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  • Summary: Child of Light is a digital download, 2D side-scrolling role-playing game inspired by the art style of Studio Ghibli.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Oct 22, 2014
    100
    The world needs more games like this.
  2. Apr 28, 2014
    90
    Artistically wonderful, depicting a superb story that can take you back to childhood and make you want every sentence you ear or pronounce to rhyme,Child of Light is delightful to play, with great exploration phases and a really good combat system. We definitely need more games like this one.
  3. 90
    Child of Light is a fun adventure well worth exploring by yourself or with a friend.
  4. Apr 28, 2014
    85
    Child of Light will satiate pretty much everyone but the most hardcore of RPG fans, and even then, they'll find plenty of enjoyment. There are a few minor issues here and there that hold it back from instant-classic status that could be enhanced in a sequel or future work, but regardless, Child of Light is a noble effort from Ubisoft Montreal, and another win to put in the studio's diverse portfolio.
  5. Child of Light has a lot going for it – amazing visuals, serene soundtrack, cute dialogue, clever puzzles, a relatively large world to explore and challenging battles, all put together into a package that has an unmistakable indie-art game feel. While its inspiration as a Japanese role-playing game is unmistakable, Ubisoft’s effort is a real stride forward in a genre that hasn’t changed much to reflect modern sensibilities.
  6. Apr 28, 2014
    80
    Ubisoft Montreal has conjured a fairy tale world that you'll enjoy spending time in, a text-based RPG adventure with its own line in rhyming. Child of Light is a glorious game, short and yet sweet, memorable, gorgeous; an incredible feat. And for the small price you'll be paying, Child of Light is definitely more than worth playing.
  7. Apr 30, 2014
    60
    A beautiful and often clever game that doesn’t seem to be aiming as high as it could be. It seems content to simply be pretty and mechanically solid, but it’s not a game one can easily get super invested in. There are the makings of a better game in here, and the combat is reliably entertaining throughout, but Child of Light never quite rises as high as its untethered protagonist.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Apr 30, 2014
    10
    This is easily the highest quality indie game I've ever played, plus it's super cheap. As the reviews have said, the graphics areThis is easily the highest quality indie game I've ever played, plus it's super cheap. As the reviews have said, the graphics are breath-taking, and it's quality as an RPG is hard to match. Overall just a really great game. Expand
  2. May 15, 2015
    10
    A nearly tear-jerking experience, filled with a somber mood and an old-school battle system with a neat little tweak to tried-and-trueA nearly tear-jerking experience, filled with a somber mood and an old-school battle system with a neat little tweak to tried-and-true mechanics. The game is a bit short, but was surprisingly fulfilling for days I spent playing it and finding every little detail that I could. Aside from the story, the main attraction IS the battle system, which brings a unique timing to its function that keeps it from being simply a "turn based" RPG actioner. The game is fun, the rhyming, child-like dialogue is sweet in nature, and the game was just a pleasure to play. Worth the money. Expand
  3. Apr 30, 2014
    10
    I Gonna be honest, i wish there were more unique games like this,ubi-soft has done awsome job..i just started this game this morning and itI Gonna be honest, i wish there were more unique games like this,ubi-soft has done awsome job..i just started this game this morning and it gives me that good feeling i used to get when i played super mario 2 and 3 for the first time on nintendo..wow factor a 10..BUY THIS GAME GUYS its worth more than the price what a deal...AWSOME...and looks awsome on XBOXONE...GREAT JOB UBI-SOFT Expand
  4. May 26, 2014
    9
    This JRPG is perfect for a JRPG novice such as myself. As someone who can only really remember playing final fantasy, and eternal sonata inThis JRPG is perfect for a JRPG novice such as myself. As someone who can only really remember playing final fantasy, and eternal sonata in detail, I definitely can only play this genre when the combat system keeps things interesting and the art style keeps they eye from wandering. To me the combat system in CoL is perfect. Its not to complicated, but the variety of ways you can approach each fight is staggering, and the active timeline keeps you engaged during the entire battle. The story is very solid and the iambic pentameter writing style doesn't take away from the impact of the tale being told. In the end this game is one we all can enjoy, I think JRPG fanatics are going to have a blast, and those of us who haven't played one in a while can get a nice refreshing dose of nostalgia. Expand
  5. Jan 8, 2015
    9
    A beautiful beautfiul game, and the story is nice and relaxing, I do however find myself lost at times where to go and I find the combatA beautiful beautfiul game, and the story is nice and relaxing, I do however find myself lost at times where to go and I find the combat scenarios a tad repetitive but that's my only minor criticism Expand
  6. Aug 10, 2014
    9
    This game is by far my favorite indy game this year. It has amazing graphics, great controls that are very simple and easy to learn, and itThis game is by far my favorite indy game this year. It has amazing graphics, great controls that are very simple and easy to learn, and it has just enough rpg elements to make the platforming seem less tedious. The battle system works very well and after many hours of playtime I have not once gotten frustrated or battled a boss that felt unfair or cheap. I think some of the story's rhymes are ludicrous but that doesn't detract from the fun. It doesn't matter which console you play on, definitely get this game. Its better than most full-retail games on the market today. I gave it a 9 because of the horrible poetry in the text, and also because a few of the puzzles seem difficult for the sake of being difficult. Great game. Expand
  7. Apr 30, 2014
    5
    Child of Light is one of those games that transports you into another world and creates a serene, calm, and tranquil environment through theChild of Light is one of those games that transports you into another world and creates a serene, calm, and tranquil environment through the use of beautiful imagery and a soothing musical score. The game makes you really feel like your in a fairytale-esque dream. Most importantly, the gameplay feels very attuned with the story and atmosphere. Little details like the main character's hair blowing in the wind or the wildlife moving in the background create an experience that feels very real. The protagonist's movement feels very natural and smooth and the controls and response time are perfect. Also, the absence of a HUD, really enhances the world coming to life. The combat is decent along with the gameplay in between the combat. The thing that really makes this game stand out is how well everything seems to flow together. The game just feels very natural and easy to play as if it was a game made out of a dream. Downsides for me was because its combat was turn based, it could get kinda repetitive. Having played many turn based rpgs, I'm a bit tired of them when there is a lot of enemies. Your enjoyment of this game will depend on how much turn based action you can stand. Also, the crafting gems system can be kind of confusing and annoying. I love the atmosphere, but wish the gameplay was more than just collecting gems and potions and generic turn based combat. Give it a try though if you like the atmosphere of the world. Expand

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