And so begins a grand epic of intertwining destinies; a tale of God, of angels, demons and humans living amongst the walls of the floating purgatory, Tokyo Babel -- a soaring bastion erected in the image of Tokyo, one of the largest cities of a world succumbed to the apocalypse.
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Release Date: Mar 31, 2016

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“This is a full priced release from MangaGamer, at $34.95, and in my opinion, it is definitely deserving of the premium. This can’t have been an easy project to translate something of this size and with this degree of eccentricity. The story gave my tear ducts a serious workout with every route, and the music very much played a key role there.”
4.5/5 – oprainfall

About This Game

The gates of Heaven are closed shut; the realm of Hell consumed by flood.
And in their wake, countless parallel worlds wither away, one after the other.
The surviving angels and demons gather at the city they believe to be their final chance at salvation: the floating purgatory of "Tokyo Babel".

Joined by humans, they embark on a pilgrimage across the seven layers of Babel, hoping to ascend Jacob's Ladder in an effort to re-open the gates of Heaven.
Their journey would be an atonement toward the heavens.

And yet, their plans fall into ruin as a group of pilgrims - their minds consumed by madness - set out to lord over the numerous layers of Tokyo Babel with the intention to wreak complete and utter havoc atop the floating purgatory.

Amidst this neverending impasse, a lone youth is saved from the ruins of his devastated world - Tendou Setsuna, a man denied human treatment since birth.

Joining his savior, Lilith - known as the Witch of the Night, he begins his journey across Tokyo Babel...

...yearning for an answer to a single question:
Why he still possesses the will to keep on living.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct Sound
    • Processor: Core2Duo 2.66GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
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315 of 353 people (89%) found this review helpful
145 people found this review funny
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
Step 1: Take Fate/stay night.
Step 2: Replace servants with angels and demons.
Step 3: Remove 90% of slice of life/food stuff.
Step 4: Add generous amount of production values.
Step 5: Add polished, high quality translation.
Step 6: Insert almost entire voice cast from Monogatari/Index series.
Step 7: Set pacing to "breakneck".
Step 8: Cook for two hours.
Step 9: You get Tokyo Babel.
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100 of 103 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
51.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
Another great "high-quality" visual novel on Steam. This game was originally contained no "18+" scenes; as such, the Steam version is exactly the same as the Mangagamer one. The art-style is great, voice-acting has some famous seiyuu and story lasts around 30-50 hours depending on how many routes you want to explore. Each route is has its own unique story and veers off the common route relatively early on.

Those of you that question the high price tag need to consider that vocie actors charge quite the premium every time their voices are used. For a length game like this, the price is quite high for the localization company as well; hence the $35 price tag.

The story itself has a nice mix of Summerian, Christrian and other minor mythologies. The three main female leads all have bad endings with story, a normal end and a True ending that you unlock once you view the other required endings. The characters are quite likable with their own backstories to flesh them out.

Aside from some cheesy moments, there's no reason not to like this game. If you like story based visual novels that's not just the typical nukige trash on Steam I recommend buying this and voting with your wallet.
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38 of 40 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
There's action, romance, comedy, drama, horror, suspense and all of it is just so damned fun. That's Tokyo Babel in a nutshell.

The description on the store page pretty much perfectly sums up the story, and there's a free demo available at the mangagamer site, so I will instead go on about the things I like about this VN that makes me recommend it. Additionally I will remark that I at least enjoyed all the characters and found something to like in all of them, though given how that is somewhat subjective, I would refrain from adding that as a plus.

For a VN it takes up nearly nine gigabytes of space, and all of that space is spent on top quality effects, animations and CGs, all of which make the experience feel a lot less static than your typical VNs. If there's a ball of fire being described, you'll see a ball of fire. If there's a pillar of water, you'll see a geyser effect on your screen. A background will pan around a bit with bits of debris and smoke. The game makes sure the text is usually accompanied with some effect to further immerse you in the action going on. The character sprites bounce around, move from side to side, and are just expressive in general. I haven't seen this in a lot of VNs I played and is just really nice with how much effort they put into it.

The story is gripping, goes along at a good pace, and fills you in on the lore of the place the game is set while never seeming like an info dump. This game is a lot like Fate/Stay Night, taking inspiration from myth and legends and building up their characters from various figures from them. The use of the esoteric in this game is pretty well done, much like Umineko and their handling of the occult, with of course a flair that only the Japanese making a VN with moe characters and grand epic battles can pull off while mixing such things.

The voice acting comes from some of the industry's top talent. If you're halfway interested in anime, you'll hear someone you have heard before from a popular anime. The music is all well done, though personally a part of me feels as though there could have been just a little more variety, though that doesn't at all mean there's a dearth of tracks available. There are thirty unique pieces of music available (from the music selection menu), and they're all pretty darn good. Presentation wise, it's all top stuff.

The best part is that there's a lot of game to play through. VNDB lists about 30 to 50 hours, and I went through one of the three routes available in about 12 hours, so I would say depending on your reading speed, that is about right. This is a LARGE VN, and it's just great. I know I will find no fault with the other routes and will probably only have a better opinion of the game as the later routes. Many people will probably be scared off by the price, but I can say I do not regret paying full price for this VN.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
This visual novel is top notch with excellent writing, translation, and overall research of esotericism (theosophy and philosophy) within the Abrahamic religions (particularly in Kabbalistic mysticism and much study of the Ethiopian Book of Enoch). Has surpassed all my expectations (especially being my first visual novel indulgence despite owning Steins' Gate). If you have any interest in esoteric studies, this game is well worth your time and money. Highly, highly recommended.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Tokyo Babel is one of the better action visual novels I have played. It was up there with Fate/Stay Night and to a lesser degree Muv-Luv Alternative.

It had engaging actions scenes and an enjoyable protaganist. The world felt fairly well fleshed out and kept me intrested.
Enough to even make me check out the bad endings, somthing I rarely do.

While I felt two of the heroines could of been fleshed out a bit more, they made sense in the overall plot.
If you enjoy action visual novels and a twist on Christian mythology then this game is for you. The high production values are obvious in the animation and art quality, soundtrack was decent as well.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
63.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Tokyo Babel is a Visual Novel set in a universe where hell is flooded and heaven is sealed shut, leaving both demons and angels stranded. Both races settle upon a floating fortress called Tokyo Babel located in Purgatory and are told by the “Messenger of God” Remiel that in order to set everything right they must climb all seven levels of their new home to beg forgiveness. With the combined power of the demons and angels it seemed an easy task but soon figured out nothing could be further from the truth. The further up you ascend the levels of Tokyo Babel the more likely you are to go mad and attack both friends and foes alike. To this day the highest anyone has been is the fourth level out of the seven necessary to reach Jacob's Ladder and seek forgiveness.

So the stage is set for your character Tendou Setsuna, a “human” to be recruited into the ranks of Tokyo Babel in an attempt to conquer it once and for all. It is one heck of a setup and a very unique concept for a story. Throughout your journey you will be accompanied by three possible love interests. Lilith, a demon who is a very goofy and tomboyish kind of character, Raziel a shy and lazy angel and finally Sorami, the character we initially start off as. The intro starts off as an amazing horror story but will soon shift its focus to Setsuna and never again frightening. It serves to show just how insane the characters affected by the madness Tokyo Babel inflicted them are and how strange the dimension of Purgatory is. It's probably one of the most interesting part of the game funnily enough.

After certain events all the main characters meet up and take Sorami to a high school where everyone has set up base. It was quite shocking and disappointing that they managed to shoehorn in such a cliché setting to such a unique world. A large portion of the game is set in that school and is used to strengthen are understanding of the characters and is also where most of the lighthearted moments take place. It is an insane change of pace from the intro where you are trying to escape a nightmarish world and soon after that you are playing as some dude taking class when the universe is at stake. Not to say its not very entertaining just doing that due to the great characters in this game though it feels disappointing nonetheless due to wasting countless possibilities to focus on the High School setting tons upon tons of Visual Novels have done to death.

Play close mind to the choices you make throughout the game as the most seemingly minor of things can quickly cause things to spiral out of control. There are not tons of choices to make but the couple it has are very entertaining. You may get a bad end though most of the time it isn't just a dead end where you are killed soon after making that choice but a well thought out, branching path where you don't realize you messed up until later on. One of the greatest things about this title that many other Visual Novels fall victim to is reading the same dialogue multiple times. That does not occur here, once you make a choice everything there after is completely fresh content and separate from anything that occurs in the other, making it a real pleasure to even get the bad endings since it may give you insight to something you would have otherwise missed and the endings are just as good as the real ones.

You know they are doing something right when you lose the game and are still praising them. Your second choice of the game that involves who you investigate first is by far the most important one you'll make since that is how you choose which of the three routes to take. One is locked until you have finished the other two but man, is it worth playing all of them. They are absurdly different from one another and nearly feels like you're playing a new game. Enemies may now be friends, entire events change and even the original objective of braving Tokyo Babel will change into something else entirely. These routes are not interwoven however, the enemies you face in a certain place may be replaced with another or they may flat out not exist. There is no continuity to be found between them though playing all three of them is necessary to comprehend all that has happened and why.

It's not a short game either. If you want a short and easy to digest Visual Novel look elsewhere because each route may take you over 20 hours. That is assuming you use a guide since there are not just bad ends but good ends, true ends and more for each route so unless you know exactly what you are doing it will take you longer to get the true ends required to unlock the third route. This game has a ton of content, more than I've personally ever seen from a Visual Novel to date. Sounds like I'm plain worshiping this title by now so let’s talk about some of the bad shall we.

The main character. He is terrible. The typical broody and emotionless kind of character made even worse in that he always pulls something off at the last second to win a fight. You know the type of kid in the playground that when playing gets defeated and summons an “Anti-Everything shield”? That would be Tendou Setsuna and his insane plot armor that completely kills any tension in the action scenes since you know he will pull something out of thin air. It nearly makes you want to skip every fight scene since why bother? It's a real shame since that feeling of fear and desperation when facing someone far above your league that the intro had is completely lost and replaced with plot armor so thick you can see it from miles away. His backstory is decent at the very least and his lack of emotion does lead to hilarious moments so he's not a total flop of a character.

The heroines and side characters are far more interesting and based on figures of Christianity and Judaism such as Uriel, Samael and Belial to name a few important figures. Do not go in expecting a fateful recreation of said figures though. This game takes many, many liberties, to the point of merely having the same name and a few of their basic characteristics such as Belial being an attorney. With that in mind the characters in here are well written with very few evil for the sake of it characters. All of them are fully voice acted in Japanese only and have professionally written text in English. Whether the music is to your liking depends on whether or not you like the Grunge genre though the supplemental music to create ambiance or set the mood is pretty good.

The art style is very nice but the maximum resolution is 1280x720 so if your monitor is above that resolution it will look very stretched out if you decide to play it in fullscreen. As some of you may be aware Tokyo Babel is also sold on MangaGamer but despite that this is not a hentai title nor does it feature any nudity even on their version. Both are the exact same game and Steam's version has not been censored. It's a rather weird decision on the devs’ part considering how much fanservice is in the game and it would not have been out of place. Not really a negative by any means but something that may have been on your mind. After finishing one of the routes you will unlock the “Extras” menu on the main screen that allows you to view any backgrounds, music or character/weapon lore you have unlocked so far. Strangely enough the lore for the characters are for the biblical ones and their origins not for the characters that are actually in the game. At the end of the day I can see someone looking at the price of this title and thinking it's a total ripoff but rest assured you get what you pay for. Tons of content as well as an interesting world and characters make this one Visual Novel well worth your time.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Intriguing story that drew me in from the start. Finished it in one go, which took me about 32 hours and I am a relatively quick reader. Found the play with Old Testament lore interesting and the wikikpedia included in the game learned me a new thing or two about said lore. Liked the humor that offset the more serious parts of the story quiet nicely. Loved for example the interplay between Rachel and Lillith when playing the computer game Civilization. Definitely worth my money and I would love to see more VNs as these with this same length of play.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
So many famous seiyuus in this VN.

Very good production, would recommend to new readers
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
If you're a fan of the RoAW (Record of Agarest War) series then you might very well like (or even love it as I do ^^ ) this gem since it really does share a good similarity to the RoAW series, just not exactly obviously but both entail ridding the world of the same source of woe, of which I won't spoil, but needless to say... It REALLY made me love the series and as such i'm giving this a 9/10. :selphinehappy: Would be a "10/10" if they added another route for another character that I feel deserves a coupling with the main character as well, which character I won't spoil but it can easily be noticed during the Lillith True Ending route regardless.

All-in-all, a truly good gem that I really do love. :D
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
My Thoughts/About The Game
I like visual novels. Don't let the price-tag cloud your mind. One reason why the game costs $35 is because of the voice actors. They do an amazing job doing the voices of the characters. They show a lot of emotion, especially the guy who voices our main protagonist, Setsuna. This one is not some kind of harem or romance novel, (there is romance, but the story isn't focused majority around that) but one that actually has a story to tell. I don't like to compare visual novels, but this one intrigued me the most. I didn't expect a lot from the game, but it took me by surprise. The amount of effort put into it is tremendously high, and I like that. Good games like this should be recognized more, so that's why I though about typing a review. The game is action-packed with amazing fights that often lead to heart-wearming moments. Here is a list of pros, and maybe cons.

+ A long visual novel, but not time-consuming like CLANNAD
+ 170 Graphic Pictures
+ 48 Backgrounds
+ 8 Endings (Bad, True, and Good endings)
+ This game has extra features; this gives you the lore of the characters and terms
+ 26 music and 4 songs (All of them are amazing)
+ Voice actors are top-notch

- ...

In Conclusion
This is currently my favorite visual novel that I have ever played. Everything is in it: comedy, action, romance, etc. To be fair, I'm a bit bias. However, this game offers so much. After playing all the routes and getting the true endings I felt sad that I already finished the game. It's one of those games that I would love to forget about so I can play it again without remembering the story. In conclusion, I give this game a big yes!
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22.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
Best visual novel I've ever played so far.
  • Fully-voiced and the quality of the voice acting is top-notch
  • The artwork is beautiful
  • The writing is great
  • Loved the theme of the whole visual novel
  • The action scenes are very well done
It's a long visual novel (30-50 hours) with eight different endings, but it never got boring for me, which is the most important part.
I highly recommended it.

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6.1 hrs
Posted: August 3
This is one of, if not the best VNs on Steam at the moment. 10/10 Raziel is best Waifu

EDIT: Nevermind. Sorami is best Waifu now.
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50.6 hrs
Posted: June 3
So... Tokyo Babel is about a protagonist, led by a series of encounters, gains a sense of self and strength to keep on living for the future. A LOT of lore is involved, so if you are interested in that area of study, then you would absolutely love reading how the story here plays out.

I struggled through many of the descriptive action scenes. It felt like the writers are needlessly stretching the scenes with needlessly descriptive details of the battles. I mean, I didn't really care how "this sword" was as strong as "this modern weapon", or how "this injury" was as great as "this". Other than that, I really enjoyed reading the actual story-telling of Tokyo Babel. Every character had their own conflicts, and their own conclusions. The last (locked) route in particular, gave every character's conflicts and conclusions the brightest shine. A lot of these scenes outside of the action scenes, were mesmerizing to read. Props to the translators, for such a professional translation. <3

Art: 8.5/10
Characters: 9/10
Consistency 7/10
Soundtrack: 7.5/10
System: 7/10

Personal visual novel score: 7.4/10
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65.4 hrs
Posted: May 10
27 Hours just to complete the Raziel route (good and bad end). Phew! I didn't think the battle scenes were too short at all btw. They were just right. I would have been bored if they were any longer. Well worth the money!

I finished the Sorami and Lilith's routes as well. What a thrill ride. If you have bought Fruit of Grisaia, this goes a lot faster than that. I find the protagonists of Fruit of Grisaia and Tokyo Babel eerily similar. They are both cold, stone face, but very adept at what they do - decimating.

Dialogue/text is not slow at all, and often humorous, reflective, philosophical and sometimes sad.

Short notes on each of the 3 characters:
Raziel - I didn't like her in the earlier parts of her route as I felt she was very needy and clingy. I really liked her good ending though, as it honoured Setsuna's lifespan, and felt realistic in the sense that Raziel had to deal with it, and she dealt with it really well, and as befitting as an angel.

Sorami - I'm in a quandary about her good ending. On one end, the twist that faced them after Tokyo Babel is pretty well done, but some bits and pieces don't fit together and thus it wasn't very realistic for me. It was however very touching and I do like their final trial and how they managed to overcome it.

Lilth's True end - the Setsuna end was quite satisfying for me as it was the ultimate happy ending of course. Nothing illogical about this ending and I expected that they would end up this way. I can't put my finger on it but it feels just a bit too perfect. Thus, even though Lilith is my favourite character, I still prefered Raziel's good ending as it was the most realistic one for me.

Oh, and I have no friends. So if you enjoy visual novels like this, please add me :D
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61.9 hrs
Posted: May 6
A great action Vn. if you don't mind/enjoy dark settings and like action stuff i defintly recomend you grab this one!
Should note my time played is far higher than time it takes to read this VN as i left the game open several times while doing other stuff.
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