Beg your Mom for some quarters, jump on your bike, ride down to that dark, smokey, noisy and slightly dangerous home for one of your video games– the Arcade!

This is “Analog Agent Benjamin” coming at you this week with…. Bible NES Games

If you had a Nintendo NES system as a kid and you also had some very religious relatives, then you must have gotten a Bible NES Game like this one for your Birthday or Christmas.

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From what I remember, all the Bible games I ever had for the NES were made by a game company called Wisdom Tree (once also know as Color Dreams), and the cartridges for the games came in either Black, Light Gray, or Baby Blue colors. At the time, many game companies had a very strict no religious icons or items in games policy (Nintendo being one of them), and Wisdom Tree was the only company that made any religious video games for the Nintendo NES, Super Nintendo, Game Boy, and Sega Genesis. But just like the games that were made by Tengen, Wisdom Tree’s games were unlicensed games that could not be sold in Toy Stores, so they were only sold at Bible Book Stores.

The games were not bad, but they were not that good either. They were what my Mom called “The Thought That Counts” type gifts. They were something that you got as a gift from your Grandma or any other relative and you had to pretend that it was the game that you wanted (even though it wasn’t). You just knew that their heart was in the right place when they got it for you and thought that it would be something that you would love to play.

Did you ever get a Bible game as a kid? Were you disappointed that you got a Bible game instead of the game you wanted the most for your Birthday or Christmas? Why make Bible games?

5 thoughts on “Analog Arcade: Bible NES Games

  1. Chris Sobieniak says:

    Thankfully I didn’t have relatives that overtly religious to send me this stuff!

  2. Peanut says:

    Haha! This is amazing! I’m a Christian and grew up in a Christian family, but this is the first time I’ve even heard of this game. It does look pretty shocking…. I’m kinda glad my parents were totally oblivious to the fact that games like this existed, otherwise I would have probably been forced to play this instead of the likes of Doom, GTA and Duke Nukem! I do, however, like the idea of the ‘Christian’ company circumventing the rules by releasing ‘unlicensed’ games……we’re such badasses!!

    Good post mate.

  3. mungbeans says:

    I had bible adventures… a friend of mine had a couple of others including the zelda ripoff and something like bomberman or digdug or some shit…

    they were all awful and glitchy except the rpg/zelda one, that was tedious, ugly and dumb but playable in a pinch

    I still played doom and dragon warrior and shadowgate and metroid and all kinds of other stuff, though… I knew a couple of kids who were only allowed to play smb, puzzle games, and bible games but they were basically not allowed to do anything ever and extremely sheltered so yeah

    everyone I knew back then either grew up to be a conservative christian or an apathetic atheist

  4. mungbeans says:

    oh yeah and I did get bible adventures for my birthday. I had asked for the latest mega man game and instead I got that baby blue turd so that was a pretty intense disappointment

    (I bought the mega man game myself after many weeks of doing extra chores)

  5. Tim says:

    Long before videos games, we had “The Bible Game”. It was a board game sort of like Monopoly, but not as fun. We also had Bible Trivial Pursuit. (Sigh)

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