Breakout the Bible – So let’s break it out and start reading!

Okay, maybe some of you don’t want to do that, and that’s fine.  Here’s one way to have some fun and read your Holy Bible too, and that’s with Breakout the Bible from Divine Games.  This is Divine Games’ first outing and they want to make fun and morally sound games, at least that’s their slogan, and I can dig it.  Like I said in a preview for Tribulation Knights, I don’t much care about mixing fiction with my beliefs, but there’s no problem here with Breakout the Bible.  See it’s block-bricking game like… wait for it… Breakout!  I enjoyed it for what it was.  Here’s a video of it in action:

Details after the break. 

Like all Breakout-style games it has it’s own little quirks.  It’s Bible themed, which means some decent background artwork and a bible verse on each level.  Also each level is named after a book or two in the Bible.  Other than this fact, it’s another breakout-type game.  So if you like Breakout and all it’s play-alikes, then you’ll probably like this.  You move the paddle or “Bible” with the mouse, and left-click to launch.  There are three difficulty modes.  Beginner, normal, and insane.  Beginner’s ball goes faster each level, Normal’s ball goes faster for every brick broken and every level, and Insane’s ball goes faster for every hit.  You also get power ups. 

BreakoutTheBibleSS01 Before I get to those, however, I need to point out, that you seem to get 3 “balls” per paddle (or in this case per Bible), that’s where the health power-up comes in.  There’s an extra ball power-up, and a “big ball” power-up.  However, you don’t get these by catching them with the paddle, instead you hit them with your main ball.  You can get a lot of extra balls on the screen as your ball will bounce off of them.  Or a lot of big balls, or a lot of health.  One interesting note about the extra balls and the big ball is that they will drop down after hitting a brick kind of slowly, this means you want to get those balls on top of some bricks so they continue breaking them all the way down.  It’s pretty fun once you get the hang of it.   

BreakoutTheBibleSS02 There are some little quirky physics going on, as sometimes a ball can get stuck going straight up and down, but eventually it will split off into another angle so it can never truly get stuck.  There was also an issue where it spawned a big ball in the middle of a brick that couldn’t be broken and just stood there making the bouncing sound, and apparently it can happen on any of the extra balls.  Other than that everything seemed to be cool.  There are 5 levels in the Demo version, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, the full version has all 66 books of the bible, however a few are consolidated such as First and Second Samuel, and First and Second Kings.  The graphics are ok, there are plenty of sparklies and glowies, and the background artwork is not distracting.  The music is fairly nice, and the sounds are not too bad.  There are options for changing the volumes of each and also to adjust mouse sensitivity.  Overall this game is not a bad way to spend the afternoon.

BreakoutTheBibleSS03 Name: Breakout the Bible

Developer: Divine Games

Platforms: Window (and Mac although it only works in windowed mode on the Mac).

Price: $3.99 (pretty dang low, if you ask me)

Where you can get it: Here!

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