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Bible Adventures

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Developed by
Released
Platforms
Genre
Perspective
Theme
Educational
MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
...
2.5
Genesis
...
3.1
NES
...
1.7
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Description

Bible Adventures contains three different side scrolling platform games, each with a different bible theme.

The first game is Noah's Ark. Here the player needs to search forests, caverns, and mountains to find a male and female of each species and bring them back to the ark before the flood begins. The next game is Save Baby Moses, where the player needs to get past numerous soldiers and other obstacles to bring the baby Moses to safety. The last game is David and Goliath. As the shepherd David, the player needs to round up and protect the family's flock of sheep. After all of the sheep are safe, the player will then need to face Goliath.

The game features scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version to provide clues or information.

Screenshots

Bible Adventures Genesis David gets bitten by a dog
Bible Adventures Genesis Hmm, not much, isn't it?
Bible Adventures Genesis Noah is ready to embark on his cruise, but he should get some companions before
Bible Adventures Genesis Walking on clouds

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User Reviews

Thou Shall Not Make Bad Video Games NES ETJB (447)

The Press Says

HonestGamers NES 2002 7 out of 10 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games NES Dec 28, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Just Games Retro NES Sep 04, 2006 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Hardcore Gaming 101 NES 2000 3 out of 10 30
Sega-16.com Genesis Jul 20, 2006 1 out of 10 10
The Video Game Critic NES Jan 15, 2010 F 0

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Trivia

Cancelled Game Boy port

A Game Boy port was planned and created but never released. It was referenced in the instructions in lines like "From the red (dark shade on Game Boy) monkey comes fruit." and "From the yellow (light shade on Game Boy) monkey comes coconuts."

Glitches

The original release had a glitch in the Noah’s Ark game which prevented the user from obtaining all of the necessary creatures to complete the game.

Nintendo license

Before the Entertainment Software Ratings Board was used, Nintendo had very detailed rules about what sort of content, images and/or references were not allowed on any game sold for their system. Religious and political themes were generally banned. This is why the game had to be released without the Nintendo Seal of Quality. Also, the reason was that Color Dreams never got a Nintendo license, perhaps to try to save money. As such, they could never submit their games for approval, even those that met the censorship criteria. As such, Nintendo scared away most retailers. When they started up, then changed to, Wisdom Tree, they were able to then sell through religious book stores and other religious places. While Nintendo fought hard to stop Color Dreams, they never tried to stop Wisdom Tree, perhaps because of fear of reprisals.

Promotion

Since religiously themed games was something new at the time of Bible Adventures' release, the company behind it created small video presentations which they sent out to Christian stores in order to promote the idea. In the videos they showed footage of the game and stated, among other things, that "this game promotes bible literacy and teaches children about the bible while they play a fun and exciting Super Mario Bros. style video game". The promotion campaign was deemed a success.

Releases

At least three variants are known to exist: version 1.2, in blue cartridge case; and versions 1.3 and 1.4 in black cartridge cases.

Information also contributed by Apogee IV, Edward Brown, LepricahnsGold and Sciere

Related Web Sites

  • Video review of the game (WARNING: Language) (The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews Bible-based games on various consoles, including Bible Adventures for NES.)
  • Video review of the game (WARNING: Language) (The Angry Video Game Nerd, James Rolfe, reviews Bible-based games on various consoles, including brief looks at Spiritual Warfare, Exodus: Journey to the Promised Land, Joshua & the Battle of Jericho and Bible Adventures, all on Genesis.)
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