fun than a month of Sundays. Or is it? I'm not sure
if I'd want a month of Sundays. A month of sundaes
sounds pretty good however. by
6, 2006 - If
you're easily offended by a little religious ribbing,
then you might not want to read this review. We don't
want the Canadian Embassy bombed by any over-zealous
was assigned the task of reviewing The Bible Game.
What were the powers-that-be thinking? They knew that
I would poke fun of it just for the hell of it. Yes,
I can and do respect other peoples' religious choices
but when something like this wanders into the middle
of my video gaming territory, it's fair game. I have
an absolute ball making fun of the Olsen twins and
any other similarly contrivances. I'm not going to
stop at organized religion.
cool....Led Zepplin was right on the money!
be quite honest, The Bible Game isn't as lame as I
thought it was going to be. It's not great, hell,
it's not even good but at least it doesn't totally
suck. It actually pokes a bit of fun at itself with
a gameshow segment called "Do Unto Others"
and the "Wrath of God" which if selected,
will erase all your accumulate points.
bible trivia questions in here that are so difficult
you probably couldn't even get them right if you had
a bible in your hand. The presentation is good and
there is even some up-tempo Christian rock music to
keep things on the light side. A lot of my contempt
for organized religions dates back to my early church-going
days where things were so morbidly serious that Hell
looked like a great alternative. If everything that
I liked to do - such as listen to rock music and watch
cartoons - was evil, then I was willing to accept
the consequences and pay for my indiscretions later.
It took the church a long while to realize that they
were losing recruits with their hardcore stance of
negative reinforcement. The very fact that we see
a vidoe game such as this with cartoony graphics and
pop/rock music proves that the times are a changing.
Image is everything.
of the questions in this game are based on the Old
Testament. This allows Christians and Jews alike to
play it. Don't alienate a demographic if you can help
it. That's one of the Ten Commandments of marketing.
take "Hell" for 666 Points Alex...
of your religious beliefs, the Old Testament is filled
with plenty of action and colorful characters but
it's not relevant to today's society. The "eye-for-an-eye"
law, slavery and human sacrifices are barbaric practices
that have no place in a progressive society. If anything,
the Old Testament serves to highlight the ignorance
of the people at that time. Consider it as a collection
of fantastic stories designed to force the masses
into adopting specific morale practices, thus making
them easier to control. With video games and hip hop
music, the bible has got a lot competition.
are two main components to the game: a trivia game
and mini-games. The trivia portion of the Bible Game
is based on questions from the Old Testament. These
are some really tough questions as I already mentioned,
but I'm trying to fill up space. Unless you're a biblical
scholar you won't get most of them. Considering that
this game is recommended as a party game for up to
four players, anyone that could answer these questions
is likely to be afraid of attending any gathering
with the word "party" associated with it.
Obviously Rod and Todd Flanders' have this on their
Christmas lists, but with Santa out of their equation,
will they ever get to play it?
"Do Unto Others" gameshow is kind of like
a biblical Jeopardy. You earn points by answering
questions. There is a playing board where each section
lights up in a random sequence not unlike that big
UFO version of Simon. The player presses a button
to stop the light on a particular section which initiates
a party game. It can be a trivia question or one of
several mini games. You may even evoke the "Wrath
of God" which takes away all of your points.
Let that be a lesson to ye. Your god is vengeful,
jealous, angry - and random.
come they never mentioned High Colonic Irrigation
Colon Cleansing in the Jonah and the Whale story?
can play just the mini-games if you want, in the Challenge
Game mode. Regardless of which of the two modes you
play, you have to play with four other players. If
you don't have enough players on hand you can choose
some AI to stand in for your missing humans. The AI
is typically unfair. They don't seem to loose and
they sometimes answer questions before you finish
reading them. Obviously the AI is controlled by the
devil and his minions. There can be no other explanation
for such incredible black magic.
are no other modes to choose from. There is no storyline
or online play.
mini games have titles such as the Walls of Jericho,
Jonah's Whale, The Red Sea, Leap of Faith, Stone the
Philistines, Lion's Den, Noah's Ark and David &
Goliath. In each of these games you press buttons
on the controller to complete your objective. In the
Lion's Den you will move your character through a
maze located in a Roman coliseum in an attempt to
lure the man-eating lions into various traps. In Noah's
Ark you match images of various creatures as they
progress on a four-lane conveyor belt of sorts, and
in David & Goliath you use your slingshot to knock
down pop-up targets of Philistines and occasionally
Goliath himself. These games are basically unsatisfactory
as they suffer from sloppy controls and poor implementation.
With the split screen it's often difficult to see
where your character is and what you're supposed to
do with it. Eventually you will get used to things
but at that point all of the games have repeated themselves
and some of the questions are also in danger of appearing
twice. Not that you were paying attention to the answer
in the first place.
really doesn't matter how well versed you are in the
bible or how good of a gamer you are thanks to the
Wrath of the God, and the Grace of God, which appears
at the last round. Uncovering the Grace of God near
the end of the game can put you from last to first
place, showing you that God isn't such a bad guy after
all, even if you are a bit of little jerk yourself.
there isn't a lot of iconic, religious graphics but
at least you'll know that you're playing in some kind
of holy land. There is a slight "fun" element
to the game but I use the term "fun" in
only the loosest of terms. The cartoonish graphics
are bright and colorful but the animation and facial
expressions are downright ugly. Overall the graphics
would be more at home on the first PlayStation.
with the Christian rock music are plenty of noises
such as buzzers, dings, orchestral crescendos, grunts,
laughter and a few voiceovers such as the gameshow
announcer and a gravelly-voiced God. The announcer
sounds like a gleeful vampire but the voice of God
is done rather well. The actor sounds almost like
the voice I heard in my dream when God visited me
and said, "Tell all the kids that I, in no way,
endorse this game, but I can't say enough about Halo
action / adventure with Biblical trivia challenges.
as either Billy or Jenny on their quest to collect
the Armor of God.
questions from both the Old and New Testaments.
teachings and personalities from the Bible are intertwined
with videogame excitement.
Levels including a forest, snowy tundra, a desert,
and a tropical island.
Difficulty Levels (Easy, Medium, Hard).