It’s inevitable. At a certain age, kids be- come interested in technology. And that age seems to be getting younger and younger. But many video games
and television shows—even those supposedly geared for young children—aren’t always appropriate. So how can parents be
sure the games their kids are playing and
shows they’re watching are positive and uplifting? The solution can be found at http://
planet316.com/, which has content that
can make Christian parents breathe a little
easier. We talked to co-founder Tony Fouts
TOS: What is Planet 316?
Tony: Planet 316 is a publishing company
that focuses on creating fun, Bible-based,
faith-infused, interactive experiences. We
initially started out in 2000 creating a prod-
uct line called Charlie Church Mouse video
game. It’s a PC-based video game, with edu-
cational elements along with Bible stories.
But as times changed, we had the advent of
mobile, so we’ve been focusing digital ef-
forts more on mobile. We also wanted to
touch the whole family. We began to look
at the landscape of mobile games, and we
saw that there was a need for something
for those who enjoyed games like Candy
Crush. So we created Daily Bible Jigsaw.
We’re also getting ready to release Daily
Bible Word Search.
TOS: How and why did Planet 316 get
Tony: Planet 316 got started because my
business partner, Jeff Dotson, and I had a
desire and a passion to use media to make
a positive, Bible-based impact on our fami-
lies. He was involved in the game industry,
working to develop games in the secular
marketplace, for a company called Ensem-
ble Studios. We met at a local church and
formed a friendship and discovered we had
the same desire and passion to use interac-
tive media to make an impact and commu-
nicate a gospel message. I remember going
to a local Christian store and trying to find
some kind of a Christian computer game
that I’d feel safe giving to my kids, and there
really wasn’t anything there. So we made a
decision to do something about it.
It actually started in my attic. We made
a little room and formed our company and
began working away on our first project.
And from there, it has evolved to use whatever media is current that’s connecting with
people. To that end, we’re working on a virtual reality Bible experience, where you can
put on the goggles and begin to experience
the Bible as though you’re really there. We’re
working on a couple different experiences,
Noah being one of them. What would it be
Education & Technology
An Interview with Tony Fouts,
Co-Founder of Planet 316
By Kathleen Conway Tony Fouts
We had the desire and passion to use interactive media
to make an impact and communicate a gospel message.