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“The [Protector] world is simply brimming with possible heroic candidates. Each hero has their own statistics and commands 2 types of units. . . They can be equipped with up to 3 powerful items. They also have their own set of skills which you can increase. . .

Your character has various different skills that can be increases at the cost of expeirence (sic) points. These all improve various different things. . .

The Kingdom of Arkandia is a fascinating place filled with different factions all seeking more power and to expand their influence.” – from the “Protectorpedia” for Protector IV: Mercenary

“And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?” – Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:28-30 (NIV)

If you cannot tell, I love video games. My favorite games are simple to understand and play, but have many layers of complexity. I also love stuff that is free. Running on a college budget without a steady job makes me scrutinize every dollar I spend. I was surprised a few weeks ago to find a game that was both free and simple to play, but complex: Protector IV: Mercenary.

In the game, the player protects an area from monsters by placing 46 unique units from 11 factions on the field. Each unit has unique properties including using one of six elements and works with other different units to destroy the enemies. The key to this game was to combine the powers of different units; not to place the same type of unit multiple times. Four fire footmen would get creamed, while one fire footman, one energy mage, and one poison thief would destroy the monsters easily. Also, each unit had to do its job. Once, I had a weird glitch where my normal crossbowman would not shoot resulting in my defense crumbling apart.

Paul told us that our world works the same way. Everyone has unique properties that they need to use to help others. Even if one person quits using their special gifts, the other people’s work suffers. So, how have you used your God-given gifts to help others today?

Protector IV: Mercenary:

PC (Flash web game)

Genre: Strategy

Not rated by ESRB (My rating: Everyone)

My Rating: Overall: 3 / 5

Gameplay: 4 / 5 Story: 2 / 5 Graphics and Sound: 3 / 5 Controls: 4 / 5 Christian Values: 4 / 5