Babel Rising is a God game, with a strategy element. You play as the Lord himself, straight from the heavens. As you look down from thr sky, you notice waves of small human workers, known as Babylonians. There on a mission to build the Babel building and reach you in heaven. But it's time to show them how small they really are. Using a selection of God-like powers, you must stop them from completing the building. That's basically all their is to the game. It's a simple tower defense, but it can be very challenging.
Babel Rising was originally a 2D game on the IOS, so bringing it into a 3D environment is interesting. To put it bluntly, the 3D design fits in quite nicely. Simply using the right analog stick you can rotate in a 360 degree around the spiral structure. It seems to work well enough, but it does become fiddly at times, especially when your trying to stop waves and waves of humans. You can also take control of the game using the Kinect sensor. Whilst it's nice to have the additional feature, it makes the game even more fiddly than it already is.
Your weathery powers are split into four elements. Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire. Different powers are available in each element. For example, Earth lets you send ripples beneath the ground, or drop small rocks from up above. Water lets you rain on your workers, slowing them down momentarily. Every power is unlimited, but there's a catch. They all have a recharge time. The longer you wait for it to recharge, the more powerful the attack will be. It's all to do with timing, so it's best to use them sparingly. Sometimes you are also forced to switch between the powers, as larger humans are shielded from certain weather, like lightning strikes, for example.
Before you begin each level you must choose two of four powers. These are mapped to corresponding buttons, allowing you to quickly unleash disaster. Aiming your powers are done with an on-screen reticle that you move with the left analog stick. It's simple enough, but it's more of a guide line, and it never feels accurate.
In total there's 15 single player mission, offering different locations and three building. As you progress further in you will also discover new powers. But it does feel repetitive, and it looses it's appeal far too soon. Most levels consist of defeating a certain amount of humans, or holding them of for a limited amount of time. Apart from that, there's nothing much more. Levels also seem to drag on for far to long. Within an hour or so, it felt more like a chore.
Overall, Babel Rising is a fairly decent strategy game. It does well in updating the popular IOS title, but it can be very fiddly. There are better strategy games on the marketplace, but it's still worth a try.
Review by Gareth Smith