boxart
Game Info:

THE NEW CHRONICLES OF NOAH'S ARK
Developed By: eFunSoft Games
Published By: HH-Games
Released: March 8, 2022
Available On: Microsoft Windows
Genre: Match-3
ESRB Rating: none specified
Number of Players: Singleplayer
Price: $5.99

I'd like to thank HH-Games for the review key to this title.

Some stories from the Bible are such even people with minimal exposure to it can instantly tell you the basics of their plot, like the building of Noah's Ark and the flood after it. The New Chronicles of Noah's Ark doesn't tell a new story per se, but it does in-between Match-3 gameplay, retell it in a simple and well-told way.

The actual game is standard fare for the Match-3 genre. You must match up three or more items on a top-down view, 2D grid until you have cleared the board of all tiles the level requires you to clear. There are special tools that are unlocked as the story progresses to help clear certain parts of the board faster. In between are story segments that progress the game plot in a visual novel style manner.

THE NEW CHRONICLES OF NOAH'S ARK
Highlights:

Strong Points: Well done story scenes with good art and voice acting
Weak Points: Noticeably recycled musical assets (though they are of good quality)
Moral Warnings: None

Graphically, it uses a hand-drawn, slightly cel-shaded aesthetic that gives the game story scenes a storybook feel, much like a children's Bible with pictures. The graphics for the Match-3 segments have an agriculture and animal husbandry look, which fits the theme of the story of Noah perfectly.

The sounds and music are recycled from earlier Match-3 games by this developer, though the assets are very good in quality and fit the theme. The sound effects have a chime and bell style and the music sounds like the instrumental of a church hymnal. Given the game premise, these both fit nicely, even if they were recycled from earlier Match-3 titles with Biblical themes. There is voice acting for the story scenes, and it's well-acted.

Control is done by the mouse, with the keyboard used only for typing the player's name. Stability-wise, this runs well on Windows and uses the same engine as other titles by the same developer, meaning it runs on Linux via Steam Proton with little trouble.

THE NEW CHRONICLES OF NOAH'S ARK
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

Morally, there isn't anything noticeably wrong with this game. Its overall moral theme is a commendable one. Noah got instructions from God, and he did not question God on them. He obeyed the Lord's Will despite the criticism and scorn he got for it. His faith was rewarded by Noah surviving the flood God had promised along with his family, and the game affirms the basic premise that God's commands are to be considered and implemented without dissent.

Another commendable aspect is how it focuses on Noah's family, who deferred to his wisdom in following the Lord's Will and did likewise, making clear a wise father is a moral leader for his family.

In technical terms, it's a well-done Match-3 game with little to complain about. Morally, it delivers some excellent lessons in that vein from the Bible itself. I recommend this either by itself or part as a bundle.


Donate

Please consider supporting our efforts.  Since we're a 501 C3 Non-Profit organization, your donations are tax deductible.

Allkeys