"Do you have any games on your phone?"
In today's world of technology, every child has at one point asked that question of an adult. But while phones, iPads, and tablets are certainly an excellent source of entertainment for children, they also can provide access to games that promote violence and other inappropriate content.
That's why Lifetree Family, a Colorado-based company, has launched a groundbreaking new mobile game called "Buddy Quest" that helps children learn and practice Biblical virtues in real life.
Designed for children between six to 11 years old, "Buddy Quest" teaches children how to apply values in the real world by assigning simple challenges that take what they're learning in the game and try it out in their everyday lives.
"It's locked and loaded with quests that combine play and action so kids can start mastering honesty, kindness, and respect and parents can start making new, meaningful connections with their children," Lifetree Family says of the game.
Also, the game includes buildable worlds, countless storylines, and more than 130 original characters loved by millions of children in summer vacation programs. The characters help children solve their problems using a variety of virtues such as responsibility, honesty, gratitude, and kindness.
"Buddy Quest" also seeks to connect parents with their children, as the game includes a simple dashboard that makes it easy for moms and dads to grow closer to their kids and track their progress. This allows parents to chat with their children about what they have been experiencing and witness for themselves how the game helps their children practice the virtues in real life.
"We're excited about the real purpose of this game, which is to bring moms, dads, and their children closer together. Most apps these days tend to isolate family members. But Buddy Quest will actually grow their relationship," explained Brian Abbott, Buddy Quest Development Lead.
Unlike most children's games, the app is also educational, so parents don't have to worry about their children becoming "zombies."
"These days kids spend so much time splatting zombies that they're becoming zombie," the website reads. "Not with Buddy Quest. Its educational gameplay helps your kids focus on doing good."
Jeff White, one of the creative leads of the app, revealed that his team set out to combines technology with real-life experiences.
"Virtues training isn't easy, even for over-achieving parents," White said. "We're building 'Buddy Quest' with unique features that make learning fun and rewarding while also helping moms and dads with an essential part of parenting."
The free app is currently available both in iTunes and Google Play and is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. To learn more about "Buddy Quest," visit their website.