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Adventures in Odyssey and the Sword of the Spirit 


Focus on the Family is a well known juggernaut throughout the Christian community, so thus one would think any games licensed by them would reflect that. Adventures in Odyssey and the Sword of the Spirit has a catchy title, and is very family friendly game. This was released at the same time as Adventures in Odyssey and the Treasure of the Incas, and sadly does not live up to that title. The game starts out with Eugene receiving a painting with a secret message in it. Find the three clues in the painting, read some news on people/related events; and then the three characters are whisked off to a mine where you are able to play eight different mini games (one at a time of course). These eight mini games range from mind numbingly easy to poor control induced frustration.

The graphics are bright and colorful to the point of being appreciated on an artistic level. Wholesome images are used properly throughout the game. There are also images used that promote a relationship with Jesus Christ. These are all wonderful things that Digital Praise should be commended for. The sounds are crisp and clear. The music is cheerful, upbeat, and uplifting. The sounds also promote the teachings of the Holy Bible. The sounds do have a problem - they do not always work well. In addition some of the things the characters say repeatedly does get annoying. For example you stand waiting for the right time to jump, and miss it - your character then tells you that you need to be patient and not so hasty. The sounds do not always match up with the action of the game in other words. The game includes a wonderful extra of an audio episode. The eight mini games that are unlocked are available to be replayed. Unfortunately this reviewer had no interest in replaying them. The controls were either bad, or the game was too simple to offer any challenge. This game only took 2-3 hours to beat, and it cost $30.00. A Christian DVD could have been bought for half the price, and taken up the same amount of time. This game really suffers in the replay/extras department, and the gameplay. The controls were also not always responsive. The control layout was frustrating in some levels (mainly the ones where you controlled a character in a small maze). This game scores very well on the Family Friendly Factor. Family values are taught in this game. Adventures in Odyssey and the Sword of the Spirit promotes a Christian world view, and has wonderful teachings in it. This game is safe for the entire family.

This game scores a little above average because of how family, and believer friendly it is. The biggest problem this reviewer has is how short the game is, and how the controls are spotty in some of the mini games. Christian games are important, and we need more of them. Which makes no glowing all praises on this game all the more difficult. A recommendation can not be given because of the previously mentioned problems. Given the choice between Treasure of the Incas, and Sword of the Spirit - pick up Treasure of the Incas.
- Paul

Graphics: 90%
Sound: 84%
Replay/Extras: 62%
Gameplay: 68%
Family Friendly Factor: 98%
System: Personal Computer
Publisher: Digital Praise
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone

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