The Aetherlight is a role playing game created by in partnership with Tyndale House Publishing and Scarlet City Studios. It is meant to combine scripture and gaming. We were provided a three day pass to play and provide our opinions.
First of all, it looks like a cool game. The initial landing page is almost not helpful in regards to actual game play. The game is a download that is two to three clicks deep, if you know where you're going. Plus there is parent sign up and child sign up, different things in different places. We had some initial problems downloading the game, contacted customer service after clicking around on the site for awhile. They were very quick to respond. Turns out there is an issue with McAfee and downloading the game, they are working on a solution. As we were dealing with that, we tried to download the mobile version, unfortunately, it was too big for our devices.
So you've downloaded the game for PC, click and it's more downloading. You finally think you're going to start and nope more downloading. When that's all done, you just start the game, no tutorial, no helpful guide, just a person on a boardwalk in the middle of a jungle. Neither my daughter nor I could really get excited about the game play which was a little slow.
I think if you are patient enough to sit through all the downloading and time it would take to figure out how to have fun in this game, it could be worthwhile. As for us, it was not our favorite game out there.
If you're interested in finding out more about The Aetherlight Chronicles, you can follow them on Facebook. There is also an Aetherlight Bible and a reading plan on YouVersion.
As I said, a game code was provided for us at no charge in exchange for our honest reviews. I wish that it could have been a better experience. As you can tell, we couldn't even get in to the game enough to tell you what it was really about and how you could use in regards to adding it to bible reading. If the amount of time it takes to download and start game play could be reduced along with the addition of an optional tutorial, it would greatly improve this game.