Sky: Children of the Light game comes from famed designer Jenova Chen and beloved studio thatgamecompany, on iOS devices including iPad. Intended as an entry point to gaming that upends conventions and seeks new ranges of emotional expression, Sky was revealed during Apple’s iPhone keynote in 2017 as a mobile-first game and an iOS exclusive at launch.
Currently the game is available for iPhone and iPad and is expected to arrive on Android, Mac, Apple TV, Windows PC, and consoles sometime in the future. From the award-winning creators behind Journey and the highly-acclaimed Flower, comes a ground-breaking social adventure that is set to warm your hearts.
About the game Sky: Children of the Light
In this game you play as a nondescript, child-like being who walks and flies through varied 3D environments collecting light, helping beings, solving puzzles, and working with friends to bring light back to your world.
The game is laid out like a theme park—thatgamecompany President Jenova Chen told the Los Angeles Times that he explored Disneyland for inspirationwith a central hub connected to numerous other areas, some essential to the story and others not. As in Journey, you will come across other players in your travels, but the social and communication systems in the game are much deeper now. You can make friends by sharing light, using emotes, hugging, and performing other joint activities to establish a bond of friendship. Ultimately, you can even chat with them—something you couldn’t do in Journey.
The goal of the game
The goal is to explore emotions that are not often part of games but are common in other media. In terms of the emotional range of interactivity, games are very biased toward younger men. In childhood psychology, any gamer that goes to a virtual world immediately reverts to baby mode. The morality, the moral value, does not carry into a virtual space. In any virtual space, people are seeking maximum feedback.
The team that made Sky went through a series of iterations to not only make a game where collaborative play is more central than competitive play or trolling, but where it comes from a place of sincerity rather than necessity.
Sky: Children of the Light app features
In the kingdom of Sky, you can
- Soar and explore 7 dreamlike realms to uncover the mystery
- Encounter and socialize with like-minded players from around the world
- Feel free to express yourself with a delightful selection of character customization
- Team up with others to adventure into darker realms, save spirits and uncover ancient treasures
- Gift candles of light to share appreciation and grow friendships
- Enjoy a unique musical experience and create harmonies together
- Join an ever-expanding world with new upcoming attractions, including seasonal events and expansion of realms
- When you accept an invite, you will get a prompt to name your new friend.
- Better messaging for when it’s not possible to join a friend’s game
- You can listen to the credits song “Constellation” as a constellation gate behind the butterfly gate in Prairie to prevent first time player from entering it and get lost
Sky is free to play, but it comes with a few in-app purchase options. In some cases, you can buy currencies—these currencies could also be acquired through normal play without too much friction, based on our experience so far—and in others, the game’s scheme resembles the seasonal model found in popular free-to-play titles like Fortnite and Apex Legends. Buying a season pass gives you access to more content and more options for progression and that costs AU$14.99
The app requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, 12.9-inch iPad Pro fifth and sixth generation.