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Can I use Guardians of Ancora in church?
Yes! Many churches are using Guardians of Ancora in their church services, in children’s groups and many other ways. For ideas, download the free ebook: Using Guardians of Ancora in Ministry.
Can I use Guardians of Ancora in schools?
Yes! Guardians of Ancora is already being used in after-school clubs, in Christian groups in schools and for RE lessons. For ideas, download the free ebook Running Guardians of Ancora Clubs in Schools.
I have three children and they share one tablet. Can they all play?
Yes. Download the game on to your tablet and start to play. Set up an account by tapping the Settings icon in the top-right of the screen, or by opening the Notifications bar to the right of the screen (tap on the little light-red arrow). You will then be able to register each child with their own player name and version of the game.
Each time one of them wants to play, they will then be able to log in and play their own Guardians of Ancora.
Can someone come to my church to talk about Guardians of Ancora?
That may be possible! Email [email protected] with details of your location and we will see if one of our Champions could visit you.
If it’s not feasible, we can equip you with printable cards, leaflets and so on, to share with those in your church and beyond.
How do I get out of the running-around Bible story part and back into Ancora?
When you are playing a Quest, there is a ‘pause’ icon (like two upright lines: ‘ll’) at the top-right of the screen. Tap this and a menu will appear in the centre of the screen: you can then choose whether to continue or leave the Quest.
Why do I keep seeing a blue screen?
As you move between features, the game needs to ‘load’ the data necessary to run the next part.
Since an update to the game in January 2016, these loading times have become much quicker and you should not need to wait many seconds while the white loading circle (bottom-right) revolves.
The game gets to a blue screen and stops: the white circle doesn’t go round.
If the circular arrow symbol next to the word ‘Loading’ in the bottom-right of the screen stops turning completely, it may be that your device can't access enough RAM (random access memory) to run the game.
RAM is what a device uses to run processes or tasks from things such as apps and games, as opposed to storage memory. Check if other apps or programs are still running in the background: closing them might give you the extra RAM space required to run Guardians of Ancora at the optimum speed.
If a game does freeze or crash, closing the app completely and then opening it again (so that the logo splashscreen appears before asking you to choose your character) should safely restore the game. Please do let us know if the game does repeatedly freeze, and on which particular points (for example, loading a Quest or accessing a certain part of the City of Ancora).
How much does it cost?
At Scripture Union, we don’t want cost to be a barrier for any child wanting to play Guardians of Ancora so the app is free to download from Apple, Android and Amazon app stores.
Will there be a subscription?
No. The Guardians of Ancora app is free to download and will continue to be free to play. At Scripture Union, we want to minimise the barriers to children playing the game.
What does it play on?
Guardians of Ancora has been made for mid- to high-quality iOS and Android tablets and smartphones such as:
- iPad 4, iPad Air (1&2) and iPad Mini (2, 3 & 4)
- Galaxy Tab (4, A & S)
- Google Nexus (7, 8 & 9)
- Asus MeMO Pad 8
- LG G Pad 8.3
- Amazon Kindle (3rd Gen +)
- Amazon Fire HD 6
- Amazon Fire
- Samsung Galaxy 3+
- iPhone 5+
For the best experience we recommend playing Guardians of Ancora on a recent smart device with at least 1GB of RAM running on the latest OS (operating system)available for that device.
Recommended OS Versions
- Android 4.2 or later
- iOS 7 or later
What doesn't it play on?
Guardians of Ancora will not work on older smart devices with less than 1GB of RAM.
How do players ‘friend’ other players in Guardians of Ancora?
When a player goes to the Creative Hub (bottom-left of the screen), they have the opportunity to see public posts from other players and may choose to ‘follow’ them. This is a ‘friending’ action. The player will then be able to see their friend’s game character name in the districts of Ancora.
What gets shared on the community newsfeed, at the Creative Hub in Guardians of Ancora?
In the Creative Hub, players can create posts in response to what they have been discovering in the game, using writing, drawing, stickers, audio and/or photographs. If they wish, they can make ‘sticker posts’ public by posting them on the community newsfeed. Other players can then view these posts.
The community newsfeed is also a place where players will hear news about the game from the Guardians of Ancora team, including announcements about videos to watch. New videos are usually released on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
What’s the difference between private and public posts in the Creative Hub on Guardians of Ancora?
A player can create as many posts as they wish and collect them in their own Creative Hub (at the City Plaza, roughly in the centre of the map of Ancora). These will be saved on their device and can be shown and shared, face-to-face, with other people.
For reasons of online safety, within the app experience, only ‘sticker posts’ can be made public and shared on the community newsfeed.
How do I collect all the things to collect?
Collecting items is one of the fun challenges in Bible Quests and we sometimes receive frantic pleas from players asking how they can find ‘the one that’s missing’! Of course, we can’t know which one that is!
But here are a few general tips to help you search:
- As you play through a Bible Quest, the path often goes in two possible directions, which rejoin later in the game. You may need to explore both routes to find all the items.
- Items may be hiding under archways, on platforms and in holes!
- When your game character ‘lands’ in a new location, it will be facing in a certain direction. It’s always worth turning round and going a little way in the opposite direction, in case there’s an item to collect ‘behind you’.
The Keeper of the Keys
The librarian of Ancora
The Keeper of the Keys works at the Hall of Memory, where she looks after all the stories of the Saga and the records of the city. She is full of knowledge about almost everything and is an expert on the lore of Ancora.