A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
God of Light wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
Figuring out the basics of the game isn't hard. Control issues, though, could cause some frustration as you attempt to gain power-ups and collect all the diamonds on each level.
Products & Purchases
Players can pay real-world cash to unlock "fireflies" (which offer hints) for prices ranging from $1 to $4. If players do not unlock enough crystals as they play, they'll have to pay to unlock the next levels of the game for $3.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that God of Light is a puzzle game that uses physics-based reflections. Players aim a beam of light, reflecting it off mirrors until it reaches the target. There are some in-app purchase opportunities, though they're not especially aggressively marketed, and there's no violence or other objectionable content. If you fail to capture all the game's crystals on the first level, though, you'll have to pay to unlock extra levels. The game, in fact, might soothe players with its calming soundtrack.
Is It Any Good?
GOD OF LIGHT certainly is a soothing game, thanks to its wonderful soundtrack. It offers a new take on physics-driven games by tasking players to aim beams of light onto different mirrors to make them reach a destination (and players collect the obligatory gems on each level). Where the app falls short, though, is in its control structure, which is less precise than you'd expect, which can make it hard to aim the beam of light where it needs to go.
Also, although the game is, for the most part, good about not pushing in-app purchases, its insistence that players unlock every gem on every level to continue playing without paying is especially off-putting, since it charges an upfront fee in some versions. There's also not a lot of replayability here; once you've completed a level, there's little incentive to try again.
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