isclosure: I received Kings of Israel for free in exchange for my honest review. I was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own. See my disclosure for more information.
Our family is huge on games and family orientated entertainment that most of us can enjoy. As of recently we’ve been hooked on a new board game, Kings of Israel. It’s a super fun, engaging, and educational Biblical board game.
It’s difficult to find Biblical family games that aren’t super cheese or so easy to win that they seem pointless in regards to the game aspect. Kings of Israel is a fun board game that can also be used to learn and teach about ancient Israel geography, kings, and prophets. It’s mentally engaging and surely a game the family will enjoy.
A really neat thing about this game is that it’s a cooperative game, meaning all the players are working together to accomplish a goal – in the case of Kings of Israel: to save their nation from threats! I really loved that about this game. We all had our own roles to play but we were all playing together. I’m all for a good competitive game, but we have never played a cooperative board game before and we all really loved the concept!
The purpose of the game
In Kings of Israel, each player is one of God’s prophets. Together they work to save Israel from destruction. In order to do this, the players (prophets) work together to get rid of sin in Israel and build enough altars to God before the game is over. If they succeed, they win!
Each turn consists of four phases:
- King’s Godliness Phase: Depending on which king is reigning over Israel (located on the left side of the board), you’ll draw either a Blessing card or a Sin and Punishment card. The consequence of this is that it can possible cause idols to appear or cause sin to spread even more.
- Sin Increases Phase: You draw a card from the Location cards deck and sin increases in each of those locations.
- Prophets Work Phase: Each player can use four actions to achieve their goal. They can move, remove sin or idols, draw Resource cards, build an altar, make a sacrifice, or give to another player. If the players have a Blessing card they can play it.
- End of Round Phase: Going clockwise, the next player becomes the starting player and the purple crown on the timeline moves down to the next king chronologically.
Game set-up and understanding how to play
Instructions in the game box are super clear and easy to follow. You can have up to four players play the game. I would recommend this for big kids all the way through adult! It’s a game I would and could totally see myself playing along with friends for a game night.
The board game is super sturdy too! I was very surprised. I don’t have a single board game that feels as sturdy as this one. I know this is a game we’ll be using for years to come.
Find out more!
Head on over to Funhill Games to find out more information about Kings of Israel. Click HERE to go to their site. Visit their rulebook and video demonstration page here and check out the video below for a full visual explanation of the game!
Get the Game
The game is available on Amazon!