I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have a strong focus on families. As part of this focus, we devote one evening a week, usually on Monday, to something called Family Home Evening (FHE) where we spend time as a family learning, playing together, eating treats, and anything else that helps parents and kids connect and strengthen relationships.
If you are a member of The Church, read on. This game is fantastic for FHE. If you are not, this post may not make a ton of sense, but feel free to visit here or reach out to me directly if you have any questions or interest at all. I promise to not be pushy. =-) I’m just happy to share what we have.
If you’ve ever wondered how to better teach your kids the Gospel in a fun, light, and engaging way, this game is the answer! It focuses on building the fact-based groundwork upon which you can teach lasting principles and doctrines with the goal of building unshakable testimonies. Before you know it, your kids will start revealing Church facts in primary, at home, or even to their friends. It’s now a rarity when The Perfect FHE Game isn’t selected as the activity of choice for Family Home Evening!
This game requires access to the internet and provides a seamless digital/physical experience. Many games that try to cross that divide fail to connect the two which leaves a feeling of forcing one or the other. Not so with this one. Select one of four categories (Book of Mormon, The Holy Bible, Other Scriptures, and Church Music) to reveal a question about that category. Get it right to earn points towards claiming that token. Once you have all four tokens, go for the challenging Tree of Life token for the win!
Being able to select the level of difficulty balances the game for young kids, teens, and adults. While there are some of the “easy” questions that make me feel dumb, there is typically a good match with the selected difficulty level. I also really like the two layers of hints. If you don’t know the answer right away (for three points, crackers, or candies), you can select multiple choice (for two points). If you still don’t know it, you can remove two of the options (for one point). This really helps for those questions you know you know but just can’t quite remember. =-)
There are over 1,000 questions in the bank, and we have yet to come across a duplicate question. They are primarily fact-based like specific events or scriptural verses, as opposed to principle-based. Another benefit of being a digital cross-over is the ability for the publisher to continuously add questions without reprinting new versions of the game!
For the physical game itself, the artwork is exceptional. It’s clean and inviting and engaging. The tokens are high-quality and perfect for young kids who love to have something physical in their hands to play with. Combine that with a pretty clean digital experience, and kids get the best of both worlds!
It would be really cool to add some media elements to this game. Having a digital space embedded from the beginning could easily support this. Future enhancements could include: playing a musical selection for some questions in the Songs category (“Name this song”); adding a depiction of a biblical scene (“Name this prophet”) in the Bible section; or adding a Church-produced video segment for a “Name this event” question.
Scoring & Wrap-up
Overall, as a Church-based trivia game, I give The Perfect FHE Game a very high 8.5 out of 10 (between “enjoy playing and would suggest it” and “always enjoy playing it” on BGG’s scale) for the following reasons:
- Clever and seamless integration of physical and digital game experiences
- Breadth and depth of questions with varying difficulty levels
- Retains young kids’ interest
- Warm and inviting artwork
- Excellent means of increasing Church knowledge
- There were some questions that seemed too easy for the high difficulty level or too hard for the easy level. I can imagine how hard it would be to rate the difficulty of questions as it is so subjective and varies for each player!
- Instead of tying points to food (i.e., earning enough crackers or candies to earn a token), it would be nice to have a point counter (physical or digital) as an option. I could see using candy as a special occasion.
Overall, I see this game not as an end-all, be-all but as a wonderful supplement to a family-focused, home-centered effort to raise your kids in the light. Just wait for that first time your child puffs up his chest and answers a Church trivia question with confidence after playing The Perfect FHE Game! It’s a proud moment as a parent. =-)
Buy The Perfect FHE Game here!
Disclaimer: I received this game for free in exchange for my review, but believe me, I post authentic reviews every time and will be brazenly blunt if needs be.