Review Son of Light
An endless runner-like shoot’em up
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 23 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Responsive controls, your ship is customizable, fun and solid gameplay
The graphics are low-fidelity, enemy types don’t vary much, bosses are a bit too easy
Even though I’m not very good at them, shoot’em ups are a genre of games that I absolutely love to play, and I’ve been really happy to see a good amount of good ones coming out recently. Son of Light for Android is one that teeters on the edge of being good and also just being good at dangling a carrot in front of my face.
The game isn’t very impressive to look at and that’s a shame because I think it would definitely help its case a bit. As it stands now, it looks like an old arcade game from the early 90’s. The enemies in the game also feel kind of the same. You end up seeing the same ones over and over again. Eventually they’ll change colors which just means they’ve got more health and you’ll need more bullets to take them down. One complaint of mine is that even the fodder enemies in this game can be bullet sponges.
Every time you start up a new playthrough you’ll have a chance to time a good launch, which really just lengthens the time you’ll need to pick up a boost power-up. As you wipe enemies off you’ll find the boost power-ups and money to get power-ups and get further in the game.
When you die you’ll basically have to start over, but the idea is that you’ll upgrade your ship and get further the next time. What I like the most about the game is that you can customize your ship with a ton of different weapons and you get to choose where to place each weapon, so it kind of gives your ship an identity of its own.
Son of Light is a game I had a lot of fun with, but I honestly think that’s all due to the customizability options for my ship. Gameplay is good but you see the same enemies over and over again and boss fights aren’t super engaging. Plus, since you have to replay the same content over and over again, boss fights becoming incredibly trivial. I’d love to see some more variation.
Mow through endless enemy spaceships
Author: Vlad Popa
Date: 15 May 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7
Simple and addictive gameplay, decent graphics and soundtrack
No significant shortcomings
Son of Light for Android falls in the classic arcade shoot-‘em-up category. The game is easy game to pick up and play, rewarding the user with the enjoinment that this genre is known to provide.
We are presented with a bird’s eye view of a spaceship that the player must maneuver around enemy crafts and their projectiles while it continuously fires at opponents automatically. Destroying spacecraft will drop currency in the form of golden diamonds and arrows that will boost the player’s speed. Collecting said arrows will shorten the time needed for the player to encounter bosses and bypass a lot of its their minions that would otherwise put a dent on the player’s ship.
There is no recovery between fights and to finish the game users must basically face a cycle of death until the ship satisfies the upgrade requirements to reach the end baddie. The currency mentioned above will have an important role for the user to progress through the game since upgrades are bought with them which include hit point upgrades, guns and many more.
The controls are simple as you just have to swipe on your screen for the ship to follow the user’s finger moves. Though the response time does feel a bit slow when it comes for the ship to follow your moves this is only obvious when facing a tight squeeze and the player needs to perform some sharp turns.
Son of Light is simplistic, yet well-built game, being very beginner friendly with decent graphics and a soundtrack designed to keep the user entertained while playing.