Child of Light is a game that can really capture your attention. Right off the bat you notice how beautiful the game’s design is. If I could compare it to something, it would be that of a water color painting. Child of Light takes place in the magical world of Lemuria, and follows Aurora and her companion Igniculus on a journey to return the sun, moon, and stars which have been stolen by the Queen of the Night. The game is an old school turn based RPG, that also happens to be a side scroller. The dialogue is equally as charming as the game’s aesthetics due to the fact Child of Light is supposed to be a playable poem.
Regarding gameplay mechanics, players can fly around the game world, exist, and enter houses. Aurora can choose to accept or turn down quests from various characters over the course of the game. In response, the “choice you make will impact your journey”, but to what extent the game is impacted is unclear, although it might allude to alternative endings. During battle sequences, you can attack when a character’s symbol enters the “cast bar” at the bottom of the screen. Different attacks have different cast lengths and effects. There is some strategy to the game as enemies can cancel out your attack if they hit you during your cast animation. Like in many RPG’s skill points will be utilized in skill trees to upgrade Aurora. There are also items called “oculi” in the game that can upgrade your weapons.
The most interesting aspect of the game I found is the use of Igniculus, her partner, and a mysterious glowing orb of light (that looks similar to a Dragon Quest slime). Igniculus can be controlled by the games A.I. or, in co-op, be controlled by a second player. Igniculus has the ability to blind enemies allowing Aurora to sneak past and avoid battle, find hidden chests, and is essential for solving puzzles throughout the game. During battle sequences Igniculus plays a tactical role; slowing down enemies and healing allies. A second player can also leave in-game messages for friends, like where to find hidden treasure chests or warning players about upcoming battles.
Although, there is no solid release date for Child of Light look for it in 2014.