Monday, March 16, 2020

The Best Christian Video Games - For Kids and Adults

The Best Christian Video Games - My Top Picks Through 2019


After a couple of years of researching Christian video games, here are my top picks in each category. If you like a particular type of game, though, please browse the complete list for that category. You'll find plenty of other fun Christian video games I've ranked as either Excellent or Good.

Best Action Video Game: Timothy and Titus

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Platform: PC
Publisher: White Knight Games, 2006

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


Best Action Video Game Runner Up: Noah's Ark

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Platform: NES 
Publisher: Konami, 1992

Play as Noah gathering the animals across all seven continents. It presents a very loose rendition of the story, though, as Noah changes form with different power-ups and even fights some rather interesting bosses. That's something you don't see in the Old Testament!


BEST CARD VIDEO GAME: REDEMPTION: VICTORY AT HEBRON
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Platform: PC
Publisher: Brethren Entertainment, 2003

This trading card video game was a real find for me! With a story and 3D exploration to go with it, this is the perfect option for anyone who enjoys card battling. It still looks and runs great on current computers today. Great for teens and adults who enjoy the strategic challenge.


BEST JIGSAW PUZZLE VIDEO GAME: CHRISTIAN PUZZLE GAME
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Platform: Android
Publisher: Fun Apps and Games by SCHACH, 2015

I recommend this free jigsaw puzzle app 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.


Best Jigsaw Puzzle Video Game Runner Up: God and Jesus Jigsaw Puzzle
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Platform: Android
Publisher: Kaya, 2015

This is another free digital jigsaw puzzle app 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 an ad to unlock new puzzles, which seems fair to the developer. They need to make an income somehow!


BEST MOVEMENT AND MUSIC VIDEO GAME: JAMBAND
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Platforms: PC
Publisher: Cloud 9 Games, 2009

With this "Rock Band" style title, you can have two instruments and two singers playing at a time. You can also play solo or versus mode, and there's a good variety of 40 popular (if no longer current) songs to play. The only downside is that JamBand never had any expansion packs. Still, it's good for teens in the youth group or a friends party at home.


Best Movement and Music Runner Up: Dance Praise and Dance Praise 2 (Review)

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

Dance Praise uses dance pads and popular music tracks. Get your exercise and worship on at the same time! Plus, there are plenty of expansion packs that work with both games. This is another great party option for teens or older children.


BEST PUZZLE VIDEO GAME: ADVENTURES IN ODYSSEY AND THE TREASURE OF THE INCAS
Platforms: PC, Mac
Publisher: Digital Praise, 2005

Get ready for a treasure hunt as you try to solve the mystery of Eugene's missing parents. You play as Eugene, Connie, and Whit in this fun puzzler. There are also plenty of animated cutscenes and the great voice acting fans of the series love to help move the story forward. Players do have to be able to read, though, so it's not suitable for young children.


Best Puzzle Video Game Runner Up: aMazing Bible
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Platform: PC, Mac
Publisher: Digital Praise, 2009

This is a different sort of app that has you moving a red and blue ball simultaneously through different mazes as you walk through the Bible. Each maze is different, and you can do different things to get through them, so you won't get bored easily. It's a fun challenge and a review of major portions of the Bible at the same.


BEST MATCHING VIDEO GAME: BIBLE GEMS
Platform: PC
Publisher: Planet 316, 2014

This is a well-done computer program that walks you through Genesis as you play. You'll hear a summary of the stories, accompanied by original illustrations before each level. And each level is different, adding variety to the gameplay, and you might even learn something more about the Word from the narration.


Best Matching Video Game Runner Up: Stained Glass
Platform: iOS
Publisher: Lightside Games, 2015

This free match 3 app 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 text of the Bible to teach you something new without crossing the line into too much speculation.


BEST RPG: THE AETHERLIGHT: CHRONICLES OF THE RESISTANCE
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 title, and I certainly hope Scarlet City continues the series. In its current state, you can play through the first 3 episodes in which you help the Scarlet Man (Christ) restore The Great Engineer (God the Father) to the throne of this steampunk kingdom. The graphics are great, the gameplay is fun, and there is plenty of allegorical content referencing Bible stories. This is a must-play for any Christ-centered gamer. Good for children, teens, and adults. Plus, it's free and available on most digital devices!


Best RPG Runner Up: To Light: Ex Umbra (Review)

Platforms: PC, Mac
Publisher: Branch Games, 2019

This is a well-written, story-driven RPG Maker entry with the option to either limit the battle mode or enjoy the strategy of combat. If you want a chance to get into original characters and explore some weighty topics, this one's for you, with a full party to join your team.


BEST SHOOTER VIDEO GAME: CATECHUMEN
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Platforms: PC 
Publisher: N'Lightning Software, 2000

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


Best Shooter Video Game Runner Up: Ominous Horizons: A Paladin's Calling (Review)
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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 the Bible so that it can be printed for the first time.


BEST SIMULATION VIDEO GAME: BUDDY QUEST


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 for children and parents to engage together.


Best Simulation Video Game Runner Up: Sheep Master
Play for free on Android or iOS!

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

This is a well-done, free farm-building/defense app. 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. I recommend it for teens and adults looking for a fun casual app.


BEST STRATEGY VIDEO GAME: KINGS OF ISRAEL
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Platform: PC, Mac
Publisher: Funhill Games, 2015

This is the digital version of the board game above. Play as the prophets of the Bible trying to rid Israel of idolatry before the nation is overthrown by the Assyrians! This is a fun one that will get you into and thinking about the time of the kings and prophets in Israel's history. There's also a lot of variety and strategy involved, making it a very solid game. If you like it, check out the original board game version.


Best Strategy Video Game Runner Up: Redemption: Victory at Hebron
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Platform: PC
Publisher: Brethren Entertainment, 2003

This trading card video game was a real find for me! With a story and 3D exploration to go with it, this is the perfect option for anyone who enjoys card battling. It's based on the oldest and most popular card battler in Christian-inspired games. This digital version still looks and runs great on current computers today. Great for teens and adults who enjoy the strategic challenge.


BEST TRIVIA VIDEO GAME: BIBLE TRIVIA
Platform: Android
Publisher: Christian Games, 2019

There's a lot to like about this free trivia app. First, you can decide which Bible category to answer questions from, including Basic Questions (easy mode), or to mix them all together. Then, you can challenge yourself with a game that allows you to get three wrong answers only or set it to 5 minutes. Once you unlock it, you can play for an endless amount of time. If you need a clue, you can use the stick of dynamite to blow two wrong answers off the screen. But if you do get a wrong answer, the game will show which is the right answer and give you the option to see the Bible verse or verses it's taken from.


Best Trivia Video Game Runner Up: Granny's Bible Dojo
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Platform: iOS
Publisher: InsideOut Studies, 2014

This is a great app 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 it.


BEST WORD VIDEO GAME: KING SOLOMON'S WORD CHALLENGE
Platform: PC
Publisher: Planet 316, 2014

This is a cool 3-in-1 game, with Word Twist, Word Find, and Sling Words. In all three modes, you're filling in the missing words of a Bible verse, which adds a lot of value to the game. As you complete the levels, you earn resources to build the Temple and can actually see your workers making progress on a fairly detailed animated rendition, which is a nice touch.


Best Word Video Game Runner Up: Reborn Crosswords
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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 for this free digital crossword puzzle collection, you can still play the archive. You can also create your own puzzles to share with others on your website.


BEST VIDEO GAME FOR KIDS: CHARLIE THE CHURCH MOUSE 3D ADVENTURES

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Platforms: PC
Publisher: Left Behind Games, 2015

This massively underrated title combines both 3D platforming and educational mini-games, all while telling 9 Bible stories. Children will learn a variety of skills and get some training in the Word all at the same time. Plus, the graphics still look pretty good on current computers.


Best Video Game for Kids Runner Up: Children's Bible Puzzles for Kids & Toddlers
Christian game for mobile with variations of simple puzzles
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Platform: Android
Publisher: NutBolt Games, 2018

I'm very impressed with this free app. Younger kids can enjoy a couple of different puzzle types and "spot the difference" game while older kids can play a variety of trivia games. The music is also very upbeat and catchy. The one problem I have with the app is that there a lot of ad pop-ups when switching from screen to screen.



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