Child of Light

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Original, accessible, fun RPG stars lots of strong females.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about strategy, think about poetry and creative writing, and will be exposed to characters expressing love, empathy, and loyalty in this terrific, female-led role-playing game. Both girls and boys will benefit from seeing a cast of independent and intelligent female characters solving problems, being strong, and expressing genuine emotions. The rhyming, flamboyant dialogue, meanwhile, could get kids interested in creative writing and thinking about new ways to construct stories. Plus, the game's tactical battles demand forethought and calculation -- as well as the ability to learn from previous mistakes -- in order to achieve success. Child of Light is a smart, strategic role-playing game filled with positive female role models that tells a moving story both girls and boys will love.

Positive Messages

The female-centric story is largely about helping people and standing up against evil on behalf of those who cannot do it themselves. Characters make virtues of empathy and forgiveness, and the heroes' actions repeatedly suggest that the greater good should outweigh individual need.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Aurora is a strong, smart, capable girl. She's devoted to her family, loyal to her friends, and willing to sacrifice herself to save others, if need be. She's perhaps a little overeager to jump into battle, but she's also highly adept at coming up with solutions to problems and talking through situations with those willing to listen to her.

Ease of Play

Two levels of difficulty provide challenge options suitable for both RPG rookies and genre veterans. Younger, less-experienced players can assist more skilled players by controlling a firefly that doesn't engage directly with the enemy in battle, but instead serves as a co-operative helper.


Human and humanoid characters fight a variety of fantastical and human enemies in turn-based combat using swords, bows and arrows, and magical spells. Characters typically leap into the air to deliver attacks, then jump back to their original place. Damage is represented by flashes of light and staggering movements. There is no blood or gore; enemies simply fall and disappear when defeated. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character in what appears to be a pub is seen smoking and enjoying a pipe, with fumes spreading outward from the tobacco bowl.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know Child of Light is a turn-based role-playing game with a cast composed mostly of strong female characters, including a young princess, her friends, and several female villains. The heroines are clever, caring, resourceful, and independent, and none of them are sexualized. In battle they and their male companions wield swords and magic, but there's no gore or sensational violence. Damage to enemies both human and fantastical is depicted via flashes of light, and defeated foes simply fall to the ground and disappear. The ESRB rates this game for ages ten and up due to fantasy violence, but it's relatively mild. You might consider letting slightly younger kids play.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byErinmyfanwy August 31, 2019

Brilliant for girls and boys!

This was an utterly charming game that had my daughter, 10 yr old son, and 40 yr old Daddy really enthralled. The graphics are beautiful, very painterly and lo... Continue reading
Adult Written bylgiorcelli April 9, 2021

Great to enjoy with kids

I play it with my 6 years old daughter and we really enjoy it. The game has the option of playing as a companion and help the protagonist to advance in the game... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byGrace the Crepu... April 18, 2021

This is the best game for teens to play during quarantine.

So this game is beautiful and I mean beautiful in art. The artists did a great job on the colors and the place looks really dreamy and awesome to live in.

The... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byEeviumZ December 25, 2019

A lovely RPG for kids young and old

This is a spectacular game with a lot of charm and heart. It stars a young female protagonist (Aurora), who (thankfully) is not sexualized at all. In fact, no o... Continue reading

What's it about?

An adolescent 19th century European princess finds herself whisked away to the fantastical land of Lemuria in Ubisoft Montreal's downloadable RPG CHILD OF LIGHT. The new world in which she finds herself -- two-dimensional and hand-painted -- is beautiful and mysterious, and filled with bizarre creatures. Some of its inhabitants are friendly, and several even join her on her journey. Others are entities of darkness, and move to attack at first glance. Armed only with her courage and a sword she finds embedded in a stone, the princess tries to make her way back to her world, solving puzzles, finding treasures, and engaging in plenty of turn-based battles along the way. Then, just when it seems she's about to complete her quest, things take an unexpected and dreadful turn that leaves her more lost and alone -- yet even more resolute -- than ever before.

Is it any good?

Set in front of a gorgeous backdrop of living paintings and starring a cast filled with smart and independent female characters both good and evil, Child of Light is an original and daring role-playing game. It challenges many accepted notions associated with role-playing games -- not least of which is its dialogue, which is presented in poetic verse. Yet at the same time it pays homage to RPGs of decades past, delivering a compelling active-time turn-based battle system, rewarding character growth, lots of hidden treasure chests to open, and even a bit of gemstone crafting to upgrade characters' stats and abilities.

Plus, it's accessible to a broad range of players. Despite the predominantly female cast, there's nothing here that ought to turn off boys. And with a couple of well-constructed difficultly levels and storytelling that keeps things simple without dumbing anything down, it's that rare game that can be appreciated by players young and old. Indeed, the best way to play may be with an older player controlling Aurora and her party and a younger one in charge of the delightful little firefly that zips around the world and battlefield, helping by distracting enemies and picking up bits of energy floating in the air. Regardless of how you play, though, there's little doubt Child of Light is one of the best family-friendly downloadable games of the year.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how girls and women are depicted in games. In your experience, what stereotypes do female characters tend to suffer? Do you think Aurora and her friends conform to any of these stereotypes?

  • Families can also discuss art in games. Child of Light has an imaginative style that feels almost like a painting come to life. Would you have preferred something that looked more as though it were generated by a computer, as in most other games? Why or why not?

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