Finals season is often a very stressful time of year, if not the most stressful time for a student. No matter how much you want to, though, you can’t spend all your time working — you’ll burn out! Whenever finals season comes around, I often find myself drawn to one game in particular that is very soothing: Child of Light.
Child of Light is a side-scroller role-playing game. The game starts with the main character, Aurora, dying in the night of a mysterious chill…but then wakes up, alive, in a strange land. This strange land is Lemuria, and, in the style of old fairy tales, Aurora must go on a quest to get the sun, moon, and stars back from the evil queen in order to go back home to her father. Various people you meet along the way end up becoming your friends, and join your party.
You control the main character and any members of her party as you travel around the in-game world, fighting monsters to gain experience so you can become stronger and fight stronger monsters. The game is 2D, so you ‘scroll’ from left to right or vice versa. You’ll find lots of colorful characters populating the world, not least of which are the characters who join your party. I was touched by the relationship between Aurora and all the members of her party. It made some parts of the game, where their bond is tested, that much more emotional. It always warms my heart and helps me to calm down whenever I come back to this game and reacquaint myself with these characters.
Child of Light is like a work of art in and of itself. I cannot stress how beautiful it is; everything is hand-painted. I mean. Just look at that.
It’s beautiful. And that’s only one screenshot from the game. Exploring the lush landscapes, from the deepest well to the highest island in the sky, is pure joy. The soundtrack doesn’t slack off either. It sets the tone for you as you wander around the world, visiting towns and remote areas. Piano and string instruments make up the majority of the soundtrack, making a beautiful, emotional atmosphere.
Now, I don’t really make a show of it or say it a lot, but I am a feminist, and I want to lightly touch upon why this game makes me happy. Aurora is a great, strong character who grows and develops, and the game is filled with other great female characters.
If I have any critique for Child of Light, it would be the abrupt ending. Without giving any spoilers away, at the very end, you head from one boss straight to the very final boss. One final location with a few puzzles and enemies, and maybe some more interaction between the characters as they discuss fighting the final boss and what this means for all of them, would have been perfect.
Overall, Child of Light is a great game with great characters, beautiful music, and stunning visuals. If you ever you feel stressed, just play this game, and I guarantee that you’ll feel instantly better!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go listen to the emotional song Off to Sleep, my favorite piece of music from the game, and cry from the beauty. What? Crying can be relaxing.
Watch the launch trailer here! (Beware: it’s super cool *wink*)
It is also available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, and even PlayStation Vita.
Have you played, or are interested in playing, Child of Light? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!