The company behind the “Left Behind” video games announced Monday a new contract to develop Bible-based games for Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox 360.
Left Behind Games Inc., whose business name is Inspired Media Entertainment, will make video game versions of its PC game, Charlie Church Mouse Bible Adventures. The Bible Adventures game is targeted at kids between the ages of three and eight, and will feature enhanced graphics, sound and unique game controller experiences, according to the company.
“Our strategy is to follow Nintendo’s example by including up to 18 story animations and mini-games, providing significant value for our customers,” said Left Behind Games CEO Troy Lyndon, in a statement. “We expect our financial projections to grow exponentially as we transition from a PC game developer to a Wii & Xbox developer.”
The Christian video game company says its games will feature the cartoon character from the Charlie Church Mouse Show, which currently airs on TBN’s Smile of a Child Network and Sky Angel’s KTV Network.
LifeLine Studios, the other party in the contract, says it has worked with Left Behind for nearly two years and looks forward to the upcoming games.
“We have found this organization to be run with the highest level of integrity, transparency and a steadfast dedication to stay focused on the mission to make games which can reach the hearts and minds of this generation,” said LifeLine Studios’ co-founder, Jeff Dotson.
In addition to Left Behind Games, other media companies have also created Bible-based video games to reach the younger generation.
Recently, B& H Publishing Group, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, released an application for the Xbox 360. The publishing group created the “Bible Navigator X,” the first complete Bible application for the popular gaming console.
"This application will bring the Bible into people’s living rooms and onto their televisions in a completely new and innovative way," said Aaron Linne, B&H Publishing Group’s executive producer of digital marketing, in a statement last month. “The Xbox isn’t just secular entertainment anymore. We can use technology that other people developed to study Scriptures through a new medium.”
Inspired Media Entertainment CEO Troy Lyndon had speculated that the U.S. market for Christian video games could reach $648 million within the next five years.