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    Game Info:

    A Game for Good Christians 
    Number of Players: Minimum of three
    Genre: Card game
    Number of Cards: 300 (60 creed cards, 240 canon cards)
    Expansion packs: 2 - Why We Can't Have Nice Things and Wisdom Books, 54 cards in each (12 creed cards, 42 canon cards)
    Price: $35 for the game, expansion packs are $18.50 each, bundles are cheaper 

    Thank you A Game for Good Christians for sending us a review copy of the game!

    A Game for Good Christians was developed by Christians, Bible nerds, teachers, preachers and seminary students.  Just because it was made by Christians doesn't mean it's innocent.  In fact, the game is very mature and recommended for ages 16 and up by the makers.  

    If you really dig into it, the Bible does have a lot of mature content in it.  There's war, genocide, violence, and sexual acts recorded in it.  Needless to say, some Bible books and stories are best left omitted in graphical children's Bibles.  While I don't mind the obscure facts coming to light, my main gripe against this game is the cussing used to get the point across.   

    For example, in Exodus 33:22-23 when God let Moses see his glory as he passed by, wasn't God speaking out of his a**.  This game doesn't pull any punches on the controversial topics like Noah's encounter with his son in Genesis 9:22.  Their website goes more into detail on their stance regarding this being more of a sexual encounter than a mere observation.  

    A Game for Good Christians
    Highlights:

    Strong Points: You'll learn about obscure Bible verses not mentioned in your normal Sunday sermons
    Weak Points:  Tough finding open minded people to play this with (once found they'll want to play again!)
    Moral Warnings: Crude language, sexual content, violence and alcohol references

    While I have read the Bible several times over, there have been moments where I had to crack it open to get the context of a few of the cards.  Believe it or not, this game can be a great learning experience!  

    Those  who have played Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity will be familiar with the game rules.  If you haven't played either of those games I will warn you that Apples to Apples is more family friendly.  The cards themselves are glossy and high quality.  The text was easy to read for my husband and I, but my mom needed to wear her glasses to play.  The facepalming Jesus graphic on the back of the cards is in color and priceless.  

    The game play is simple and easy to learn.  There are two types of cards: creed/topic cards and canon/player cards.  Each player gets seven creed cards and takes turns being the Pharisee or judge.  The Pharisee draws a creed card that will require one or two response cards from the players.   After they have been anonymously given to the Pharisee, they will pick a winner based on humor or accuracy.  The winner will get to keep the canon card and the first to collect five cards, wins.  

     

    A Game for Good Christians

    For reviewing purposes we played this game in two forms.  The first time my husband and I played it intact with my mom while she stayed with us for a couple of days.  We played a couple of rounds with her and she enjoyed it and looks forward to playing it again the next time she is in town.  The second form was with our kids after we removed objectionable cards from the deck.  The cards removed had bad/crude language, body parts, or sexual acts we'd prefer not explaining to our kids just yet.  

    In order to play this game with our kids, we removed about 40% of the deck.  Despite wishing we removed a couple of more cards, we all had a good time playing this game. Not surprisingly, the kids tended to go for the silliest answers over Biblical accuracy.   Even with the suggestive and foul language cards removed, there were plenty of silly answers provided.  So given that this game can be fun without the  crude content, it begs the question as to who the target audience is.  Conservative Christians will be put off by the harsh language while non believers may be intrigued at how this game pokes fun at the Bible.

    Would Jesus play this game?  I cannot answer that question.  Yes He has a sense of humor and is the author of it, but some of the cards are blatantly disrespectful.  In the game's current form, I would not invite my pastor over to play it.  In the altered form, I may play it some more.

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    Game Info:

    Alpha/Omega: Lucifer's Rebellion
    Developed By: BUD Games
    Published By: BUD Games
    Released: May 10, 2018
    Available On: Windows
    Genre: RPG
    ESRB Rating: None
    Number of Players: 1
    Price: $0.99 on Steam

    Thank you BUD Games for sending us this game to review!

    Alpha/Omega: The Christian RPG is a cute game developed and published by BUD Games. On its Steam page, one of the tags is RPG Maker, implying that that was the software used to make the game. Alpha/Omega has nice, catchy music that sometimes has lyrics, and when it does, the lyrics are Christian based (and very much appropriate for the setting of the game).

    The basic story of Alpha/Omega is that your character, Mindy, and her friend Steve are excited to play the hot new game, Alpha/Omega. (Most of the game’s action takes place in its Alpha/Omega.) When Mindy launches the game, her avatar is nameable. This Alpha/Omega is a game that is supposed to run through the whole Bible, and the first story that this game starts with is called Lucifer’s Rebellion, and it focuses around how Lucifer rebelled against God and created sin. So far, this story is the only one in Alpha/Omega.

    Highlights:

    Strong Points: Great story; has a very good way of recreating the story of the Bible it is focused upon
    Weak Points: Several typos; short (only 1.5 hours so far)
    Moral Warnings: RPG violence

    Mindy’s avatar and Steve’s avatar, Stevenator, are seen by the other characters to have somehow come from the future, and the demon characters which are fought in battle want them to die, because they are against the plan of God’s creation of humanity. Mindy’s character and Stevenator have to save the Lord’s iconic angels, like Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, as well as Uriel (who is portrayed as a girl). In the first playthrough of the game, there is also an angel named Kota that helps you as well. The main goal of Lucifer’s Rebellion is to get to God’s courtyard and fight Lucifer and his angels.

    Before the crew gets to the courtyard, Mindy and Stevenator are told the story of how Lucifer held a meeting with all of the angels to get them to join his cause. Of course, Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel don’t agree with Lucifer, but all of the other angels shown do. After the battle in the courtyard, the game seems to make you prepare for some sort of battle, but the story doesn’t go on at all from there. The game isn't very complete at all; as of the time this review was written, there is only one story so far.

    The avatars are cute; and the graphics are fairly simple. The drawings to represent the character’s expressions are reminiscent of anime art; and said avatars seem to be pixelated chibis. The game’s dialogue, however, has typos, for example, I saw one line where the first letter of the sentence wasn’t capitalized.

    Score Breakdown:
    Higher is better
    (10/10 is perfect)

    Game Score - 56%
    Gameplay - 13/20
    Graphics - 4/10
    Sound - 6/10
    Stability - 5/5
    Controls - 4/5

    Morality Score - 92%
    Violence - 7/10
    Language - 10/10
    Sexual Content - 10/10
    Occult/Supernatural - 9/10
    Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

    The controls are also very simple; you can use the arrow keys to move or you can click on the spot you want your character to go, and they will go there. In battle, you can use X to change your party if, for example, one of your party members dies. In the settings menu, the difficulty can also be changed. The default is 50%, but it can go as high as 200%. (I played it on 50%; there’s no way I would have been able to beat it on 200%.) In the menu for other game functions, several Bible verses are mentioned when you click on items, and in the Alpha/Omega inside of it, it starts out by stating Revelation 12:7. It takes about 45 minutes to clear the first part of Alpha/Omega, and you can play it again and make new choices. The angels that help you are also aware that the game has been played before, and they remember the characters, but they know that they need to act out their roles as well.

    When you play it, you can find paintings in the game that will prompt a one-question quiz based off of the painting. For example, there’s a painting of Michael with his foot on Satan’s head, and the game will ask you a question about Michael. If you answer the question correctly, you will get you 10 Hero Points, which are basically the equivalent of coins or gold in other RPGs. There is also a DLC available for Alpha/Omega that gives you 1,000 Hero Points in the form of a chest. Alpha/Omega also has things you can do while you're not playing the game's Alpha/Omega, for example, Mindy can get tempted by the devil and he has to be defeated.

    If you are a fan of RPGs and are looking for a Christian RPG, then this is the game for you (if, of course, you don’t care much about the quality). It’s very kid-friendly, and would be good to show your little ones to introduce them to the Bible (after, of course, the game gets more Bible stories to tell!).

  • Amazing Bible (PC)


    Developed by: Digital Praise
    Single Player
    Available on PC/Mac, iPhone
    Pros: Fun, Christian themed game play
    Cons: Blurry graphics

    System Requirements
    Windows XP, Vista, 7, Mac OS X 10.3
    1GHz or G4 CPU
    512MB RAM
    3D accelerated NVIDIA or ATI video card
    200MB HDD disk space

    Thanks DigitalPraise for sending us this game to review!

    Amazing Bible is a fun Christian puzzle game that you can pick up and play for a few minutes or hours. Your goal is to move two red and blue jewels simultaneously through a maze to their goals. The distance between the two jewels varies with every level. There are over one hundred levels that increase in difficulty. Each level is themed after a story in the Bible and the game will walk you through Genesis to Revelation.

    The main obstacles in the maze are tiles. Most of the tiles cannot be budged but some of them can shatter, move on their own, or move when you push them. There are even buttons to launch projectiles to smash tiles in your way. A new effect is revealed after clearing seven consecutive mazes so there is always something to look forward to.

    The PC/Mac version of the game comes with a Maze Editor. The maze editor seemed a bit clunky but it gets the job done. I was hoping to be able to design a maze from scratch but you’re limited to just editing existing mazes. When you choose a maze, the background music comes bundled with it. To edit the maze you have to choose what you want the tile to do and then click on the destination.

    The controls are pretty straight forward; you can use the mouse or the keyboard to move the jewels across the maze. I prefer using the keyboard.

    The background music varies with the different maze themes. It was always pleasant to listen to and fits the game well. The sound effect for bumping into the tiles got annoying after a while.

    Graphically speaking this game has its plusses and minuses. The game’s graphics are good for a puzzle/maze game. I like the variety and different themed tiles. The Bible story font was easy to read but the blurry game menu font I wasn’t too fond of. My biggest complaint is that this game does not allow you to change the screen resolution thus making the game look blurry on my big 24” LCD monitor. Another gripe is the installer did not let me choose a different drive to install the game onto.

    When it came to stability the main game ran without any problems. In order for me to get the maze editor to work initially, I had to run the game in administrator mode. After I created a maze, administrator mode was no longer necessary. I’m not sure if this issue affects the Mac version or not, as my son already ruined my install disc, so I cannot verify it.

    From an appropriateness standpoint this game is pretty safe and fun for people of all ages. The stories can be a little violent but they’re in the Bible. Some of the Stories mentioned are the plagues of Egypt, Joseph the dreamer, and Samson.

    All in all this is a fun and unique puzzle game for the family. My kids are mesmerized by it. With a price tag of $9.95 I highly recommend checking it out. There is no multiplayer and no demo available so you’ll have to take my word for it. I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t an option to adjust the screen resolution but you can edit the commonConfig.xml file.



    Game Play 16/20
    Graphics: 7/10
    Sound: 7/10
    Stability: 4/5
    Controls/interface: 4/5
    Game Score: 35/50
    Appropriateness: 50/50

  • BibleMinis is a puzzle game that is not only fun, but educational as well.  There are various levels inspired by Bible stories. As you complete all of the stages, you will have the story animated and narrated for you.  You can re-play the movies by going to the Movie Gallery; as you progress in the game, you will unlock more movies.

    How do I play? 

    Like many puzzle games, your goal is to eliminate tiles by matching up three, four, or five, like tiles; this is done by swapping about adjacent tiles. You can only line up adjacent tiles.  When you match up four or five items, you will get a special item in play that can help you by calling angels to clear a row or column for you.  The objects have a colored background to start; your goal is to replace them with transparent ones.  Some levels also require you to bring an object down to the last row.  There’s a handy counter on top to let you know how many moves you have available.  In the rare event that you run out of moves, the tiles will shuffle around so you can continue to play. If you get stuck, the game will help you by flashing a movable piece for you. 

    There are two game modes: classic and timed.  In timed mode, you will lose a life if you haven’t completed the level before the time runs out.  If you lose all of your lives, the game is over.  (I prefer the classic mode, I don’t like the pressure.) 

    What stories are represented within the game?

    • Adam and Eve
    • Noah’s ark
    • Moses and the plagues
    • David and Goliath
    • Daniel and the Lions
    • Jonah
    • Samson

    Graphics

    The graphics are colorful, and the cartoon characters and animations are well done. The animated movie shorts look nice, too. The pieces are very distinguishable and are easy to work with. There is nothing too fancy in terms of graphics, though they are on par with most puzzle games out there.

    Sound

    When you match pieces together there is a jar breaking sound.  The background music is a bit repetitive and loops, but it is pleasant to listen to.  The voice acting for the movies is good. 

    Controls/Interface

    This is a mouse driven game, and it’s very easy to play and maneuver around. 

    Stability

    I did not run into any problems playing this game.

    Multiplayer? 

    This is a single player game only.  It’s highly re-playable with the two different game modes.  

    Appropriateness

    This game is Bible based and teaches good Bible stories.  There is animated violence but it’s very tame. 

    Final Thoughts 

     

    If you like puzzle games, BibleMini’s is worth checking out. There is a demo available that will allow you one hour of game play and up to ten uses.  The full game is a reasonable price of $9.95.  There is no standalone full version available to buy; you have to download the demo and unlock it to the full version.  You can see the game in action on GodTube.
     

    Final Ratings

    Game Play 16/20
    Graphics 8/10
    Sound 7/10
    Stability 5/5
    Controls 5/5
    Appropriateness 48/50

     Final Score 89%

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    System Requirements
    OS: Any with java (virtual machine needed for Windows) CPU: 486 or better RAM: 32MB VIDEO: No 3D acceleration needed SOUND: 16 bit Age: Everyone Bible: KJV

    I am sure almost everyone has heard of the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. This game has many similarities to the show but adds so much more! For starters, you are not going for one million, but two million virtual dollars! That\'s not all, the questions are based on the bible. So you get to test your knowledge and learn along the way. The game is very fun and I would recommend it for all ages.

    How do I play the game?

    When you start the game you have to create your player. After that, get your bible out and be prepared for some tough questions. They have a database of 2,000 random questions so it\'ll never be the same game twice. If that\'s not enough, you can add your own! The dollar amount starts off at $250 and works up to 2 million. The questions get harder along the way to make you work for your winnings. You are timed on answering, so flipping through the Good Book is not always an option.

    Do I get life lines?

    YES! Just like the TV game show, you have life lines in case you get in a bind. You can ask a bible expert like Adam, Job, Amos, Joshua, Malachi, Peter, Mary, etc. Their expertise varies with how close the questions relate to where they contributed to within the bible. For example you may not want to rely on Adam for a question on Revelation. Fortunately they will say in their answer if they responded with confidence or hesitated. There\'s another option to Zap two answers, this is helpful at times. My favorite lifeline is to poll the audience, they rarely fail me.

    Appropriate?

    From a Christian perspective this is a biblical game and I see nothing wrong with it. It can be a great learning tool for memorizing scripture or learning it more! I like the look up verse feature after you answer a question and how it automatically shows the verse when you answer incorrectly. This game can be fun for the whole family or church group.

    Overall experienceEase of use

    The game was fun and easy to play. It\'s single player only, so the only way to compete against others is in the winners list. There are quiz editors and options to add questions to keep the game interesting. The graphics are simple but they work well. There\'s no need for fancy video cards or 3D rendering to run this game. The background music was pleasant and the sound effects when used were fitting. You just need a mouse and keyboard to play. The only technical difficulty I had was with the java virtual machine. Microsoft\'s latest didn\'t work so I recommend you use theirs. This game is real cute and can be enjoyed by anyone. I highly recommend it and for $19.95, you can\'t go wrong!

    Final Ratings

    Graphics B Game play A Sound B Interface A Stability A- Offensive Content A+

    Overall 92% A-

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    System Requirements
    OS: Windows CPU: 486 or better RAM: 32MB VIDEO: No 3D acceleration needed SOUND: 16 bit Age: Everyone

    Think you know your bible? You know it enough to consider yourself a genius? Test your knowledge with this game! There are 300 questions to help you become a bible whiz. Try it, it\'s fun for all ages.

    How do I play the game?

    When you start the game you first choose how many players there will be. You can have up to three players, each getting their own buzzer key. After that, you get to choose how many questions/rounds you want to play. You can play a 7, 14, or a 21 question game. There are 12 avatars you can choose to represent yourself. If you don\'t like the people ones you can play as a dog or a cat. There are mystery faces too if you choose to remain anonymous.

    How do I score points?

    At the beginning of each round there are three catagories to choose from. The dollar amount changes constantly so try to grab a high value one if you can. Be careful though, even though you may win a lot, if you answer incorrectly, you will lose the same amount. When you miss a question you will be boo\'d or laughed at. The sound effects are cute. If you are the only player you will win no matter how low your score is.

    Appropriate?

    From a Christian perspective this is a biblical game and I see nothing wrong with it. It can be a great learning tool for learning about biblical stories and characters. When you miss a question it does not show you the correct answer, so you\'ll have to keep guessing until you get it right. (Or look it up on your own) This game can be fun for the whole family or church group.

    Overall experienceEase of use

    The game was fun and easy to play. The multiplayer aspect is great. There are only 300 questions so you will see repeats. However, There is a quiz editor so you can add or delete questions. The graphics are simple but they work. There\'s no need for fancy video cards or 3D rendering to run this game. The background MIDI music was nice but a repetative. I love the sound effects for when you get a question right or wrong. The controls are easy, you just need a mouse and keyboard to play. This game is real cute and can be enjoyed by anyone. I highly recommend it.

    Final Ratings

    Graphics C+ Game play B Sound B- Interface A Stability A Offensive Content A+

    Overall 84% B

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    System Requirements Windows 98/ME/XP Pentium II 400 DirectX compatible video card ( 3D acceleration 8 or 16 MB Video-RAM recommended ) 64 MB RAM or better. 90 megs free hard drive space. DirectX 8.0 or higher

    Swing into action with Bongo the Bible loving monkey. Your quest in the demo is to find the key to a treasure chest in the dangerous jungle. Armed with your slingshot and a limited amount of banana ammo, your adventure awaits!

    Bananas?

    That\'s right you\'re armed with your Bible knowledge and bananas. Each shot at your enemies costs you 50-100 banana points so we need to constantly replenish our ammo supplies. To get more bananas you can find them, gather Bible scrolls or answer Biblical trivia questions. Be careful, if you answer a question incorrectly, you\'ll get pushed away and take some damage.

    What kind of Bible Trivia?

    You will be asked to place prophets and books in the right chronological order. There are some good questions I took a beating on a couple of times. Some of the questions are pretty easy, like: \'Which book is a collection of 150 poems about God that were originally meant to be sung?\' Some of the tougher questions ask you how many books are in the Old Testament and New Testament etc.

    What kind of enemies will I fight?

    The jungle is home to some big carnivorous plants. These babies will gobble you up whole; fortunately you can out run them if you\'re out of bananas. The other enemy in the jungle you\'ll encounter are mummies. Mummies are faster and smarter. Not only will they duck from the bananas coming their way, they will run away from you as well. They have more hitpoints than the plants, be careful of these guys.

    Appropriate?

    Other than pelting plants and mummies with bananas I think this game is pretty clean. It\'s no different than your Nintendo 64 style games. In fact, this game reminds me in many ways of your classic clean console games, except with Biblical questions.

    Overall

    Bongo Loves the Bible is powered by the A5 engine. The surroundings are 3D rendered and look pretty good. The demo level is big and has some secret areas for those who like to explore. As with many console games you\'ll come across some jumping puzzles. The controls are limited to the arrow keys, and there was no option to change to my beloved WASD. The mouse cursor was a bit difficult to navigate on the menu. One annoyance is that the mouse cursor is always visible during game play. I did get stuck once in a level, but the game is stable otherwise. The sound effects were nice. The menu screen has a theme song which is cute but the game play music is a tad repetitive. There is some music variety when fighting mummies, but other than that it\'s the same loop over and over. The game looks to be single player only. It does have great potential. It\'s a fun way to learn the Bible. Check out the demo. Or buy the game for $19.99.

    Final Ratings

    Graphics B Game Play B+ Sound C Interface C+ Stability B+ Appropriateness A-

    Overall 77%

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    Game Info:

    Captain Bible in Dome of Darkness
    Developed By: Bridgestone Multimedia Group
    Published By: Bridgestone Multimedia Group
    Released: 1994
    Available On: MS-DOS
    Genre: Adventure/Educational
    ESRB Rating: None specified
    Number of Players: Singleplayer
    Price: Freeware (Special Edition, regular not sold anymore)

    Note: The Special Edition is recommended for those who wish to play this game, if only because it's confirmably freeware.

    A lot of Christians play video games, but not many video games are explicitly FOR Christians. Sure, a lot of games have Christian themes, and many have moral lessons suitable for Christians, but few explicitly adhere to the Bible.

    The problem is half practical and half for reasons of creativity. A strict hewing to the Bible makes it hard to make a lot of creative license regarding the source, and for practical reasons, games involving a strict reading of the Bible cannot introduce elements that would run counter to the morals of the Bible; otherwise they are merely Christian-themed, not Christian-specific. For example, most fantasy games are very hard to keep biblically aligned if you strictly follow God's laws on depictions of magic, which he explicitly forbids for humans to practice.

    Undeterred by this, Bridgestone Multimedia Group decided to make a game following the Bible as much as possible; hence, Captain Bible was created. Unconnected to the "Bibleman" series (save some common themes), it's a game that still features a hero whose weapons are spiritual and his enemies are the enemies of the Spirit in a literal Christian sense.

    The gameplay is simple enough. You are the main character, dispatched by the Bible Corps to infiltrate a city held siege by a tower holding the people inside under a deception field, which has turned them all astray from the Word of God. You must free the seven people inside the tower who can shut off the field while defeating the various robotically enhanced foes further augmenting the deception field.

    Highlights:

    Strong Points: Good usage of the Bible as in-universe material for better equipment and game progression
    Weak Points: Slightly wooden controls; Limited music; Samey environment detail
    Moral Warnings: Mild if bloodless violence against robotic beings

    The game is an isometric adventure game where you collect various Bible verses, and when you encounter the various "Cyber-Liars", you counter their deceptive responses with the right Bible verse to spike their lies. If you succeed, this triggers an over-the-shoulder combat mode where they try to lash out because their lies have been seen through, and utilizing a sword and shield (a game metaphor for spiritual warfare), you defend against the Cyber Liars' attacks and strike them down, allowing Captain Bible to progress further until you have brought down the tower.

    The game has rest points in chapel areas where your faith (health) can be restored, and some mild RPG elements can enhance your equipment (based on the Armor of God as described in Ephesians, and finding the proper verses to unlock them is required) to make the combat sections easier. The other half of the game is a clever mnemonic device for memorizing Bible verses in disguise, as you must use the best verse possible to counter the Cyber Liars. You will also have to use said verses to open up new areas, where your knowledge will be tested.

    By the standards of 1994 DOS games, the graphics were quite good and still hold up. The game has a sci-fi motif featuring a lot of crisp-looking colors, and the Cyber Liars feature a lot of interesting designs. The cutscenes feature a lot of well-animated sequences that resemble a lot of the better Sierra adventure games, though the exploration can get somewhat tedious and boring due to the prevalence of tight corridors and samey design in the exploration areas. These areas have a penchant for monochrome shades, which can also make evaluating your progress hard without frequently checking your map. There are a few hazards like electrical fields you have to navigate, and these sections are a tad hard to pass unless you get the timing down, though you can save anywhere to minimize the annoyance.

    Sounds are not very varied, and music is somewhat sparse and repetitive, though what you do hear does the bare minimum of setting the sci-fi atmosphere. Controls are a mix of adventure games and a limited-action RPG model, and while the latter is generally responsive, the former tends to be slightly stiff since your character moves between corridors every time you press a directional key, and this can be annoying in the more samey-looking areas, where it's possible to quickly get lost.

    Score Breakdown:
    Higher is better
    (10/10 is perfect)

    Game Score - 72%
    Gameplay - 15/20
    Graphics - 6/10
    Sound - 6/10
    Stability - 5/5
    Controls - 4/5

    Morality Score - 106%
    Violence - 7/10
    Language - 10/10
    Sexual Content - 10/10
    Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
    Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10 (+6 for teaching Christian morals and showing the wickedness of evil)

     

    Game stability is quite excellent for a 1994 MS-DOS game. While it runs fine on the actual OS it intended for, the age of the game means many will either be running it in a virtual machine, DOSBox, or via web browser (where this game has been embedded on some sites for play), and I am pleased to say it works well in all three cases provided you can easily run those mediums.

    Morally, this game has very few issues. Language and sexual content are entirely absent. There is some mild violence against robotic beings that is devoid of blood and gore but given they are a game metaphor of spiritual warfare, it still remains very tame in the depiction. Occult and supernatural influences are basically absent; this is a game designed to condemn such activities. Any elements deemed even remotely magical are shown either to be illusions meant to lead people astray or are gifts granted your character as a result of prayer to God, who is, given the theme, an explicit force for good. Culturally and ethically, this game lines up explicitly with Christian values, and Christian morals are a constant theme of both gameplay and narrative.

    It is worth mentioning, however, this not a game easy for non-Christians to get into. This game has a clear theme of teaching those who already believe in God common verses to defeat spiritual deceit. This doesn't mean a non-Christian would find it hard to play, but it's more aimed at the converted than a game for convincing the unconverted.

    It does have flaws, but from a gameplay perspective, it can be fun if the nigh identical corridors and wooden adventuring controls don't annoy you. Aside from the very mild violence mentioned, its basically as morally upright as it's developers could make it while adhering to a strict hewing to Biblical precepts.

    In essence, if you want a purely Christian-aligned game, this is a gaming classic worth giving a look, especially if you love old time-adventure games.

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    Game Info:

    Christian World Quiz
    Developed by: Tentacle Solutions
    Release Date: January 14, 2015
    Available on: Android, iOS
    Genre: Quiz
    Number of Players: Single-Player
    ESRB Rating: Not Rated
    Price: Free with ads

    Thanks Tentacle Solutions for making this app and letting us know about it!

    How well do you know your Bible? What better way to find out than take a test on it, right?  Christian World Quiz offers two quiz modes, Survivor Mode and Speed Mode.  Speed Mode is for seeing how many questions you can get right in ten seconds.

    No matter many times I have tried doing the Speed Mode, my max score is four.  Not to toot my own horn here, but this number should be higher.  It's not that I don't know the Bible, the problem with this is mode is that it does not take into consideration loading times of the questions into the ten second limit. 

    Christian World Quiz
    Highlights:

    Strong Points: Challenging questions; high score gives you motivation to do better
    Weak Points: App is unstable and unusable at times; ads
    Moral Warnings: None!

    No matter how well you do, the score will be kept for you to improve upon (if possible).  In the event that you do get a question wrong, it will be waiting for you when you fire up that same quiz mode again.  This could give you an unfair advantage if you know the correct answer ahead of time.   

    In Survivor Mode you get to keep on answering questions until you mess one up.  Just like the Speed Mode, if you get a question wrong, it will be the first question on your next go around.  My highest score here was twenty-five I believe.  I'd love to verify that but at the time of writing this review, this app crashes upon launching.

    Christian World Quiz
    Score Breakdown:
    Higher is better
    (10/10 is perfect)

    Game Score - 46%
    Gameplay - 5/20
    Graphics - 7/10
    Sound - 6/10
    Stability - 0/5
    Controls - 5/5

    Morality Score - 100%
    Violence - 10/10
    Language - 10/10
    Sexual Content - 10/10
    Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
    Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

    Besides not even running, as if that's not bad enough, many of the questions were broken when this app first launched.  Some of the buttons had the wrong text in them or none at all.  When you have a nice streak going, there's nothing like a nasty technical glitch to ruin it for you. The devs have fixed many of those broken questions, but what's the point if the app doesn't run at all? 

    The graphics are colorful and the text was easy to read when it was properly placed.  I don't recall if there was any background music and I can't launch the app to verify.  I do recall decent sound effects though.

    Another issue worth noting is that the developers are catering to multiple religions with their ad supported games.  Not only do they make Christian Quiz games, but Muslim ones too!  When it comes to Christian games and apps I prefer to support ones made from Christian studios.

    Regardless of how I feel about the developers releasing multiple religious variants of their games, I would avoid this app altogether because it simply does not run.  Why waste space on your phone or tablet for something that doesn't work?    

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    Game Info:

    Chronicles of Gavri
    Developed by: Antediluvian
    Release date: January 1, 2017
    Available on: Windows
    Number of players: Single-player
    Genre: Fighter
    ESRB Rating: Not rated
    Price: $9.99

     

    Thank you Antediluvian for sending us this game to review!

    We’ve reviewed many types of Christian themed games ranging from Bible trivia ones to first person shooters.   Chronicles of Gavri is the first Christian themed beat ‘em up game that I’ve played.  The game doesn’t hide its Christian theme and starts off by retelling Genesis’ creation. From there a little more creative license is used for setting the backstory of the game.

    Gavri is a warrior of God who has been trained in the celestial combative arts in order to defeat the emperor’s army.  The emperor of Nod and his subjects are godless descendants of Cain while Gavri and his family are descendants of Seth.   The bloodlines are intermingling and debauchery is happening as a result.  It’s time to bring the fear of God back into people.   

    Chronicles of Gavri
    Highlights:

    Strong Points: A Christian beat ‘em up game
    Weak Points: No menu system; no controller support; level objectives are not clear; graphics are low resolution; progress is not saved
    Moral Warnings: Violence and bloodshed

    Upon launching Chronicles of Gavri, Windows 10 tried to stop me by saying that this game could be potentially dangerous.  Be prepared to make an exception as this game is safe to play.   Another surprise was how small it appeared on my 2560x1440 resolution monitor.  I'm not sure what the exact resolution is, but the game is about 2" by 2".  So tiny!   Pressing the shift button or alt+enter will make the game run in full screen mode.  The art style is unique and I like it, however it’s low-res and pixilated when at full screen.     

    The attack moves are accomplished by utilizing the arrow and space bar keys in various combinations.  Sadly, there are no menu options whatsoever and there is no way to re-map the controls or use a gamepad.  To ensure your survival, it’s in your best interest to master both the offensive and defensive moves.  Gavri and the enemies are nicely detailed and their attack moves look good, but the sprite flipping when changing directions is very noticeable and often doesn’t register right away resulting in some free attacks from the enemy.    Whenever an attack succeeds, some blood sprays out from the victim.

    Chronicles of Gavri
    Score Breakdown:
    Higher is better
    (10/10 is perfect)

    Game Score - 58%
    Gameplay - 10/20
    Graphics - 5/10
    Sound - 7/10
    Stability - 5/5
    Controls - 2/5

    Morality Score - 85%
    Violence - 2.5/10
    Language - 10/10
    Sexual Content - 10/10
    Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
    Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

    Numerous soldiers will head your way and they are often wielding weapons, shields or even riding what appears to be velociraptors.  Once all of the enemies are defeated you’ll be sent to the next level/chapter.  There have been times where I made it to the end of the level and had to go back to the beginning to find a straggling soldier that somehow evaded a finishing blow.  On a different level I cleared out all of the enemies and was scratching my head wondering why I didn’t advance.  As it turns out I had to free some prisoners by attacking their cages.  This was not explained or made clear at the beginning of the level.

    Another mystery is Gavri’s health.  As Gavri and the enemies get hurt they start to turn red.  When they are a dark maroon color they are near death.  I prefer health bars to show how much life a unit has left in them.    

    If Gavri dies, he gets to retry from the beginning of the level.  Once the game is exited (by pressing the esc key), all game progress is lost!  Having an option of resuming from the previously played chapter would be nice.  

    In the end, Chronicles of Gavri has an interesting premise, but is too rough around the edges to enjoy at this time.  Hopefully the developer incorporates some of the feedback provided in this review.  There is a demo available to try out before parting with $9.99.  I highly recommend playing that first.

  • System Requirements
    OS: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP CPU: Pentium 500Mhz RAM: 128MB HDD: 600MB VIDEO: 32MB Direct X 8.1 compatible SOUND: 16 bit Age: Everyone

    Based on the famed Pilgrim\'s Progress novel by John Bunyan, Heaven Bound is set in a world of Christian Allegories. Our lone adventurer, Christian, must find the narrow pathway leading to Heaven. He is aided on his journey by Evangelist and other characters he meets along the way. Beset with trials and tribulations he must overcome ancient mysteries and vicious demons. Seek always the prize and do not be discouraged, for though the road is long and hard, great indeed is the reward.*

    How do I play?

    So you want to go to Heaven? Well talk to people around the towns and see what they have to you. What, they don\'t want to talk? Well seek the evangelist, he\'ll tell you what to do. Follow his directions and you\'ll begin your journey. When you start the game, the evangelist will give you the staff of Moses to ward off demons. To charge it up, find the altars and answer some bible questions correctly and get ten charges for each correct answer. There are some jumping puzzles in this game, the demo has a second level dedicated to jumping across poisonous swamps with sinking stones. Very challenging and kind of annoying. I believe the full version is a tad easier. :) There\'s more than jumping around so that\'s good.

    What kind of enemies are there?

    From what I\'ve seen in the demo you will encounter little demon looking monsters. There are bosses in this game so be prepared! The AI was decent, the enemies will attack when you hit them or come close to them. Often times you can lure them into danger and take advantage of their stupidity.

    Glitches?

    I\'ve encountered a few bugs along the way. For starters the game detects your joystick and there is no way to disable it. I had to unplug mine to stop my character from moving out of control. I also experienced trouble loading some of my saves. For example I would load my save and the mouse would hover over the new game and a new game would load if I didn\'t move my character right away. (This made dieing VERY frustrating). On a positive note, the developers really do care and were very responsive to all the comments I have made. The final version will have many tweaks so that\'s always good news.

    Appropriate?

    This is a Christian game so naturally it\'s pretty clean. It\'s all about spreading God\'s truth to those who do not know him. Along the way you\'ll fight demons and bosses but there\'s no blood, just cool explosions when you defeat them. I liked how they included a message on how to become saved right in the game menu, way to go!

    Overall experienceEase of use

    This game is easy to install and play. The graphics remind me of Final Fantasy VII in a way, not sure why. The characters are cartoony and the environments are decent, not a whole lot of detail but you can tell what objects you have to interact with. Although the buildings look 3D at certain angles they are paper thin, kind of like a Hollywood studio. The voice narration is good and very fitting. There are some sound effects when attacking monsters, nothing spectacular. The game engine does support OGG music files so that\'s cool. There is no multiplayer from what I\'ve seen, nor can you adjust the difficulty. So the replay value is a bit limited. If you like adventure games and don\'t mind the occasional jumping puzzles Heaven Bound is worth checking out. It\'s got a great message and you might learn more about God\'s word while having fun! Check out the demo! The full version of the game retails for $39.95.

    Final Ratings Graphics B- Game play C Sound B- Interface B Stability C
    Offensive Content A+
    Overall 76% C
  • Game Info:

    Keys Of The Kingdom
    ESRB Rating: E
    Available On: PC
    Genre: puzzle
    Number of Players: 1
    Price: $19.98, $3.75 used
    (Amazon affiliate link)

    System Requirements
    Windows® 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista
    Pentium® II 400MHz processor or faster
    64MB RAM Minimum
    150MB free hard disk space
    12x CD/DVD-ROM drive or faster
    16-bit 4MB DirectX compliant Video Card
    16-bit Windows compatible Sound Card
    Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher to view solutions (available free on the Internet)
    Mouse

    Thanks Inspired Media for sending us a review copy!

    Sir Lancelot and his faithful horse Solomon must travel to the king’s castle to save their town from oppression. There are several gate guardians along the way and many puzzles to solve to meet the king face to face. When you come across a gate guardian there isn’t a boss battle or anything spectacular, just a little more of the story is revealed. As you progress, the puzzles do become more difficult. The first few puzzle are pretty much no-brainers.

    Keys of the Kingdom is a unique puzzle game offering one hundred challenging levels. The goal of each level is to unite the lock and the key blocks that are often divided by bombs, pulleys, and blocks of various colors. You can only slide blocks horizontally so making sure there\'s nothing between the lock and key blocks can be challenging at times. Whenever two blocks of the same color touch they will explode and disappear. There are a couple different types of bombs that can take out a whole row of blocks either vertically or horizontally.

    Highlights:

    Strong Points: Fun and challenging puzzle game. 
    Weak Points: Some users may not like that they are forced to stare at the Bible verses for a few seconds before proceeding to the next level. 
    Moral Warnings:none

    Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 There are seven tutorials to teach you how to use the bombs and pulleys effectively. Chances are that you’ll get stuck; when you do, you can view the solution as a flash movie file. You can play it normally or frame by frame. Even though it’s viewed in a browser, you don’t have to be online to view it.

    It's pretty safe to assume that you'll mess up a few times. You can undo your last move, or restart the level if you've really blown it. When you exit the game it will resume where you left off.

    Graphically this game is colorful and has the look and feel of a flash game. The animations are cute, especially Solomon the horse. The back drop doesn’t change too much; I wish the scenery would change after each gate. Instead, only the gate changes slightly. This is a 2D game so it doesn’t require a powerful system or a video card to run it. Unfortunately, I had the reverse problem. My high end ATI 5870 video card ran this game very poorly; hopefully a driver will fix this well documented issue for other players.
    Score Breakdown:
    Higher is better
    (10/10 is perfect)

    Game Score - 80%
    Gameplay - 16/20
    Graphics - 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
    Stability - 5/5
    Controls - 5/5

    Morality Score - 100%
    Violence - 10/10
    Language - 10/10
    Sexual Content - 10/10
    Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
    Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

    The acoustic guitar music is medieval themed and pleasant to listen to. There are thirteen different songs but they all sound pretty similar. The sound effects are fitting and do the job. My kids love the horse noise when you quit the game, it’s really cute. The voice acting is really good. When you beat a level, a bible verse is read aloud.

    If you like challenging puzzle games look no further than Keys Of The Kingdom. Some people may not like the Bible verses being read to them for a few seconds before they can advance to the next level. There's easily several hours of game play as long as you don't "cheat" and watch the video solution for each puzzle. There are definitely some doozies and many puzzles have multiple solutions. There is no online or multiplayer game play but even if you re-played the game, chances are that you won't remember all of the solutions and you will get stumped all over again. It's fun, it's Christian, and it's surprisingly cheap on Amazon.

  • Game Info:

    King Solomon’s Trivia Challenge
    Developed By: Cloud 9 Games
    Published By: Left Behind Games
    Release Date: January 7th, 2011
    Genre: Trivia
    Single, Multiplayer on the same computer
    ESRB: not rated
    Retail Price: $19.95

    System Requirements
    •Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7
    •1.0 GHz CPU
    •256 MB RAM
    •250 MB hard disk space
    •8x CD/DVD-ROM drive, or faster
    •16 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible video card
    •DirectX compatible sound card
    •Speakers
    •Microsoft compatible keyboard and mouse

    Thank you Left Behind Games for giving us this game to review!

    Since Left Behind Games acquired Cloud 9 Games, they have revamped and re-released their titles as LBG products.  King Solomon’s Trivia Challenge is a repackaged Solomon Says Anything Goes.  The announcer is new and the game’s background graphics are improved a bit, but as far as I know, the questions remain the same.

    Here are the categories: (Anything Goes covers everything)

    • Anything Goes
    • Food and Wine
    • Signs and Wonders
    • Old Testament
    • New Testament
    This game is pretty fun, and with the wise cracking announcer, it’s similar to the "You Don’t Know Jack" series. However, it has a completely different point system. In single player, after the question is asked, your total available points quickly decreases until you answer the question, so think fast!  If you get a question wrong, the amount you would have won is subtracted from your score.  There’s a random question multiplier that appears for a few seconds, and if you press your action key in time, you can double or triple the question's value. This is essential if you want your name to be recorded in the hall of fame!  The multiplayer operates in a similar fashion, but everyone shares the keyboard and must press their key first to get a chance to answer the question.
    Highlights:

    Strengths: Fun and exciting game play, great knowledge tester

    Weaknesses: Sharing a keyboard is a bummer

    Moral Warnings: Some of the announcer's comments are edgy

    There are eight unlockable characters available to you as you play the game. They make comments as you answer questions, and you can use unique taunts to distract other players in multiplayer mode. To keep things fair, most of the unlockables require all of the players in a multiplayer game to have a certain number of points to enable it.

    The little girl and boy voices are cute, but they are hard to understand at times.  The announcer is better in this version, but some of the comments are pushing it a bit in my opinion.  For example, if you get a question wrong he may say "I don’t know where you pulled that answer from but I bet it wasn’t sanitary."  There is also a snake question with reference to the movie Snakes on a Plane (no he didn’t use THAT line).  I think this game is safe and fun for people of all ages, but I just noticed they pushed the envelope a little further this time around. 

    New features include new voiceovers and the graphics got overhauled a little bit.  While the interface is the same, the questions now have animated backgrounds behind them, and they look good without pushing up the minimum system requirements by much.  

    Score Breakdown:
    Higher is better
    (10/10 is perfect)

    Game Score - 80%
    Gameplay - 16/20
    Graphics - 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
    Stability - 5/5
    Controls 5/5

    Morality Score - 97%
    Violence - 10/10
    Language - 10/10
    Sexual Content - 10/10
    Occult/Supernatural - --/10
    Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 8.5/10

     

    The only glitch I ran into was installing this game.  I had to bypass the auto-running setup.exe and install the game via the install.exe instead.  Other than that, it ran great.  

    If you’re a fan of the "You Don’t Know Jack" series and are looking for a fun way to test your Bible knowledge, look no further than King Solomon’s Trivia Challenge. It’s priced at a reasonable $19.95, but I have seen it as low as $4.99.

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    Game Info:

    Kings of Israel
    Developed by: Funhill Games
    Published by: Funhill Games
    Release date: December 21, 2015
    Available on: macOS, Windows
    Genre: Board game 
    Number of Players: Single-player
    ESRB Rating: Not rated
    Price: $7.99

    Thank you Funhill Games for sending us a review copy of this game!

    The board game version of Kings of Israel was successfully Kickstarted in November of 2013 and received more than three times its meager goal of $9,500.  For $45 backers could own a copy of this Christian themed board game that received positive reviews from various media outlets.  The board game is available to everyone at the same price on Funhill’s website.  The video game follows much of the same ruleset and is available at a fraction of the price.  The only downside is that it’s single-player.

    It’s up to two prophets with unique skills to cleanse Israel from the sin that is steadily corrupting it.  Their goal is to build enough altars by gathering resources and knocking down idols while preaching God's message along the way.  If the predetermined number of sin clouds or idols are erected, then the game ends.  Another way to lose is to not have enough altars built before the 300 years of good and bad kings has ended.  

    Highlights:

    Strong Points: Fun digitization of a Christian themed board game; a great way to learn about the good and bad kings of Israel.
    Weak Points: No Steam cloud saves.
    Moral Warnings: None!

    During the reign of a good king, a blessing card will be drawn at the beginning of the round and give the prophets a slight advantage.  Some of the blessing cards include the ability to summon resources or to quick travel to another town of their choosing.  If an evil king is ruling, a Sin & Punishment card is drawn and they work against the progress of the prophets.  Sometimes those cards will destroy an altar and replace it with an idol instead or reduce the number of actions or resources available to the prophets on their turn.  While strategic skills are needed, luck plays a big part as well and sometimes the cards are stacked against you.

    After the blessing and curse cards are drawn, the sin increase phase begins and you’ll see sin clouds gathering around various cities.  When three sin clouds are in the same city, an idol is erected.    After all of the wickedness is dispersed it’s time for the prophets to take their turns and deal with the sin.

    Most of the actions they take use up one action point but some, including destroying idols or building an altar, take two.  Walking, sailing, or taking a camel to travel use up an action point too.  The camel lets you go further, but the tradeoff is that it costs you a calf or grain for payment.  Other available options include preaching to remove a sin cloud, or making an offering at an altar to remove sin from that town and adjacent ones.  Making a sacrifice also gives you an additional blessing card.  If you don’t have the resources needed to make an offering you can request one at the cost of an action point. 

    Kings of Israel
    Score Breakdown:
    Higher is better
    (10/10 is perfect)

    Game Score - 86%
    Gameplay - 17/20
    Graphics - 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
    Stability - 5/5
    Controls - 5/5

    Morality Score - 100%
    Violence - 10/10
    Language - 10/10
    Sexual Content - 10/10
    Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
    Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

    Some prophets have the ability to foresee what the next two resources given will be.  Prophet abilities and using blessing cards can be done without costing an action point.  If multiple prophets are in the same town, they can trade items to make altar building easier.  Some blessing cards or prophet abilities allow you to trade freely, but there’s normally the cost of an action point to do so.

    Those who know Israel’s history will be aware that there were more evil kings than good ones. In other words, you’ll be getting a lot of Sin & Punishment cards during your gameplay.  If you want to test your Bible knowledge further there’s a Bible Study mode that asks a trivia question and rewards or punishes you depending on your answer.  

    If you’re looking for a fun Christian themed board game to play with your family I recommend looking into the table-top edition.  However, if you’re playing solo and want a fun and challenging Christian video game, look no further than Kings of Israel.  The price is a reasonable $7.99 on Steam and it’s bound to keep you entertained for several hours as it scales its difficulty level on your win/lose ratio.  My only complaint is that there’s no cloud save option to sync my progress between my desktop and laptop systems.  

     

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    Game Info:

    Left Behind 3 – Rise of the Antichrist
    Developed By: Left Behind Games
    Published By: Left Behind Games
    Release Date: October 25th, 2010
    Genre: Real-Time Strategy
    Single/Multiplayer
    ESRB Rating: Teen
    MSRP: $30.00

    Thank you Left Behind Games for sending us this game to review!

    Left Behind 3: Rise of the Antichrist is a slightly revamped combination of Eternal Forces and Tribulation Forces.  There are 46 missions divided into two chapters: Rayford and Buck, and Buck and Chloe.  Although the missions are pretty much the same, they now have video clips with low budget actors and special effects.  The Carpathia actor was pretty good but the rest made me wonder if studio employees were being used to play the parts of Rayford, Buck, and Chloe. The green lining behind them was also a dead giveaway that this is a low budget title.

    Since this title is pretty much a rehash, the gameplay remains unchanged.  It’s still a strategy game and you will be playing as the Tribulation Force as well as the American Militia. You start each level with primary objectives that you have to complete in order to progress to the next level/mission. There may also be secondary objectives that can give you a bonus if you complete those too.

    Highlights:

    Strong Points: Nice music.
    Weak Points: Bland graphics; recycled missions from previous games.
    Moral Warnings:Some violence but tame for an RTS

    Some missions let you choose between multiple spots to set up a base.  The next objectives will be determined by where you establish your base.  Another level has you decide which hero you will send to aid the American Militia.  If you send Buck you will have to stop some demons, but if you send Chloe, you'll have to set up a clinic and heal wounded soldiers.

    Like many RTS games, you have to gather resources such as money, food, and housing.  One of the unique features of this game is the spirit points.  Everyone but the hero units have spirit points, which affects their role.  People are considered friends, neutral, or enemies.  A disciple can easily convert neutral units.  If one of your friends’ spirit level drops too low they will become neutral again.  You can convert enemies by raising their spirit points.  To raise your spirit points you have to pray, or if you’re playing as the enemy, the equivalent is cussing (no you really don’t hear what they’re saying).  Singing is a power that both good and evil units will use to boost/lower points of surrounding units.  Many missions will use this spiritual warfare in lieu of combat.  In fact combat has a drastic effect on your spiritual points, so soul winning is definitely preferred.  Many characters appear in this game as heroes.  If their spirit points drop too low, you will lose the mission.

    There are many different positions for your newly recruited friends to fill.  They all require training and there are a few roles that are gender specific.  You can train your friends to become builders, recruiters, musicians, medics, and soldiers.  Each of these positions has higher levels to train to, thus allowing your units to works faster and become more efficient.  One annoyance with the graphics is that all the units of a particular group look alike.  One nifty feature is that each person has a life story that you can read if you’re inclined to.  When it comes to combat there are turrets, humvees, helicopters, and tanks at your disposal. However, you need the proper facilities to create and deploy these units and there are more than humans that attack you.  Evil spirits will wreak havoc on any nearby person so stay alert!

    Score Breakdown:
    Higher is better
    (10/10 is perfect)

    Game Score - 68%
    Game Play 12/20 
    Graphics 7/10 
    Sound 8/10 
    Stability 3/5 
    Controls 4/5 

    Morality Score - 95%
    Violence: 6/10
    Language: 10/10
    Sexual Content: 10/10
    Occult/Supernatural: 10/10 
    Cultural/Moral/Ethical: 11.5/10
    -1.5 for stereotypical biases
    +3 for delivering good moral lessons

    Rise of the Antichrist promised better graphics, but I feel deceived.  I didn’t notice any improved textures. The maps are still a bit bland color wise, but I understand that this isn’t a happy time to live in either.  The character models are all the same as far as I can tell.  There have been some enhancements such as vehicles changing their appearance when they take damage.  The maps are better lit and the streets are wider, but you can still cause traffic jams with your army tanks.

    Nothing has changed on the sound scene.  The voice acting is good and while you are waiting for your game to load, the story is narrated for you by two different voice actors.  I recognized one as Christian radio’s Chris Fabry.  The sound track is the exact same as the original games; there are no new tracks added.  It’s still pleasant to listen to as Chance Thomas did a good job.  If you like the soundtrack, you can buy it from iTunes.  They have some samples here.

    The game interface has had some major improvements from the original Left Behind.  These improvements have been implemented in the expansion and have been incorporated into this one as well.  There is a turbo button, which can make sending units to a site go by much faster.  There are also new short cut buttons that allow you to select units and with the click of a button send them to the closest church, training center or clinic.  These enhancements are definitely helpful.

    Although I did not experience any game crashes, I did encounter some game design issues.  Getting a builder to place a turret where you want it can take multiple tries and I didn’t see any acknowledgement that they got the command to build it.  And the mission’s triggers aren't very precise; if you build something where it does not expect you to, your mission will not progress.

    While this game encourages peaceful missions, when you are playing as the American Militia there is no way to convert enemy units, so you have to kill them.  The Tribulation Force prefers spiritual warfare and your group will lose spirit points if things have to end in violence.  One thing I thought was peculiar was that the American Militia recruiter would only recruit men.

    If you want to recruit your friends to play along with you there are some keys you can hand out to them to play online with you for free.  I didn’t see any games to join.

    For those who already own the second game there really isn’t enough to warrant paying for the same missions again with cheesy videos attached to them.  If you want to try the series forget the original and pick up this one, though.  I still wish they would have offered an option to set the difficulty level; instead they allow you to play any mission you want without keeping track of where you left off.  Overall, I think the developers took too many shortcuts with Rise of the Antichrist, and may risk leaving many fans behind as well.

     

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    Game Info:

    My Adventures Through Heaven
    Developed by: WisdomSpiral
    Available on PC
    Single Player
    ESRB: Not rated
    Genre: Adventure
    Price: $10.00

    System Requirements:
    Windows XP sp2, Windows Vista™
    1024x768 resolution.
    1500MHz CPU
    512MB RAM for Windows® XP or 1024MB for Windows Vista®.
    200 Megabytes of hard drive space
    Video card with 64 MB ram supporting 3D acceleration and DirectX® version 8 or later

    Thank you Wisdom Spiral for sending us this game to review!

    My Adventures Through Heaven is the first game released by WisdomSpiral. It’s a 2D point and click adventure style game driven by the Wintermute engine. You get to guide a couple of little girls and their cat through children’s heaven. They’re lucky enough to fly on a gigantic leaf! There’s lots of eye candy and some logic puzzles geared towards preschool and kindergarten aged kids.

    As you explore children’s heaven you’ll see big flowers, trees, castles, tree houses and lots of happy youngsters. Angels care for all the little babies and read books to the toddlers. Some of the children are riding unusually tame animals such as kangaroos and giraffes.

    Highlights:

    Strengths: Reasonable price, great for kids
    Weaknesses: Short game play
    Moral Warnings: Nothing to report here

    You’ll need to locate different color keys to gain access to the different parts of heaven. Make sure you examine your surroundings and look for objects to collect and add to your inventory. You can talk to the angels and the children. Some of the children will offer to trade you a key in exchange for a certain object or a couple of objects combined.

    There are also activity levels where you’ll have to find six objects and place them in a bucket to progress. Although the objects vary, the game play does not. I was able to finish this game in about an hour. It might take younger kids longer and they probably won’t mind re-playing it. To compensate the game price is reasonable. If you don’t beat this game right away, you can save and load your game at any given time.
    Score Breakdown:
    Higher is better
    (10/10 is perfect)

    Game Score: 70%
    Game Play: 12/20
    Graphics: 7/10
    Sound: 6/10
    Controls/Interface: 5/5
    Stability: 5/5

    Moral Score: 100%
    Violence: 10/10
    Language: 10
    Sexual Content: 10/10
    Occult/Supernatural: 10/10
    Cultural/Moral/Ethical: 10/10

    Graphically this game won’t blow you away but it’s definitely unique. The artwork looks like an animated children’s story book. Some of the art is animated such as the kids you move around, the wind blowing and some branches shaking. The water rippling is a nice touch.

    The music and sound effects are minimal. You’ll hear birds chirping and the relaxing sound of water moving. When you pick up and release objects there’s a quiet sound effect. The music is peaceful but repetitive.
    This game is very Christian and family friendly. There are some scripture verses including 1 Corinthians 10:31 and Mark 10:14.

    My daughter was intrigued by My Adventures In Heaven and asked for it to be installed on her computer. If my pre-schoolers enjoyed this game, I’m sure yours will too. The price is reasonable but the game play is very short. There is a demo available if you want to check it out.
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    System Requirements
    OS: Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP CPU: 300mhz RAM: 64MB VIDEO: 16 or 32 bit color SOUND: Direct X compatible Age: Everyone

    You can download this demo at http://www.popcap.com There are three different game types: Action, Strategy and Puzzle. I honestly didn\'t see much difference between the Action and Strategy modes except that the Action mode is faster paced. In the Action and Strategy mode you have to match up the animals 2 x 2 and you must match them quickly as water is rising. If the water level gets too high you lose. The puzzle mode is completely different. In this game type you have to swap around animal pieces so you can make matches of 3. In the demo the Puzzle mode is timed and you can only play for a minute or so. The demo also limits you to playing 10 times.

    How do I play the game?

    The common goal in all the game types is matching up animals. When the water level is rising you can lower it with every match you make. All the game modes offer easy, medium and hard difficulty levels. If you have trouble finding your next match there is a hint system that will brighten up your next move for you. This of course can be disabled. Like Mahjong, you may run out of moves. If this happens, the game will shuffle the tiles for you with a slight score reduction.

    What is in the full version?

    The full version will give you unlimited play. You will also be able to add your information to the high scores list. (this is disabled in the demo.) Maybe the full version\'s Strategy mode will truly be turn based like it says in its description?

    Appropriate?

    From a Christian perspective this is a biblically based game and I see nothing wrong with it. People of all ages will enjoy this game.

    Overall experienceEase of use

    The game is fun to play and it\'s easy to maneuver. The graphics are simple but good for this game type. The music and sound effects are in ogg vorbis format. The background music loop is pleasant and the rain and voice sounds are good too. Installation and removal is simple and the game is stable without any problems. If you wish to purchase this game it\'s $19.95. I\'m sure any puzzle lover will enjoy this.

    Final Ratings

    Graphics B- Game play B+ Sound C+ Interface B+ Stability A+ Offensive Content A+

    Overall 84% B

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    Game Info:

    Noah’s Memory Match
    Developed by: Elevate Entertainment
    Published by: Playpen Entertainment 
    Released: November 14th, 2011
    ESRB Rating: N/R
    Available On: Android, iOS
    Genre: Puzzle
    Number of Players: 1
    Price: $0.99

    Thank you Playpen Entertainment for sending us this game to review!

    When you start the game you have four available options. There are two game modes and two languages to choose from.  You can switch the language between English and Spanish.  Since every card is pronounced, this can be a great way to teach your child the names of animals in a new language!   Once you have the language selected, there are two game modes to check out.  You can play in a Timed mode where the water slowly rises or you can play in Classic mode where there are no time limits.  

    Highlights:

    Strong Points: Colorful and fun memory game for kids.
    Weak Points: The audio fades in and out at times.
    Moral Warnings: This game is kid friendly and Bible themed; what more can you ask for?

    There are five difficulty levels where you can match up 8,12,16, 20, and 24 cards.  As you make matches, you’ll see the animals appear on the Ark.   If you play on the Timed Mode, you’ll see the water slowly approaching the Ark and the door will close on it, and it will eventually float away.  After you successfully (or unsuccessfully) match up all of the cards, it will let you know how many matches you made and how many moves it took.  You will then be prompted to try again or go back to the main menu.  

    There’s a wide variety of animals to match up including dogs, cats, lions, zebras, toucans, turtles, chickens, ducks, ostriches, and many more.  Many of these animals are uncommon and great for kids to get familiar with no matter what language the game is played in.  The artwork is cartoon styled and very colorful.  The animations are well done and bound to keep children captivated.

    Score Breakdown:
    Higher is better
    (10/10 is perfect)

    Game Score - 78%
    Gameplay - 15/20
    Graphics - 8/10
    Sound - 7/10
    Stability - 4/5
    Controls 5/5

    Morality Score - 100%
    Violence - 10/10
    Language - 10/10
    Sexual Content - 10/10
    Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
    Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

    The voice acting seems to be done by a child and is fitting for the game.  My only complaint here is that sometimes after the game has been resumed, the audio seems to fade in and out and is hard to hear at times no matter how high the volume is.  Closing out of the game completely is the only way to fix this.  It’s nice that the game can resume, but it’s not perfect yet. 

    Other than those minor issues this is a great game for kids to play on your Android or iPhone.  It’s simple and easy to navigate.  I doubt it will keep kids occupied for extended periods of time, but a few minutes of peace and quiet is a good thing.



  • System Requirements
    Windows 98/Me/2000/XP, OS X
    733 MHz, G3,G4 or G5
    120MB HDD Space 128MB RAM
    16MB Video RAM
    CD-ROM

     

    How well do you know God’s animal creations? This Bible trivia game will stump adults and kids alike. Some of the questions can be answered from the Bible but not all the questions have a verse reference. For example do you know how many eyes a caterpillar has? How about a grasshopper? (Both have more than 2!) There are over 500 questions in five categories so there aren’t too many repeats. There are three levels of difficulty however you get more points for answering harder questions. You can have up to three players and since this a Digital Praise title, you can even use your dance pad as a controller if you prefer. The default controller is a keyboard with each player using different keys.

    Categories

    Wet & Wild Creepy Crawly Things With Wings Marvelous Mammals Creatures Great & Small

    Game Play

    This game is pretty fun and with the wise cracking announcer it’s similar to the “You Don’t Know Jack” series. Single player mode has a different feel than when you’re playing against someone else. The point system is completely different. In single player, after the question is asked, your total available points decrease until you answer the question, so think fast! Another difference is that you are not penalized for wrong answers in single player mode. In multiplayer mode if you answer a question wrong you lose the amount the question was worth. Unfortunately, no matter how well you do in single player your score will not be entered into the Hall of Fame. There are un-lockable characters available to you as you play the game. These are avatars that you can choose to represent you in the game. There’s a monkey, a lion, a dog, and more!

    Graphics

    Trivia games don’t need the latest and greatest 3D engine and this game is no exception. The graphics in Solomon Says are colorful and flashy; they fit the bill nicely.

    Sound

    The menu music has a jungle rhythm to it and it fits with the game décor. The announcer is amusing and the animal sound effects are good too. You can taunt other players in an attempt to distract them.

    Stability

    This game did not error out on me but we did discover a bug. When my husband and I were playing against each other, we got a blank question with no audio or text to read or choose from. That only happened to us once.

    Appropriateness

    This game has Bible based trivia, so I don’t have any complaints in this department. I recommend this game for all ages (7+ up according to the box).

    Final Thoughts

    I have not played the original Solomon Says, but this title is very fun and I have learned a lot by playing it. (Caterpillars have 12 eyes btw). Some of the questions require Bible knowledge while other questions require animal expertise. The 3,000 bonus point questions are either super hard or super silly, good luck getting those right. All in all this game is very enjoyable and I recommend it for any animal lover.

    Final Ratings

    Game Play 17/20 Graphics 7/10 Sound 8/10 Stability 4/5 Controls/Interface 5/5 Appropriateness 50/50

    Total 91%

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    Game Info:

    Super 3-D Noah's Ark
    Developed by: Wisdom Tree Games
    Published by: Piko Interactive
    Release Date: January 1, 1995 on SNES June 18, 2015 on PC
    Available on: SNES, PC, Mac, Linux
    Genre: First-Person Shooter
    Number of Players: Single Player
    ESRB Rating: Not-rated
    Price: $4.99 on Steam $100.00 on LeapTrade

    Thank you @CBBloch for gifting us a copy of this game to review!

    Super 3-D Noah's Ark came out in 1994 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).  What made this game unique is that it was not approved by Nintendo and was only playable when attached to an approved Nintendo game.  ID Software's Wolfenstein 3D engine was used to make this game and FPS veterans will quickly recognize the similarities between Super 3-D Noah's Ark and Wolfenstein 3D.  

    Instead of shooting down Nazis it's Noah's job is to knock out the escaped animals by pelting them with fruits and grain gathered on the ark.  There is no blood or gore in this game.  In fact, when Noah is injured, the screen flashes purple instead of red.  I found that change amusing.  

    There are six stages and each section has several levels within and a stubborn boss to knock unconscious at the end.  The bosses include a camel, monkey, giraffe, elephant, kangaroo, and a bear.  Each of these foes will take a lot of patience and food to take them down.  Even though I played the game on the normal difficulty, I found the enemies and bosses to be excruciatingly difficult.  I was sure to save my game early and often to recover from being caught off guard.  Noah can only take a couple of spit wads before going down himself.  While he does have a few lives, when he respawns, he loses his upgraded sling shots and ammunition.

    Super 3-D Noah's Ark
    Highlights:

    Strong Points: A kid friendly version of ID Software's Wolfenstein; challenging Bible trivia questions; cloud saves
    Weak Points: Tricky level design; tough enemies (especially bosses) even on the normal difficulty; some answers don't show up in the trivia questions
    Moral Warnings: None!

    In the beginning of the game, Noah starts off with a standard slingshot that's more than capable of knocking out the escaped goats and sheep.   Later on Noah can find upgraded slingshots that rapidly fire eggs and watermelons more suited for taking down ostriches, antelopes, and oxen.  Maps can be found as well which makes navigating the tricky labyrinths much easier.

    Some of these items can only be located in the secret rooms hidden in each of the levels.  Finding these secret rooms is usually optional, but some of the levels have secret rooms that must be found in order to exit them.  

    When you exit a level, there are a few stats that you are scored on.  The first is how fast you completed the level.  Out of the thirty levels, I have only finished one under the par time.  I spent much of my time aimlessly wandering and thankfully not suffering from motion sickness with the obnoxiously bright walls.  (Noah is a bad interior decorator BTW).  Other scoring factors include the percentage of animals knocked out and how much fruit was recovered.  Last but not least, is the number of secrets discovered.  Perfectionists will be rewarded with Steam achievements for fully completing the levels and beating the par times.  I was relieved to complete a level and didn't care to return to best my previous scores.

    Super 3-D Noah's Ark
    Score Breakdown:
    Higher is better
    (10/10 is perfect)

    Game Score - 52%
    Gameplay - 8/20
    Graphics - 5/10
    Sound - 4/10
    Stability - 4/5
    Controls - 5/5
    Morality Score - 96%
    Violence - 8/10
    Language - 10/10
    Sexual Content - 10/10
    Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
    Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

    One area I can use some improving on is with the Bible quiz questions scattered across the levels.  There are ninety-nine random questions and there is a Steam achievement for answering each of them correctly.  Some of the questions were relatively easy like how many animals of each type did Noah take onto the ark.  I knew that one was two, but the questions get trickier, and if you want to beat the par time, you don't have time to crack open the Bible to fetch the correct answers.  One of the questions I got wrong was the width of the ark in cubits - It's 50 if anyone wants to know.  One issue I noticed is that some of the available answers didn't show up until I arrowed up or down to see all of the options.  Other than that small glitch, this game ran fine for me.

    Super 3-D Noah's Ark can be educational if you have enough patience to deal with the stress of the remainder of the game.  While it made me frustrated at times, my kids seemed to enjoy watching me fumble around and showed an interest in playing it themselves. If they do wish to start playing the game, I'll start them off on the easiest difficulty so they don't get flustered too soon.   I like how the game lets you pick your starting stage. Not surprisingly, the later levels are much more challenging than the beginning ones.

    If you're good, this classic game can be beaten in five hours or less.  For a perfectionist, it may take longer.  Super 3-D Noah's Ark is a meager 22MB and has dated graphics and sound effects.  The background music can get repetitive but a couple songs did grow on me after awhile.  Even though this game is a classic in its own right, I still have fonder memories of Wolfenstein 3D.  

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