Emoji Bible Stories Card Game 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. From telling a Bible story to matching pictures, each one will help players learn about the different stories from the Bible. Each of the 4 games have different win conditions.
To begin let’s look at each of the 4 different games. These are Tell an Emoji Bible Story, Guess the Bible Story, Match and Guess and Snap and Redeem. 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 of the 4 games. First there is Tell an Emoji Bible Story. In this game, players will take turns drawing 2 cards and then trying to use 3 of the cards in their hand to tell the Bible Story on one of their Story cards. They will play these 4 cards in front of themself and briefly tell the story. If most of the other players agree that the emoji cards used are appropriate for the story, then the player gets a point. If not, then the player takes back all their cards and play passes to the next player. The first player to score 3 points wins.
The next game is Guess the Bible Story. In this game, players are given 6 Emoji cards and a Story card. On a player’s turn they will either play one of their Emoji cards in front of themself that they feel matches with their Story card, discard Emoji cards from their hand and draw back up to 6 or discard their Story card and draw a new one. They will then have a chance to guess one of the Bible stories in front of one of the other players. If they guess correctly, both players get a point. The first player to score 5 points wins.
The next game is Match and Guess. In this game, players are given a Story card. They will then take turns drawing from a stack of Emoji cards. If the drawn card matches an Emoji on their Story card, then they place it face up in front of themself. If not, it’s placed in the discard pile. If another player’s Story card matches the discarded card, they may call out the Emoji and claim the card, placing it in front of themself. The player is then allowed to try to guess one of the Bible stories in front of one of the other players. If they guess correctly, both players get a point. The first player to score 5 points wins.
The final game is Snap and Redeem. All of the Emoji cards are dealt out evenly to the players which is used to form a draw pile in front of them. On a player’s turn they will flip over the top card of their draw pile and try to match one of the Story cards on the table. Any player can then point at the Emoji on the Story card and shout it out if it matches one of them. The first player to do this gets the Emoji card. The first player to match 3 Emoji cards can then use them to redeem that Story card. The first player to redeem 3 Story cards wins.
The game comes with a huge stack of cards. There’s a total of 192 cards in all. That includes 120 Emoji cards, 24 Green Story cards, 24 Purple Story cards and 24 Bible Story Summary cards. Each of the different card types has unique things about them. The cards themselves are all very good quality with a nice finish to them. The Emoji cards have a really large picture of an emoji on them. The purple Story cards have the name of a story from the Bible, along with the scriptures and several emojis that represent it. The green Story cards have the name of the Bible story along with the scriptures. With these cards there are no icons or emojis. The Bible Story cards have a quick overview of the Bible story along with the scriptures on the back. The front side has the Bible story along with the scripture and a summary of the actual story. It also has a small row of the emoji icons on it. These are great to help understand all the different stories that are presented in the game. One thing I can say, the game has a really nice set of cards in it.
8 out of 10
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 gives a quick overview of each of the different games in the box. It also has the rules for the first game; Tell an Emoji Bible Story. The back side of the paper lays out the rules for the remaining 3 games, giving setup and win conditions for each. The paper has plenty of pictures and examples of gameplay for each of the 4 different games. The rules are very easy to read and understand. On top of that, it didn’t take but a couple of minutes to read over them. Overall I found the rulebook to be handled very well and I think it’s very helpful. I’m pleased with it.
8 out of 10
I’m never been much of an emoji kind of person. I’ve always been more into gifs. Something about an emoji always felt like computer clip art from the 90’s. I wasn’t a big fan of using them on my cell phone either. So it was with a little bit of bias and angst that I approached this card game. I will say however that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. It was fairly entertaining. Each of the different games gave a different style of playing and basically telling a story through pictures. Some your telling the story yourself with emojis, while others you’re trying to collect emojis to match your story. Each one has it’s own strategies and goals while still allowing player to have fun. I like that the games don’t last that long. I think if it’d been more than 5 points for any of the games, it may have been too long. This one, like so many of the games from this publisher, would work well in a Sunday School class, Children’s Church or even homeschool classroom. I think it’s one that younger children can play with ease and it helps teach them the different stories from the Bible in a fun way. It’s definitely a family friendly game and one that can be played by pretty much all age groups. I think if you’ve enjoyed any of the other games from this publisher, than this one would be right up your alley too. This is one that I would definitely recommend checking out. It ended up being more enjoyable for me and my family that I would have imagined. I actually like it.
8 out of 10
Emoji Bible Stories Card Game is a box of 4 light weight card games with a religious theme. Each game is fairly quick and can be played in around 15 minutes. The cards are very nice and of good quality. The artwork isn’t overly busy but is fun and playful. The rulebook is well designed and is very easy to read and understand. The game itself is entertaining and has plenty of different ways to play. Each one has it’s own perks. This is one that would be put to good use in a Sunday School class, Children’s Church or homeschool class setting. It’s family friendly and one that all ages can play with relative ease. It’s very good at helping children learn the different stories from the Bible. Overall this is one that I would recommend checking out. I think it’s one that many families will enjoy. For me and mine, we liked it.
8 out of 10
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