Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is not a new game per se…. But it might as well be a brand-new game. Why? Because it is for me. This is the first time I’m writing about it here at IndieGala’s blog. And to be quite frank about it… I love it.
Now, I also must confess that I haven’t had much opportunity before to write about religious themes. Easter and Christmas-themed articles are the most religious we’ve gotten over the years. Here are some of them here. But yeah. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture offers a glimpse at that theological stance. You know… The belief in the end-time event when all Christian believers will rise “in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.”
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture: The Rapture Is The Main Theme
Yes. The belief has long been a theme for plenty of movies, TV shows and even plays. And now in video games. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just one of the many games that have evangelical themes scattered throughout.
But… What’s Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture All About?
Developed by The Chinese Room and released by PlayStation PC LLC, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a cool adventure game that awaits you here at IndieGala.
And in this adventure game, the time is 6:37 am on Wednesday, 6 June 1984. Five days, four hours and 30 minutes since the Primary Event. Nestled away in the idyllic English countryside, the village of Yaughton, Shropshire, stands empty.
Children’s toys lie forgotten in the playground the wind blows quarantine leaflets around the silent churchyard. Furthermore, strange voices haunt the airwaves as uncollected washing hangs listlessly on the line.
So… You remain behind in this deserted world. Slowly piecing together, the mystery of the apocalypse through the memory fragments of those who lost their lives. Give it a shot now, but hurry up. The sale on
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture’s sale is about to end soon. Hurry up and get it while it’s hot here.
And what are some of the Steam user comments saying about it?
This game was so beautiful to play start to finish, says Toxity.
While Gidspor adds: Excellent game. Slow running but good story.
Hey… even Kotaku liked it. “This is a fine game, easily one of the best I have played this year.”
And Which Projects Go Well With Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture?
Well, the ones that do have the rapture as the main plot. A main vehicle for driving the story if you will. Now, I must state that we’re not solely hot and heavy about movies here. On no. We’re gonna include TV shows and even animated TV shows. But we’re also interested to hear your favorite projects that involve the rapture.
So… With that in mind…. Let’s begin, shall we?
Left Behind: The Movie
Now hear me out. This is the movie that we’re gonna focus on in this article… Twice. First with the 2000 movie that has Kirk Cameron in the lead role. And it’s based on the best-selling 1995 Christian eschatological end-times novel of the same name. Not to mention that despite getting overwhelmingly negative reviews managed to produce two sequels. And a remake. Which is coming up next.
Fun fact: Buck works for GNN, the same fictional news station used in the “NCIS” shows.
Left Behind- the 2014 movie remake
If you thought that the first movie was poorly received… Think again. The 2014 remake starring Nicholas Cage has 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. But yeah. Cage plays Rayford Steele. A pilot with a lot on his mind. However, when the rapture strikes, he and a bunch of other survivors are gonna have to figure out the end of the world. All by themselves on that commercial plane, and the rest of the humanity on Earth.
Fun fact: Nicolas Cage’s brother Marc, who is a priest, is a big fan of the novel and asked Cage to star in the movie as a favor to him.
Now, this is the movie that has Mimi Rogers in the lead, but also David Duchovny. In his pre-X-Files days of course. And yes. It’s from the early ’90s. But in it, Rogers plays a born-again Christian who gets involved with a sect, which indoctrinates her that the Rapture is near. It’s not the best movie on the list, but the performance from Rogers is pretty solid. And David is not so bad either. Even the great Roger Ebert praised it in his review.
Fun fact: The Rapture was #10 on Roger Ebert’s list of the “Best Films of 1991.”
And we’re down to the TV series portion of this list. Told ya that it’s a mixed bag of an article. But yeah. The Leftovers need absolutely no introduction. It’s one of the finest pieces of TV that exists, and if you haven’t seen it by now… Do it. Now. However, the series begins three years after the “Sudden Departure”. A global event that resulted in 2% of the world’s population disappearing. Those are left behind are trying to make some sense of it all, and eventually, adjust to the new normal. Justin Theroux stars in the lead role, but Carrie Coon, Christopher Eccleston and Ann Dowd give phenomenal performances too.
Fun fact: Christopher Eccleston plays a priest devoted to disproving the rapture here. In The Second Coming (2003), he plays a man claiming to be the Son of God who threatens to bring about the rapture.
Rapture’s Delight- American Dad
Let’s end this article on a more positive note. With an episode of American Dad. It’s the 9th episode from season 5, and it has the rapture in the main plot. Stan and Francine are left behind after the Rapture. And they wind up playing critical roles in Jesus Christ’s war against the Antichrist. Oh, and the best part is… Andy Samberg is the voice of both Ricky the Raptor and The Anti-Chris. While his SNL colleague Will Forte is the voice of Jesus. Amazing, right?
Fun fact: This is the highest-rated episode of the series.
But… Are you a fan of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture?
Let us know if you are. And which rapture-themed movies would you add to the list? Let us know in the comment section.