“Sky: Children of the Light” will have your lights on all night


Pearl Wang

Mobile games, the computer game squished into a smaller screen, do not usually generate the usual traditional “gamer” image with astronaut helmet headsets, five monitors and specialized chairs that have their own abs. Mobile gaming usually comes with some dismissal by the general public as “low quality” and “amateur level”. However, Thatgamecompany was able to break the mold to create something in turns of character, detail, and graphics worthy to stand alongside the computer games. It’s a quest based game filled with small flying children called “Sky: Children of the Light.”. 


From relatively simple designs of the characters, it brings the expansive world the “children” live in to greater focus. The Sky world resembles the vast virgin mountains and ruins of Machu Picchu, with wide skies and thick clouds overlooking sprawling hills. The atmosphere blankets the far off silhouettes that streams of sunlight streak out from. The game’s design of the lighting and shadow combined with flight controls truly makes all the dreams of clouds and birds come to life. The sounds of the world from the far distance cry of flying whales, to the rustle of rain against leaves, to the ringing sounds from other players makes Sky extremely immersive and realistic. The golden sun beams as they hit the clouds in every perfect sky photograph and dreams of flying is something that the user can interact with and personally experience. Who needs to walk when flying is available? 


The characters have minimalistic designs. One would usually expect the squint worthy multitude of details of usual games that often flies over the player’s head. The usual key indicators of gender and race are absent which allows the user to not feel unrepresented. Plus, the game allows silly little dances so closely resembles the movements of innocent children. Watching them play and hold hands with another child brings back memories of a more carefree and happier time. 


Sky is designed so that interaction can make the game more enjoyable. In Sky, characters can send hearts, call out for help, hold hands and leave messages. While a feature such as leaving a message for other players to read isn’t unusual, those stations are usually slightly hidden. Reading messages from people around the world that also play the game truly gives the player a sense of companionship especially during difficult times. 


Considering it’s a world filled only with children, Sky is made available to everyone. Its world, citizens, and welcoming nature truly makes this game not only unforgettable but also family friendly. Sky is absolutely recommended for anyone who wish to experience a Pixar-movie worthy exploration without wearing astronaut headsets and sitting in a chair with abs.