Thursday, May 2, 2019

Christian Puzzle Video Games


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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Adventures in Odyssey and the Treasure of the Incas (Excellent)
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.



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Airship Genesis: Pathway to Jesus (Fair)
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Platform: Android
Publisher: Turning Point for God, 2019

I really enjoy the concept of this game. Your time-traveling spaceship crash lands in Biblical times. Your goal is to find your missing shipmates and the power cells for the ship. Along the way, you and your companions discuss spiritual matters and witness Biblical events. The gameplay, however, is a bit tedious. You're confined to walk on certain paths and have to swipe for the character to take each step. It's supposed to be a puzzle to get around certain objects, but the puzzles aren't challenging at all, even for children.

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aMazing Bible (Excellent)
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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.



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Christian Memory Game (Good)  
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 Platform: Android
Publisher: Foundation Mir, 2012

This game presents a good variety with 3 difficulty modes (which determines how many cards on the board) and three themes: Jesus, saints, or symbols. I would say that the saints theme isn't of much interest, though, unless you know who is being depicted in the pictures.


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Christian Puzzle - Bible Game (Good)   
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Platform: Android
Publisher: iDailybread, 2017

This is a game in which you slide the tiles around until you get them all lined up correctly to complete the Bible verse and picture. It's a good learning game because you constantly have to study the verse to put it in the right order. There's no sound or music to this game, though, which would make it even more engaging.


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The Game of the Bible (Good)
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Platform: Android
Publisher: GrupoAlamar, 2017

This is a simple kind of game that will have you thinking. You have to match tiles from one side of the screen to the other, but you can only do so if they're not surrounded. There are multiple ways to solve each puzzle, and they get more difficult as you progress in the game. With 125 levels, this app will keep you plenty busy. Plus, it's attractive and has pleasant sound effects and music. The only downside is that an ad will play after you complete each puzzle.

  
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Heaven: The Game (Good) 
Also known as Journey to Heaven
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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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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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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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Pangolin's Puzzle (GoodReview)
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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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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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