Thursday, March 19, 2020

Christian Video Games for Kids

Christian Video Games for Kids - Older and Younger



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.

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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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Armor of God (Good)
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Platform: Browser
Publisher: Mark Gossage, 2018

Here's a short Christian platformer game you can play right in your browser. Your goal is to collect the Armor of God while avoiding the spikes, making jumps across pits, and landing on moving platforms. It's a fun game that doesn't take too long and will give you a good review of the applicable passage.


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Axel 1 and 2 (Good)
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 Platform: PC
Publisher: Breakthrough Gaming, 2006

Axel the robot wants to start an arcade in the church, and you get to play these mini-games! Each game has 16 or 17 game modes that you can play solo or against any player. While not the best graphics, the mini-games are fun, and I appreciate the variety of each volume. It should make a good past time for kids and families.


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BibleMan: A Fight for the Faith (Good)
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Platform: PC, Mac
Publisher: Covenant Studios, 2005

Based off of the episode of the series, you play as BibleMan and his teammates, defending the city against the Wacky Professor. Is it campy? Yes! That's part of what makes it fun. Also, the cutscenes are from the TV show, which brings back a lot of nostalgia for certain gamers. The only detriment is that gameplay can be a little slow, as you can only defend rather than attack.


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Bible Crush (Good)
Platform: Android
Publisher: AC Company, 2017

This is a game that has developed over several iterations. The first release used images of Jesus, the Bible, the Ichthus fish, etc. and gave you random verses to read after you completed the level. This newest edition is a little more pop-culture friendly, using fruit and plants instead of Christian images, but includes a trivia question at the end of the level. Overall, it's very light where the Christian content is concerned, but the gameplay is fun, and the app is well done.


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The Bible Game (Excellent)
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 Platforms: Game Boy Advance, PS2, Xbox
Publisher: Crave Entertainment, 2005

This is a fun one to play with your friends. You're competing against up to 3 other players or the computer on a game show and answering trivia questions or playing mini-games for points. There's a lot of variety in the content and the mini-games themselves. The graphics have held up well for a PS2-era game. I'd definitely recommend it as a group game.


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Bible Hangman (Good)
Platform: Android
Publisher: DRY9 Games, 2015

This is a simple game that's fun to play. I was always curious to see what word or phrase the next puzzle would be. And, of course, once you know what it's spelling, you're reminded of the book, person, event, etc. The app runs perfectly with minimal ads, so if you're a fan of Hangman, give it a try!


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Bible Memory Game (Fair)

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Platform: Android
Publisher: i-stih, 2016

This matching game has a couple of things going for it. First, it tells an abbreviated version of the Biblical story before each set of puzzles. Second, the original artwork is very appealing to a young audience. I also appreciate the challenge of the timer. One detraction from the game is that the pictures aren't labeled, so it's easy to tell what who some of the people being depicted are, but you're left to guess who the others are. It would be better if so many stories weren't mixed in to one puzzle. Adam, for instance, could be in a puzzle with Noah.


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Bible Memory Game Children (Fair)
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Platform: Android
Publisher: RDB Mobile, 2015

This matching game works well enough, but I wouldn't recommend it for children. Some of the terminology isn't very kid-friendly. What child uses the words fidelity or longsuffering? The number of cards on the board also makes it difficult for small ones. Finally, the art on the cards consists of a few different styles, detracting from the overall look of the game.


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Bounce  (Fair)
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 Platform: PC
Publisher: Breakthrough Gaming, 2006

This is a fun pinball-type game with all the Breakthrough Gaming characters, though the mechanic does get a little repetitive after a few levels. It's good to play a couple of levels at a time, though, and there is brief Christian teaching throughout.


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Buddy Quest  (Good)


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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.


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Buzby: Breakin' All the Rules  (Good)
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Platform: PC, Mac
Publisher: Digital Praise, 2005

This is an edutainment game with a variety of activities for early elementary kids. Kids can practice spelling, math, coordination, and others while experiencing the story of the arrogant "King of the Bees" and learning some very practical Christian teaching.


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Camping the Bug-A-Boo Way (Excellent)
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Platforms: PC, Mac
Publisher: Digital Praise, 2006

Based on the series by Max Lucado, this is a very educational game for young children with Christian teaching woven into the gameplay.


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Charlie the Church Mouse 3D Adventures (Excellent)

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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. 


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Charlie Church Mouse 
Preschool, Kindergarten, and Early Elementary (Excellent)
(Also known as Charlie Church Mouse Bible Adventures)
Platforms: PC
Publisher: Inspired Media, Left Behind Games, 2005

These games came out in a number of editions. They were even briefly called Charlie Church Mouse Bible Adventures 1, 2, and 3. No matter which edition you buy, the games are essentially the same within their different volumes.

Each of these games tells 6 Bible stories along with offering educational mini-games. The graphics are still up to par with today's standards, and the games are fun and engaging for young kids. Because they include different Bible stories and activities within such a close age range, it would definitely be worth buying all three and letting your kids explore each one.

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Preschool Bible stories: Creation, Noah’s Ark, Jonah, 3 Wisemen, Parable of the Lost Coin, Fishes and Loaves

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Kindergarten Bible stories: Elisha & the Jars of Oil, Nehemiah Rebuilds the Wall, The Story of Queen Esther, The Birth of a Savior, The Prodigal Son, Zaccheus & the Big Tree

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Early Elementary Bible stories: Walls of Jericho, Ruth, David & Goliath, Daniel, Pearl of Great Price, Paul’s Journey to Rome.


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Children's Bible Puzzles for Kids & Toddlers (Excellent)  
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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 the 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.


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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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Daily Bible Word Search (Excellent)
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Platform: Brower (Facebook), Android, iOS
Publisher: Planet 316, 2018

Here's another daily game by Planet 316. While it's still a pretty simple game, I like this one a little more because it's more than a game. After you solve the short puzzle for the day, it provides you with a brief devotional to read.


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Flo: Return of the Water Beetles  (Good)
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 Platform: PC
Publisher: Digital Praise, 2005

The Water Beetles band is coming back into town, and Flo is their number one fan. Help her and the Friends get ready with 5 educational games, including matching, sequencing, and, of course, making music.


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Granny's Bible Dojo (Excellent)
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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.


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Guardians of Ancora (Excellent)
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Platforms: Android, iOS, Kindle
Publisher: Scripture Union, 2015

This platformer that walks through the stories of the Bible is a very impressive offering for mobile devices.


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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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JamBand (Excellent) 
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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.


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Jonah: A VeggieTales Game  (Good)
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 Platform: PC
Publisher: Big Idea, 2002

The graphics are great, the voice acting is on par with the cartoon, and following the storyline of the movie, you'll learn the (VeggieTales version) story of Jonah. The game is composed of mini-games, though, which might be a nice touch of variety for some people but lacks a cohesion of gameplay for me. I don't think many children will mind that, though!


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A Journey Towards Jesus (Good)
Platforms: Android
Publisher: Kupina.me, 2015

This trivia game gets high marks for including a story. You are accompanying a young man named Eliab to find Jesus so that he can ask Him to heal his sister. The quiz questions are fairly easy, and there are also some word scrambles and other simple puzzles mixed in for variety.


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King Solomon's Trivia Challenge 1 and 2, Solomon Says: Anything Goes (Good)
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Platform: PC, Mac
Publisher: Cloud 9/Left Behind Games, 2005, 2011, 2012

Play against the computer or against other players in this game show trivia competition. Solomon is your host, and you can set the difficulty to an appropriate level. Solomon Says is the original game, with the King Solomon's Trivia Challenge games being the editions that Left Behind Games published after they purchased Cloud 9.


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LarryBoy and the Bad Apple (Good)
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Platform: Game Boy Advance, PS2
Publisher: Crave Entertainment, 2006

Play as LarryBoy's superhero alter ego in this 3D platformer as you learn to fight temptation. The graphics are nice and clean for this title, and the story and gameplay are entertaining enough to still please a modern gamer.

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Lightgliders (Excellent)  
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Platform: Brower
Publisher: Kingdom Scene, 2017

Lightgliders is much more than a game. It's an all-in-one website with children's devotions, animated and live action videos, and mini-games. The games are either about training your character to be a Lightglider or sending you out on missions to rescue Gliddles, cute little creatures of the world who are lost and harassed by the evil machines. Everything contains a lesson and is based on Scripture.

Kids can spend a lot of time on this site, so it's definitely worth the subscription price for as long as your kids are interested. There's also a companion app you can get for Android or iOS. The app is free, so it can provide a good introduction to Lightgliders if you're not sure if your kids will take advantage of the full site.


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Light Rangers: Mending the Maniac Madness (Excellent)
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Platform: PC, Mac
Publisher: Digital Praise, 2005

The Light Rangers receive their mission from their mastermind Sunday School teacher and need to save the children of Angeltown from various sinful attitudes caused by the Maniac Brainiac. It's a great game with a good story, fun animation, and plenty of platforming action. There's also just the right amount of Christian teaching. As a bonus, you can play a Christian trivia game.


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Match 1 and 2  (Good)
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Platform: PC
Publisher: Breakthrough Gaming, 2006

I like the different categories these games offer: a couple of Bible-based, lots of different educational games, or just fun. There's also a story mode to each game in which the hosts, Nit and Kit or Zippy, learn a valuable Christian lesson. Within the match games themselves, you can play with someone else on Turn Mode or increase the challenge in Timed Mode.


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MightyNoah Adventure Game (Good)
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Platforms: Android
Publisher: Doroncreations Inc, 2018

This is a pretty fun reaction game. You swipe the ark left and right to avoid dangers and collect coins, health, and shields. The scenery and obstacles and varied and look great. The music adds to the sense of adventure. When the durability of your ark gets too low, you can either pay coins to restore it and keep going, or answer three trivia questions to keep going. You can also watch an ad, but there is no invasive advertising. I don't think this is a game that will keep your attention for long, but it's fun to try out and see how far you can get floating on the waters of the flood.


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My Place with Jesus (Poor)
Platforms: Android
Publisher: It Is Written, 2018

This game has appealing graphics, but the wording of the teaching goes high above children's heads. There are other things to do, but the meat of the gameplay consists of filling in missing words in the Bible verses.

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Nik & Kit 1 and 2  (Fair)
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Platform: PC, Kindle
Publisher: Breakthrough Gaming, 2006

This very retro-style platformer has you trying to find your stolen Bible. The games are well-done if you like the style, but I'd like to see more of a story in the game.



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Noah's Ark (Excellent)
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Platform: NES
Publisher: 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.

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Noah's Ark: 2 by 2  (Excellent)
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Platform: Kindle
Publisher: Truth Gaming LLC, 2013

This memory match game presents the story of Noah's Ark with the challenge of a timer to complete the round. You can also use power-ups to help you get a peek at the cards and complete the round faster. 

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The Noah's Ark Game  (Good)
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Platform: Android
Publisher: The city of apps, 2016

The theme of the map is Noah's Ark, and the player gathers two of each animal in this memory game, but the ties to Noah's Ark end there. There's no teaching in this game. It's simply level after level of matching animals. And with that, it does quite well. There is a lot of variety in the animals as well as how many cards are on the board, so the challenge does increase the further you go.


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Noah's Bunny Problem  (Fair)
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Platform: Android, iOS
Publisher: Salvation's Story, 2015

This game is well-done for a simple app, but it favors humor more than content. Your goal is to keep the rabbits from kissing and making more rabbits, while also keeping the existing rabbits from falling off the Ark. As an added bonus, you can dress Noah in different outfits, such as this Santa outfit (which, yes, is problematic for some Christians).


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Noah's Elephant in the Room (Good)

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Platform: Android, iOS
Publisher: Salvation's Story, 2017

Ride Noah's elephant through the Ark, avoiding Noah's sons, who are trying to ruin his good time. If you want to a boost, you can memorize Bible verses and upgrade your elephant. It's a fun game to play around with, but don't expect it to keep your attention for long. Thankfully, it doesn't have to since it's free to play.

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Park the Ark  (Good)
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Platform: Kindle
Publisher: Truth Gaming LLC, 2015

Kids will tilt their device to steer the Ark into the correct sight words. They'll learn their words and the story of Noah's Ark at the same time. The gameplay isn't very exciting or challenging, though, so kids might not stick with it for very long. Fortunately, it's free, so it's worth letting them play with as long as interest lasts. 


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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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Play the Jesus Bible Trivia Challenge Quiz Game  (Good)
Platform: Android
Publisher: RD Games, 2018

Despite the awkward name, this trivia app is a cut above some of the others. You spin a dial to land on a category for each question. If you don't know an answer or want reinforcement, you can click to see the passage of Scripture referenced in the question. You're also on a time for each question, so that adds to the challenge, and the sound effects and animations make the game more addicting than most trivia games.


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Play the Bible Ultimate Verses (Fair)
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Platform: Android
Publisher: RD Games, 2016

This game isn't very challenging, but it is fun to play for a while. All you have to do is cover each letter of a word with the same color of tile, and you earn points. Powerups allow you to clear words more quickly. I like that you're reading the Bible verse as you play, and you get to test your memory after each level by filling in missing words. It's also fully voice acted, which is a nice touch. The one downside is that you have to give the company your email address or log in with Facebook, which feels a little shady. I can't think of a legitimate reason they need my information to play a free app.


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Praise Champion and Praise Champion 2 (Excellent)
Previously released as Heavenly Harmony
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Platform: PC
Publisher: Cloud 9/Left Behind Games, 2011, 2012

If you enjoy singing, you'll enjoy these games. With over 40 songs each and the ability to play with up to 4 people, it should provide a lot of fun for a long time. Each game comes with a microphone and includes a variety of songs. There are also mini-games to help you hone your vocal skills, and you can unlock outfits for your avatar to wear and different venues to sing at.


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Sheep Master  (Good)
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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.


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Stained Glass (Excellent)
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.


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The Story of Noah's Ark  (Good)
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Platform: Nintendo DS
Publisher: SouthPeak Games, 2011

Listen to the story of and play a variety of mini and educational games based on Noah's Ark.


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Superbook Games (GoodReview)

Platform: Brower
Publisher: CBN

21 mini-games based on the Bible and Superbook characters. Read our recommendations for which are the best to play.


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Super Bible Trivia (Excellent)
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Platform: PC
Publisher: Planet 316, 2014

There are a lot of Christian trivia games, but this one stands out for its mini-games. Like some of the other trivia games above, this one uses a game show theme that you can play solo or versus other players. The mini-games are fun because they include things like Timeline, Who Am I?, and Name that Book, which I found particularly enjoyable.


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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 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 game with the human enemies converting to Christianity when you defeat them.


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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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VeggieTales: The Mystery of Veggie Island (Fair)
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 Platform: PC
Publisher: Big Idea, 2002

The cartoon graphics and gameplay hold up well, considering the game's from 2002. It relies completely on mini-games, however, without much of a story.


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Zippy the Circle (Fair)
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Platforms: PC, Kindle
Publisher: Breakthrough Gaming, 2006

This is a cute, fun story-based game with Christian principles. It's not particularly challenging to progress in the game, but it does offer you a challenge if you want to get the most points that you can. Children do need to be able to read to play this game, though, as it's not voice-acted.



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ZJ the Ball 1 and 2 (Good)
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Platforms: PC, Kindle
Publisher: Breakthrough Gaming, 2005, 2006

These platformer games are simple but fun. They have an evangelistic message too, as ZJ and his friend Axel the Robot share the Good News with others.



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Zoey's Pinball Game (Good)
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Platforms: PC
Publisher: Breakthrough Gaming, 2006

God teaches Zoey a lesson about being a sore loser when He puts her inside of her pinball game. It's a short but fun game and definitely has a Christian message for kids.





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