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Child of Light review
Jonathan Fortin


A rhyming review for a rhyming game

A Rhyming Review for a Rhyming Game

Child of Light brings to life
a gorgeous watercolor painting
And the entire script of the game
is comprised of awkward half-rhyming

Prose cannot express this
So Iíve decided that my review
Will also be written in awkward rhymes
And changing meter too!

Child of Lightís heroine
Is the feisty redhead Aurora
A girl who dies, only to awaken
In the strange land of Lemuria

The inhabitants there dub her princess
Though she despises the title indeed
She fights her way to answers
In the hopes that she can be freed

She aims to get home, to save her dear dad
From a slumber that could take his life
In her way are terrible beasts
But no sweat: sheís the Child of Light

Helping Aurora in her quest
Are many eccentric fellows
A love-struck mouse; a wizard (of course)
And her sister, who speaks only in bellows

A harlequin, too, who avoids her rhymes
Others correct her as if this is treason
Her lack of rhyme seems to breach etiquette
For in this world rhyme is the reason!

The characters are all quite charming
They donít bore or drive you to sleep
But on the other hand, it must be said
That none of them are very deep

The story, too, is rather shallow
It would not entrance as a book
But as an epic poem in a beautiful game
It is certainly worth a look

Aurora explores by flying around
With her talking firefly friend
Igniculus, his name is
If sheís injured, he can mend

Igniculus can light the way
And does much to intervene
He can open chests from afar
And slow down wicked fiends

Auroraís flight is hindered
By lava, spikes, and locked doors
The winds can be tough, but flying is fun
So navigation is rarely a chore

When Aurora meets an enemy
Sheís whisked to the battle stage
The previously-open world
Becomes a tactical cage

Who runs into whom will define
Which side makes the first jab
Fortunately, it should be said that
The battles systemís quite rad

To tell the truth, I hate turn-based fights
Most JRPGs make me cry
This didnít; itís hard to explain how in rhyme
But Iíll do my best to try

Each combatant follows a meter
Which is comprised of two parts:
Waiting, and taking action
Rather than science, itís art

If an enemy attacks before the time needed
To take an action has ended
Youíll be interrupted, and injured, too
And youíll wish you had Defended

You can take just two allies to battle
But swap them whenever youíd like
Fortunately, all will gain XP
Regardless of who joins the fight

Itís not mere turns; speed is defined
By your stats and by spells performed
Enemies can speed up, or slow you down
But likewise their speed can be shorned

Igniculus can slow down a beast
Until his light runs out
Which enemy to choose? The decision is tough
But it defines who wins each bout

The system, you see, is quite deep
And yet also accessible
It perfectly mixes the real-time
With the turn-based and tactical

Enemies have strengths and weaknesses
Elements like lightning and fire
If you prepare for this before battle
Your chances of survival are higher

Part of this involves oculi:
gemstones that add to your game
Your sword, enchanted with red oculi,
Will now glow with burning flame

Or that gem could buff your resistance
Or even add to your health
Mixing oculi makes them stronger
Gems have more value than wealth

Whenever you gain a level
You can add to your skill tree
Which branch you choose is up to you
This is, after all, an RPG

Child of Light is nearly the best
Final Fantasy game in years
Except that itís in a league of its own
Surpassing its inspirations and peers

Sure, the rhymes can be clunky
But thatís honestly part of the fun
It has artistic identity
Enough to be a home run

Between the lovely aesthetics
And the brilliant combat system
It becomes a thing of true beauty
Full of joy and true wisdom


fun score


Beautiful visuals; fantastic combat system; true artistic identity.


Occasional awkward rhyming; story lacks depth.