Revamped version engages users for a journey through the Bible.
A Bible trivia game that engages users for a journey through the pages of Scripture will be officially launched on March 25, 2021. 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.
An Increased 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 quiz. 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. What happened to these Bible heroes matters. We should all know what happened to them so we can find out what will happen to us,” he explained.
About Heroes 2
The new Bible trivia game follows in the footsteps of Heroes the Game, which in 2013 generated more than ten million minutes of interaction with stories from the Bible. According to church communication leaders, that pioneering game 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. Players start with Genesis and end up in Revelation with John, the Son of Thunder.
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 will be available in four languages, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, with the expectation of new languages being added shortly after the official release.
The game can be downloaded on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Bible Studies and a TV Show
Along with the Heroes 2 game, the official Adventist TV network Hope Channel also plans to offer Bible studies.
“Every player will be inspired through the Heroes Bible Studies series entitled ‘The Big Questions,’” said Vyacheslav Demyan, vice-president of Hope Channel International. “As they visit hopebiblestudy.org, Bible heroes will provide answers to questions such 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 to be aired on Hope Channel, which encourages teams from any Christian church or school to test their Bible knowledge through the game.”
Church leaders and the game creators hope Heroes 2 will help children, youth, and adults become better acquainted with amazing stories of the Bible. “We want everyone to realize they are called to be heroes today, just like these characters from the past,” Neves said. “When all is said and done, we hope the game inspires every player to give their lives to Jesus, so one day they can meet Him face to face.”
This report is based on the version posted by Adventist News Network in 2020 and recent posts, including the announcement on the Trans-European Division news site.