Players progress chronologically through the game by answering increasingly difficult questions about 12 of the most prominent champions of faith in Scripture, from Adam and Eve to the apostle John. The Heroes 2 YouTube channel has published a series of videos that describe gameplay and explain various operations, features and nuances of the game–as well as input from a multitude Adventist Church leaders and laypeople regarding the life profiles of the Biblical Heroes. such as how to get manna, experience points and how to challenge your friends to a match
Vyacheslav Demyan, vice-president of Hope Channel International, who is publishing the game, believes “Heroes 2 is the first game published by a Christian Broadcasting Network and we hope this innovation will lead many people to have a relationship with Jesus.”
Among the Bible heroes featured by the game, John is one of the most fascinating. Believers, seekers, and skeptics alike can resonate with the crude, rough-around-the-edges beginnings of his human existence and walk with Jesus. The impact of his Patmos visions on the identity of Adventist Christians in particular goes without saying.
Justin Kim, assistant director of Sabbath School and Personal Ministries for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (GC), and Kenia Reyes-de León, senior editorial assistant for the GC Youth Department, recently conducted an interview-dialogue (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_mIXciO7pI) and highlighted some of the ups and downs of the beloved apostle that are interwoven into Heroes 2.
One of the main themes of Kim and Reyes’ interaction is relatability, which threads throughout Heroes 2 and all the characters therein, John included. They discussed his propensity to communicate in a common, down-to-earth manner—not particularly erudite or over-the-head, which makes sense for an uneducated fisherman—yet articulate the loftiest of heavenly themes. They also pointed out his insertion of accounts from Christ’s earthly sojourn that Matthew, Mark, and Luke did not cover, including detailed descriptions of one-on-one conversations with the Lord (e.g., Nicodemus).