Despite a catalog of politically focused titles, such as Headliner: NoviNews, developer Unbound Creations has taken a break to deliver a significantly different kind of game with Rain on Your Parade. The basic premise is simple: You’re a cloud who likes to ruin people’s days by utilizing adverse weather effects to your advantage. This comedic, lighthearted title really won me over with its trailer, and I’m happy to say that the final product lived up to my expectations. If you’re a fan of schadenfreude, you’ll definitely want to consider putting Rain on Your Parade on your wishlist.
Almost surprisingly, there is a little bit of a story in Rain on Your Parade. Told as a bedtime tale to a young child, Rain on Your Parade follows the aptly named Cloudy as he ventures to a magical land where clouds are free to roam as they please. This fabled land, of course, is actually Seattle. Along the way, you’ll make some new friends and even stop the evil Dr. Dryspell from destroying Seattle. It’s exactly the kind of story I would expect from a game like this. It’s fun, lighthearted, and limited enough to let the true star of the experience — the gameplay — stand front and center.
Each level in Rain on Your Parade is a complete joy to play through. Every stage has a number of required objectives to complete, which generally consist of raining on everyone or causing a specific type of damage. If you’re more of a completionist, there are also optional objectives you can do and even a few hidden ones. Despite there being a similarity in structure, there’s a staggering amount of variety in level design. Some levels feel tightly contained, while others feel large and open. There are even a number of special themed levels to change things up further. My favorite level is a parody of The Office, complete with chili-spilling antics.
To complete the level objectives, you have four main weather abilities at your disposal. Your default ability is rain, though along the way you pick up lightning, snow, and tornado powers as well. Each can be used in a variety of ways. For instance, rain can grow crops or put out fires, while lightning can scare people or create fires. Some levels also feature pools of acid, oil, or other substances, allowing rain to be even more useful. One limiting factor to snow and water is your water reserve, which prohibits use of those abilities if you run out. In some stages, you can refill this, though on others, running out of water means you have to restart. Thankfully, levels don’t tend to be too long, with a few exceptions, so this isn’t too much of a problem.
If you like character customization, you’re in luck in Rain on Your Parade, as you can unlock a wealth of options for Cloudy by completing all of a level’s objectives. These items fall into the two broad categories of hats and accessories, though you can also change colors and draw your own face as well. Unfortunately, as of writing, there’s no touchscreen support, so I found drawing a decent face to be fairly difficult, and even if I could, many accessories cover the face anyway, making any changes hard to see. If you’re a fan of sly references, it’s still worth a look to see what’s hidden in these menus.
There are 50 levels total you can play through, though dead ends and optional paths mean that you can get by with playing fewer. It took me about four hours to play every level to completion, though there were a few special ones that I got stuck on for a little while. Upon finishing, I was pleased to find a New Game+ mode, which adds additional objectives into the early levels to make use of your late-game powers. You also unlock “Sun Mode” if you want an extra challenge, which adds a sun to each level that will drain some of your water reserves upon contact.
Rain on Your Parade is an excellent little game and is well worth anyone’s time. It’s cute, it’s funny, and I’ve not played anything quite like it before. For me as a speedrunner, I’m always looking for new games to throw in my arsenal, so it says a lot to me about the quality of a game when I find one I seriously want to dedicate countless hours to. But I’ve certainly found such a game here. I believe just about everyone would be able to get some enjoyment out of Rain on Your Parade, and I might even go so far as to say it’s my favorite indie I’ve played thus far this year.
A review code was provided by the publisher.