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Babel
.xo BundleBabel-1.xo
Kirk Israel, Jon Beilin, Bobby Powers, Martha Wechsler

Babel is a tower-building and -destroying activity...

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Description and background

Babel is a simple physics game based on building as tall a tower as possible in 60 seconds, and then bashing that tower with as few slingshot shots as possible. It is based on the engine of the Physics activity. It is meant to be mildly educational, but also as a study in the joy of slinging bricks and slinging shots.

The player is given a small selection of bricks for stacking.

After a minute, the player is given a slingshot.

The score is based on how high the tower was divided by how many shots it took to destroy.

Once the game is done, press Restart to try again.

Downloads and files

Media:Babel.xo

Screenshots and design images

A screenshot and also some designs Martha worked on for a future edition, showing a two-player mode.

the game in action


intro storyboards 1-5 for a future Babel + Kings game
intro storyboards 6 & 7
intro storyboards 7-9

Development

The game was a result of the 2008 Physics Jam. Originally envisioned as a 2 player game, with slingshots to fling rocks at the other player's tower, the end result was simplified because of lack of time, lack of Python and engine experience, and technical constraints.

Team

The team was "Cowsome Loneboys"

  • Kirk "kirkjerk" Israel
  • Jon Beilin
  • Bobby Powers
  • Martha Wechsler

Todo List

There are many ways of cheating.

A two player version would probably still be way cool.

External Links

Kirk's Development Notes

Activity page

Activity Summary

Icon: Image:Activity-Babel.svg
Genre: Math and Science
Activity group:
Short description: Babel is a simple physics game based on building as tall a tower as possible in 60 seconds, and then bashing that tower with as few slingshot shots as possible.
Description:
Maintainers: User:Kirkjerk
Repository URL:
Available languages:
Available languages (codes):
Pootle URL:
Related projects:
Contributors:
URL from which to download the latest .xo bundle http://wiki.laptop.org/images/9/94/Babel.xo
Last tested version number: 1
The releases with which this version of the activity has been tested. Candidate
Development status:
Ready for testing (development has progressed to the point where testers should try it out):
smoke tested :
test plan available :
test plan executed :
developer response to testing :
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