Author: Ian Finley
Genre: Dark science fiction
This is a 1997 comp game that I played by itself. At first I had
trouble getting into it, but after checking the general hints, I
realized that I'd glossed over an important part of the text and soon
dived right in. The game follows the popular scenario of a main
character with no memory trying to reconstruct the events of the past.
The story tends to outshine the puzzles, which are generally subtle and
relegated to the background. Which is fine with me. Lately I've found
that overpowering puzzles don't have the same gilded sheen that they
used to. So Babel depends heavily on atmosphere and its developing back
story. While the game ends on a rather bleak and depressing note, it
was very satisfying nonetheless.
(View this game on Baf's Guide to IF or The IF Ratings Site)