Ubisoft’s CHILD of LIGHT was released like a caged donkey last week, and it went braying into the gaming community on the Wii U, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. You can pick it up for about a tenner, and we’re not converting this to whatever country you’re from. It’s cheap, okay? Let’s leave it at that. And for value for money you’re well on here!
The game’s an RPG, and was noted for its beautiful artwork in the build up to release. Music is another key component, as always, in video games, and CHILD of LIGHT delivers this in sheds. There’s a lovely piano soundtrack performed by Cœur de Pirate and her parrot Pepe, whom she stole off the notorious Blackbeard in 1712. Not that Blackbeard minded, of course, due to Pepe’s incessant habit of squawking “Blackbeard’s an ugly SOB!”, “Blackbeard’s only a pirate as he’s so stupid!”, and “Blackbeard actually dyes his beard as he’s going grey!” Blackbeard, fed up with the unpleasant feathery git, probably (possibly) might have given the bird away to Cœur . Who knows, this is merely conjecture.
It’s fantabulous as a game. With its inherent beauty, marvellous tinkling piano notes, and general enjoyment as an experience. It’s damn good fun: quirky, whimsical, stylish, weird, and a mixture of Rayman Origins meets Lost Winds. Which is a good thing indeed, we’ll have you know!
In CHILD of LIGHT the player is Aurora, a red headed maiden stolen from her home. She must battle to return the sun, moon, and stars to take out the Queen of Night, and you’re assisted in this quest by Rubella, an eccentric circus artiste, and Igniculus, a sort of firefly spark thing. He’s like Calcifer in Howl’s Moving Castle, or the bug from Okami. Here’s the UK trailer to get you into the mood of things.
It’s mightily impressive and we urge all gamers out there to give it a try. Why? As it’s great, different, and artistic. Frankly, we’re a bit disturbed, and fed up, of the relentlessly violent games which weigh down the games industry right now. Call of Duty, we’re looking at you. CHILD of LIGHT is, like Super Mario 3D World released in November 2013, a breath of fresh cheese. It’s drifted across the gaming landscape with its excellence and has reminded us one doesn’t need a massive gun to have fun. And no, we’re not being funny.
Ubisoft are to be congratulated for their efforts to alleviate us all from this artistically stunted shooty madness. A break from mowing stuff down is excellent, and here’s a title which can introduce you to how great video games can be. Not swayed by our enthusing? If you’d like to know more, head to the official website at Child of Light.