Parents' Guide to

Unleash the Light

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tale based on TV show shares values of kindness, friendship.

Game Apple Arcade 2019
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This one's for Steven Universe fans who love a good, classic turn-based role-playing game. Unleash the Light captures the show upon which it is based almost perfectly -- which is perhaps to be expected, given the assistance provided to the game's developers by the show's creator, Rebecca Sugar. The energetic cartoon aesthetic and familiar characters voiced by the original actors makes it almost feel as though we're playing a series of interactive episodes. More than that, it's true to the cartoon's heart. The heroes are kind and supportive to one another, and the writing provides some true laugh-out-loud moments. If you don't love them already, you're bound to begin caring about and rooting for all six of these pleasant protagonists over the course of the game.

Happily, exploration and combat are a match for the story. Navigating dungeons by sliding to move between rooms is fast and efficient, meaning you're unlikely to ever lose track of where you are. And the tactical battles are a blast. They start out on the easy side, but as the game goes on, players will need to master a timing mechanic that involves tapping the screen at precisely the right moment to defend against enemies or deal extra damage when attacking. Plus, as characters learn new abilities, choosing the right one (or the right badges, charms, and costumes prior to battle) at the right time and executing it properly can mean the difference between success and failure. Unleash the Light is that rare game based on a TV show or movie that not only captures the soul of the source material, but also manages to deliver some pretty entertaining action, to boot.

Game Details

  • Platform: Apple Arcade
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Cartoon Network Games
  • Release date: November 27, 2019
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: December 19, 2019

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