Fox and Sheep's Mesmerizing "Journey of Light" | Touch and Go

A new app by the German developer has been nominated for two Webby Awards.

Shine–Journey of Light has been nominated for two 2019 Webby Awards (to be announced on April 23), in the categories of Family & Kids and Best User Experience. Deb Whitbeck reviews the app below.

 

A beautiful night sky sets the backdrop in Shine–Journey of Light: An Atmospheric Side Scroller (Fox and Sheep GmbH; iOS $2.99, 3.99; Android; K-Gr 5) as users are informed that the lights (stars) are gone and they must help locate them.

A soothing tune by Christian Maier is heard as viewers go underground to the 40 levels and scenarios they must search through by tapping, holding, and releasing. Users' lights glow brighter upon connecting with more lights, but should they fail, they must begin the level over again. Success finds players exiting through an underground door and appearing back on the surface before diving down to the next level. Playing time can be hours.

Headphones are suggested for optimal effect, but otherwise instructions are mostly nonexistent as intuition guides the users. The luminous illustrations by Oliver Popp, featuring a mysterious underground world, are mesmerizing. Multiple players are allowed with the "family-share" set-up." For a sneak peek of the game, a trailer is available. The app is available in 14 languages. A full-version purchase is recommended. VERDICT For younger users, this game is ideal. For early elementary children for the challenge and the artistic and musical content. Deb Whitbeck, formerly of West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI

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