The Library of Babel

a game by Tanuki Game Studio
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 10.0/10 - 1 vote
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The Library of Babel
The Library of Babel
The Library of Babel
The Library of Babel

Don't you love a game with a magnificent, detailed art style? The Library of Babel undoubtedly uses its comic-book-esque visuals to engross players into a game that's seemingly story-rich and rife with adventure. It feels like a while since we've seen a detective thriller game executed in a 2D platforming format. So far, we've got a few ingredients for a compelling title here.

Not much is clear as to the narrative or setting of the Library of Babel; being a sci-fi game that sets itself up in the jungles of a futuristic Babylon. There's some mystery at stake here, being a self-proclaimed stealth detective platformer journey. If the excellent art style isn't enough to reel you in, then a 2D platformer requiring more strategy could do the job.

20,000 Years Later

So here we are in a world where humans went extinct over 20,000 years ago. All that's left are legions of advanced machines running the world, with very little information about the past and leaders wanting to keep it that way. But suddenly, there's a discovery of a library that contains a treasure trove of information about past life, leading to chaos and concern about the well-being of society.

Players will take the role of an investigator named Ludovik, sent to Babylon to solve a murder case, where the grand library rests. However, the library is suddenly locked down, and a state of emergency is declared, spurning chaos to anyone residing nearby and putting our protagonist at risk. You'll need to use your stealth, puzzle-solving prowess, and agility to solve the mystery of the sudden lockdown.

So is The Library of Babel a good game with its intriguing narrative and beautiful visuals? It's undoubtedly a slower pace than you'd expect from a platformer. Still, the varied mechanics and straightforward objectives combine to create a compelling experience. Players will interact with characters enjoying the dialogue options and engaging in cinematic puzzles that feel satisfying against the intense backdrop.

The Library of Babel is a dark, engaging, and aesthetically rewarding experience with philosophical moments. It's likely to satisfy those who enjoy an art game. However, it might be more grueling for those expecting a more intense, combative experience. Most obstacles in the game can't be solved with brawns or guns, which may deter some players with that mindset.

A Lot of Babel

So how could you describe The Library of Babel? Admittedly, the setting is respectably unique, which adds to the intrigue of the whole experience. However, gameplay-wise, the outcome feels like a cross between Full Throttle and the investigative storyline of Heavy Rain.


There's still so much about the title that stands up on its own, including that fabulous art style and the reworking of platforming mechanics to turn it into a noir detective game. The Library of Babel is a piece of media that needs to be played to gauge whether you enjoy it. Regardless of your opinion on gameplay, you can respect that it's one of the more unique indie titles.

Round-Up - Pros & Cons


  • The magnificent, hand-drawn art style
  • Plenty of unique designs that'll intrigue players
  • A captivating detective narrative


  • The slow pace may bore some players
  • Not a game that's liberal in strategic approach

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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