Note: this page is only talking about the game, not the religion.
Islamic Fun is a controversial package of video games targeted at children of Muslim parents, developed by the UK-based firm Innovative Minds. All the games in the package involve answering a series of multiple choice questions on a range of Islamic themes.
How to play
Three levels of questions are available, for children of 5–7 years, 8–10 years, and 11 years and older. The game became controversial not only for the obvious anti-Zionism of "The Resistance" game, but also for some of the questions themselves, which seemed designed to promote an Islamist world view.
Examples questions includes:
- "Mustafa Kemal, the hater of Islam, forbade the use of Arabic in Turkey, banned the hijab and closed down the Aya Sofya Mosque in Istanbul. Which is it?"
- "Ignoring the handover agreement, the Christians turned the beautiful Mosque of Córdoba, in Muslim Spain, into a Cathedral (1238). Which one is it?"
Why It Sucks
- Boring, repetitive gameplay.
- Ugly graphics that look like a PowerPoint presentation.
- Many of the questions show prejudice against non-Muslims.
- The "resistance" game gives the game a political slant, and the violence is inappropriate for an edutainment game.
- Critical research failure, with several alone in relation to Turkey. While Turkey did use a modified Arabic script prior to Mustafa Kemal's introduction of a Latin alphabet, Arabic was never a spoken language there outside of religious contexts. Also, Kemal banned the yashmak (a face-covering veil formerly worn by Muslim women in the Ottoman Empire), as well as the fez, but not the hijab (which doesn't cover the face and is still worn by some Turkish women). Kemal did close the Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia), but left most other mosques open. The other question mentions the Córdoba Mosque converted to a church, but the year 1238 on the question was two years after the Mezquita was closed and declared as a church.
- The Tree Hop minigame features an unauthorized appearance of Billy the Cat, the main character of a Franco-Belgian comic of the same name.
- Use of Comic Sans MS.
- Being obviously religious, it would only appeal to devout, conservative Muslims and be unlikely to appeal to less devout Muslims who'd most likely prefer other games.