The Bible may just be the most well-known and best-selling book of all time, and that is due to the elaborate and metaphorical stories that are found in the Old and New Testaments.
Regardless of whether you are a believer or not, most chances are that you are familiar with some biblical stories and history. Whether it be the story of Noah’s Ark, or Jonah and the Whale - it is an agreed upon fact that a great number of Judeo-Christian morals and values, that are taught through these allegories in the bible, are prevalent influences on our society and ethics.
Recently, with the presence of online flash-based games and online gaming in general, there have been a lot of examples of online games that use biblical and ancient themes in a variety of different ways and that, naturally, use a different set of goals and playing tactics. Since not all forms of online games are meant for everyone, they usually split into three main categories:
There has been an interesting presence and quite a big variety of online games that encompass biblical and historical themes, for all three categories. It is also important to mention that all of these video games are divided into mostly flash-based online games, and actual video games that either have an online section of the game or are completely online, the latter being most popular and common.
Starting from ones that are aimed towards a younger audience, these sort of online games usually are found on educational websites or simply by typing “bible games” on any search engine, they include a wide variety of different bible-based, yet already familiar online activities such as trivia games, memory games, spot the difference, etc. There are rarely any original flash games that are not already based on a known format, and just add biblical characters or adjust to biblical themes. Apart from flash games there are also biblically related video games made primarily for children, or in other words, family friendly, such as “The Bible Game”, that was made for the Gameboy advance, PlayStation 2 and Xbox, which included a variety of trivia questions related to the Old Testament, and in which players explore different maps searching for demons. When the player finds one, they must hit the demon with their Bible. At this point the demon challenges the player to Bible trivia in exchange for a key to open the end level destination, a church.
The second type of these historical themed online games is probably the most popular one out there, that being, video games that are aimed towards an older audience, but aren’t necessarily 18+. Some of these video games aren’t completely based on a biblical theme, but do have certain ancient and historical themes and references that might be considered biblically-related. A couple of very well-known examples of these kind of video games include the 2006 adaptation of the evangelical Christian “Left Behind” series of novels called “Left Behind: Eternal Forces”, which was developed and published by Inspired Media Entertainment for Microsoft Windows and features an online multiplayer mode, in which up to eight players can compete online against each other in teams, with one team playing as the Tribulation Force and the other playing as the Global Community Peacekeepers. Another example is 2010’s “Dante’s Inferno”, developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts, it was released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable. The game follows Dante, imagined as a Templar knight from the Crusade, who, guided by the spirit of the poet Virgil, needs to fight through the nine Circles of Hell to rescue Beatrice from the clutches of Lucifer himself, and is loosely based on Inferno, the first canticle of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy.
The third and last type of biblical-themed video games might come as a surprise for some to know, that there is a variety of online casino slots games out there developed by casino game software firms that are based on biblical histories and characters. They can be found found in many self-respecting online casinos. Names of some of the exciting slots games produced for online casinos include Gates of Babylon, Plagues of Egypt, Noah’s Ark, and Legacy of Egypt. There are many other exciting games that feature symbols and graphic layouts that will remind you of ancient times.
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