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BIBLE ADVENTURES

You get not one, but three quests in this action-packed game! This game was released in 1991 for the NES (and later for the Sega Genesis in 1994), and as you can tell from the title screen, the graphics were done by Nina! There were several versions of this game, but the most recent one is v1.3. Any differences between this and older versions are...not apparent to me. Here is a synopsis of each of the three different quests that you must perform in this game. Well, you don't HAVE to do them all...

In Noah's Ark, you (naturally) play the coveted role of Noah, and you must gather two of every animal (one male and one female), as well as food that you can put in your Ark for your journey when God floods the world. Don't worry about the fish. According to the manual, you will have some trouble with some animals, such as tree snakes, woodpeckers, and those playful monkeys. You may have to coax them with tasty food... The second level gets Noah to gather enough food for the Ark trip. Lots of animals will come and try to munch on Noah's goodies (no humor intended), so he's got to get the edibles to the Ark safely. Could this be a truly daunting task for our favorite white-robed old man?

This is generally not the type of game most people will want to play. The tedium rises with every uncooperative animal that won't want to board the Ark. Who knows how long it will take to force them on the boat? I suggest getting out a net and just scooping them up, but to my dismay, that's not an option available.

In Baby Moses, that nasty Pharaoh's at it again! His goony henchmen have been ordered to take all Jewish male babies and toss them into the Nile. Whether this is meant to be a sacrifice, or whether the Pharaoh just got bored with eating and sleeping and needed excitement, we don't know. One of these babies to be drowned is Baby Moses. Now it's up to his sister...uh...nobody seems to know her name (not even Wisdom Tree)... to carry him to safety by the Nile's edge. There she will place him in a cool-looking miniature Easter egg basket and scoot him down the river safely. However, guards march throughout the Egyptian territory, and they'll likely want to give Moses and his sister a good thrashing. You've got to be swift in order to save your brother. Of the three sub-quests, this one has the worst graphics. I also find it hard to judge your landing position after you've been brashly flung into the air by way of spring-powered tiles. Hey, they even managed to install these things in clouds, where they don't fall through! Congratulations, Wisdom Tree - you failed Grade 3 science class.

Finally, in David and Goliath, before David gets to fight Goliath, he gets to herd sheep and keep them safe from the harm of lions and bears and squirrels that could injure them. However, if a sheep gets hurt, it just lays on its back on the ground. Feel free to pick it up again and take it to the corral at the end of the level. There's four sheep, so try and herd them! The second part of this particular quest is the most popular: you get to fight Goliath! A shield bearer will try and protect Goliath from attacks, but you can defeat it if you try hard enough. Then it's on to the battle with Goliath. Technically, you can overcome Goliath with one hit, but you have to hit him in the right spot. I won't tell you where... Guess what! You can jump onto the top of a tree and walk on it in this game! Once again, Wisdom Tree defies all that is scientific. Anyway, like all Wisdom Tree games, the graphics are so-so, and the music is so irritating that it makes you want to test that new table saw on your cartridge. Enough high notes, thank you very much!

Sadly, the Sega Genesis version from 1994 did not make the game any more enjoyable. Although the characters and backgrounds look like they've undergone that change from 8-bit to 16-bit, the gameplay (and to a lesser extent, the music) stays the same, and I guess that may have hurt the sales of this game altogether. And also because it was unlicensed, people may not have trusted it. The good news though is that you can buy this game from Wisdom Tree's site! (But please stay and browse this site first!)


Choose to assist Noah on the Ark, become David and battle Goliath, or save baby Moses from the Pharaoh's nasty henchmen! ...and Graphics by Nina!

Note that apparently she has been flung in the air by some sort of spring mechanism. Oh, and don't forget to also note the absolutely stunned look on that baby's face!

Noah is climbing the tree in search of woodland creatures to place upon his newly-renovated Ark. Like a ninja in the night, he searches for that wily and elusive squirrel.

This is one quote of many in this game, from the setting of Noah's Ark. He is to bring two of every animal. What a terrific shock I had! I never expected that at all! [/end sarcasm]

According to the game's stern instrucions, David has to put four sheep into the corral for some reason. I'm positive that the sheep don't enjoy being lifted like that.

This is a screenshot from the Genesis version of the game. Look at all the improvements! The squirrels are flatter; you have a more prominent tan; backgrounds are still ugly!

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