Reviewed on PC


Reviewed By: Tim Emmerich

Computer Platform: PC
Produced by: Top Meadows
Price Range: $10
Learning curve time: under 30 min.
Age level: Kids
ESRB Rating: n/a
System Requirements: Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, NT and 95

Genre: Christian Family Edutainment
Christian Rating: 5 of 5
   (nothing offensive)
Gameplay: 4 of 5
Violence: 5 of 5
Adult Content: 5 of 5

"Gil's Bible Jumble" is actually two games in one targeting younger children (ages 4 and up). Gil is a tie-wearing robot that can zip around on his single wheel. In the “Bible Bounce” game, you control Gil as he holds a paddle. You can pick the paddle size to match the skill or age of the child. A large paddle means HUGE and nearly blocks the entire exit area for the ball. It is still possible to lose the ball with this paddle especially as the ball picks up speed. The ball will bounce upon various books of the Bible and you need to match what color is being expected. Once you do, it disappears. Once you clear all the books, Screenshot from 'Gil's Bible Jumble'you advance to a more difficult level. Add some bricks to impede the ball's progress towards the Bible books and you have what may look like to some as a Horizontal Breakout game! At the end of each level, you get a chance to guess what book of the Bible a verse comes from for bonus points.

Rated 'Exceptional' by Shepherd Staff Shepherd's Staff rates “Gil's Bible Jumble” as exceptional.

The second game is "Bible Jumble". Someone has spread Bible verses throughout the forest. You need to help Gil find them and match them up with the appropriate Bible book they are from. Once you do, you get a bonus point opportunity to guess the chapter and verse. It isn't all just randomly clicking, some verses are locked so you have to get the right color key. Once you match all the books in the forest, you win. It is fun and challenging. Plus you can increase the size of the forest for the older kids. Even at the easiest level, Gil may be a bit hard for younger kids but they can still enjoy playing. What other game exposes young players to the books of the Bible, and many verses too?

The game is never the same one twice. The map for Bible Jumble is different every time. So, as long as you enjoy the gameplay, you will enjoy Gil.

Top Meadows does a nice job of keeping track of high scores. Plus, the entire game is read to the player so young children don't even have to be able to read to play. A nice added touch of the game is that the actors who voice the readings are obviously young as well. The cartoon-like graphics are adequate. A little more music would've been nice.

A great game that the whole family can enjoy together. Play as a team! Be sure to visit Top Meadows for a downloadable demo. Give it a try and buy it if you enjoy it as it is reasonably priced (about $10).

Let's support these Christian developers!

Year of Release—2001/2

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