Parents' Guide to

Child of Light

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Original, accessible, fun RPG stars lots of strong females.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

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. It has battles by turn that are not difficult to play with kids. It also has some scary moments, but we played it together and we really enjoy it.

This title has:

Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 7+

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 lovely. The game play was just at the right level, and this was the first game that really got my daughter wanting to play by herself. She needed a little help with the battles at the start. All was age appropriate and the story really captivated her. It was great to see a game based around a strong female character who is dressed properly, rather than there as eye candy. Thoroughly recommend!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (4):

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.

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