Steven Universe: Attack the Light!

Steven Universe: Attack the Light!
Developer(s) Grumpyface Studios
Publisher(s) Cartoon Network
Director(s) Chris Graham
Producer(s) Zach Moore
Composer(s) Dustin Bozovich
Platform(s) iOS, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date(s)
  • WW: April 2, 2015
Genre(s) Tactical role-playing game
Mode(s) Single-player

Steven Universe: Attack the Light! is a tactical role-playing video game developed by Grumpyface Studios and published by Cartoon Network. The game, based on the animated TV series Steven Universe and featuring a story written by series creator Rebecca Sugar, was released for iOS and Android mobile devices on April 2, 2015.[1] An Apple TV/tvOS version was later developed, which added "Diamond Mode", a higher-difficulty version of the game with added bonuses.[2]


Attack the Light! is a simplified role-playing game in which Steven and the three Crystal Gems—Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl — travel across multiple maps over five color-themed worlds. Players move across the map by swiping the touchscreen and can interact with chests, mechanisms, and hidden areas to obtain items that can either be used in battle or open up other areas. Some areas may be inaccessible until players solve a puzzle or obtain the necessary item from another level.[3]

During battles, in which the protagonists and the enemy take turns to attack, the Gems take offensive positions and fight against the enemy while Steven provides support, able to use healing and defensive abilities and access items. Most of the actions characters can perform require Star Points, of which there are a limited supply during each turn, though players can use items to increase their Star Points or choose to save them for their next turn.[3]

Similar to games such as the Paper Mario series, many of the actions performed feature gesture-based controls. Simple well-timed taps of the screen can be used to deal extra damage during standard attacks, or reduce damage taken from enemy attacks. Other abilities, which can be unlocked as each character levels up with experience, feature unique mechanics such as aiming a shot or repeatedly swiping the screen.[3]

If a Gem loses all of her Harmony (health),[4] she will retreat into her gem and stay in this state until an item can make her regenerate or until the battle ends, with the game ending if all three Gems are defeated. Players can find badges to equip to the Gems, giving them stat boosts, as well as earn currency that can be used to purchase additional items.[3]

Development and release

Attack the Light! was developed by Grumpyface Studios.[5] Rebecca Sugar, creator of the show it's based on, was "instrumental" along with the show's supervising director Ian Jones-Quartey in the development of the game. It was released on both the iOS and Android platform on April 2, 2015.[6] Publisher Cartoon Network promoted it with the broadcast of "Say Uncle", an episode of Steven Universe, the episode is a non-canon crossover to the network's other series, Uncle Grandpa.[7]


Aggregate score
Metacritic(iOS) 91/100[8]
Review scores
Pocket Gamer UK(favourable)[11]

Attack the Light! received critical acclaim. On Metacritic, its version for iOS has a score of 91/100, which indicates "universal acclaim".[8] It was assessed as "superb" by Destructoid, whose reviewer wrote that combat was very well-implemented, providing complexity but not confusion, and that the game's strongest quality was its personality, thanks to drawing on the TV series' voice actors.[3] Kotaku was also positive about the game, praising its unexpected complexity and depth as well as how it manages to capture the spirit of the TV series.[13] Alexander Aciman of Time called it an "absolute necessity" for fans of the show and one of the five best games released on the iPhone for second week of April 2015.[14] Stuart Dredge of The Guardian's website called the Android version "quirky yet accessible" with "bags of replayability". Like this version,[15] Dredge named the iPhone release one of the top games for its platform of the first week of April 2015, ultimately dubbing it "one of the most inventive, fun games of the year so far".[16] Matt Keeley of Unicorn Booty praised the Apple TV edition of the game, calling it a "playable episode", but noted a few instances where the game would freeze on the device.[17]


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  4. Medina, N. D. (April 6, 2015). "Steven Universe: Attack the Light Mobile Game Is as Cute and Worthy as the Show". iDigitalTimes. IBT Media. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  5. Dotson, Carter (April 2, 2015). "Attack the LightSteven Universe Review—Power Levels Over 9000". TouchArcade. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  6. Rad, Chloi (March 31, 2015). "Attack the Light game based on Steven Universe headed to iOS and Android this Thursday". Pocket Gamer. Steel Media. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  7. Milligan, Mercedes (April 1, 2015). "Uncle Grandpa and Steven Universe Crossover Premieres April 2". Animation Magazine. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
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  13. Fahey, Mike (April 6, 2015). "There's a Steven Universe RPG, and It's Excellent". Kotaku. Gawker Media. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  14. Alexander, Aciman (April 13, 2015). "The 5 Best iPhone Games of the Week". Time. Time Inc. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  15. Stuart, Dredge (April 6, 2015). "20 best Android apps and games this week". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  16. Stuart, Dredge (April 6, 2015). "20 best iPhone and iPad apps and games this week". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  17. Keeley, Matt. "Attack The Light: The Steven Universe RPG That Nails The Show". Unicorn Booty. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
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