Heroes 2 engages users for a journey through Scripture.
Published on: 04-29-2021
A Bible trivia game that engages users for a journey through the pages of Scripture was launched on March 25. The Heroes 2 game, an updated version of the original game released in 2013, is a joint initiative by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Hope Channel, its official TV network.
According to official church sources, the game provides the opportunity of learning about God’s greatest heroes of all time in a language gamers can understand and relate to. “The Seventh-day Adventist Church aims to use the game to help every player to further understand the Bible and find freedom, healing, and hope in Jesus,” leaders said.
INTEREST IN BIBLE THEMES
In 2017 a study commissioned by Adventist communicators on the most searched terms on Google relating to the Bible showed that every 30 days individuals made more than 250,000 Google searches around the world for Bible trivia, Bible games, and Bible quizzes. The study showed that people are searching for Bible trivia more than any other kind of game genre.
“The Bible is the foundational document of Western civilization, but young people today know more about comics than the Bible stories,” said Sam Neves, associate director of communication for the Adventist Church. “Heroes is a project that speaks this new visual language through a trivia game that brings these ancient stories to life.”
ABOUT HEROES 2
The new Bible trivia game follows in the footsteps of Heroes the Game, which in 2013 generated more than 10 million minutes of interaction and opened the doors for other Adventist-produced games.
This revamped version offers a completely revised game, leaders explained. In Heroes 2, players start their journey with Adam and Eve, the first heroes of the Bible. As the heroes ask questions about their life, players begin accumulating “experience points.” The more experience points a player has, the more heroes are unlocked.
Each game consists of 12 questions, and the score is based on how quickly a player can answer them. At first the questions are easy, but as the game progresses, the questions get more challenging, leaders behind the initiative said.
“With Heroes 2, players will be able to challenge family and friends by sharing a simple link,” they explained. “They will have to play and answer the same 12 questions to try to get a better score.”
Heroes 2 is available in four languages—English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French—with the expectation that new languages will be added soon. The game can be downloaded on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
BIBLE STUDIES AND A TV SHOW
Along with the game, Hope Channel also plans to offer Bible studies. “Every player will be inspired through the Heroes Bible Studies,” said Vyacheslav Demyan, vice president of Hope Channel International. “As they visit hopebiblestudy.org, Bible heroes will provide answers to such questions as ‘What happens when you die?’; ‘Is God real?’; and ‘If God is good, why do we suffer?’” he shared. “We are also planning a game show that encourages teams from any Christian church or school to test their Bible knowledge.”
Church leaders and the game creators hope Heroes 2 helps children, youth, and adults to become better acquainted with the Bible. “We want everyone to realize they are called to be heroes today, just like these characters from the past,” Neves said. “We hope the game inspires every player to give their lives to Jesus.”