Sky: Children of the Light is an open-world social indie adventure game developed and published by Thatgamecompany, the same company that made Journey, one of my highly praised games. It was first released for iOS on July 18, 2019. An Android version was later released on April 7, 2020, and a Nintendo Switch version was released on June 29, 2021. I decided to wait for the Nintendo Switch version to play the game. Nah, I lied, I had no choice but regardless, I played the game and it’s really damm good.

Sky: Children of the Light is an enchanting and beautiful experience, filled with a unique way of telling the story through the environment. It awards players who take their time to explore for themselves or with other players. In Sky, stories are told in a non-dialogue way using your candle to light blue Spirits and follow along their path to relive their memory. From there each Spirit’s memory teaches you an emote expression and you use these expressions to access certain areas in the game and communicate with other players. It’s very interesting and a unique experience to be able to see another player and use the emotes to let them know what you need them to help you with. Or you can just have fun with them.

The visuals in the game look great (sometimes). I say sometimes because it feels like the quality dips in certain areas, especially during the flight areas. Other than that, this game looks great on the Switch. Speaking of flying, to travel farther through the air, collect shining, golden Winged Light found throughout every level. As you collect more, you’ll add extra levels to your cape. It has the same premise as Journey’s scarf system that lest you glide across the deserty map. Flying in this game is damm near amazing, it’s such a sublime feeling soaring across the map, especially if you do it with other players.

I also gotta give the exploration some points too as it’s really fun exploring the map and seeing other players doing their own thing, or just admiring the scenery. Sky: Children of the Light really is a hidden game when it comes to social open-world games, and the best part is that it’s free. Yes, it got microtransaction but the whole game is free-to-play. It’s worth checking out if you’re looking for something to play.

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