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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: 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: 33 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
  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 17, 2014
    10
    Child of Light is one of the things that looks but are great. I cannot remember when I played such a good "Indie"-game. Of course there is noChild of Light is one of the things that looks but are great. I cannot remember when I played such a good "Indie"-game. Of course there is no 3D-graphic but the game brings brilliant scenes in 2D to you - all carefully rich painted. The music in the background makes the atmosphere very good. The prettiest thing I must say is that everything is spoken/written like a poem. Maybe you could say it's not good to have no narrator but I think it's the best decision the made - because of this you will be one with the game in your mind. I enjoyed it very much. Expand
  3. May 2, 2014
    10
    If you are a fan of classic old school RPG going back 15+ years or so you owe it to yourself to not miss this game. Fantastic visuals, soundIf you are a fan of classic old school RPG going back 15+ years or so you owe it to yourself to not miss this game. Fantastic visuals, sound and game play, especially the combat! The game is near pure perfection and totally addictive. Huge skill trees, multiple characters to fortify your party as well as gem crafting to improve your weapons, I simply can't say enough and all for $15 bones!! Expand
  4. May 25, 2014
    9
    Child of Light is beautiful. The story is unique and is the complete opposite of what we've come to expect. The art style is beautiful. TheChild of Light is beautiful. The story is unique and is the complete opposite of what we've come to expect. The art style is beautiful. The combat system mixes real time and turn based well. The only annoying part is that every character rhymes. Expand
  5. May 10, 2015
    9
    This game is absolutely beautiful, the visuals, the music, the gameplay... Ubisoft really paid attention to details on this one.

    It's a
    This game is absolutely beautiful, the visuals, the music, the gameplay... Ubisoft really paid attention to details on this one.

    It's a turn-based RPG that offers around 15 hours of gameplay, and that means battles will be repetitive. Fortunately, Child of Light provides a large set of different enemies (with their weaknesses and strengths) and a fair number of party members, which help avoid boredom to some extent, particularly if you have someone around who can join in to control Igniculous.

    The combat mechanics are turn-based at their best, with many things to choose from during the planning phase: you can flee, use potions, revive a teammate, act, change party members, and a couple more things I don't remember.

    The environment and the story go well together, though the latter could be more solid. It's not until well in the second part of the game that events start to unfold; the first part is just "I have to go there...." But again, everything flows so smoothly, that you feel almost compel to carry on.

    Regarding puzzles, there aren't many, probably 10, and most of them are pretty similar and not challenging.

    After finishing the story you return to the game to complete any pending side missions that you'd like. Unfortunately, there's no way (to my knowledge) of selecting a mission as the active mission to get some hints and information in the map. So, unless you remember what was it about, you'll have to Google it.

    Besides potions, you can scavenge for gems, which you can combine to create more powerful ones, and equip to boost your stats. This is also something that could be better. There are 6 or 7 different classes of gems, but you can only mix 3 of them.

    The skill system is a bit messy, too. The skill tree is shaped like a maze, so you don't have a clear idea of your progress. Also, you can't improve a particular skill more than the others because the perks are chained together and you have to unlock them in sequence.

    I thank Microsoft for including this great game in the Gold lineup.
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  6. Nov 29, 2016
    8
    Finally turn based RPG and battle system is good. 2D graphic looks nice, crafting oculi is wonderful feature. If only game had a voice overFinally turn based RPG and battle system is good. 2D graphic looks nice, crafting oculi is wonderful feature. If only game had a voice over and weird lyrcs. Expand
  7. Mar 16, 2017
    1
    Ubisoft recycle son moteur 2D Rainman comme un gros crevard. Ici, une petite princesse de CE2 remplace l'autiste : elle aussi, elle saute etUbisoft recycle son moteur 2D Rainman comme un gros crevard. Ici, une petite princesse de CE2 remplace l'autiste : elle aussi, elle saute et même qu'elle donne des coups d'épée ! à ce copié-collé, Ubisoft a rajouté une couche de japoniaiserie bien niaise avec notamment un système de combat tout droit sorti de Final fientasy !

    ça peut plaire éventuellement à quelques chiards qui comptent les cartes mais pas davantage ! le tout est en 1080pet @60 im/s, ce qui me rassure sur les capacités de la Xbox One : c'est de la puissance et des performances... (!)
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