To Light: Ex Umbra is about halfway through its Kickstarter funding period and nearly halfway funded. However, I doubt that To Light: Ex Umbra will meet its Kickstarter goal of $7,500 without divine intervention. While the game does have a unique art style it is clear to me the developers don’t know what they are doing. For one thing, they plan to spend all their Kickstarter funds on art and they really don’t look like tech savvy people. On top of that, they’re making this game as an allegory of Christ.

To Light Ex Umbra

“Branch Games, the studio behind the game, is a gaming company made up of believers in Christ who know that in all we do, we are to glorify Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a deist, but the Kickstarter page comes off so cringy to me. The developers are very clear that they are devout Christians and that they want to make a game that “edifies Christ”. Now I’m not just knocking them because they’re religious, I just don’t think mainstream religions and video games work well together. As soon as I realized I was reading something by one of those really religious people I had immediate flash backs to Bibleman and rappin’ for Jesus and those are not the productions anyone wants to be associated with. In my experience of gaming the only religions that seem to worm their way in are Odinism and sometimes a vague Taoism-Buddism themes. Sometimes you can trace monsters back to Greek legends or principals to numerology, but it’s usually religions more obscure to the western world. Also, I think Christianity has taken a few major hits in recent years what with conflicts to do with homosexual marriage and the right to abortion. I don’t think it’s a popular place to align yourself at the moment, I definitely don’t think it helped the To Light: Ex Umbra get funding.

To Light: Ex Umbra

I also get the impression that the developers are critical of other games for not following Christian doctrines. It just feels rather cringy to me and I have my doubts about the gameplay since none of the budget is being spent on it. Even if To Light: Ex Umbra got funding I doubt it would have been able to produce a game of any sort of quality. I think it might be time for the developers to get in touch with Saint Jude (The Patron Saint of Lost Causes) on this one, but what do you think? Perhaps I’m a little biased since I’m not too fond of religion, You can let me know in the comments section below.

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Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith is an English Teacher in Mianyang China with a passion for gaming. Stephanie is dedicated to Edutainment and wants to bring video games into the classroom and help other teachers do the same. She's a little too overly enthusiastic about collecting Steam badges and fairly grumpy if she doesn't get her daily dose of Markiplier and Game Grumps.

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