The funny thing about Facebook games (FarmVille, etc.) is that you don’t HAVE to shell out large amounts of money to play or advance-- in time a player can build up points/game coins by completing levels. It’s a very slow process but it is very possible to advance through the games without paying anything. It takes a lot of patience. I was curious about Priestville so I started playing it-- It’s really not difficult and it does give a small amount of insight to individuals who may not be familiar with the Catholic faith or priestly duties.
I do think the average Catholic would already know a great deal about priestly duties so this game would get boring fairly quickly, as none of the information is new.
I have advanced in the game without paying anything but, as I’ve mentioned, it has taken time. This isn’t a game that I’d be willing to invest a lot of my free time in-- since I’d much rather be in the real presence of God and spend that time at church in prayer-- but for those times when I’m sitting around waiting for my kids to finish eating or getting ready to leave I’ll play a few minutes here and there.
I think this would be a better game if it contained more scripture, but that’s just me. I was amused at their “Online Confessional” link that advises the gamer to visit their local parish to confess. This isn’t an all around horrible game and I’m thankful that this wasn’t another one of those “let’s mock the church and priests” games that seem to be rampant over the internet.