Video game ports don’t always work as intended. You might think it would be easier to run the game on a more powerful device, but the recent debacle with The Last of Us Part 1’s PC port showed that it’s not quite that simple. Ports may not be possible due to the nature of the device the is made for. But that didn’t stop Crave Entertainment from trying to put The Holy Bible on the Game Boy Advance.
There is an interesting history when it comes to the platforms the Bible was released on. First published as a manuscript and later remastered for print. Probably the first ever remaster. Ultimately, the Bible was adapted for most modern devices, but along the way, it was also adapted for the Game Boy Advance.
Unfortunately, it was never officially released as a “game” and was eventually cancelled. However, Nintendo’s guardian, Genso no Mori, has managed to secure a prototype of a Bible cartridge for the Game Boy Advance. I don’t mean to be blasphemy, but it likely wouldn’t work for GBA’s general target audience, so maybe canceling it was the right decision.
“The following is a canceled version of The Holy Bible for Game Boy Advance, developed by Rainbow Missions and originally planned to be published by Crave Entertainment in the United States,” the website description reads. “Box art has been created with descriptions from European publisher 505 Games’ website, and it appears to be very close to release. It has been quietly canceled for unknown reasons.”
This isn’t the only time Crave Entertainment has attempted a game about the Bible. In 2005, he published The Bible Game, a party game featuring trivia based on the Old Testament. It was later ported to PlayStation 2 and Xbox as well, receiving average to below-average reviews.
There’s no way to get a cartridge of The Holy Bible, but thanks to the efforts of a preservationist website, you can download it and read it via an emulator. Of course, given the nature of the game, the comments on Forest of Illusion’s tweet were pretty hilarious.
“At first it’s easy. It’s like a tutorial area set in a garden. Then it’s like a snake boss and it gets harder. The last level is really hard. It’s like Armageddon or something.” said. Luke Cyredwho obviously needs to git gud .
As for recent ports, The Last of Us Part 1 PC port was officially deemed “unsupported” on Steam decks thanks to a buggy launch. Still broken, fans take things into their own hands.
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