Posted by: Ben | November 3, 2010

if: The Bible Retold: The Lost Sheep

It must be time for another IF Comp 2010 review. Today, The Bible Retold: The Lost Sheep, by Ben Pennington, the co-author (with Justin Morgan) of 2006’s The Bible Retold.

You are a Judean shepherd, wearing a shabby white cloak. You live for your beloved sheep; how could you have let one of them go missing?!

The first nit to pick out of The Lost Sheep is that the About text is not literally true, because the relevant parable occurs at Luke 15: 3-7, not Mark. It might be in Mark somewhere also, but I cannot be bothered to check right now. Either way, it’s not the most obvious Biblical passage to base a game on. Still, as long as nobody adapts Judges 15: 3-4, everybody’s happy.

The second nit is that the sheep is not really lost, it has simply moved a couple of locations away from the herd. It is hiding in a bush. What would Jesus do? Would he set fire to the bush to get the sheep out, dead or alive? Or would he sit on a nearby drystone wall smoking a cigarette until the sheep got bored of being an individual and returned to the herd? Somebody should ask him.

The third nit, I suppose, is that by the end of the game the sheep seemed a bit frightened and I sort of felt sorry for it. There it was, hiding under the table, and I wanted to stroke it and tell it everything would be all right. Not pick it up under my arm, carry it down the mountain and make it into a stew. All right, I probably would do that, but only after cooing reassuringly. One possible explanation is that I’m just nicer than Jesus.

Anyhow, the game is OK. No major bugs. Only nits.


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