Friday, January 5, 2018

"Baby Jesus Christ RPG" - Christian Video Game Review

Recommendation: Good
Originality – 5/5
(Okay, so the story’s been told before, but never in a Christian RPG to my knowledge!)
Game Play – 4/5
Plot /Game Objective– 5/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics – 2/5

Not your typical Christian RPG, in Baby Jesus Christ RPG, you start off in the role of the Virgin Mary, newly pregnant with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. An indie game by Whole Tone Games, this Christian video game will take you through Mary’s pregnancy to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. It’s the first episodic installment in the Christian video game trilogy, Jesus Christ RPG, which realizes Jesus’ life and actions for us.

Beginning with Mary and Joseph learning that they will be surrogates for the Son of God from the Angel Gabriel, then learning that they must head to Bethlehem for the census, Mary and Joseph find that there’s no room at the inn. Jesus is (spoiler alert) born in the stable outside of the inn, and then your gameplay switches to those going to visit the Newborn King, the Three Wise Men.

The first pro for this Christian RPG is that it’s about Jesus. Most Christian video games that are currently available are more about Christian history, Christian future, and Christian fiction. This one is actually about Jesus. You get to play the role of Mary and then the Wise Men.

Theatrical productions, children’s Christmas pageants, and countless books and songs throughout history have told the Nativity story. Bringing the birth of Jesus into the world of gaming (while perhaps a bit shallow and/or cheesy) is neat, and a practical new way to get the Word out.

Unfortunately, there are two sides to each coin, and the Christian video game Baby Jesus Christ RPG is no exception. A few of the things that could have been better include:

* The retro 16-bit graphics, while cute, aren’t particularly amazing
* It’s a very short game, but that’s due to the relatively short story that can’t be rewritten
* There are spelling errors throughout the game, which may or may not drive you crazy

Who Should Play
Any Christian gamers who like 16-bit graphics. Or perhaps you’re a gamer who wants to get nostalgic, reliving the gaming of your childhood through the eyes of those who knew Jesus. It’s a non-violent (at least, there’s no graphic violence) Christian RPG, so it’s good for people of any age.

Overall, it’s a fun game for any Christians who want to experience the Nativity story in a new and fun way.

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