Electronic Theatre In-depth Review: The Bible Game

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Electronic Theatre ImageReligious videogames seem to attract a lot of attention when you put them on a shelf next to God Of War, Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams and Final Fight: Streetwise. This game makes no bones about what it is, and doesn’t appear to want to trap anyone with covert packaging (“they won’t now it’s about God, really…”) and it doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. It’s about providing a game suitable for those who don’t want to fight zombies or demons, who want their games a little more wholesome. Do Unto Others! Is the catchy name given to The Bible Game’s main component; the quiz in Electronic Theatre Imagewhich you have to answer questions based on the Old Testament and play games for points, there are no losers in this game only those who don’t win. It is possible to play with up to four players and if there are not enough human players the computer makes up the numbers – similar to BUZZ!: The Music Quiz – handy if you don’t have a Multi-Tap for your PlayStation2. The basic idea behind this is to play a quiz show, with questions based around the Old Testament in the Bible and Mini-Games running along the same theme, perhaps obviously, the person with the most points at the end of the game wins. There are not a set number of Rounds you have to play, instead, the focus is a Timer, when the Timer runs out it means the Round you are playing will be the last before the final Grace of God Round where you can earn Points by picking fruit. It is possible to go from last place to first in one-fell-swoop and in the same breath go from a comfortable first place to slightly less than comfortable last place. However, in this game you do not lose, you just don’t win. You can have three game lengths; ten, twenty or thirty minutes depending on the game times you select from the Options Menu and, although the amount of Points you receive changes, the Rounds are the same. Although this works well for a shorter game, completing a half an hour match with such little variation can become a little tedious especially if playing against the computer. There are several different actions which can happen when you select a square: you have Testament Trivia; they are the questions, Challenge Games which are four-player games and Lesson Games which Electronic Theatre Imageare for the player in control of the board at the time. The Do Unto Others square gives you the opportunity to give away Points, play a game for another player or give control of the game to another player. Last but not least is the Wrath of God square, when this appears all the Points you have won in that round are taken away and the round ends. There is good variation in the questions totalling one thousand and five hundred over the three difficulty settings, ranging from the obvious to the very obscure, so there is a wide range of questions for the beginner right-up to the more learned player. These questions are chosen at random yet there is a small amount of repetition which is a little disappointing. The Mini-Games total twelve in number and the Difficulty Setting can be altered accordingly, depending on your skill level. These games vary from being fun distractions to grating interruptions to gameplay. Some, such as Jacobs Ladder, provide a real chance for competition: a test of your reactions, as in this game you must press appropriate buttons in order to climb the ladder, the faster you press the correct buttons the quicker you ascend. However most of the games are less than perfect; the Noah’s Ark Mini-Game is a simple case of matching pairs of animals, yet the pictures are too small and detailed for you to be able to clearly see the differences when they travel across the screen. In other Mini-Games movement is unresponsive and/or inaccurate, for example in the David and Goliath Mini-Game, which requires the player to throw stones at Palestine targets you must press the Cross Button to stop the cursor moving and again to aim it, this method of hitting the Cross Button when it is in the right place is frustrating and time consuming if you aim wrong and there is no way to back up so you can try to aim again. Graphically this game is quite poor; the Character Models are very basically animated and show a set number of expressions and movements. They are choppily strung together with frequent pauses between different actions which give the game quite a disjointed feel. The Lip-Synching is also poorly done to the point it doesn’t match up at all. There are a few nice touches here-and-there, particularly when fire is shown, but these instances are few-and-far-between, so for the most part there is only the bright, blocked-colour characters. The sound really makes the game; it doesn’t seem quite as cheesy when playing with the volume turned down, which is a good thing. The Game Show Host is perhaps the cheesiest host ever seen and his stock phrases get put together which results in the same paused, disjointed feel as the character animations. The music ranges from Celestial Choirs to Christian Rock music, Electronic Theatre Imagenone of which fit the game whatsoever; they are just two totally different experiences. The music is from famous Christian Rock bands so it is possible to see why it was used; it adds some kind of credibility to the game. Yet they just weren’t thinking about the mood and style of the game at all when they picked the Soundtrack. The Bible Game is, if nothing more, an interesting alternative to other types of games considered inappropriate for children and for those who would like the chance to show off their Bible skills. However the decency aspect seems somewhat lost when you consider the great variety of children friendly games available, Robots, the Tak series, Super Monkey Ball Adventure and a whole host of Spongebob Squarepants releases which provide a fun experience without the gore or profanity. However you may feel that The Bible Game falls short of anything but an attempt to cash-in on the need for games of this nature, rather than offering something to help people learn about the Word of God. This game would appeal most to those already with a faith in God rather than those who wish to learn more, there is an expectation for there already to be the knowledge to help you play the game. If you want a more educational Bible experience I would recommend visiting a local church; or better, pick-up a copy of the Good Book yourself. Electonic Theatre Image










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