Saturday, May 4, 2019

Christian Video Games for Android


The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance (Excellent)
Play for free on Android or iOS, or purchase for PC and Mac
Platform: PC, Mac, Android, iOS
Publisher: Scarlet City Studios, 2016

Wow! This is an impressive game, and I certainly hope Scarlet City continues the series. Right now, you can play through the first 3 episodes in which you help the Scarlet Man (Jesus) restore The Great Engineer (God the Father) to the throne of this steampunk kingdom. The graphics are great, the gameplay is great, and there is plenty of allegorical content referencing Biblical stories. This is a must-play game for any Christian gamer.




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Airship Genesis: Pathway to Jesus (Fair)
Play for free!
Platform: Android
Publisher: Turning Point for God, 2019

I really enjoy the concept of this game. Your time-traveling spaceship crash lands in Biblical times. Your goal is to find your missing shipmates and the power cells for the ship. Along the way, you and your companions discuss spiritual matters and witness Biblical events. The gameplay, however, is a bit tedious. You're confined to walk on certain paths and have to swipe for the character to take each step. It's supposed to be a puzzle to get around certain objects, but the puzzles aren't challenging at all, even for children.

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Alpha/Omega: The Christian RPG 
This one's my game, so I'll refrain from rating it ;-)
Check out the game page for more info!

Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, Android
Publisher: BUD Games, 2018



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Bible Crush (Good)
Platform: Android
Publisher: AC Company, 2017

This is a game that has developed over several iterations. The first release (I think) was called Bible Gems and used images of Jesus, the Bible, the Ichthus fish, etc. and gave you random verses to read after you completed the level. This newest edition is a little more pop-culture friendly, using fruit and plants instead of Christian images, but includes a trivia question at the end of the level. Overall, it's very light where the Christian content is concerned, but the gameplay is fun, and the app is well done.


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Bible Hangman (Good)
Platform: Android
Publisher: DRY9 Games, 2015

This is a simple game that's fun to play. I was always curious to see what word or phrase the next puzzle would be. And, of course, once you know what it's spelling, you're reminded of the book, person, event, etc. The app runs perfectly with minimal ads, so if you're a fan of Hangman, give it a try!


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Bible Quiz (Good)
Platform: Android
Publisher: idailybread.org, 2017

Wow! This one is for serious Bible students. It will give you a verse (in King James!), and you have to choose which book it's from. It's great if you want a challenge, but this game isn't going to be for everyone. There are ads, but they're unobtrusive at the bottom of the screen.


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Bible Quiz (Poor)
Platform: Android
Publisher: Smart Quiz Apps, 2017

The only good things about this trivia game are that there are two game modes and that it runs well. The game modes are Endless and Timed. The Timed mode should add an element of excitement as you try to answer questions as quickly as possible, but it felt unfair because I could barely read the question and possible answers before my time ran out. The mix of questions also seems unfair as there are some very easy ones mixed in with those that are way too hard. There are also way too many advertisements.


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Bible Trivia Christian Quiz (Poor)
Platform: Android
Publisher: Quizzoulicious, 2018

I like the variety of questions in this game and the fact that there is an Endless and Timed mode to give you a choice of whether you want the extra challenge of racing against the clock or not, but there are way too many ads in this app to be enjoyable. I couldn't even click to start my first game before a video ad for another app started playing.


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Bible Trivia Quiz (Fair)
Platform: Android
Publisher: idailybread.org, 2018

I like that there are three difficulty levels and various achievements to earn. The questions are fair, and when you get a wrong answer, it highlights the right one so that you can learn from your mistake if you're so inclined. Still, there's not much to this game, and there are too many ads for my taste.


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Bible Trivia Wheel - Bible Quiz Game (Fair)

Platform: Android
Publisher: DS Software, 2017

The presentation of this game isn't bad, but the focus on getting points is ridiculously distracting. It feels like you're only answering questions about a third of the time. The rest of the time, you're watching the wheel spin or your points add up, or dealing with a pop-up of some sort. Yes, you can skip all of those things, but that just makes the game too clicky. Over all, my opinion is that it doesn't put user experience first.


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Bible Word Cross (Fair)
Play for free!

Platform: Android
Publisher: WePlay Games, 2018

Swipe the letters to make all the words that fit in the crossword grid. The letters then fill in Bible verses. It would be better, however, if the words had something to do with the Bible verse. It's also too easy of a game, so I lost interest fairly quickly.


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Bible Word Puzzle (Good)
Play for free!

Platform: Android, iOS
Publisher: idailybread.org, 2018

This is a mobile game in which you rearrange letters to form all the possible words while reading Bible verses and answering trivia questions. It's a good combination of activities that becomes increasingly challenging as you play.



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Bible Word Search Puzzle Game (Good)
Play for free!

Platform: Android
Publisher: Divine Trinity Apps, 2018

This is a fun word search game in which all of the words you're looking for will remind you of something in the Bible. There are three difficulty levels to play on, so you can set yourself for the challenge you want. There are also over 700 puzzles, enough for you to stay busy for quite a while. The ads at the bottom aren't too invasive, and the music isn't bad, either, so if you like word searches, give this one a try. It's free!


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Buddy Quest  (Good)


Play for free on Android or iOS!

Platform: Android, iOS
Publisher: Group Publishing, Inc., 2015

This is a town-building sim with the Group Publishing "Buddies." You build your town, invite buddies to move in, and play mini-games. It's all pretty engaging, but you do have the normal wait times for things to build. Of course, you can hurry things up, but that's when the in-app purchases come in. The graphics are cute, and the gameplay in the mini-games is surprisingly smooth.

As you play, you'll also see Real Hero Quests coming up. They relate to what you're doing in the game but require you to do something in real life to pass the quest. The first one, which I'm showing above, requires you to do some cleanup around your house after you cleaned up the town plot. The best part of this, though, is that parents can pair set it up so that they have to mark off when their child has completed the Real Life Quest rather than the player advancing automatically. It adds some control and accountability to the game.



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Christian Jigsaw Puzzle (Good)  
Play for free!

Platform: Android
Publisher: Kaya, 2016

I like this app because there's a wide variety of images to choose from and you can control how many pieces to break your puzzle into, from as low as 9 pieces to as high as 64. You also get 5 hints to help you if you get stuck. There are some ads, but they're easy enough to ignore.


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Christian Memory Game (Good)  
Play for free!
 Platform: Android
Publisher: Foundation Mir, 2012

This game presents a good variety with 3 difficulty modes (which determines how many cards on the board) and three themes: Jesus, saints, or symbols. I would say that the saints theme isn't of much interest, though, unless you know who is being depicted in the pictures.


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Christian Puzzle - Bible Game (Good)   
Play for free!


Platform: Android
Publisher: iDailybread, 2017

This is a game in which you slide the tiles around until you get them all lined up correctly to complete the Bible verse and picture. It's a good learning game because you constantly have to study the verse to put it in the right order. There's no sound or music to this game, though, which would make it even more engaging.


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Christian Puzzle Game (Excellent)  
Play for free!

Platform: Android
Publisher: Fun Apps and Games by SCHACH, 2015

I recommend this jigsaw puzzle game because 1) you can choose how many pieces you break your puzzle into, ranging from 9 to 100, 2) you can unlock new puzzles by watching an ad or waiting for a day to unlock it, and 3) there are a decent number of puzzles in a variety of styles.
  

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Christian Word Search (Fair)  
Play for free!
 Platform: Android
Publisher: Divine Trinity Apps, 2016

I like that there are different sizes of grids to choose from. You can select anywhere from a 6 x 5-letter grid to a 16 x 16-letter grid. The only reason I'm docking this game is that you can't see all of the words you're looking for at once. You have to scroll to see all of the words, and that's not very convenient to the player.
  

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Daily Bible Jigsaw (Good)  
Play for free on FacebookAndroid, or iOS!
Platform: Brower (Facebook), Android, iOS
Publisher: Planet 316, 2017

This is a simple jigsaw puzzle game with limited appeal and limited game time. What I mean is that all of the puzzles are of the "cute" variety, are easy to complete, and only offer one puzzle per day. That being said, that might be great for some people. Personally, I would like more variety in the picture styles. What I do like about the game is that it presents each puzzle with a Bible verse and allows you to save the pictures and share them.

  

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Daily Bible Word Search (Excellent)
Play for free on FacebookAndroid, or iOS!
Platform: Brower (Facebook), Android, iOS
Publisher: Planet 316, 2018

Here's another daily game by Planet 316. While it's still a pretty simple game, I like this one a little more because it's more than a game. After you solve the short puzzle for the day, it provides you with a brief devotional to read.


  
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The Game of the Bible (Good)
Play for free!
Platform: Android
Publisher: GrupoAlamar, 2017

This is a simple kind of game that will have you thinking. You have to match tiles from one side of the screen to the other, but you can only do so if they're not surrounded. There are multiple ways to solve each puzzle, and they get more difficult as you progress in the game. With 125 levels, this app will keep you plenty busy. Plus, it's attractive and has pleasant sound effects and music. The only downside is that an ad will play after you complete each puzzle.

  
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God and Jesus Jigsaw Puzzle (Good)  
Play for free!
  
Platform: Android
Publisher: Kaya, 2015

This is another jigsaw puzzle from Kaya with lots of classical images to choose from and the choice to go from 9 to 100 pieces. You can also close the app and pick up right where you left off, which is a nice touch that some apps don't include. There are ads, but they're not too invasive. You can also watch ads to unlock new puzzles, which seems fair to the developer. They need to make an income somehow!


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God and Jesus Jigsaw Puzzles (Good)  
Play for free!


Platform: Android
Publisher: help7daysapps, 2018

This is a high-quality jigsaw puzzle game. The only downside is that you can't choose which puzzle you want to do until you unlock it by completing the puzzles that come before it. You can't even see the images that are coming up! And speaking of seeing the images, you can't refer back to the picture that you're trying to complete. Nor can you save your progress mid-puzzle.


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Guardian Light of the World (Fair)
Also known as GLOW
Purchase on Android or iOS

Platform: Android, iOS
Publisher: The Sanet Group, 2012

There isn't much Christian content to this game, and it does get a little bloody. You're a knight trying to recover the Ten Commandments for your kingdom (don't ask me how your kingdom got the Ten Commandments). There's a prayer of salvation you can read on the title screen, and the game is set up to say that you're fighting demons in your quest. You also gather Bibles as your powerups. Despite the thin Christian skin on this monster-hacker, my main complaint is that the movement and aiming are difficult to control.



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Guardians of Ancora (Excellent)
Purchase on Amazon or Google Play

Platforms: Android, iOS, Kindle
Publisher: Scripture Union, 2015

This platformer that walks through the stories of the Bible is a very impressive offering for mobile devices.



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Jesus Bible Jigsaw Puzzles (Poor)
Play for free!

Platforms: Android
Publisher: KidsPlayApps, 2016

This game does have some good things going for it. You can choose to play a 12-piece or 30-piece puzzle, for instance, and it has fun music. The images that the developer chose are also varied and artistic. But there are only 12 puzzles to choose from, and if you choose a 30-piece puzzle, it will only show you 8 pieces at a time. Plus, you have to exit the puzzle to see the image you're trying to make again. Altogether, I wouldn't recommend this game.


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A Journey Towards Jesus (Good)
Platforms: Android
Publisher: Kupina.me, 2015

This trivia game gets high marks for including a story. You are accompanying a young man named Eliab to find Jesus so that he can ask Him to heal his sister. The quiz questions are fairly easy, and there are also some word scrambles and other simple puzzles mixed in for variety.


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Moses Freedom Fighter (Fair)
Play for free on Android or iOS!

Platforms: Android, iOS
Publisher: Ayotree, 2016

This is a variety game with each of the seven levels representing a different event in Moses' life with a different style of gameplay. You'll experience everything from platforming to Tetris to boxing to aiming to gem-matching. The game is generally is well-done for a collection of mini-games.



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My Place with Jesus (Poor)
Platforms: Android
Publisher: It Is Written, 2018

This game has appealing graphics, but the wording of the teaching goes high above children's heads. There are other things to do, but the meat of the gameplay consists of filling in missing words in the Bible verses.

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Noah's Ark: Dash N' Splash (Poor, Review)
Purchase on AndroidiOS, and the Microsoft Store
   
Platform: PC, Android, iOS
Publisher: JustinTime Studios, 2019

This 3D game shows good effort but needs a little more work. You play an intrepid Noah, getting ready for the Flood. You’ll meet his family as well as others in the world as you gather materials, solve puzzles, and explore the landscape.



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Noah's Elephant in the Room (Good)

Play for free on Android or iOS!
   
Platform: Android, iOS
Publisher: Salvation's Story, 2017

Ride Noah's elephant through the Ark, avoiding Noah's sons, who are trying to ruin his good time. If you want to a boost, you can memorize Bible verses and upgrade your elephant. It's a fun game to play around with, but don't expect it to keep your attention for long. Thankfully, it doesn't have to since it's free to play.



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Pangolin's Puzzle (GoodReview)
Purchase on Android or iOS

Platform: Android, iOS
Publisher: Hero Factor Games, 2018

This is a story-based series of challenging logic puzzles, perfect for when you want to exercise your deduction skills.



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Paul's Mission (Fair)
Platform: Android
Publisher: LH Games, 2017

In this RPG Maker game (the same engine I used to make Alpha/Omega), you play as Paul and experience some of his story. The townspeople quiz you on Bible knowledge, and you fight wild animals on your way from town to town. There are items to purchase and upgrades to make, but the whole game is rather simple and uses a lot of the default settings of the game engine. It didn't keep my interest for very long.



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Play the Jesus Bible Trivia Challenge Quiz Game  (Good)
Platform: Android
Publisher: RD Games, 2018

Despite the awkward name, this trivia app is a cut above some of the others. You spin a dial to land on a category for each question. If you don't know an answer or want reinforcement, you can click to see the passage of Scripture referenced in the question. You're also on a time for each question, so that adds to the challenge, and the sound effects and animations make the game more addicting than most trivia games.


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Reborn Crosswords (Excellent)
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Play for free on iOS or Android!

Platform: Android, iOS
Publisher: Reborn Entertainment, 2012

While there won't be any new puzzles, you can still play the archive with this app. You can also create your own puzzles to share with others on your website.



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Sheep Master  (Good)
Play for free on Android or iOS!

Platform: Android, iOS
Publisher: Sunland Entertainment Studios, 2016

This is a well-done farm-building/defense game. With enemies ranging from wild animals to a sorceress who wants to take your sheep for sacrifice, you'll have your hands full trying to defend your flock! There's also a light but definite Christian subtext to the game.



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Soldier of God  (Poor but Promising)
Platform: Android, iOS
Publisher: M633 Games, 2019

Methinks this developer published too soon. Soldier of God has the building blocks of a great game, complete with smooth controls, nice graphics, and relevant teaching, but the world feels very empty at this point. You can fight demons in the field and take on quests, but combat consists of running into the enemy, and you don't get a choice of how to interact with an NPC. I'm going to keep my eye on this game for future updates. A couple of things I'd like to see is either smaller maps or more people, and a choice of what to say when you see someone. That way, you'd be able to practice how you might help someone.



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That Dragon, Cancer (Excellent)
Purchase on SteamAndroid, or iOS
Platform: PC, Mac, Android, iOS
Publisher: Numinous Games, 2016

While not really a game, this interactive experience will encourage you as you walk through the life of Joel's parents, hearing real conversations that they had during the course of their young son's illness and eventual death.




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Word Search Bible + christian  (Excellent)
Platform: Android, iOS
Publisher: XLsoft, 2016

I'm not sure why "christian" isn't capitalized in the title of this game, but it's a great app to play. There are three difficulty levels, and you can choose a category. For my first game, I chose King David, so all the words in the puzzle related to David's life. You can also click on each word to see some background on it and where it appears in the Bible, which is a fantastic addition to the game. When you finish each level, there are quiz questions about the category, another nice touch that makes this game about more than finding words. There are ads, but they're unobtrusive down at the bottom of the screen.


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