Jesus Of Nazareth (IfComp)

<Deep sigh>

I have to admit, I knew what I was getting into when I double-clicked jesus.exe. There’s never been a half-way decent Christian text game that I can think of. Someone correct me if I’m wrong. I’ve felt inspired to write some myself, actually, but in the end they all end up as a laughing point for Christianity rather than a tool that might get someone interested in it. For that reason, I will never write one.

First, there are good points, but only in comparison to Dunric’s other comp entry. Typing ‘quit’ ends the game is at the top of the list. But also, more commands are recognized, exits are listed in the room descriptions, there seems to be more of a story-line, I could make it past the first location within the four minutes I allowed the game, etc.

Aside from the technical problems with the game, the premise is just… well, laughable. Your goal is to convert people but in order for them to convert they all want you to do something for them. I think that kind of misses the point. But that’s not surprising since the game admits in the beginning to be based, at least in part, on disputed gospel records.

You might be asking why I rated this game lower than Dunric’s other game, despite appearing to have more technical polish. The reason is that if a game carries the name of Christianity with it, it better be stellar, and if it’s not, don’t release it. Unfortunately, this game is not stellar.

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