Sky: Children of the Light comes from Thatgamecompany, the same developer behind the critically-acclaimed titles Journey, Flower, and Flow. Sky offers an experience closest to that of Journey, where the player gets to explore a beautiful world in an effort to discover an evolving story that's told through meditative puzzle-based gameplay. Unlike Journey, Sky is a title that was built to focus more on a multiplayer aesthetic where players can easily team up with friends and strangers to journey through the world together while solving the game's many puzzles. Sky: Children landed on iOS at the tail end of last week, but it is also coming to Android sometime in the future, and you can pre-register on the Play Store right now.
If you watch the trailer above, you'll quickly notice that Sky: Children of the Light is a gorgeous game that offers tranquil visuals and peaceful music. This is by design. Sky doesn't play like your average mobile game. Heck, it doesn't even play like a traditional console game. Each player is free to journey through the game's 3D world at their own pace. You can complete the entire title as a solo player, though there's a lot more fun to be had when you team up with a few friends. Exploration is key, and since there's a bunch of hidden secrets to discover, those that spend their time exploring every nook and cranny will be rewarded.
We don't know the official monetization details for the upcoming Android release just yet, but if you take a look at the Apple App Store listing, you'll see that Sky: Children of the Light is a free-to-play iOS release that includes in-app purchases that range all the way up to $49.99, which includes a season pass system. While there's no way to know for sure if this is how the Android release will be monetized, it's still a pretty good sign that we should probably expect the same.
Over the weekend I spent some time playing Sky: Children of the Light on my iPad Pro, and I can confidently say that it's a solid casual game that looks gorgeous in action while leaning heavily on exploration-based cooperative gameplay, which easily sets it apart from the crowd. While the game's monetization on iOS leaves a lot to be desired, it would appear that it's balanced just enough to allow free players to have a good time. So if this sounds good to you, make sure to pre-register for Sky: Children of the Light through the Play Store widget at the bottom of the page.
Sky: Children of the Light is available in early access as a test release
The watchful eye of our dear leader Artem just discovered that a testing release for Sky: Children of the Light is available on the Play Store. It appears to be in early access that's accessible to the public. Currently, there's no telling if it's actually intended for public testing, though I have installed the game and can confirm that it works. I have noticed that my OP6T warms up quite a bit while playing, so it's definitely a demanding game, but that's no surprise since the iOS version also warms my iPad Pro to uncomfortable temperatures. What's interesting is that this release is a separate Play Store listing from the one linked in the article above, which means it could be removed at any time. With that in mind, hurry up and grab the early access release for Sky: Children of the Light from the Play Store widget below.
Sky: Children of the Light will be officially released on Android in April
Android players, assemble! 🤖
We're beyond excited to share Sky for Android will be opening its gates globally and arriving in April. We can't wait for everyone waiting to join us in #thatskygame!
— Sky: Children of the Light (@thatskygame) March 17, 2020
It's been a few months since we last heard anything from the team behind the Android version of Sky: Children of the Light, an upcoming free-to-play exploration-based game. Back in October, a secondary listing for the title was released on the Play Store so that the public could test the game as an early-access release. Well, today, the game's official Twitter account has announced that the title will arrive sometime in April. Of course, the actual date it should arrive in April is still a mystery, providing the dev with ample opportunity to make another announcement as we move closer to the official release, whatever day that may be. Of course, if you'd prefer to receive a notification upon release, you can pre-register through the Play Store widget at the bottom of the page.
Sky: Children of the Light is now available on Android
In March Thatgamecompany announced that Sky: Children of the Light would officially land on Android in April. At the time, we didn't know the exact day the game would arrive, but it would appear the title was officially released on Android sometime last night. Having played the game for a few hours this morning, I can confidently say that it's a worthwhile port that runs flawlessly on my OP7P. Much like when I tested the beta release on my OP6T, my OP7P heats up like the dickens, but the performance was never hampered, and so my framerate was stable the entire time. Keep in mind, this is a demanding game, and so the better your hardware, the better your experience.
For the most part, Sky: Children of the Light plays similarly to the rest of Thatgamecompany's titles, though the inspiration from games like Flower and Journey are clearly visible throughout. I'd describe the game as a relaxing experience where exploration is key, and while there are objectives to complete in order to unlock new levels and skins, I found I had more fun simply exploring my surroundings than searching out goals to complete. It's also worth keeping in mind that Sky: Children of the Light an online game where you can team up with friends and random players alike, so it's even more fun to explore with a buddy or two. And since the game is free-to-play, anyone can jump in to check it out. While in-app purchases that range up to $49.99 per item are present, I find that they are totally unnecessary, unless you want to unlock the game's content at a quicker pace.
All in all, Sky: Children of the Light is a quality port, and while it is a demanding game, the fact that it's free means everyone can check it out without spending a dime. So if you're eager to see what the Android version of Sky: Children of the Light has to offer, feel free to grab the install from the Play Store widget at the bottom of the page.