Babel Rising - Cover, Box Art

I invested two more hours into this and today, I managed to complete Babel Rising. First, let’s get one thing out of the way…

How Many Levels Are There in Babel Rising?

Fifteen. There are fifteen levels in this game. Considering the amount of actual content it has, that’s about ten to many. All you ever really need are one level for each of the four elements and one level where you can freely pick two out of those four and use them. Maybe one or two levels added to that, and that’s about it. Everything else in Babel Rising is just padding and completely unnecessary.

Babel Rising - Game Completed

Finally! Now just leave me alone!

Other than the fifteen campaign levels, there are three more survival levels with two degrees of difficulty per level.

Does Babel Rising Get Any Better?

It doesn’t. All the way to the final level, you are limited in which two powers you can pick and nothing new is ever really added to the game. At one point, siege towers are introduced which approach the central tower and spawn workers and priests, which start at already higher levels. At one other point, special sequences are introduced where the camera switches to the nearby sea and you use fireballs to destroy approaching ships. None of these two things add anything to the game.

Babel Rising - Final Level Objective

The final level. At this point, the objective really pissed me off.

The only thing that really changes is that the level objectives take longer and become more annoying to achieve. That’s it.

How Long Does it Take to Complete Babel Rising?

Steam says “3 Hours Played”. As soon as the game was over, I took a quick look at the menus to make sure I’m not missing anything and then I left it. I’ll tag it as completed in steam, uninstall it and try to forget about it.

I’m sorry, but Babel Rising is not at all a good game and even the developer approaching me in the comments won’t change my opinion. Babel Rising is uninteresting and unfun. There’s nothing saving it. There’s a DLC for it, called “Sky’s the Limit”, but from the description, it just seems it adds more padding and nothing substantial.

Babel Rising - Ships

Oh look, another completely irrelevant and empty addition.

So why did I complete it? Because it didn’t take long, it was pretty to look at and I just had an itch to get it over with. I’m weird like that. I’m sure some of you can name a game that did the same to you. I’d be interested to hear about it, so feel free to mention it in the comments. The silence is sort of starting to bug me 😀

So yeah. I’ve completed the game, but It didn’t give me enough to write about, so you get this. I’m sorry.

Babel Rising - Cover, Box Art

A while ago, UbiSoft had some sort of special deal on their site where you could get a certain amount off of most of their games. This meant that you could actually get Babel Rising for free and it included a Steam key. This was nice of them, and I truly appreciate the gesture. They have a bad reputation on the PC and it seems like they’re trying to restore it.

Babel Rising - Level 1

One thing is for sure – Babel Rising is a pretty game.

That being said, I don’t really like Babel Rising. I tried to like it. Since it seems like a relatively short game, I might even try to complete it. I just don’t enjoy it. It seems like an interesting idea, but it needs more than what it is right now.

Babel Rising is sort of like a tower defense game, except you don’t build any towers. Instead, there’s a bunch of villagers trying to build the Tower of Babel (or one of the two other structures you can unlock) and you, being an angry god, use your powers to punish them and prevent their success.

Sounds pretty cool! I bet there’s a lot of powers you can use!

Not really. As far as I can tell, there are four elements with three powers each, Two of those are used regularly, while the third is a chargeable ultimate attack you can use a couple of times per level.

But I bet those powers get upgraded!

Wrong again. Well, to be fair, I might be the one that’s wrong, since I’ve been playing for only a couple of levels. Still, in those couple of levels, there were no upgrades at all. I got to try out all four of the elements and I got to pick two out of four to carry with me into battle, though on the levels I played through, I didn’t really get a proper choice, since I could only pick two specific elements on each level.

Babel Rising - Power Selection

Earth and Fire are the first two powers you unlock. By level 5, you unlock all four.

What about the multitude of funny looking enemies?

I’ve seen a total of three enemy types in the first five levels. There are regular villagers or builders, who just climb up the tower and build it further. Then there are priests. These create a protective shield around them which blocks a single element, so you have to use another one to break through. Finally, there are cursed jar carriers. They climb up the tower for a while, carrying a jar, eventually drop it and a while later, the jar disappears. If you hurt them or the jar, you get punished by having one of your six powers blocked for a certain amount of time.

Babel Rising - Level Complete Screen

That “Restart” button makes me think I missed something.

So what’s good about it?

The game is very pretty and nicely designed. It would probably work great on a tablet and it’s obviously made for that. It’s just not deep or engaging. As I said, the idea itself is great, the incorporation of physics into the mechanics works amazingly well, and overall, it’s nicely polished. I’m sure a lot of people would like it. I just need more from my tower defense game. From what I’ve seen, this is just an exercise in clicking.

So no more Babel Rising?

That being said, Babel Rising just might be short enough for me to complete it. I got through 5 levels in about an hour. I know there are at least five more, though there might be more than that. I tried some light googling, but I couldn’t find out exactly how many levels are there in Babel Rising. If I do get through it, I’ll be sure to write this information down, since I’m sure there are other people wondering about it to.

Babel Rising - Victory

I managed to win a few levels with my ultimate powers still doing their thing.

I know there can’t a lot more than ten levels, since with the five I’ve unlocked, I got 3 out of 12 achievements and unlocked two out of three Survival levels, as well as an extra difficulty in Survival Mode. I also got to try out all four of the elements.

There might be just 10 levels in total, or at most 15. I’ll try to find out, but I can’t make any promises.