Child of Light

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Child of Light
Child of Light art.jpg
Developer(s) Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Director(s) Patrick Plourde
Producer(s) Jean-François Poirier
Designer(s) Mélissa Cazzaro
Aurélie Débant
Writer(s) Jeffrey Yohalem
Composer(s) Cœur de pirate
Engine UbiArt Framework
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
PlayStation Vita
Wii U
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Platforming, role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution Download

Child of Light is a platforming role-playing video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. The game puts players in the shoes of Aurora, a child stolen from her home, who, in her quest to return, must bring back the sun, the moon and the stars held captive by the mysterious Queen of the Night.

It was released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in April 2014, and was released on PlayStation Vita in July 2014. It is powered by UbiArt Framework, an in-house engine by Ubisoft previously used for Rayman Origins and its sequel, Rayman Legends.


Child of Light centers on Aurora, a girl from 1895 Austria who contracts a physical ailment that kills her. A protection spell cast by her mother causes Aurora to wake up on an altar in the mythical land of Lemuria. Lemuria has had its sun, moon and stars stolen by the Dark Queen, Umbra. Aurora is tasked with recovering the celestial bodies and ultimately reuniting with her father, who is a duke.[2] Helped by her playable companion Igniculus the firefly and several unlikely allies, Aurora will face her darkest fears in this modern take on a coming-of-age story.[3]


Gameplay is described as having attributes of a side-scroller with RPG elements such as leveling-up to increase stats over time.[4] Battles with enemies utilize a system similar to the Active Time Battle system found in games like the Final Fantasy series and Grandia.[5]


Initially revealed at GDC Europe 2013 by Patrick Plourde, Child of Light is said to be inspired by Studio Ghibli and Yoshitaka Amano in its art style, and in presentation similar to games like Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy VIII and Limbo.[4]

Most of the core creative team is formed of people who worked on Far Cry 3; both games share a similar upgrade skill tree.[citation needed]


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS3) 90.00%[6]
(WIIU) 84.29%[7]
(PS4) 83.33%[8]
(XONE) 82.00%[9]
(X360) 80.00%[10]
(PC) 76.29%[11]
Metacritic (PS3) 89/100[12]
(WIIU) 83/100[13]
(XONE) 82/100[14]
(PS4) 81/100[15]
(PC) 76/100[16]
(X360) 74/100[17]
Review scores
Publication Score
Destructoid 8.5/10[18]
GameZone 9.5/10[19]
Giant Bomb 3/5 stars[20]
IGN 9.3/10[21]

Child of Light received positive reviews from critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation 3 version 90.00% and 89/100,[6][12] the Wii U version 84.29% and 83/100,[7][13] the PlayStation 4 version 83.33% and 81/100,[8][15] the Xbox One version 82.00% and 82/100,[9][14] the Xbox 360 version 80.00% and 74/100[10][17] and the PC version 76.29% and 76/100.[11][16]

Vince Ingenito of IGN gave it a 9.3/10, praising the combat system and visual style, although he also said that the rhyming felt forced.[21] Chris Carter of Destructoid gave it an 8.5/10, calling the combat system "straightforward, yet fun" and praised the story.[18] GameZone's Matt Liebl gave the PC version a 9.5/10, stating "Child of Light isn’t the type of game we’re used to from Ubisoft, but it’s the type of game this industry needs. It’s hard not to look at the game and admire its beauty, but underneath the gorgeous visuals is a thought-provoking story that’ll draw you in."[19]

Child of Light is praised for its (simple) battle system that grants diverse battles with many different monsters.[22][23]

IGN describes the game's multiplayer experience as being co-operative, and featuring Igniculus, a blue orb character who can help out Aurora during battle.[5]


  1. ^ Karmali, Luke (2014-05-20). "Child of Light Officially Headed to PS Vita". IGN. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  2. ^ Aziz, Hamza (2013-09-10). "Yes really: Child of Light is a JRPG from Ubisoft". Destructoid. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  3. ^ "Ubisoft's Child of Light Steps Out of the Shadows". Ubisoft. 2013-09-10. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Brown, Peter (2013-08-19). "Ubisoft unveils Final Fantasy and Limbo inspired Child of Light". GameSpot. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  5. ^ a b Sliva, Marty & Goldfarb, Andrew (2013-09-10). "Why We Love Ubisoft's Child of Light". IGN. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  6. ^ a b "Child of Light for PlayStation 3". GameRankings. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Child of Light for Wii U". GameRankings. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Child of Light for PlayStation 4". GameRankings. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Child of Light for Xbox One". GameRankings. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Child of Light for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Child of Light for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Child of Light for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Child of Light for Wii U Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Child of Light for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Child of Light for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Child of Light for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Child of Light for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  18. ^ a b Carter, Chris (28 April 2014). "Review: Child of Light". Destructoid. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  19. ^ a b Liebl, Matt (28 April 2014). "Child of Light Review: A mesmerizing fairytale". GameZone. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  20. ^ Navarro, Alex (May 7, 2014). "Child of Light Review". Giant Bomb. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  21. ^ a b Ingenito, Vince (28 April 2014). "Child of Light Review". IGN. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
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