Babel Rising 3D Review
- 3D towers bring a whole new dimension to the gameplay.
- Personalization through specialization in four different elements.
- Multiple 'survival' stages to test your skills.
- Control quirks make it too easy to waste your precious powers.
- Lengthy 'stages' and poor pacing match poorly with the mobile platform.
- Low 'cash' earned encourages deep specialization versus broad - feels lacking in variety.
Babel Rising 3D is a strong step forward for the series, but where the first was lacking in depth, the sequel stumbles on the all-important controls.
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Consider this reviewer slightly impressed, if only because a relatively unknown, but otherwise unique and fun title has not only received a sequel, but a considerably significant one under a major publisher. Babel Rising 3D by Ubisoft and Mando Productions places you in the morbidly entertaining position of a vengeful god, punishing the humans who would, in their vanity, seek to reach heaven through their blasphemous tower - it's dark, it's funny, and you will fail. Constantly.
That last point isn't such a bad thing at all, though you may almost be thankful for the end when your game reach the 30+ minute mark, but I'm jumping ahead of things.
Through the use of elemental powers, each coming in the form of a tap, swipe or 'ultimate' variations, the player can dish out swift and painful death to multiple heathens as they climb their tower to help construct it. From boulders to fireballs and lightning, your range of spells are diverse and unlocking additional levels of each power with the cash you earn will increase their potency in various ways, be it making them last longer or imparting damage directly on the tower being built, giving you some breathing room.
Unfortunately the game suffers from poor pacing in the campaign mode, dishing out paltry rewards for completing levels that can take up to almost 10 minutes to complete in one sitting. Also, while the 'swipe' controls are assisted by holding down on the screen to 'lock' the camera and initiate the maneuver, as the tower gets higher, the game becomes confused as to what level you're trying to deploy your power to, ruining an otherwise smooth run.
Thankfully the campaign is not the true meat and bones of Babel Rising, with the 'survival' mode managing to mix up the gameplay with regular curses, large waves of workers, and a shooting-gallery bonus round to break up the frantic pace.
While a decided improvement on the original 2D title, Babel Rising 3D feels like a dangerous mix of fun and frustration that may keep some coming back for more, while turning off those who expect these bumps to be smoothed out before release.
DescriptionThere's an enjoyable, lighthearted god sim here (Pocket Gamer.co.uk)
The sheer wealth of gameplay alone makes the investment well worth it. So get out there and raise some hell, er, heaven. (148apps.com)
It has polish, solid graphics, unique game mechanics and, most importantly, is just a downright fun game to play. (Gaming illustrated)
Step into the sacred sandals of a great, almighty, and very angry deity. Hurl bolts of holy lightning, summon punishing earthquakes, and unleash vengeful floods upon the foolish and irreverent Humans to prevent them from building the tower of Babel.
- Destroy the Defiant Idols of Human Vanity
Prevent humans from building towers of Babel at various times in history, featuring an exciting 15 mission, single-player campaign. Improve your Godly stamina in Survival Mode.
- Only a God can rise to the challenge!
Express your wrath against insolent workers led and strengthened by:
o Protective Priests who shield workers from your spells.
o Sacred Urn Porters who slow down your powers.
o Siege Towers that help humans to access upper levels faster.
o Cargo Ships bringing stones to the yard.
- Control the Elements
Access twice as many powers as in the original game. Discover ultimate elemental attacks based on fire, water, earth and air, each with its unique effect depending on the target: the Rolling Stone, Sirocco, Meteorite Shower and many more.
- Expand the Experience
Gained for excellent performance and in-app purchases, you’ll collect Babel currency. Use it to buy scrolls, passive powers and levels to improve your skills and your gaming experience.
What's New in Version 2.2.1Winter has come in Babel Rising!
Babylon is covered in snow, but the relentless workers don't mind the cold.
The Earth element has been overtaken by the powers of winter, with all Earth powers replaced:
- Use the Ice Block to smash your enemies.
- Impale your foes on the deadly Stalagmite Trail.
- Celebrate winter with the giant Snow Ball.