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5 Retro Christian-Themed Games You May Be Surprised To Love

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Video game industries tend to avoid producing overtly religious content. The risks of offending others are high and likely would not be rewarding, as it relates to gaining a respectable fan base. Why risk offending anyone or appear like you are proselytizing, even though workaholic game developers deserve limitless creative freedom to explore religion. Regardless of your views (whether certain Biblical events are figments of our imagination, completely real, partly real, or you are undecided), there are some retro religious games that were released and are not half bad. Here are 5 retro Christian-Themed games you may be surprised to love. 

5. LarryBoy and the Bad Apple (2006):

LarryBoy, the popular plunger-headed cucumber, is on a mission to save the citizens of Bumblyburg from temptation. This is a VeggieTales inspired action-adventure game for Game Boy Advance and PS2 (PlayStation 2).

4. Super 3D Noah’s Ark (SNES, 1994):

This Wisdom Tree game just may be the only Biblical first-person shooter. Play as Noah, collecting wild animals to aboard the ark, by shooting food at them with a useful slingshot. When the food hits the animals, they fall asleep. Super 3D Noah’s Ark is playable on Super NES and PC.

Super Noah's Ark 3D (SNES, 1994) - Final level

3. The Bible Game: 

Trivia game shows may test our knowledge relating to pop culture, history, science, math, and more, but a trivia show involving Bible knowledge, serves as a greater purpose. This game actually may remind you of The American Bible Challenge on Netflix, but only on a game show called Do Unto Others, you can also play mini-games for points. Do you think Ned Flanders would buy this game? The Bible Game is on the following platforms: Game Boy Advance, PS2 (PlayStation 2), and Xbox.

2. Defenders of The Faith: The Adventures of David (1992): 

Defenders of The Faith: The Adventures of David is an Old Testament adventure (for PC) about David’s life, covered in action-filled chapters of the Holy Bible. There are the scenes when Goliath mocked Israel and David fought him, when David’s fled from King Saul, and when he saved his family from Amalekite captivity.

The good news is that the levels have to be completed in order, giving you an understanding of what visually happens, Biblically. If you fail a mission, you have to start over, but each level is followed by a quiz, with multiple choice questions.

Defender of The Faith gameplay (PC Game, 1992)

1. Captain Bible In The Dome of Darkness(1994):

On PC, play as Captain Bible (a Christian superhero), wielding a Sword of Spirit and Shield of Faith against enemies, a dome of darkness in a city is deceiving others, and you are giving the Gospel to others. Enter and free the people inside of a dome of darkness by using the Sword of Spirit, Shield of Faith, and a variety of bible verses. 

Inside of the dome of darkness are robots, telling you things that contradict the Bible, women worshipping a man (appearing like Steve Jobs), and vortexes that teleport you to other locations. Destroy the dome by finding piloting Uninot (a robot) and save the city. 

Isaiah Joshua is an author and poet and has a love for video games. In May 2016, he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor's Degree in Cinema Arts and Science. As an avid gamer, some of his favorite games are "WWF No Mercy, Hitman, Manhunt, Sims 3, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter. Conscious in gaming culture, he is always researching gaming history, as well as the latest games to write about.