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FIVE: Guardians of David
Developed by: Kingdom Games
Published by: Kingdom Games
Release Date: November 24, 2015
Available on: PC
Genre: RPG
Number of Players: Single-player
ESRB Rating: Teen for mild blood and language
Price: $24.99
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Thank you Kingdom Games for sending us this game to review!

King David was described in the Bible numerous times (1 Sam 13:14, Acts 13:22) as a man after God’s own heart.  He was also a warrior and shed a lot of blood (1 Chronicles 28:3) and because of that, the job of building a temple for God was passed onto his son, Solomon.  David wasn’t the only one on the battlefield though - he had many mighty warriors and they are all described in 2 Samuel 23:8-39. FIVE: Guardians of David focuses on Jashobeam, Eleazar, Shammah, Abishai, and Benaiah.

Each of these warriors has a specialized weapon and together they were an unstoppable force that have wiped out many of Israel’s enemies including the Amalekites, Arameans, Edomites, Jebusites, Moabites, and the Philistines.    In the beginning of the game, these mighty men were mere shepherd boys fighting off wolves along with the occasional lion.  

FIVE: Guardians of David is an action RPG very similar to the play style of Diablo.  The swarms of enemy soldiers can be attacked by clicking on them repeatedly or by holding down the mouse pointer on them until their hit points are depleted.  As long as another mighty warrior is still standing, you can take control of them at any time.  If one of the warriors falls in battle, the others can pick up their slack if needed.  If all of the warriors fall, the game will resume at the nearest check point and the enemy’s health points will be where you left them.  Some gamers may find that too easy for their tastes, especially during boss battles. There are many boss battles and of course, the epic battle between David and Goliath takes place early on in the game.

Highlights:

Strong Points: High quality and fun Bible themed game
Weak Points: No multiplayer; check points not very useful; boss battle glitches
Moral Warnings: Lots of battles, but very little blood shown

A majority of the game takes place as David is fleeing from Saul and beginning to establish his kingdom.  Besides dealing with outside opposition, the people of Jerusalem did not want him to establish his kingdom there.   Their king had to take it by force, and he did.

While most of the game is based on and sources its Biblical references, there are some added characters and story elements to keep things interesting.     In total there are eleven acts and forty-two levels in the single-player campaign.  After completing each act and their boss, a Steam achievement is earned.  I’m not sure why, but there is no achievement or mention of Act 3.  Does that mean there are only ten acts?  In either case, this is one of three Steam games I have gotten a 100% completion on.  

There’s a decent amount of variety in the game’s missions.  Besides beating the snot out of people, you will also have many opportunities to set fires to their camps or scout them out stealth style while not being detected.  Animal lovers may take offense to the mission objectives that require hobbling messenger horses (binding their legs with rope) or setting loose pigs with ignited jars of oil on them to set enemy tents ablaze in the chaos.  Each mission has several objectives that need to be completed and optional caches that can be found to relay some story background and accompanying Biblical verses.  Finding all of the caches is great for OCD gamers and their knowledge will prove to be useful when it comes to taking quizzes in exchange for some good loot.  I like the way that this game offers but doesn’t force Biblical references on the gamers and they can to choose to read it if they want to.

FIVE: Guardians of David
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 76%
Gameplay - 15/20
Graphics - 8/10
Sound - 8/10
Stability - 3/5
Controls - 4/5

Morality Score - 84%
Violence - 4.5/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 7.5/10

In all honesty, FIVE: Guardians of David is one of the better Bible themed games I have played in a long time.  The gameplay is fun and just when it starts to get a little bit dull, something new is thrown into the mix like stealth missions or enemies with new abilities.  The alchemists were very annoying with their fire attacks and explosions upon their death.  

There’s a fair amount of humor as well with the conversations amongst the five mighty warriors turning into bickering and they pick on and prank each other a bit throughout the game.  The voice acting is well done and the background music is a good fit, though it could use a little more variety in my opinion.  

Graphically, FIVE: Guardians of David is pretty good and there’s a decent amount of variety in the maps.  Some of the missions take place in towns while others are in the desert or inside of caves.  The enemy animations are nicely done as well though I did run into a funny glitch.  During a battle instead of the enemies attacking me, they were clapping instead.  It was both hilarious and taunting as if to say the attacks weren’t powerful enough.  Once that swarm of enemies was defeated, the normal attack animations resumed.

Sadly, I wish that was the only glitch I had to report.  The check points in this game is arguably useful.  While they do record your inventory and number of caches discovered, if you have to leave your game mid-level for any reason, upon re-launching it you’ll have to start at the beginning of the level again.  The only time the check points work properly is if you get defeated by a boss, and sadly even then they don’t trigger properly.  I got my butt kicked in two different boss fights and my party was not registering in the game as dead and when I had to reload the autosave, I had to start the level from the beginning and re-do all of the objectives before I could fight the boss again.  

Despite having to redo my progress a couple of times, my experience playing FIVE: Guardians of David has been mostly positive.  The single-player campaign took me roughly seventeen hours to complete.  There is some re-playability if anyone missed locating all of the caches during their first play-through.  This game lends itself well to multiplayer-coop but it’s not available at this time.  The developers haven’t excluded the possibility.  While the normal price is $24.99, I have seen it for less than $10 on sale and it’s worth picking up if you’re looking for a good Bible themed game.  I look forward to future releases from Kingdom Games.

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