Thursday, May 9, 2019

Christian Video Games for iOS


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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Bible Word Puzzle (Good)
Play for free!

Platform: Android, iOS
Publisher: idailybread, 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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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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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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Destiny Game (Excellent)
Also known as Game of Destiny
Purchase

Platforms: iOS
Publisher: Battle Gear, LLC, 2014

This is a fun board game to play with your children or as a preteen. There can be up to five players, and you take turns going around the board making real-life decisions. You earn money and Eternal Fruit, which is a way of showing how our choices have consequences.  


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Granny's Bible Dojo (Excellent)
Purchase
Platform: iOS
Publisher: InsideOut Studies, 2014

This is a great game for learning the books of the Bible. Granny will present the books in a jumbled order, and you have to crack the boards in order. When you crack one, another will appear behind it. You'll also hear Granny's instructions and encouragement, so that adds some humor to the game.



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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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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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Noah's Ark: Dash N' Splash (Poor, Review)
Purchase on Android, iOS, 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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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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Stained Glass (Excellent)
Platform: iOS
Publisher: Lightside Games, 2015

This match 3 game adds beautiful artwork and fully voiced Bible story narrations. I particularly enjoy the paraphrased Bible stories that the characters tell you. They're imaginative and add a fresh perspective to the Biblical text without crossing the line into too much speculation.

Gameplay video

Story video


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That Dragon, Cancer (Excellent)
Purchase on Steam, Android, 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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