Here’s a couple of links to some of the most popular games Christians are playing where you are.
They are the same games everyone else is playing.
There are a few that perhaps they should be asking themselves some questions about.
And there are some through which they and the people they interact with could be exploring questions of life and faith, or simply marveling at the wonders of creation and the freedoms the creator gives us to use the time we have on this planet.
In an update to this post (coming soon) I’ll mention a few of the games in those play stores and talk about how they might fare if we had ratings for good games rather than just warnings against bad ones.
“What if we had ratings for good games rather than just warnings against bad ones?”
In addition to “games played by Christians” there are “Christian games” designed specifically for Christians or for people the game makers hope will become Christians one day.
For me, some things that detract from the ‘worthiness’ of a game include whether it is aimed at kids but full of adverts for things that I wouldn’t want my son to see or play. Sometime this is just because a designer wanted to earn something for his time, but didn’t think through the impact of bad adds on what was meant to be a ‘good’ game .
I’m equally put off by in app purchases but recognise that a good app builder puts a lot of time into even a simple game.
Some however are deliberately trying to shock like “Fist of Jesus” in which Jesus after not getting it quite right with raising Lazarus must battle zombies by throwing fish at them.
Another contender for worst so called Christian app is Bible slots, in which you are playing slot machines for real money but it’s billed as a Christian game because there are religious pictures on the reels.
Some Bible themed games simply take some story element from the Bible as a starting point for a game that has nothing to do with anything. eg in Noah’s Bunny Problem you must catch the rabbits before they kiss each other and produce more rabbits. The game is harmless enough and the developer is working on some other stuff with a bit more content and ‘value’.
Anyone criticizing the theology or historical accuracy of Noah’s Bunny Problem need to play more games. This is just a gamified version of a picture that could be in a kids Bible. It doesn’t have the rest of the story but you want to add extra value you could ask your child if they know the story and you can tell it to them or they to you while you play.
Don’t forget though that this cute kids story with the nice animals has got more deaths than most violent video games (all off camera).
And in this section one early game I encountered was Open Sea! Go Dow Mo!
Mo works as a prophetic leader in Pharaoh’s Egypt. He urges the people to flee across the sea… by foot. Touch the sea to part it open, swipe, shake your smartphone to flood everything, and tap the screen to strike lightning bolts!
That’s right your role is to play God: “Thou shall Part the Sea With thy Almighty Finger, for the People shall Run Safe Across. Thou shall Not Let Them Drown!”
Voted Best Mobile Action Game of 2011, this is one of those games that some people will see as a cute puzzle game and some will condemn as “Cartoon blasphemy” .
There are over 100 Christian video games from the last 35 years listed on wikipedia, few were commercial or spiritual success but there are a few from the last couple of years worth a mention.
…and several you might not expect
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