1. Child of Light
Child of Light is a beautifully designed and wonderfully animated riff on 2D, side-scrolling RPGs. Told as a kid-friendly fairy tale, the game features a complex RPG system and hugely explorable world. The story, combat, and gameplay each contribute to a wonderful sense of discovery, but the illustrated world wraps it in joy. Like something out of a hand-drawn Disney film, this unique world and its vivid characters leap vibrantly from the screen.
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Christopher Monfette is a longtime entertainment journalist with an addiction to cellphone puzzle games. Follow him: @cwmonfette.