For parents

Welcome! You might be here because your child has recently been asking about playing a new game called Guardians of Ancora. On these pages you will find answers to questions that you might have, and also information that you might find helpful should you wish to play an active role in your child's involvement with the game. 

Firstly, we want to emphasise that the safety of our players, of your children, is of paramount importance to us. We have worked closely with game developers, designers, and child safety experts to ensure that the game is a safe, welcoming, and positive place for your child to spend time.

Why have a game?

Guardians of Ancora is a totally innovative interactive game-app experience; designed for children aged 8–11 and completely free to download and play. Produced by Scripture Union (England and Wales), Guardians of Ancora is a game with Bible engagement and faith formation at its very heart: a fun, positive, social space where children can explore their relationship with God and the Bible.

Today’s children are digital inhabitants. They’re spending, on average, 2–3 hours every day in those digital spaces. So that’s where Guardians of Ancora goes. Imagine a child who has never seen a Bible or understood about God discovering Guardians of Ancora as they search for free-of-charge games. Or hearing something about it at school from a friend who loves playing it.

Guardians of Ancora is about far more than playing a game: levels of games, tasks and challenges engross and entertain, but they also stimulate curiosity and open up depths of interactive Bible exploration, experience of a faith environment and opportunities to reflect and respond. Maybe through Guardians of Ancora a child will pray for the first time...

Guardians of Ancora offers a space for children who casually pass by as much as for those who mean business in their relationship with Jesus. Support for them may come from home, school or church group, but the core game-play will be world-class so that this is something children want to do for themselves rather than needing to be persuaded to do it. Growing in God should be a delight for them, not a chore.

What's it about?

The game is set in the amazing, fictional world of Ancora. There, children – primarily 8 to 11-year-olds – can discover the truth of God’s Word by becoming Guardians of the city. At the heart of the city of Ancora is the Spire, bringing light to the community. That light needs the power of stories to keep it shining – and it’s the task of the Guardians to seek those treasured stories and restore them to the city. The stories are Bible stories.

Through these stories children can venture deep into Bible lands to understand more of what’s going on there, and then bring the stories back to Ancora, to increase the light in the world. As Guardians, they are active members of the community: what they do has a positive impact in their online world.

As the game develops, year on year, it will grow to include the big story of God – from Genesis to Revelation. But for the high-profile, public launch in June 2015, we started with the heart of the big story – episodes from Jesus’ life.

Who is it for?

Guardians of Ancora is for the children who have no idea about God, Jesus, the Bible and the Christian faith – and for those who have a relationship with Jesus and are often in church on a Sunday – and for every child in between. The reading level and type of game play is designed for children aged approximately 8 to 11, but we know there are younger children playing – and adults too.

We hear from children who love playing the game: the boy at a family event who was brimming with excitement; the brothers who wanted to go home early from a camping holiday to get the latest game update; and the child who uses his father’s YouTube channel to show his videos of playing the game.

We hear from the girl in one of our focus groups who said, ‘I struggle with reading the Bible because it’s so many words, and it’s all really small writing.’ And then who went on to say she would love to play a game about the Bible because she’s really interested in God and the Bible but she doesn’t know anyone she could ask about it – there’s no one in her life who could tell her.

We hear from schools’ workers who are using the game in after-school clubs, and grandmas who started to play the game so they could enjoy it with their grandchildren and are now dedicated players themselves.

Guardians of Ancora is being played by someone in almost every country in the world (though not yet, as far as we know, in Greenland!).

Will you join us?

Jesus says, ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house’ (Matthew 5:14,15, NIV).

In Philippians we’re told to be ‘pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life’ (Philippians 2:15,16, NIV).

Imagine a child you know becoming that light in their community – in their home and school and church – and in their digital communities. Then imagine other children and children all over the world…

Our dream and vision is that Guardians of Ancora will be a way to turn that imagination into reality. Will you be part of the adventure?

Five ideas to get you started:

  1. Tell the children you know about Guardians of Ancora.
  2. Tell your church and share the news with your local school or teachers you know.
  3. Keep in touch by signing up for the newsletter or following Guardians of Ancora on social media.
  4. If you pray, then please pray for the ongoing impact of Guardians of Ancora in the lives of thousands of children, around the world.
  5. Play yourself, so you can share your excitement and experience with others.

Once you have set up an account, you can monitor your child's progress through the Family Hub. To find out more about how you can support your child, or to read more about our safety measures, please click the buttons below.