Review: The Bible Retold: The Bread and the Fishes

(The first game in the Bible Retold series. Not as good as Following a Star, but good for a laugh or two and perhaps a nudge to read the original bible passage again. The Bible Retold: The Bread and the Fishes - Details (

Thank the Lord for this hard-won meal.

Having a huge number of followers is great when you’re the prophet of a new religion, but all those people tend to get hungry and grumpy at some point. Sadly, sermons don’t sate their bodily appetites.

Playing as Jesus Himself, in The Bread and the Fishes it falls upon you to provide the five thousand believers who have gathered on the shore of lake Gennesaret with food. While you’re at it, you might as well grab the chance to heal some sick, wounded or disabled people.

The author thought it funny to portray the relation between Jesus and God as an irreverent father-son buddies friendship, filled with informal speech and anachronisms. Not that this bothered me, I just didn’t think it was funny.

Overall, the game is well-implemented and detailed. It has a pleasant atmosphere throughout, with nicely written locations and characters. The puzzles are mostly easy and straightforward, except for one mathematical problem which, allthough not too hard, is a bit of a bore and doesn’t fit the tone at all.

An attempt at a funny riff on the miracle of the bread and the fish, not always successful. The mythological gravitas of this bible-episode is completely stripped away, and the jokes are not good enough to fill the gap. Even then, a pleasant way to spend an hour or so.