Apologies to all my readers that are sticklers for dates. I know today is Tuesday, and I normally write on a Sunday. But because I have spent the last two weeks abroad and unable to write, I thought I owed you guys something. At least for continuity’s sake.
So. In the beginning there was the Word. And the rest of the game took seven days to download.
Godus was the game revealed by Peter Molyneux (of Fable fame) after his Curiosity game was completed. The object of the game is to be God. Build up believers, construct houses and temples and farms and rain fire down on people. Y’know, God stuff.
Unfortunately, you’re not an omniscient god, because you know nothing special about their believers than what their job is (very dictatorial). You’re not an omnipotent god because you require Belief from your followers to move sand and water and create objects. And you’re certainly not an omnipresent god because it takes on average 30 minutes to build anything.
But let’s fast forward the review slightly. Waiting for houses to be built isn’t as irritating as you think it you imagine Godus as more a simulator rather than a game. There are some interesting mini games although not interesting for long enough, and certainly don’t draw your attention away from the limited variety of believer there is. At one point the game got stuck in a perpetual loop of asking me to login to Facebook, failing to log me into Facebook, and then asking me to log in again before I could proceed with the game. After a while, I was wondering why I even started this game/religion. And that’s an interesting question:
What sort of God does Godus present?
Philosophically speaking, the god of Godus is one that’s easily bored and will occasionally return to his people to progress civilisation in a rash and illogical way; the god has superior knowledge, but has human flaws. He or she is hampered by the confines of the universe, and doesn’t particularly care for any creation except as a means to an end.
For that, Godus, for putting across a message that whatever deity you believe in might not be 100% doing a top notch job, I congratulate you. For not being a good game, though, and lacking in the customisation needed to really personalise you’re new religion, you’re rated no higher than a C+ (if I did ratings, which I don’t).
I mean, seriously, what sort of god needs gems?