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Child of Light demo video flies through a painted world

A new walkthrough video for Child of Light shows protagonist Aurora and her firefly companion Igniculus exploring a deserted village.

In the demo, Aurora and Igniculus come to a village inhabited only by crows and an old man, who informs the two that the place has been put under a spell originating in the local well. (The dialogue is all written in rhyme, says lead programmer Brianna Code, because Child of Light was designed as a living poem.) He joins the party, and the three of them delve into the well to sort things out.

Aurora is capable of flying anywhere in the 2D plane of Child of Light, and must take full advantage of her movement to dodge enemies. A second player, who controls Igniculus, can reach hidden treasure for her, disable traps and blind monsters so that they don't see her. However, if she runs into a monster the game's turn-based combat kicks in, and the video demonstrates how that works.

For more on Child of Light and its efforts to revitalize classic JRPG gameplay tropes, check out Polygon's hands-on preview.

Child of Light is scheduled to hit Windows PC, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 some time in 2014.

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