A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
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What's it about?
In SKY: CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT, you are a child of the light who's sent to explore the world and find your lost brethren. This requires you — or, if you prefer, you and a friend — to explore this vast world, using light in interesting ways to locate and rescue your lost comrades. To do this, you not only have to use a variety of touch controls, but also need the right angle for each puzzle, as this game is more about exploration than action. Can you save everyone using your powers?
Is it any good?
The thing about being unique is that not everyone will appreciate it, which is something this strange adventure game illustrates brightly. In the adventure game Sky: Children of the Light, players have to explore a vast, artsy world to find their lost brethren. Doing so requires players to run, fly, light a lot of candles, and just generally explore a beautiful land of deep deserts and lush forests. None of this will come as a surprise to fans of the games Journey and Flower, both of which were made by the same people as this epic adventure.
But then, if you weren't a fan of those games, especially Journey, you might find this to be just as uninteresting. Like that game, this can be a bit slow, especially when you have to cross a great distance. Sure, it looks great, but not if you're someone for whom the journey is not the destination. It's also the kind of game where you're not told what to do or where to go, which is part of the fun for some people, but may be frustrating for those who are more goal-oriented. This also has the added issue of being on mobile devices; clearly, this would work much better with a game controller and a big TV with a nice sound system. But having said all that, if this is your kind of game, this may become your next obsession. The pairing of artsy visuals and haunting music makes it fun even if you just wander around aimlessly, while the puzzles are clever but also fit the environment. That's why Sky: Children of Light is, well, a journey worth taking.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about working together. Sky: Children of the Light encourages you to play with other people, so how do you think you could be a better co-player? How helpful are you when other people are concerned?
While Sky: Children of the Light is free, you can spend money to buy more quests and other add-ons, but does it make sense to spend money on a free game? What if by doing so, you made it possible for them to make more games? Does it make sense to spend a lot of money on a free game?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Price: free with microtransactions
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: July 24, 2019
- Category: Adventure Games
- Size: 196.70 MB
- Publisher: Thatgamecompany
- Version: 0.5.6
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android varies with device
- Last updated: May 19, 2021