Published by Ubisoft, Babel Rising is a literal manifestation of classic tower defense games. In most tower defense games, you defend defined pathways against hordes of demons, zombies and the like. Each wave having the monsters become increasingly powerful, and gaining distance to their objective. Babel Rising is very similar to these types of games except when we say tower defense, we literally mean tower defense.
In Babel Rising you are an all powerful, though sometimes it doesn’t feel that way, God tasked with the job of keeping the Tower of Babel from being constructed. As worshipers and workers come to the tower to help build it, you must release your strength and smite them. From throwing rocks at individuals workers, or releasing your hail mary – a giant Indiana Jones-esque ball that rolls down the length of the tower, destroying all in its wake – your power knows no bounds.
Like any tower defense game, however, the workers become increasingly determined and your power can only take so much. Each move has its own recharge rate, so the strategy becomes to get to your goal before the tower is finished building.
Babel Rising is fun for those who enjoy tower defense games, but even for a tower defense game it has its issues.
First, as a Kinect enabled game one can only imagine the issues with sensors picking up movement or voice, so I won’t even mention much of this issue besides to say, “It sucks.”
Second, the game mechanics are lacking. Sure it’s fun to throw a giant ball down a ramp and watch the workers get squished, but it would be far more exciting and satisfying if there were something to make it seem more effective.
They don’t fly off the edge of the tower, or hang onto the edges; dangling till eventually they lose their grip. Instead, they just disappear; as if the ball were rolling through thin air. This generally what is lacking with this game; weight Everything about this game is light an unsatisfying.
The game is just as fun as normal 2d tower defense games, which doesn’t say much given the technology backing this title.
Sure it’s fun the first few times you kill these faithful engineers, but after that the game is simply repetitive with little to break up the otherwise flat landscape of this games design. If you enjoy sitting around and grinding, or if you really have a thing for tower defense, get this game. Otherwise, maybe save your money for something a little more substantial.
Overall Rating: 2/5
Babel Rising was reviewed for the XBOX 360 console