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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 45-60 minutes 2

Designer(s): Uwe Rosenberg, Hagen Dorgathen

Publisher(s): Kosmos

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Product Description

A small board features 5 building sites. Players erect a temple using square cards drawn from a common pile. Temples must be erected in strict order according to numbers on the cards. Building sites are assigned to a People, and card play corresponds to the various People which are played. People have special characteristics according to nationality. Further twists allow players to use a People to demolish opposing Temples, force an opposing People to emigrate, change the site, steal Temple cards or skip levels.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Family Card Game, 2002
International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game Nominee, 2001
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 2001
Deutscher Spiele Preis
8th place, 2001

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.8 in 8 reviews

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Brutality of Near Biblical Preportions!
April 12, 2004

The mix of Uwe Rosenberg innovation and the excellent production values of Kosmos yield a a winner! Uwe has knack for applying the slightest tweaks to standard card play which take his games to the next level. Here was a game where upon first play, I was just waiting for the game to break. But it is along these lines that the tension grows. After a few plays, this game now always comes to a heated conclusion. Very much possessing an in your face and take that style of play. If you don't like that sort of thing, this probably won't change your mind. But me and my friends love it!

In my top three Kosmos 2 player games, Babel rates below Hera and Zeus and above Hellas. This is a game which seems like it will never bet old for me!

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Kane
Analysis Paralysis
September 09, 2003

Babel is by no means a bad game. In fact, it's a pretty good game.

I am generally not a gamer that suffers from Analysis Paralysis, but I do in Babel. There's just something about having too many options on your turn that makes players sit for WAY too long before they make their move. You're allowed to do several different things on your turn and you can do them in any order that you want and as many times as your want. This leaves you with an extreme amount of options that you have to think through. Overall, Babel is a good game. High production quality, well thought out mechanics, and a decent fun factor, but there is just something about it that makes me not be excited about it. I give it 3.75 stars. Good game, but not for everyone.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Amnon
My favorite 2 person game. Easy rules, deep play
December 24, 2002

I am suprised to not see more stars in the reviews of this game. The strategy is deep and facinating, without being brain-bustingly painful to plan a good move. It has great components of managing resources, managing risk, balancing offense and defense, and punishment for overextension. Best of all, it isn't excessively complicated. It has enough luck to keep things interesting, but strong play will win. Games seem to last the perfect amount of time, and it is usually a close, hard-fought match up to the end. The end usually comes pretty suddenly, so you don't have a painful slow finish. While the game is on however, your game position usually isn't hopeless, so it is still fun to play when you are not winning. This is my favorite 2 player game!

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