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David.
Developed by: Fermenter
Published by: Fermenter
Release Date: March 14, 2014
Available on: iOS, Mac, Windows
Genre: Action
Number of Players: Single-player
ESRB Rating: Not rated
Price: $1.99

Thank you Fermenter for sending us this game to review!

In 1 Samuel 17 the young and future king David was able to defeat the nine foot nine inch Goliath.  It wasn't David's strength, but the Lord's that took him down.   In David. your job is to defeat many forms of evil and ultimately conquer sin itself. To challenge sin you have to conquer its lesser forms in both difficulty levels.

 

Highlights:

Strong Points: Biblically inspired and challenging gameplay
Weak Points: No gamepad support; sometimes the game crashed upon closing
Moral Warnings: Pixelated violence

In the first difficulty called "Okay," David has seven hit points.  These hit points quickly fade when he gets touched, hit, or pinned down by the bosses.  It's best to keep moving around to prevent that from happening.  In the much harder difficulty called "Very," David only has one hit point.  To add to the sense of accomplishment of beating a level on Very, you earn Steam achievements for each of the nine levels.  

Upon beating all of the bosses on the Okay difficulty setting, the arena mode is unlocked where you can acquire points for each boss defeated in succession. There is a leader board and you will not find my name on there.  I was happy when I earned one point.  As you accumulate points in arena mode you can add power ups to David.

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

Game Score - 74%
Gameplay - 19/20
Graphics - 6/10
Sound - 6/10
Stability - 3/5
Controls - 3/5

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

 Each boss has a unique offensive or defensive maneuver.   Some bosses shoot projectiles, while others hide behind shields.  Other levels restrict your movement so you have to rely on good timing and shooting to conquer them.

Movement in this game is done via the WASD keys and you cannot re-bind them or use a gamepad.  Using the halo attack is done by clicking on David's halo and holding the left mouse button down until it shows a yellow targeting box.  Wherever you swipe that box, the halo will go and come back like a boomerang would.  Enemies in its path can get hit multiple times so plan to do so as much as possible.

The graphics in this game are very retro (think Atari 2600) and unique.  The background music is old school as well and some of the sound effects are the same or very similar to those in Pac-Man.  

While there is some pixelated violence, this game is family friendly and can be enjoyed  by people of all ages.  David. is challenging though and I only recommend it for those with good reflexes and coordination.  The price is a reasonable $1.99 for its PC and mobile formats.

 

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Christ Centered Gamer looks at video games from two view points. We analyze games on a secular level which will break down a game based on its graphics, sound, stability and overall gaming experience. If you’re concerned about the family friendliness of a game, we have a separate moral score which looks at violence, language, sexual content, occult references and other ethical issues.

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