Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Best Christian Games - 2019


After a year of researching Christian games, here are my favorites in every category. If you like a particular type of game, though, please browse the complete list for that category. I also encourage you to check out the Crowdfunding Opportunities! page to see what new games are in development.

Best Christian Board Game: Kings of Israel

Play as the prophets trying to rid Israel of idolatry before the nation is overthrown by the Assyrians! This is a fun game 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. Also, check out the video game version of the game on PC or Mac!

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Best Christian Board Game Runner Up: Champions of Faith

You play as a character from the Bible and have your own mission to achieve. You work your way around the board, choosing which direction you go, trying to land on the spaces that will help you achieve your goal. Meanwhile, every other player is doing something similar. If you've ever played the fantasy game Talisman, it will feel very familiar.

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Best Christian Card Game: Redemption (Review)

This is the longest running two-player Christian card game and has a wide variety of cards available to build your deck. The main drawback is the one-goal objective.

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Purchase on Amazon or Cactus Games

Best Christian Card Game Runner Up: Animo: Living Deck Bible Verse Game

If you're looking for an alternative to Pokemon, this is it! With lots of characters and different modes of play, Animo is a definite winner for younger (and maybe some older) players. Create your deck how you want and develop the best strategy to defeat your opponent!
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Best Christian Conversation Game: LifeStories: Christian Version

This is a sharing game that's great for getting a group of people to talk. Use it to get to know some new friends or take it to your youth group to break the ice.

(Yes, I'm showing the back of the box on purpose.)

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Best Christian Conversation Game Runner Up: The Ungame: Christian Version

Answer questions while racing around the board. It's a great conversation starter.

The Ungame - Christian Version
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Best Christian DVD Game: The Bible DVD Game

I'm a big fan of Jeremy Camp, not so much of The History Channel's treatment of our religion. Fortunately, this DVD game sticks to the Bible without the secular commentary overshadowing the content. Play as individuals or teams as you try to answer a variety of questions.

The Bible DVD Game
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Best Christian DVD Game Runner Up: The Factory Quiz Game DVD Series

These are great games for Sunday School, youth group, or mixed church events. Simply put the DVD in and let individuals or teams compete for who gets the most right answers in a round.


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Best Christian Kids Game: Noah's Ark: Don't Rock the Boat!

This is a very educational and thrilling game for children. They'll learn about the animals, about decision-making, and about estimating weights as they place differently weighted animal figurines on the ark, trying to keep it in balance longer than their opponent can. Each animal has a fact card that comes with it.

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Best Christian Kids Game Runner Up: By Their Fruits

This board game has a lot of variety as to what can happen when you land on a tile and is great for teaching kids what it means to live a Christian life. It's a simple game to play, and the colorful board and pieces are perfect for kids.

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Best Christian Party Game: Pharisees  

If you enjoy the game "Mafia," you'll love this even more. It's Pharisees vs. Disciples with each player assigned a different role, including people from the Old and New Testaments, as you try to figure out who the Pharisee is. It's great for youth groups and young adult small groups.

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Best Christian Party Game Runner Up: Let's Have Church!!!

This is a funny trivia game that combines charades, Pictionary, and multiple choice and true/false-type questions. The highlight for me is the questions based on surveys of what church folk actually do and the questions that make you think about whether a saying is in the Bible or simply something Christians say.

"LET'S HAVE CHURCH!!!" The Hilarious Game About Church Folk!
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Best Christian Tabletop Game: Holy Lands (Review)

A robust roleplaying system in a rich setting, the Christian answer to Dungeons & Dragons. 

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Video Games

Best Christian Action Video Game: Timothy and Titus

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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 Paul's 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 adventure with the human enemies converting to Christianity when you defeat them.


Best Christian Action Video Game Runner Up: Noah's Ark

Purchase (this one's pretty difficult to find!)
Platform: NESPublisher: Konami, 1992

Play as Noah gathering the animals across all seven continents. This is a very loose rendition of the story, though, as Noah changes form with different power-ups and even fights some rather interesting bosses.


Best Chrisitan 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 game for anyone who enjoys card battling. The game still looks and runs great today.


Best Christian Jigsaw Puzzle Video Game: Christian Puzzle Game  

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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.


Best Christian Jigsaw Puzzle Video Game Runner Up: God and Jesus Jigsaw Puzzle

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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!


Best Christian Movement and Music Video Game: JamBand

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Platforms: PC
Publisher: Cloud 9 Games, 2009

With this "Rock Band" style game, 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 songs to play. The only downside is that this game never had any expansion packs.


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


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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.


Best Christian 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 puzzle game. There are also plenty of animated cutscenes and the great voice acting fans of the series love to help move the story forward.


Best Christian Puzzle Video Game Runner Up: aMazing Bible

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Platform: PC, Mac
Publisher: Digital Praise, 2009

This is a different sort of game 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 Christian Matching Video Game: Bible Gems

Platform: PC
Publisher: Planet 316, 2014

This is a well-done computer game 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 game.


Best Christian Matching Video Game Runner Up: Stained Glass

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.


Best Christian RPG Video Game: 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 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.


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


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.


Best Christian 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 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.


Best Christian 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 Scripture so that it can be printed for the first time.


Best Christian 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 to the game.


Best Christian 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 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.


Best Christian Strategy Video Game: Kings of Israel

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Platform: PC, Mac
Publisher: Funhill Games, 2015

Play as the prophets trying to rid Israel of idolatry before the nation is overthrown by the Assyrians! This is a fun game 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 the game, check out the original board game version.


Best Christian 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 game for anyone who enjoys card battling. The game still looks and runs great today.


Best Christian Trivia Video Game: Bible Trivia

Platform: Android
Publisher: Christian Games, 2019

There's a lot to like about this game. First, you can decide which 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 the game to 5 minutes. Once you unlock it, you can play for an endless amount of time. If you need a hint, 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 it's taken from.


Best Christian Trivia Video Game Runner Up: Granny's Bible Dojo

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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.


Best Christian 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 game 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 Christian 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, you can still play the archive with this app. You can also create your own puzzles to share with others on your website.


Best Christian Video Game for Kids: Charlie the Church Mouse 3D Adventures


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Platforms: PC
Publisher: Left Behind Games, 2015

This massively underrated game combines both 3D platforming and educational mini-games, all while telling 9 Bible stories.


Best Christian Video Game for Kids Runner Up: Children's Bible Puzzles for Kids & Toddlers

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Platform: Android
Publisher: NutBolt Games, 2018

I'm very impressed with this game. 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 ads that pop up when switching from screen to screen.