Recommended Games

Overview

Video games are often derided as conflicting with Christian moral values, and in some cases the way parents are informed about video games paints the medium in an extremely black and white manner. Most of the time, it seems like well intentioned and goodhearted people are simply painting with too broad a brush. I'm not going to argue that games that conflict with Christian teachings don't exist -- they certainly do -- but the truth of the matter is that there are a great many quality games out there that are reasonably compatible with Christianity.

When I review a game and find that it's one of these good, wholesome titles, I mark it with my "seal of a approval". This stamp is visible in listings and on the review itself, making it hard to miss. To make things even easier, I've prepared this page, which lists every game I've marked with this stamp. In my opinion, none of the games here conflict with a Christian worldview to a significant degree.

How to read this chart (Show)

The chart below contains a brief summary of what to expect from various games. This includes the name of the game, its ESRB rating (if any), the age rating I've assigned to it, and a set of five content warnings.

In some cases, you may see a icon to the left of a game's name. This indicates that a game is recommended for Christian gamers. Games without this icon aren't bad games, but they may include content that Christians find offensive.

The five content warning fields summarize possible issues that may be present in a game. Each field represents a specific category, and a number is used to indicate the severity of the game's content for that category, as shown here:

No Issues 0 1 2 3 4 Severe Issues


Lastly, here is an overview of each of the five categories.

Violence Violence, Blood, and Gore
These three things are grouped together, as they usually come hand-in-hand. Low ratings indicate either no violent content or family friendly violence, like you would find in older arcade games, while higher ratings mean the game is not for the squeamish.
Magic Magic and the Occult
Magic in fiction can be a problem for many Christians; since we are prohibited from practicing it in real life, many Christians also find it troubling to employ it in fiction. Many games also involve cults, demonic themes, and even references to real occult practices. Hence, this category. The sort of magic you'd find in a fairy tale or Disney movie occupies the lower ratings, but dark and twisted themes dominate the higher extremes.
Sex Sexual Content
Not to be a prude, but not everyone wants to encounter suggestive or NSFW material while playing a game. This category is fairly obvious, with lower values meaning there's no sexual content or perhaps a skimpy outift here or there and the higher values delving into softcore porn or various perversions that players might not want to think about. Actual pornographic games are not rated by this site
Civility Civility
Games can involve a lot of swearing, cheating, racism, illegal behavior, or other actions that we wouldn't want to mimic in real life. This category is a measure of how much of that sort of behavior is present in a game. Sometimes this behavior is optional, but occasionally it's encouraged and rewarded.
Religious / Other Religous / Other
This last category is for things that may only offend people with Christian worldviews, such as the presence of homosexuality or explicit mockery of the Christian Faith.

Games in this Category

RecommendedTITLEESRBRatingGore & ViolenceMagic & OccultSexual ContentBehavioral ConcernsReligious & Other
This game is recommended10,000,000NR - Not RatedAges 6 and up11000
This game is recommended4 ElementsE - EveryoneEveryone01101
This game is recommendedABZÛE - EveryoneEveryone11001
This game is recommendedAmong the SleepT - TeenagersAges 13 and up00010
This game is recommendedAnd Yet it MovesE - EveryoneAges 6 and up11000
This game is recommendedAntichamberNR - Not RatedEveryone00010
This game is recommendedAudiosurfNR - Not RatedEveryone00000
This game is recommendedAxel & PixelE - EveryoneEveryone11000
This game is recommendedBeat HazardE - EveryoneAges 6 and up10000
This game is recommendedBejeweled 3E - EveryoneEveryone11000
This game is recommendedBlocks that MatterNR - Not RatedEveryone10000
This game is recommendedCar Mechanic Simulator 2014NR - Not RatedEveryone00000
This game is recommendedCar Mechanic Simulator 2015NR - Not RatedEveryone00000
This game is recommendedCat Goes FishingNR - Not RatedEveryone10000
This game is recommendedCatlateral DamageNR - Not RatedEveryone11010
This game is recommendedCave StoryE10 - Everyone (Ages 10 and up)Ages 6 and up11100
This game is recommendedCelesteNR - Not RatedAges 6 and up11000
This game is recommendedChimeNR - Not RatedEveryone00000
This game is recommendedThe Chronicles of Emerland: SolitaireNR - Not RatedEveryone01000
This game is recommendedThe Counting KingdomNR - Not RatedEveryone11000
This game is recommendedThe Disney Afternoon CollectionE10 - Everyone (Ages 10 and up)Ages 6 and up11010
This game is recommendedDLC QuestNR - Not RatedAges 6 and up10100
This game is recommendedEveryday Genius: SquarelogicNR - Not RatedEveryone00000
This game is recommendedFaerie SolitaireNR - Not RatedEveryone11000
This game is recommendedFarming Simulator 2013E - EveryoneEveryone00000
This game is recommendedFindamajigNR - Not RatedEveryone00000
This game is recommendedFLY'NNR - Not RatedEveryone11000
This game is recommendedGeometry DashNR - Not RatedAges 6 and up10000
This game is recommendedGlass MasqueradeNR - Not RatedEveryone00101
This game is recommendedGrow HomeNR - Not RatedAges 6 and up10010
This game is recommendedHill Climb RacingE - EveryoneAges 6 and up11000
This game is recommendedHoly Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!E - EveryoneAges 6 and up11100
This game is recommendedHouse FlipperNR - Not RatedEveryone10010
This game is recommendedINKNR - Not RatedAges 6 and up10000
This game is recommendedJoy ExhibitionNR - Not RatedEveryone00000
This game is recommendedJumpJet RexNR - Not RatedEveryone10010
This game is recommendedKairoNR - Not RatedEveryone10000
This game is recommendedLOVENR - Not RatedEveryone10000
This game is recommendedMarvin's MittensNR - Not RatedEveryone01000
This game is recommendedMega Man 11E10 - Everyone (Ages 10 and up)Everyone10000
This game is recommendedMega Man Legacy CollectionE - EveryoneAges 6 and up10000
This game is recommendedMega Man Legacy Collection 2E10 - Everyone (Ages 10 and up)Ages 6 and up10000
This game is recommendedMeritousNR - Not RatedAges 6 and up11010
This game is recommendedMicrosoft JigsawE - EveryoneAges 6 and up01000
This game is recommendedMicrosoft MahjonggE - EveryoneAges 6 and up00000
This game is recommendedMicrosoft Solitaire CollectionE - EveryoneEveryone00000
This game is recommendedMicrosoft Treasure HuntE - EveryoneEveryone10000
This game is recommendedMinecraftE10 - Everyone (Ages 10 and up)Ages 6 and up11010
This game is recommendedMusaic BoxNR - Not RatedEveryone01000
This game is recommendedNightshift CodeNR - Not RatedAges 6 and up10010
This game is recommendedNightskyNR - Not RatedEveryone00000
This game is recommendedNyxquest: Kindred SpiritsNR - Not RatedEveryone11001
This game is recommendedPAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+E - EveryoneEveryone11000
This game is recommendedPajama Sam: No Need to Hide When it's Dark OutsideNR - Not RatedEveryone00000
This game is recommendedPeggle DeluxeNR - Not RatedEveryone01011
This game is recommendedPeggle NightsE - EveryoneAges 6 and up11001
This game is recommendedPixel Puzzles: JapanNR - Not RatedEveryone00011
This game is recommendedPlague Inc: EvolvedNR - Not RatedAges 6 and up11010
This game is recommendedPortalNR - Not RatedEveryone10020
This game is recommendedPortal 2NR - Not RatedAges 10 and up10120
This game is recommendedRomance of RomeE - EveryoneEveryone11011
This game is recommendedScribble ShipsNR - Not RatedEveryone10000
This game is recommendedShovel Knight: Shovel of HopeE - EveryoneAges 6 and up11001
This game is recommendedThe Stanley ParableNR - Not RatedAges 13 and up10010
This game is recommendedSubnauticaE10 - Everyone (Ages 10 and up)Ages 6 and up10001
This game is recommendedTaptilesE - EveryoneAges 6 and up00000
This game is recommendedTasty Planet: Back for SecondsNR - Not RatedAges 6 and up10010
This game is recommendedTetzleNR - Not RatedEveryone00000
This game is recommendedTrineNR - Not RatedAges 6 and up11001
This game is recommendedTriple TownNR - Not RatedEveryone10000
This game is recommendedUltimate Chicken HorseE10 - Everyone (Ages 10 and up)Ages 6 and up10000
This game is recommendedVVVVVVNR - Not RatedAges 6 and up10000
This game is recommendedWaking MarsNR - Not RatedAges 6 and up10001
This game is recommendedZen and the Art of TranshumanismNR - Not RatedAges 6 and up00110