloons.
Ayo sure loves balloons.

Collectibles- Can you find and collect all the hidden items throughout the game? Rubber chicken and fart bag anyone?

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 PAX East Interview showing what the people think about our game.

Final list of supported language is subject to change depending on fan input.

A tentative physical rewards mock-up render. Manual, physical game, art books...etc.
A tentative physical rewards mock-up render. Manual, physical game, art books...etc.
Crochet or Plushie? Your Choice :)
Put a special object in the game for that special someone...
Put a special object in the game for that special someone...
Or that special someone in the game.
Or that special someone in the game.

 How do add-ons work? 

  • Press the "Manage your pledge" button on the top of this page.   
  • Add your addon amount on top of the tier you chose in the "Pledge amount". 
  •  Save your pledge. 
  •  we will send you a survey after the campaign to ask what add-ons you want.

In Ayo’s hometown, things are generally peaceful. He juggles in the park with his talented circus dog, Bo, hangs out at the carnival, and longs after the shoemaker’s daughter. Until one day, his dog goes missing! 

Ayo having fun with Bo.
Ayo having fun with Bo.

You play as Ayo, your not-so-average clown embarking on an epic journey in search of his missing (or perhaps ran away, or kidnapped?!) best friend and beloved dog, named Bo. What happened to Bo? Will they ever juggle together at the park again? Or put together a legit circus act? You’ll find out along this incredible adventure as you struggle to reunite clown and dog. Like all good adventures, you won’t be all on your own. Ayo’s world is full of friendly people and interesting creatures that are willing to lend a helping hand.    

Ayo kissing a mop.
Ayo kissing a mop.

You’ll learn of courage, love, friendship, and the amazing things that happen when you never give up. He might not like to ask for help, but Ayo is ready to admit that he needs you to rescue his best friend and restore peace to his hometown.

The Vast world of Ayo
The Vast world of Ayo

 Ayo's world consists of 8 regions, each of them unique and vastly different. Ayo starts in the Suburb in the comforts of his own home (it may or may not be clown-size), then travels to Town where citizens are buzzing about. From there, adventures abound at the sunny sunflower farm, the strange Forest, the fun Flying Whale Dock (Giant sunflowers! Sleeping trees! Flying Whales! Oh my!). At the action-packed Factory, the dreamy Candy Land, the colorful Carnival (Ayo’s favorite hangout), and the exciting Circus, Ayo will be challenged in the most exciting of ways and get closer and closer to Bo! 


Characters 

 Depicting the cuter, brighter side of clowns, kids and adult alike will fall in love with the style of this game. We all loved Mario and Yoshi in our childhood. Ayo is our way of giving beloved characters of the past a new life in the form of an incredibly cute clown.  

You’ll see and hear our inspiration in Ayo the Clown. With a reminiscent look and music score, we’ll take you right back to your childhood (wouldn’t that be nice?). The platformer genre is one that will never go out of style, but we can’t say the same for Ayo’s clown hair.  

On a deeper level, we wanted to capture the emotions of loyalty, friendship, and dedication Ayo develops, just as we all do, throughout the game. By pursuing his best friend and never giving up, Ayo grows into the clown he’s meant to be and that’s something we are incredibly proud of.  

A clown act isn’t much without music and neither is a quality game. In Ayo the Clown, you’ll hear music from our very talented Nick Dragonas.

The music of Ayo the Clown will take you back to the fun of classic video games from your childhood with a fitting clown-centered twist. You’ll hear cute squeaks from little Ayo and tunes that will remind you of a joyful circus (we like to make Ayo feel right at home on his adventures). These tunes are all upbeat with a bit of whimsy, just like Ayo, and very fitting for the incredible journey of an adorable clown. It will transport you into the fun and whirlwind world of being a clown with a mission.    



  Ayo’s just a little clown, he has a lot of growing up to do. While his maturity is questionable and probably past the point of help, he could use your help laying out his journey.  We’ll send out polls and surveys to our clown-tastic backers letting you choose how dastardly an enemy will appear, what accessories will be available, and more.   

We want you to be a part of the fun-filled game-making process. Besides giving us your expert opinion, you’ll also have access to our forum. Whether you’d like to Q&A, discuss a certain clown, or share some fan art, you can do it here.

From early stage design to final design.
From early stage design to final design.

Ayo is one impatient clown, so we couldn’t help but get started on his game. So far, the character controller and engine are in a very good place and the overall game structure is set up. We’ve built most of the 3D assets, including some of the worlds and enemies, which we are very excited to show you.    

Working on the town in Unity.
Working on the town in Unity.

The bigger task ahead is to finish designing and polishing the game to make it even more fun and memorable. Creating a deep, inspiring game such as Ayo’s takes time and that’s part of the reason why we’d like to focus on this game full-time.  

If you like what you see so far, please flex your finger muscle and scroll back up and back us. We are very grateful for your support. 

Once all community goals are met, Backers starting at $15 tier will receive an additional copy of the game when it is officially released, 

Individual backers can get the game 10 days early when it launches by doing the top 5 goals on the list and message us.

  •  Like us on Facebook and share our KS announcement.
  •  Follow us on Twitter and retweet our KS announcement.
  •  Follow us on Instagram and share our KS announcement.
  •  Email your favorite Influencer, Twitch streamer or Youtuber this page and ask them to contact contact@cloudm1.com to receive an exclusive demo.
  •  Wishlist and Follow us on Steam or Good Old Games.
  •  Subscribe to our subreddit and share our KS with other communities.
  •  Fan Art, show the world your talent and draw some cute characters related to our game.
  •  Tell a friend! Share this Kickstarter on your favorite forum or just tell your neighbors :) 

  Video games are expensive and time-consuming to make. Despite his small size, Ayo is a very ambitious clown and so is his game.    

We need to give Ayo more love and work on his game full-time. Funding will not only help us concentrate fully on Ayo (no need for moonlighting as a clown anymore, j/k), but it will also help us put food on the table for our families. As you can see, most of the money will go to developing this game.

Ayo is a lonely clown and we hope to find a family for him on Kickstarter. The biggest benefit of crowdfunding is building a community around the game’s development and having fans to give feedback and build the game with us.

Risks and challenges

We will be the first to admit that Ayo sometimes falls flat on his face. Sometimes it’s on purpose and followed by a lemon-cream pie to the behind, but other times he ends a routine with a slapstick comedy piece that wasn’t in his plans. A project this size will have several potential problems that could arise and we will do our best to minimize it or mitigate it without taking a pie to the face. Since most part of the game is done, technically it’s a matter of fixing bugs and polishing the game to make it more fun. We are very confident that this game will finish on time, but we are only human and the world is not perfect. The greatest risk we face could be a slight delay to ensure the game is fun and up to par with our standards. We will update fans on the progression and fund usage frequently, because transparency is very important to us.

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    Stilt Walker

    Be part of the game! Not only will you get backer access to our forums, your name will be featured in the end credits' Stilt Walker section! On top of that, you’ll receive an exclusive digital wall paper which serves as a reminder of how awesome you were for backing the project.

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    Jester

    You’ll get everything above. Get your clown game face ready because Ayo is anxious to play. You may even have to consider a red rubber nose… Although we’ve heard they aren’t that comfortable.

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    Lion Tamer(Early Bird)

    This HEAVILY discounted digital bundle includes the full digital game offering as the tier above with all the extras (Holla!) but ALSO comes with a digital art book full of character and environment concept art, and misc doodles produced throughout the course of development (Not drawn by Ayo, performance arts are more his thing.). A digital version of the soundtrack and access to beta testing and development poll.

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    • Digital soundtrack
    • Beta testing and development poll
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    • Digital PDF Paper Craft and Manual
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    Lion Tamer

    Includes everything as the previous reward tier. C’mon, you know you wanna play. Are those bowling pins I see ready to juggle? They’ve got your name alllll over them.

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    Trampoliner(Early Bird)

    Includes everything as the previous reward tier, plus you get an extra digital copy of the game for your friend, family or you cat. 2 clowns is always better than 1. Your name will be under the Trampoliner section of the credit.

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    • Digital art book
    • Digital soundtrack
    • Beta testing and development poll
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    Trampoliner

    Includes everything as the previous reward tier. Double clown act is always fun, don't you think?

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    • Digital art book
    • Digital soundtrack
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    Knife Thrower

    Besides getting all the rewards from the Lion Tamer tier (instead of Lion Tamer, your Name in credit will be Knife Thrower). You will get the physical edition of the PC game(that's 2 games in total!) and a physical soft cover art book that you can actually touch, and smell. ;)

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    The Giant

    On top of all the rewards from the Lion Tamer tier (instead of Lion Tamer, your Name in credit will be The Giant). You will get a cute, cuddly Ayo plushie or crochet toy, and the physical edition of the PC game(total of 2 games). Just make sure not to hug the plushie too tight or he might pass gas. xD

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    Human Cannonball

    This is the ultimate physical tier. On top of the Lion Tamer rewards (instead of Lion Tamer, your Name in credit will be Human Cannonball), You will get the physical edition of the game, a collector's edition art book, a signed post card by the developers(exclusive), Plushie or Crochet toy, physical Poster and vinyl stickers and magnets. Christmas has come early!

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    • Physical collector's edition art book
    • Signed Post Card
    • Plushie or Crochet toy (Your Choice)
    • Physical Poster (18in/45.7cm x 24in/61cm)
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    Strongman

    Want to make your mark on the game? This tier comes with the Human Cannonball reward (instead of Human Cannonball, your Name in credit will be Strongman) PLUS you’ll also be able to place an object(3D model) of your choosing in the game(subject to screening). Maybe it’s a memento or a surprise for a special someone, this is a great way to demonstrate your participation in the game. Sounds like a dream having your idea in a video game, right? Well, Ayo is all about chasing dreams. His just happens to be a career as a clown. You are also invited to the game's launch party (Hotel and travel not paid for). Get ready to raise the roof!

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    Fire Breather

    Be immortalized in Ayo the Clown by designing a 3d Modeled non playable character (NPC). Put yourself, a loved one, or your imaginary friend into a video game alongside a very friendly and not at all mischievous clown. You’ll get the Human Cannonball reward with this tier(instead of Human Cannonball, your Name in credit will be Fire Breather), a skype session with the developers (ask us anything!) and an invitation to our launch party (Hotel and travel not paid for). Ayo’s been practicing his dance moves in anticipation.

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    Tightrope master

    This is the opportunity to show not only how good you are as a gamer, but also how amazing you are as a game designer. Help the developer design a stage, free your mind and unleash your true power!!! You’ll get the Human Cannonball reward with this tier (instead of Human Cannonball, your Name in credit will be Tightrope Master), a skype session with the developers (ask us anything!) and an invitation to our launch party (Hotel and travel not paid for).

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    Jester(Early Bird)

    Go clown-crazy with the digital version of the game (default is Windows and Mac, platform of your choice when unlocked in stretch goal) . Comes with a PDF copy of the manual, and a digital download of the papercraft character (Ayo posed for days to get this done). You will get access to the developer blogs and forum. Your name will be under the Jester section of the credit.

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    Ringmaster

    The one and only Ultimate Backer tier. First off, you’ll be Ayo’s new Ringmaster and he is thrilled about that. Besides the Lion Tamer reward (instead of Lion Tamer, your Name in credit will be RINGMASTER), You will get three extra digital copies of the game, a skype session with the developers (ask us anything!), AND your name will be the only one featured under the Ringmaster in the credits. It doesn’t get much better than this (Until you help Ayo win his game!). You are invited to our game launch party for being super awesome (Hotel and travel not paid for). Get your clown car (or normal one) ready and let’s party!

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Funding period

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