Makaziville Brings a Christian Spin to a Farmville-Style Computer Game

The Seed company, in conjunction with the Duggar family, has created an online video game called MakaziVille that allows players to build their own village using resources collected from faith-based mini games.

"MakaziVille, has been created for children ages 5 and up," read the game's press release. "Throughout multiple levels that include more than 400 mini-games, children problem solve as they earn points currency, and other resources to help the Makazi people build their virtual Tanzanian village from the ground up, including homes, churches, schools, clinics, markets and infrastructure."

The Seed Company's Thomas Moore describes the game as "FarmVille" with a missionary's kind of focus.

With the game, both the Duggar family and Seed Company hope to encourage creativity and sharpen the decision making skills of young children as well as educate them by increasing their knowledge of geography, agriculture and diverse cultures.

"We were thrilled to be a part of the creation of MakaziVille," said Jim Bob Duggar, father of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting." "In today's society children are often consumed with computer games that have violence, teach wrong behavior or just are time wasters."

He goes on to describe MakaziVille as "a fun, safe way to learn about another culture, and more importantly, how the Gospel's powerful message can transform lives."

"Our children love playing it and it is also an ideal conversation starter for parents and children to discuss Bible truths," he added.

During the game's pre-launch period, over 10,000 people signed up for MakaziVille, which shows the growing interest for interactive faith-based computer games.

"Parents are constantly challenged to find ways to engage their children from a biblical perspective," said Roy Peterson, president and CEO of The Seed Company. "Many don't realize that more than 350 million people around the world don't have access to God's Word in their own language."

"MakaziVille is a fun way to learn about this and discover how the translated Bible can effect tremendous positive change for a people group," he added.

MakaziVille can be accessed for free when customers register for the game at