We are a game-playing family, so I was excited to hear about a new Massive Multi-Player Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) that is a Biblical allegory story!
I let my son be the one to build a character and enter the world, and “Arty” was born. He had the fun of choosing a gender, customizing his appearance, and picking a name (within their funny steampunk guidelines). Then he was off into the world.
There is an introductory episode, which can be played for free to try out the game. This has tutorial quests, teaching you about the way that the game is played, the important characters that will be part of your life, and the setup of the city where you will be based, as well as the overall story-line. This part of the game may not be particularly enthralling, since you haven’t gotten into the meat of the adventure yet – but hang in there!
You receive quests that help guide you on your overarching goal to restore the Great Engine, which will defeat the evil Lucky and disperse the sinister fog.
Your mysterious guide through the entire game is The Scarlet Man – none other than a representation of Christ!
One of the fun things about a MMORPG is that you are playing live, online, in real time, with other people. You can coordinate a group with real-life friends, or just team up with others your meet in the game.
As a parent, I appreciate the emails that are sent out periodically (triggered by where your child is in the game), allowing me to understand what he is encountering, and make sure he’s making the Biblical connections.
Episode 1 is based on the story of Abraham and Sarah, and additional content is being developed that continues following the Biblical narrative.
My son had this to say:
I really like that you can chat with other players – get help when you need it, and help them. It’s really fun to play – not too hard (frustrating), and not too easy (boring). My favorite part is unlocking new areas and exploring, and I like fighting the Automatons.
I would definitely recommend this game to other parents looking for a way to turn “screen time” into something more valuable.
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