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by Ian Finley

Mystery/Science Fiction

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 3.1
License: Shareware
Development System: TADS 2
Baf's Guide ID: 27
IFIDs:  TADS2-157F71CA1EBAC0678127DD197143278A
TUID: z5xgyw0jbt9r3ah1

Off-Site Reviews

Babel combines science fiction and horror imaginatively, so that the separate elements of each genre support and enhance rather than fight each other.
-- Laurel Halbany
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In the realm of science fiction, very trodden ground indeed, Ian Finley's Babel does not seem profoundly original; you have an experiment in an isolated lab that goes wrong, an unscrupulous scientist, dramatic confrontations, even a countdown of sorts. But the whole is often greater than the sum of its parts, and there is more to Babel than might appear from a thumbnail sketch. The puzzles are few and not particularly remarkable, but for simple storytelling power, this one ranks among the best in the competition.
-- Duncan Stevens
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>VERBOSE -- Paul O'Brian's Interactive Fiction Page

Babel is not only one of the best competition games I've ever played, it's one of the best pieces of interactive fiction I've ever seen, period. The game starts from a well-worn IF trope: you awaken alone, with no memory of your identity. Then, Babel unfolds into a breathtaking, emotional story.
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  v.4: 09-Apr-2013 02:56 - Edward Lacey (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.3: 13-May-2008 15:28 - Paul O'Brian
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v.2: 19-Feb-2008 17:10 - Emily Short
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:50 - IFDB
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