Friday, May 3, 2019

Christian Video Games for PC


Adam's Venture Trilogy (Good)

Purchase on Amazon or Steam

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox One
Publisher: Vertigo Games, 2009-2016

The Adam Venture games are action/puzzle games in the exploration genre.

Adam's Venture: Chronicles (collection of all 3 for PS3)
Adam's Venture: Origins (a remake of the originals for PC, PS4, Xbox One)



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Adventures in Odyssey and the Great Escape (Good)
  
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Platforms: PC, Mac
Publisher: Digital Praise, 2005

The gameplay is fairly simple as you play through a series of activities from the perspective of being in a video game. The story is a great illustration of temptation and our need to resist it with God's help.

Watch the trailer!


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Adventures in Odyssey and the Sword of the Spirit (Fair) 

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Platforms: PC, Mac
Publisher: Digital Praise, 2008

This game has a decent story and an animated art style that holds up fairly well. It also has a mix of puzzles, roleplaying, and platforming. Unfortunately, the platforming is rather difficult to control, bringing down the overall gameplay experience.



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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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Axys Adventures: Truth Seeker (GoodReview)

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Platform: PC
Publisher: Rebel Planet Creations, 2007

This is one of the best Christian video games in the Action / RPG genre. The graphics leave a little to be desired (it's a few years old), but the story is intriguing, and the gameplay is phenomenal. You're battling monsters with your sword and figuring out puzzles like you would in the best Action RPG games.



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Bible Adventures (Fair)

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Platforms: NES, Sega Genesis
Publisher: Wisdom Tree, 1991

This retro platformer can still be a lot of fun as you play through the stories of Noah's Ark, Baby Moses, and David and Goliath. Just don't expect too much of a challenge.



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The Great Bible Race (Excellent)

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Platforms: PC, Mac
Publisher: Great Bible Race, 2014

This quiz game includes difficulty levels, multiplayer, and various game modes to let you answer a variety of questions or hone in on specific topics. In Race Mode, there's the added challenge of the timer. Besides the classic Church Edition, you can also purchase the African American edition, which adds a little color to the game's artwork.



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Catechumen (Excellent)

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Platforms: PC 
Publisher: N'Lightning Software, 2000

In this first-person shooter set during the time of Christian persecution under Emperor Marcus Aurelius, you play as a young Christian seeking to rescue your mentor from demon-possessed Roman soldiers. The game is light on story, but it has great gameplay, and the graphics still look pretty good. One plus is that when you defeat a human enemy, they don't die but rather kneel and pray in repentance.



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Dance Praise and Dance Praise 2 (ExcellentReview)


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Platforms: PC, Mac
Publisher: Digital Praise, 2005, 2007

This game uses dance pads and popular Christian music tracks. Get your exercise and worship on at the same time! Plus, there are plenty of expansion packs that work with both games.



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Eternal War: Shadows of Light (ExcellentReview)

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Platform: PC
Publisher: Two Guys Software, 2003

This first-person shooter focuses on spiritual warfare and has a great storyline.



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FIVE: Guardians of David (Fair)

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Platforms: PC, Mac
Publisher: Kingdom Games, 2015

Play as 5 of David's mighty men as you walk through some of the major events in the famous king's life. 




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Guitar Praise (Excellent)

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Platforms: PC, Mac
Publisher: Digital Praise, 2008

Play along to some familiar Christian songs, both old anew! You can also get an expansion pack to add more tracks.

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Heaven: The Game (Good) 
(Also known as Journey to Heaven) 

Purchase on Amazon on the company website
Platforms: PC
Publisher: Genesis Works, 2009

This is a beautiful game that, unfortunately (but understandably), has received a lot of hate. You play Joshua, an astronaut, who is taken to Heaven after your ship malfunctions. There, you solve puzzles as you progress deeper and deeper into the landscape of Heaven. It is a very Biblically based game. The problem is that your guide shows a little too much cleavage. But one could argue that in Heaven, we'll all be pure of mind and able to appreciate the beauty of the female form as God created it. Either way, it's definitely worth playing through if you can get past this one visual issue.



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Jesus Christ RPG (Good, DLC Review)

Free to play, with DLCs to purchase

Platform: PC
Publisher: Wholetone Games, 2013

Play a variety of characters as you walk through the life of Christ, battling demons and Pharisees.



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Keys of the Kingdom (Good)
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Platform: PC
Publisher: Inspired Games, 2011

This is a fun one for those who like movement puzzles. You solve the puzzle by blowing up blocks and moving the key to the lock. Sounds simple, but it does make you think. It also displays a new Bible verse every time you defeat a puzzle. The verses are the real Keys of the Kingdom.



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Left Behind Series (GoodReview)

Purchase Eternal Forces or Tribulation Forces

Purchase Rise of the Antichrist or World at War
  
Platform: PC
Publisher: Inspired Media Entertainment and LB Games, 2006-2011

These are cool strategy games that use spiritual weapons as you fight against the Anti-Christ and his forces. You run missions and establish safehouses for the underground church. The graphics are well done, and there's potential for a lot of repeat gameplay. You can also play online with other players. 

The second game, Tribulation Forces, is more of an update and expansion of Eternal Forces. Rise of the Antichrist and World at War are true sequels.



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NIMCOR3 (PoorReview)

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Platform: PC
Publisher: Erik Pineda, 2018

This is an RPG Maker game that would be good for the hardcore Christian audience with a few gameplay tweaks.



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Nacah (Poor) and Isles of Derek (Fair)
  
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Platform: PC
Publisher: Bible Games Company, 2001 and 2003

This is an exploratory puzzle game that doesn't quite hit the mark when it comes to gameplay, though the second game is notably better than the first.

Gameplay of Nacah

Gameplay of Isles of Derek


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Ominous Horizons: A Paladin's Calling (ExcellentReview)

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Platform: PC
Publisher: N'Lightning Software, 2001

This first-person medieval shooter RPG is simply fantastic. Granted, it's a few years old now so the graphics are a little simple, but it's still fun. You're battling demons and Satan's horde to recover pages of Scripture so that it can be printed for the first time.



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The Pilgrim's Progress (GoodReview)
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Platform: PC
Publisher: Scott Cawthorn, 2011

This is a fun game with simple but clean graphics telling the classic Paul Bunyan allegory in an RPG style. It's a good one for engaging action and your spiritual mind at the same time. 




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Rionon: The Search for the Stone Statue (Excellent)

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Platform: PC
Publisher: Disintegration Games, 2014

No, it's not the most technologically advanced game, but the story is very intriguing. You start out on the side of the pagans, looking for your country's stone statue that the Christians supposedly stole. Maybe if you could recover the statue, life in Rionon will turn prosperous again? The gameplay is great, and the whole package is a lot of fun, despite the slightly outdated graphics and development shortcuts.




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Saints of Virtue (Fair)
Platform: PC
Publisher: Cactus Game Design, 1999

Enter the mind and heart of a young man battling the temptations of the world! Unfortunately, while this game is built on a neat concept, the gameplay is somewhat lacking. The enemies don't present much of a challenge, and the game is fairly short. Still, it's worth playing through once if you're looking for a clean first-person shooter. Your weapon is the Sword of the Spirit, which shoots energy bolts.



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Solomon Says: Anything Goes (Good)

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Platform: PC, Mac
Publisher: Cloud 9 Games, 2005

Play against the computer or against players in this game show trivia competition. Solomon is your host, and you can set the difficulty to an appropriate level.


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Super 3D Noah's Ark (GoodReview)

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Platform: DOS, PC, Super Nintendo
Publisher: Wisdom Tree, 1994

This is a first-person shooter, but you're using food to put irate animals back to sleep as they ride the waves on Noah's Ark.




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Timothy and Titus (Excellent)

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Platform: PC
Publisher: White Knight Games, 2006

This is a great (but short) action game in which you control Timothy and Titus seeking to recover Pauls stolen letters. Now, who would want Paul's letters to be lost? That's right, there are enemies to fight in this game, but it's a fairly non-violent game with the human enemies converting to Christianity when you defeat them.



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To Light: Ex Umbra (ExcellentReview)

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Platforms: PC, Mac
Publisher: Branch Games, 2019

This is a well-written, story-driven RPG Maker game with the option to either limit the battle mode or enjoy the strategy of combat.



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Through the Shadows: The Darkness Revealed (Good)

Platforms: PC
Publisher: True Light Games, 2014

This is a mysterious, immersive, first-person puzzler/visual novel that finds you all alone in a world seeking to find the truth. This is the first of what was to be a series of games that didn't continue, so, as the creator described it, you can think of it as the first novel in a series. It's still worth playing, but don't expect a completely tidy ending.




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The Tomb of Moses (Good)

Platform: PC
Publisher: Vidia Entertainment, 2009

This is a puzzle game with still-decent 3D graphics. Archaeologist Professor Fog has gone missing, and it's your job to go find him. Though not quite true to the Biblical understanding of where Moses is buried, the game still gives valuable information about the Exodus story and the man whom God used to accomplish it.


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Visions Alpha (FairReview)

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Platform: PC
Publisher: Tiny Zoo, 2012

This game is all about immersion and daily life in the 2nd century.



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VeggieTales Dance, Dance, Dance (Excellent)
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Platforms: PC, Mac
Publisher: Digital Praise, 2006

Dance to all your favorite VeggieTales songs! This game comes with its own dance pad and a CD to play on any computer.


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The War in Heaven (Fair)

Platform: PC
Publisher: ValuSoft, 1999

This is a fun game to play if you're just looking to slash some enemies. You will pick up pieces of the armor of God to buff you, and you get a little teaching when you do, along with the story setup at the beginning of each level. But mostly, it's you hacking your way through the maps. The gameplay isn't particularly challenging, though, so there's not much replay value. The graphics are still decent considering the time it was released.

One interesting facet of this game is that you can play from a Fallen Angel's perspective, which can raise some questions about what their motives are and were.










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