Forget the Super Mario Bros. For the first time ever, gamers are about to experience the Super Miracle Bro.
Sorry, we couldn't resist. But it's true: a new video game will allow gamers to play the role of Jesus and perform miracles just like Christ does in the Bible.
The game, titled "I Am Jesus Christ," is purported to be the world’s first game that allows gamers to step into the well-worn sandals of Christianity’s savior.
You, too, can walk on water, turn water into wine, and heal the sick, just as Jesus did!
The game's trailer shows what it's like to walk the world as Christ:
“Are you prepared to fight with Satan in the desert, cure the sick and help the needy?” the game’s Steam page asks. "Perform over 30 iconic miracles from the feeding of the 5,000 and healing lepers to the calming of the sea and giving sight to the blind.”
Call it the original JRPG (that is to say, Jesus RPG). Gamers will play as Jesus through all the major events of Christ's life as seen in the New Testament, from baptism to crucifixion.
The relevant scripture even pops up in the game when you’re on a mission lifted straight from the Bible.
Along the way, Jesus will engage in RPG-style side quests helping Judean locals with various tasks and leveling up his powers. Per the creators, it sounds like players will eventually battle Satan in the desert.
A Sincere Effort
The creators of the game seem sincere about this mission to create a Jesus RPG.
The CEO of the company behind the game, Maksym Vysochanskiy, says that “basically, over 20 years ago, I was so inspired by computer-animated movies like Shrek and Toy Story that I thought, ‘It would be great to make such a movie about Jesus Christ.’”
Over time the idea morphed into a video game where gamers could roleplay as Jesus.
There are countless books and films about Jesus, he says. Why not a game?
The developers recognize that the game has "meme potential" – that is, some people might play the game in order to mock it and share their jokes on the internet.
However, the developers say they feel called to the project, mockery or not, and hope to faithfully retell the story of Jesus in video game form.
Playing on God Mode
Whether performing miracles and battling Satan will resonate with gamers is yet to be seen.
Surely there's a market out there for gamers who will try it as a lark, but early reactions seem skeptical that the gameplay and graphics will hold up against the scores of popular games available to gamers today.
Still, the developers seem to think that there’s demand out there for their Jesus Christ simulator, both in the already faithful and in potential converts eager to learn about the King of Kings through his own eyes.
What do you think? Will the journey of Jesus resonate with gamers? Is Jesus Christ about to join Mario and Pikachu as the next gaming icon, or is this a bad idea?