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SHINE - Journey of Light

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Capture the light in calm, unique runner.

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This unique runner game offers a stark contrast to the typical fast-paced frantic fare kids usually find. Light blobs slowly float across the screen, and calming music contributes to the meditative feel. Also doing its part to create that mood are the graphics, which are quite beautiful. The effect of watching that little light blob illuminate dark corners is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also surprisingly comforting. Of course, Shine - Journey of Light is still a challenge-based runner game, and all the calming elements in the world don't take away from that sense of frustration when you just can't get past a level. Furthermore, the controls feel a bit off, and it can be annoying when that little light blob just doesn't move the way you want it to. It would also be nice to see when the blob is losing strength to avoid sudden surprises. Hints for stuck moments would also be helpful. Thankfully, being able to adjust the level of challenge is a great kid-friendly antidote that mostly -- though not fully -- addresses these problems. With 40 levels and an accompanying narrative that guides players through a mystery to solve, kids may easily get hooked.

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