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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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. 100
    A shining example of the powers of adventure, and what a well-realised fairy-tale world can do for a gaming experience. Child of Light is magnificent journey that deserves both your attention and your time.
  2. Aug 29, 2014
    93
    None of it feels focus-tested, or designed to appeal to the broadest possible audience; rather, it always comes off as exactly the expression its creators intended.
  3. We haven't seen a game like this for a long time. Child of Light looks just great. Storytelling, art style, RPG elements, puzzles. All of them are in the right places. It looks like an artpiece more than a game.
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    Jun 12, 2014
    88
    Looks pretty nice and plays pretty nice too. [June 2014]
  5. Apr 28, 2014
    85
    Child of Light's water-colour fantasy is beautiful to behold - but it's the constantly rewarding, explorative gameplay that's keeps it enchanting.
  6. May 6, 2014
    80
    Child of Light is a magnificently balanced role-playing adventure. It has everything most players are looking for: a battle system that won't drive you mad, a gorgeous presentation, and a decent challenge (especially at higher difficulty settings). This could easily be one of Ubisoft's best games of the year.
  7. Apr 28, 2014
    50
    It’s a game that, for all the intricacy of its systems and the charm of its painterly world, feels oddly empty.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 88
  2. Negative: 5 out of 88
  1. Jun 20, 2014
    10
    Wonderful for what it is: a straight-forward, charming tale of a young girl on an epic quest. The art, dialogue, and mechanics are easy toWonderful for what it is: a straight-forward, charming tale of a young girl on an epic quest. The art, dialogue, and mechanics are easy to immerse yourself in within moments of play. It's a nice change up from the xbox's typical arsenal of shooters and slaughter houses. Expand
  2. Apr 30, 2014
    10
    Wow here is a shining example of a game done right. Everything about this game from the story to the combat is simply a masterpiece. Let meWow here is a shining example of a game done right. Everything about this game from the story to the combat is simply a masterpiece. Let me start of by the saying the whole game has been hand drawn using the rayman engine which to me for a 10 pound game (UK currency) is simply fantastic. The amount of detail and craftsmanship that has been poured into this game is fa-nominal. The story is again scripted and planned out by absolute geniuses. The whole game and story is told with poetry though this may not appeal to everyone it still tells the story beautifully in my opinion. The game play is unique and fresh setting it apart from many other turn based strategy games. Overall the game is a masterpiece and I recommend it to be played by anyone and especially rpg fans. For 10 pounds this is a steal and is well worth the price. For anyone that has any doubts about buying this game please do its one that cant and shouldn't be missed! (My Opinion on the game, other peoples opinions may vary. Expand
  3. Apr 29, 2014
    10
    I would advise to those who are thinking about getting this game to not listen to the negative nancies giving it poor ratings. They've beenI would advise to those who are thinking about getting this game to not listen to the negative nancies giving it poor ratings. They've been conditioned to put every game in this generation into a box and if it doesn't fit then it's not up to par with their standards.

    I can't remember the last time that I played a game that was actually art and wasn't just a button masher in the past year besides GTA 5 and The Last of Us.

    Besides Ni No Kuni this is also one of the few RPGs that's actually doing it right while Final Fantasy has lost it's shine since FFX.

    Personally, I have no problem with the minimalism of the game. In fact, I think minimalism is part of the direction its creators took and it's told like a child's fantasy story book with the pages coming to life. I guess being an older gamer has made it apparent to me that reviewers have become obsessed with having games crammed with massive amounts of content. The game is only $15.00, after all, and it also had a DLC option on the main menu which tells us that there will be more.

    Lastly, it is my opinion that this is the best RPG in the past few years to come out.
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  4. Apr 20, 2018
    9
    Pure and innocent game, it will make you feel like a child discovering the world, the teammates are the cherry on the cake. 9/10
  5. Jun 6, 2016
    8
    Child of Light is certainly one of those games that makes you spend hours playing without realizing that the clock went by. Definitely a greatChild of Light is certainly one of those games that makes you spend hours playing without realizing that the clock went by. Definitely a great RPG that keeps alive the genre with a few other titles such as Ni No Kuni, Grandia or the first Final Fantasy's.

    The game is pure art, everything looks like something out of a painting or a watercolor rather, it is colorful and vibrant, contrasting with the dark and sad story that tells us as we go through the chapters. Speaking of what, the story itself, it took me back to my childhood, when it was time to go to sleep and grandad read me stories beside the bed. For those who have spent some time playing games, you will see from afar the story setbacks, but still a very good job.

    As for the gampeplay itself, it's a linear game with a few side quests and some really curious and friendly characters that speak in couplets, which at first it's pretty funny, but eventually can become a bit tedious. What more satisfaction has given me is the freedom to fly between the different levels of each map, which gives you more freedom and avoids the monotony which these games usually fall into, and is being tied to the ground almost constantly as in Never Alone.

    I've always been a huge fan of the turn-based combat system and it's been one of my main weakness because one of the first serious MMORPG's I ever played had a tactical turn-based combat system and this was very familiar to me. Weaknesses and elemental resistances, along with the utility spells some characters have, make's it a very complete game with all the classic roles covered: DD, Tank and Support (healer and utility).

    Personally, I think it's a game that is not for everyone and there will be some that will find it childish or boring because they are preconceived to play AAA games that we have become accustomed to lately. In fact, this same game is not at all similar to what Ubisoft usually delivers, which has been a pleasant surprise for me.

    In conclusion, if you haven't played it yet and you are reading this review, I advise you to buy it, the comparison between price and reward is more than satisfactory.
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  6. May 4, 2014
    7
    Beautiful music, a great art style and a deep combat system can help a lot, but after a while, the world of Lemuria feels shallow and theBeautiful music, a great art style and a deep combat system can help a lot, but after a while, the world of Lemuria feels shallow and the story not that interesting. Expand
  7. Aug 11, 2014
    0
    I'd give this a 4 but you all know how metacritic works graphics are in simplicity : cheap gameplay is steryotypical and nothing all thatI'd give this a 4 but you all know how metacritic works graphics are in simplicity : cheap gameplay is steryotypical and nothing all that knew story is non existent honestly and the audio is good but that won't make a game for me at least I did not like this one bit Expand

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