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Chara Games Review

Here we are at the end of our Homeschool Review Crew year.  This is my last review for this year.  Hopefully you’ll be seeing more from me in early 2017.  This was a great review to end with.  Our family loves to play games and I am a happy, homeschool mom when I can include educational games!  We received the game Commissioned from Chara Games to play and review.

Patrick and Kathrine Lysaght created Chara Games and the game Commissioned in 2014.  Their goal was to have a fun, Biblically based educational games for teens and adults.   Chara is the Greek word for “unshakable joy”.  This game was funded with a KickStarter campaign.  Their second game, 3 Seeds, is also a KickStater project.  Some of the families on the Homeschool Review Crew also received 3 Seeds.

3 Seeds is for 3-5 players 12 years old and up and take about 30-45 minutes to play.

Click on the banner at the bottom of this page to make sure you read about what these families thought about both games.

Our family chose to only receive Commissioned.  This game is for 2-6 players, 14 and older.  Every Friday night that we are home we have pizza night.  Most of the time it’s a “make your own pizza” night with homemade dough.  This is the highlight of my children’s week.  Many weeks we also try to incorporate game night with our pizza.  Since this game is for older children, it was a challenge for us to play since the littles wanted to join in.  Commissioned take approximately an hour to play.

Even though Evie is a little young for this game, she doesn’t miss anything!  (Please ignore the partially refinished table.)

I played this game with Allie, my 17 year old high school senior.  I gave her the job of learning how to play the game and teach me.  It’s not an easy game, but we enjoyed it.  There is so much Biblical content.  We were able to experience some of the hardships of the early church as we played the game.  We got to be the Apostles and add books to the Canon, spread the gospel, build churches through ancient lands.   We experienced trials and persecutions and had to create strategies to overcome these.

Here is a helpful video to help explain how to play the game.


This definitely was not the easiest to get started on.  But well worth the learning curve.  Commissioned is a cooperative game meaning all work together toward the goal.  This was a nice change to our competitive games.  This game has two sides, A and B.  A is easier and a great place to start.  One of the features of this game is that there are different challenges and two sides of the board to make each game a new experience.  We played as a family, but playing it with friends or maybe in a youth group situation would be fun!


This is a beautiful, well thought out, high quality game.  It is currently listed at $31.24 plus $5.99 for shipping.  This would be a great gift for a homeschool (or any) family with older children.

You can find Chara Games on these social media sites:

Many other families on the Homeschool Review Crew had the opportunity to received and play this game also.  Click on the banner below to see what they thought of the game Commissioned.

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