Yesterday, Rod posted about Babel Rising, an Android App that let’s you play God. So, I had to give it a try.
Play God Almighty in Babel Rising 3D to prevent the Babylonians from building the famous Babel tower. Unleash your wrath and mortify these arrogant humans with your divine powers. Summon bolts of lightning, massive earthquakes, meteor showers or vengeful floods upon the Babylonians: The perfect apocalyptic arsenal.
Your divine intervention will be crucial to resist to the numerous waves of miscreant builders, blasphemer priests or damned urn carriers! Rely on tactics and strategy to achieve the solo campaign and endure an epic survival mode.
There will be no mercy!
The premise of the game is fairly simple, kill the workers and priests as they try to build the tower.
Here’s some video of the app in action.
There are two game modes: Survival and Campaign. After each level, you are awarded coins to buy more levels or upgrade powers. Coins are based off of a number of variables. In survival mode, time and kills seem to be the largest factors. Campaign mode gives a bonus for the first time you successfully complete the level.
The game is fairly repetitive, even in campaign mode. It might hold my attention for 10-15 minutes at a time, but then I get bored playing. There’s very little replay value…other than to level up your powers.
And then there’s the bad theology. Lets take a look at the Babel story from Genesis 11:1-9.
All people on the earth had one language and the same words. When they traveled east, they found a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them hard.” They used bricks for stones and asphalt for mortar. They said, “Come, let’s build for ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky, and let’s make a name for ourselves so that we won’t be dispersed over all the earth.”
Then the Lord came down to see the city and the tower that the humans built. And the Lord said, “There is now one people and they all have one language. This is what they have begun to do, and now all that they plan to do will be possible for them. Come, let’s go down and mix up their language there so they won’t understand each other’s language.” Then the Lorddispersed them from there over all of the earth, and they stopped building the city. Therefore, it is named Babel, because there the Lord mixed up the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord dispersed them over all the earth. (CEB)
Notice what is present in the game that is missing from the story? That’s right, God killing the Babylonians for attempting to build the tower. In fact, this story of the Tower of Babel is more an ANE explanation as to the reason for different languages than a story about God’s wrath.
This is just the latest of games based off of bad theology. Guess good theology doesn’t make for good games.