A fun computer game about a super important subject:
coming to church with the right attitude!
Attack of the Sunday School Zombies is a fun 3-D “first person” style computer game that helps kids understand the right attitude they should bring to worship and Sunday School.
The “Zombies” are a group of children, youth, and adults who are running around crazy inside their church. They are constantly complaining about being there, or telling you the wrong reasons to be there. And the only thing that can get them to stop and talk are chocolate donuts. But you have to fling a lot of donuts to stop of church zombie.
Lucky for them Super Kenz the Bible Kid attends their church! She’s ready to share some insights and Bible verses with them to try and change their attitude. Her verses appear on her iTell handheld computer which she reads and discusses with each zombie (if she has good aim with her donut flinger). The verses Super Kenz shares can be seen in the Doc Box on this page.
It’s a well-known fact that ONLY Chocolate-dipped Donuts will stop Church Zombies long enough so you can talk to them.
Super Kenz grabs her “Donut Flinger,” loads up on boxes donuts found around the church, and then sets out to find each Zombie.
The zombies are running around the church saying negative stuff. Super Kenz slows them down by whapping them with (a lot of) chocolate donuts, which of course, makes them dance around and try to run away (a fact teachers already know).
When Kenz hits them with enough donuts, they stop running away and start talking.
Super Kenz listens to their complaints about being in church, and then she GENTLY counters their complaints with biblical insights and practical advice about going to church.
At the end of the game, after Super Kenz has turned all 8 zombies back into church members, they meet her in the Sanctuary for worship. (Then your kids will want to play it again.)
- The game is great fun.
- It challenges familiar lame attitudes and complaints people have about church.
- And it gives your kids important ideas to consider and discuss. (This game is a great discussion starter).
This game is designed for use anytime, anywhere, in a structured lesson, as a discussion starter, or as a great content-rich-but fun game to fill in some time on your schedule.
More About the Zombies…
They’re not the flesh-eating kind 🙂 “Sunday School” zombies walk around bored, disinterested, and COMPLAINING about things. And when they get hit with donuts, they start to dodge and run.
♦ Daniel the pre-teen: I’m bored! I want to be entertained!
♦ Luke the young boy: My parents make me come. Why go on Sunday anyway?
♦ Nikki the young teen: Church is such a fashion show, I feel judged by what I wear.
♦ Cara the teenager: I don’t like some of the people there. Some of them aren’t nice. They’re hypocrites.
♦ Neil the old guy: I go because I feel like I have to pay God back and do my duty.
♦ Pastor Bob: Church isn’t supposed to be exciting! Get used to it.**
♦ Mrs. Moreno: I can be a Christian all on my own. I don’t need organized religion.
♦ Malinda the mom: It seems so fake, and I have my doubts.
The Zombies software addresses:
- Common youth complaints about church.
- The right reasons to worship and attend Sunday School (as opposed to the wrong-headed ones).
- How kids can see past what bores them to see what’s important.
- How to encourage your peers to have the right attitude.
Super Kenz features some great Bible verses about worship and the attitude God wants. It gives teachers and parents plenty to talk about with their kids. And it does it all in a fun and humorous way they’ll want to play it often!
Notes About Gameplay and Extras:
It takes about 25 minutes to stop and convince all 8 zombies to join you in worship. Younger children will need help. This is “content time” and not merely 25 minutes of “game” time. Super Kenz will hear their complaints and address them throughout the game.
Flying popcorn, annoying bats, water spraying from the sinks, and a classroom filled with frogs, –these are just a few of the things that challenge Super Kenz as she tries to find the zombies. It is recommended that your kids preview the game in advance, and if you’re using this with younger children you should have an older student learn the game ahead of time and be ready to help.
Throughout the zombified church there are weird and encouraging messages on posters and bulletin boards.
Super Kenz’ Donut Flinger makes quite a mess. But it’s all for a good cause …and fortunately, YOU don’t have to clean up afterward.
Age Range: 2nd through Teen.
Younger children will enjoy this game, but will need help with navigation and reading.
Zombies Game and Teaching Guide (also included in the download)
Student Guide (limited info, also included in the download)
Lessons at Rotation.org that use this software:
- A lesson set about worship and worshiping for kids.
Tech Note: If you have an “original version” of the Zombies game installed from the CD it used to come on, see our tech note about correcting an “acknex has to close” error message.
The Story Behind Attack of the Sunday School Zombies
by Neil MacQueen
There’s a great reason why the church building in the Zombies game looks like the church I was serving when I made this program.
I made “Zombies” for my Confirmation classes there.
Luke, Cara, and Super Kenz were all students in one of my Confirmation classes. It was from them that I first heard the description of “Zombies” applied to some church go-ers at our church. They were thrilled to see our discussion turned into a game. Three of them gave their voices and digital images to the program. They also helped beta test the game.
Many of the pieces bulletin boards, signs, and furniture you see in the game are digital versions of things found in that church. The Sanctuary in the game was based on a “mock up” of a new sanctuary they were trying to raise funds for. Only the bathrooms were made up.
ON OCCASION, I receive a complaint about the game. Someone will email saying they don’t like that Super Kenz is “shooting” at people. (Nevermind that she’s “shooting” chocolate donuts at funny-looking zombies with a donut crossbow while dressed as a super-hero.) Once had a pastor tell me he didn’t think it was respectful that “Pastor Bob” was a zombie skulking around in the Sanctuary -five feet off the ground. The funny thing about that is Pastor Bob’s character was modeled on a pastor I once knew –and he definitely thought he walked five feet off the ground.
Kids love to play it over and over, and explore the church. Thing is, the kids can’t “win” Zombies without hearing some important scripture and practical advice. I love that about the game, and flinging donuts everywhere, …and hope you do too.