Also know as “Clergymen from Inside Earth vs The Joy Empire From Hotter Space” among its closest friends, Clergy vs Joy is a satirical two players shooting game about extinction, same sex love and contraceptives, and, while you are it, trying to convert the world population to your belief.

Clergy vs Joy

I made it in 48 hours with Pietro Righi Riva, Nicolò Tedeschi and Paolo Tajé for the 2011 Global Game Jam in Verona. The theme of the jam was Extinction, we decided to play a joke based on two stereotypical factions at war with each others. A war that – no matter what happens – will inevitably condemn the human race if won by any side.


Clergy vs Joy is a one-button game: the holy cannon (in the centre) and the satellite (orbiting around) move on their own, pointing in the same location. Players shoot by pressing their button, and they only have 5 shots. When they run out of ammo, they’ll have to wait until the satellite does a complete revolution to reload.

Clergy Earth
The Earth with the Holy cannon in the middle

Cities are won by shooting the respective bullets at them (the Holy grenade or the… well, the other thing). If two players shoot at the same time, the tie is determined by a short button-mashing battle.

Here’s a short video of Paolo and Nicolò playing the game at the jam.

You can still download the game for Mac or PC from the GGJ website. No big requirements, just two players.