Bible Match It Link It Review

Bible Match It Link It is a game by Bible Games Central. It is for 2-6 players. In this game, players can choose from 4 different ways to play. Each one is based off the game mechanics of Snap and Dominoes. Each of the 4 games have different win conditions.

To begin let me give a brief explanation of the Snap and Dominoes mechanics. For Snap, each tile will have 1 image that matches perfectly with another tile. When a new tile is flipped over, the player that calls out the description of the 2 matching images wins that tile. For Dominoes, tiles must connect with matching images on the side(s) that are in contact with each other. Tiles can not overlap and must have a matching image for each connection. Those are the basics that each game plays off of.

Now we can look at the 4 different games. These are Lightning Links, Frenzy, The Big Picture and Four in a Row. I’m not going to go into the step by step process of playing each of these different games. For more information on this, please check out the rulebook. Instead I’ll give a brief overview of each. First there’s Lightning Links. In this game, players will take turns flipping over one of the tiles and trying to match it to one of their tiles in front of them. The player will call out once they make a match. If they’re the first to call it, they get the tile to connect to their faceup tiles. The player that has the most connections after all 57 tiles have been used is the winner.

The next game is Frenzy. In this game, each player gets 3 facedown tiles. The idea is to quickly match your 3 tiles to tiles on the table before anyone else does. Each player flips over their top tile and tries to find a match. If it doesn’t match, they put on the bottom of their stack and flip their next tile over. The first player to match all 3 of their tiles gets a token. Once there aren’t enough tiles to start another round, the game ends. The player with the most tokens is the winner.

The next game is The Big Picture. This game is cooperative. Players will be trying to match all 57 tiles. Players will be taking turns flipping over a tile and trying to match it and link it with one of the tiles on the table. If it doesn’t match it’s placed in the discard pile. Once all the tiles have been gone through, players go back through the discard pile and try to match them. The game ends once all 57 tiles have been matched and linked.

The final game is Four in a Row. In this game, a grid of tiles is formed based on the number of players. Each player gets 6 tokens of the same color to use and will then be trying to connect 4 of their tokens in a line. Players will take turns flipping over a tile which everyone will then be looking to find a match on the table. If they can match it, then they call it out and point to it. First player to do this wins the spot. If they run out of tokens they can move one of their other tokens to this newly won spot. If it’s occupied by another player’s token, then that player’s token is returned to them freeing up the spot. The first player to form a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line of 4 tokens is the winner.

COMPONENTS
This game consists of 57 tiles, 36 colored meeples(tokens) and 57 Bible story cards. The tiles have a good thickness to them and a nice textured matte finish. The iconography on the tiles almost look like computer clip art or emojis from a cell phone. You can figure out what most of these are supposed to be indicators of, but some are a bit vague. Maybe my knowledge of the Bible isn’t quite what it needs to be or either the icons are too vague. Thankfully there is a deck of cards that explains the meaning for each icon, from God making the world in Genesis to a New Heaven and a New Earth in Revelation. Each card has a large picture of the icon along with the Bible scripture that the icon is for and a brief description of the scripture on the back. Once I looked through the cards, I had a few “DUH” moments. However some still eluded me how the icon worked with the verses. Needless to say, I wasn’t a huge fan of the artwork. This is one portion of the game that fell a bit flat for me. I did however like the big bag of colored meeples that comes with the game. These are brightly colored and look awesome. Yes, I know it’s just a bunch of wooden meeples that could easily be a part of any game…but I really like meeples. In any event, I think that the components work well with the game but as I pointed out already, the iconography is kind of lacking for me.
7 out of 10

RULEBOOK
The rulebook for this game is a large foldout sheet of paper that is double sided. The paper is thick like cardstock and is full color with a nice finish to it. The front of the rules explains the components and the mechanics of Snap and Dominoes, that are crucial to playing any of the games in the box. It also has the rules for the first game; Lightning Links. The back side of the paper lays out the rules for the remaining 3 games, giving setup and win conditions for each. I will say that I was pleased to see the The Big Picture could be played solo, as it’s a cooperative game. I found that to be a nice addition that I wasn’t expecting to see. The rules have plenty of pictures and examples of gameplay so that everyone can easily understand how to play each of the different games included in the box. Overall I found the rulebook to be quite helpful and well executed. I’m pleasantly surprised with the presentation.
8 out of 10

GAMEPLAY
As a kid I spent a lot of time playing Dominoes with my grandmother. Any time that I wanted to play, she’d play. I remember even as I grew older, we’d still play Dominoes but eventually grew into other games like Uno, Phase 10 and card games like Rummy and Hearts. As a kid, I liked playing Dominoes. As an adult, not so much. I guess I just grew out of it. I think that’s where this game fell short for me. While it does have several different games that you can play with the materials included in the box, it just doesn’t give me the strategy that as a gamer, I need. That’s not to say that the game is in any way bad. For instance, I could easily see this used with younger kids in a Sunday School or Children’s Church class. It definitely has a lot of potential and versatility to be used in a lot of situations. It’s one that is great for teaching children about some of the major stories of the Bible in a entertaining way. So with that said, let me quickly break down each game in the box. The first game is a mash up of Snap and Dominoes. I’ve never played Snap so had no idea what that even was before this game. I do think there have been other games that I’ve played that used this, I just didn’t know that’s where it came from. So for me, the Snap part of this was a bit off. That’s mostly due to the icons which I explained my distaste for earlier. The second game ends up being a different take on the same mechanics. It’s a little more strategic than the first one, but still not my cup of tea. The third one is the coop with the solo rules. Nice addition but definitely felt like it was just something to pass the time with like putting a puzzle together and not an actual game. I’ve played games like that, “Cat Crimes”, which also fell short for me. Nice thought but not really a game. The final game in the box felt more like Snap combined with Connect 4. It was just missing the plastic board and the checkers. Once again, the icons hurt this one for me too. I did like it more than some of the others though so there’s that. I guess for me, the best parts were the second and last games. As I said, this has potential and can be good in the right situation. It just didn’t do it for me or my family honestly. I guess maybe we’re just too spoiled with all the different variety of games that we play on a weekly basis. I will say that the game is family friendly and it would work with younger players easily. I think that if you’re looking for something with a bit of faith based material in it and one that is a step up from regular Dominoes then you’ll probably enjoy this one. Overall it wasn’t one of my favorites but may still be used in some of our homeschooling. This is one that I would recommend for the right situations. For anything else it would be a pass. Basically I say, check it out and see if it looks like something for you.
6 out of 10

OVERALL
Bible Match It Link It is a box of 4 light weight games based off the mechanics of Dominoes and Snap with a religious theme. Each game is fairly quick and can be played in around 15 minutes. The components are very good, although the iconography is a little cheap to me and is sometimes hard to understand. The rulebook is well designed and includes rules for solo play which was a nice addition. It’s very easy to read and understand. The game itself has a few shining moments but only 1 or 2 of the games in the box are actually something that I might play again. I think it has some potential and when used in the proper setting with the right people, like kids in a Sunday School class or in a homeschool setting, it can be good. It’s family friendly and one that younger children would probably enjoy more so than adults. This is one that fans of Snap and Dominoes might enjoy, especially if they’re looking for something to help teach stories from the Bible. Overall I would recommend it for those instances that I just mentioned. It’s one that I would recommend checking out and seeing if it’s something that you might enjoy. For me, it was ok.
6 out of 10

For more information about this and other great games, please check out Bible Games Central at their site.

https://biblegamescentral.com/shop/

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https://biblegamescentral.com/christmas-games/

About Gaming Bits - Jonathan Nelson

I'm a happily married man with 2 wonderful kids. I love my family very much. I'm a big fan of board, card and RPG games and have been playing for over 20 years. As a board and card game reviewer, I'm hoping that this blog will inform, educate and entertain you. If you like it, please tell your friends and have them join in on the conversations. Thanks and GAME ON!!
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