Child of Light is a side-scroller and RPG all rolled into one. Up to two players control Aurora and Igniculus. Aurora uses her various platforming skills, including using flight, to explore the world and also has various combat skills to dispatch enemies with. The second player controls her following ball of light, Igniculus, who supports her outside of combat by revealing hidden areas and interacting with objects, as well as inside combat with healing powers and stun effects.
Child of Light centers around Aurora, a girl from 1895 Austria who contracts a physical ailment that causes her to fall asleep. Upon waking up, Aurora finds herself in the mythical world of Lemuria which has had its sun, moon and stars stolen by the Black Queen. Aurora is tasked with recovering the celestial bodies and ultimately reuniting with her father, who is a duke