Updated: Babel Rising Review

Babel Rising’s recent update brings two optional packs of downloadable content (Campaign Mode and Fury Mode), as well as a new unlockable setting for the survival level that puts you straight into the heat of the action. In this review update, we will focus on the purchasable additions.

Campaign Mode is best described as a level-based version of the survival level. As an angry god, your goal is to decimate followers in various cities before they make a tower and reach your level. Each level is broken up into waves, and you can purchase and upgrade new powers between waves. In the beginning you only have two abilities in their weakest form, but as you collect money from your triumphs this expands.

If you want a variant on the Survival Mode, then Fury Mode is the way to go. This is practically the same game, with one major difference: the followers have been replaced by little devil-like men. Depending on the color of their skirt, they can resist different powers. Once things begin to heat up, all four variants come bunched together, making for frantic finger-motion fun.

Each of these costs $0.99, which seems like a fair deal to us. All of this, along with some control improvements, raise our score for this game to a 3.

Imagine yourself as God. After thousands of years of humans praying to you, they have now decided to build a tower to reach the heavens, metaphorically putting them on the same level as their creator. Now it is time you show these fools who the true deity is around these parts. There will be blood, and some comic relief, but in the end their efforts will always prevail. Then you start the entire process again.

In a nutshell, that describes everything that you get with Babel Rising, an original survival game from Bulkypix. Using your six godly moves, initiated though swipes, taps, and shakes, you must bring the pain to the foolish humans before they manage to build their tower up high enough.

Some of our favorite attacks include thunder strikes, tsunamis, fireballs, and a massive earthquake. A tap-to-kill move is also at your disposal. All of these powers have cool-down timers, meaning you need to wait after using them. Unfortunately, we always felt that they didn’t give us sufficient strength to take down the underlings.

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The controls themselves work fine, but some attacks tend to give us a bit of trouble. With the fireballs, for example, you must swipe down with two fingers. Where you lift your fingers is where the flames will hit, but in the frantic action of the game this felt too complex. We would have rather just hit the first human in its path. This same complaint goes for many of the other attacks as well.

A single map and difficulty level don’t do the game justice. We would have liked some variation, but at this point there is nothing of the sort. The repetitive nature of the game doesn’t help either. OpenFeint leaderboards do add a bit of replay value, but after a few rounds we didn’t feel the need to crush humanity with our finger any longer.

On the bright side, Babel Rising is full of silly animation and stylistic graphics. Watching the builders sizzle or get blown off the tower by a gust of wind is very rewarding. Stylized artwork also makes the game fun to look at.

Until some new content rolls in, though, Babel Rising is a game you should hold off on. It doesn’t live up to its ambitious inspiration.

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