Children of the Sun

Children of the Sun

released on Apr 09, 2024

Children of the Sun

released on Apr 09, 2024

Burning with anger, The girl wages a one-woman war against the cult, taking them down cultist by cultist, bullet by bullet, until she reaches her true target: the leader. Along the way she will unravel the dark truth about this mysterious order and the atrocities committed by them in the name of their master. In this tactical third-person puzzle-shooter you assume control of one bullet, guiding it through increasingly complex and challenging levels to kill cultists, trigger traps, and reshape the environment. Every shot counts and ruthless precision is rewarded. Taking down the cult is deeply satisfying; doing it with style even more so.

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Children Of The Sun is a highly stylised puzzle shooter that takes the bullet time moments from Sniper Elite and develops the idea into a full game. Most levels consist of scouting the location and marking enemies before executing a Wanted style bullet bending blood bath.

The story is one of revenge that sees the protagonist taking her anger out on a cult that left her family in ruin and death. Children Of The Sun presents its story via brief comic style cutscenes providing short insights into the history of the main character and their relationship to the cult. Most levels are separate from the story and just see you taking down stronger and stronger outpost as you get ever closer to the cult leader. Occasionally however there will be a level that directly progress the story but these are few and far between and only near the end of the game.

Gameplay wise Children Of The Sun strives to take a small idea and stretches it as far as creatively possible. This leads to some fun and unique concepts that don't overstay their welcome. With the core mechanic being bullet time this idea develops and introduces bullet redirection, slow-mo and high caliber speed to tackle a variety of different enemy types and scenarios. Latter gameplay becomes more of a puzzle game as you try to solve who to kill first and who to keep alive for a latter redirection. I did find this to become quite tedious in particularly the last 2 levels as I got relative stuck for extended periods of time due to either poor puzzle execution or long distance aim (I was playing on my Steam Deck and may have had better luck with a mouse).
One of the biggest drawbacks I found was the mini games that were randomly thrown in. These were not good and felt really out of place. Thankfully there wasn't many and only 1 was particularly difficult, but I feel it would have been a better experience with the removed completely.

The mood and atmosphere for Children Of The Sun is great and can be particularly satisfying at times. However there doesn't seem to be much keeping me engaged. You can battle other players for a high score but apart from that Children Of The Sun feels very one and done.

perfectly executed idea with great pacing and top visuals. banger

Very cool concept, good execution, the game only takes 1 go of your hard drive. The story is very gritty that's not my thing but it's cohesive.

It becomes quite hard after a while but still it's very fun and clever

Ich hatte noch nie so viel Spaß dabei Kultisten in den Kopf zu schießen wie in Children of the Sun und konnte nicht genug kriegen von der stylish-splatterigen Kombination aus Puzzle und Sniper-Action. Der Look des Spiels ist einzigartig und vor allem die Effekte und Zwischensequenzen sind so verdammt stylish, dass es einfach nur Bock gemacht hat, sich alles anzugucken. Die Lernkurve ist fair, die Levels knifflig aber nie unmöglich und das Leaderboard bietet mehr als genug Langzeitmotivation.

A Grasshopper Game wich wasnt made by grasshopper.
Neat concept with pretty unique presentation. Im not a person who is heavenly into beating highscores in games like this but allows a bunch of min maxing for peoble who do.