Wisdom Tree’s Games Turned Shooters Into Bible Stories

In the 1990s, a company called Wisdom Tree made serious bank selling Bible-themed video games for consoles. And in many cases, they were just tweaking existing games and giving them a Bible twist, with often hilarious results.

On this episode of Complete In Box, we look at an interesting example: Exodus for the Sega Genesis. Besides being one of the only examples I can think of where the game’s title and the system it plays on are both books from the Old Testament, Exodus purports to tell the story of Moses, but is in actuality a port of a very not-religious game called Crystal Mines.

Wisdom Tree’s gambit was changing all of the game elements to overwrought Biblical references. That’s where the game’s box and manual were of paramount importance, explaining to players that they were not shooting a bullet at a monster but speaking the Word Of God at the weaknesses of man.

And bombs were replaced with staves.

Staves that counted down from three and then exploded.


  • I wonder how’d various other games would go being revamped into Biblical themes.

    How would Portal go for example? Only a handful of characters, but how to you portray GlaDOS, given the backstory revealed in P2, and how do you present the technology of the portal gun?

    Can see quite some entertainment for that and other games.

  • Genesis Exodus… Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy… I thought it was an obvious joke.

    I love biblical games, well mostly ones that uses biblical mythology as an inspiration… did anyone else play El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron? The Neverhood is another (relatively) modern one too.

  • A friend of mine had a few of these as a kid. They were pretty bad. But he also had Jurassic Park, so it wasn’t a total loss.

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