This article is about the game published by Namco for the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sharp X68000. For the game published by MicroProse for the Amiga, the Atari ST and the Acorn Archimedes, see Tower of Babel (1989 video game).
Tower of Babel (バベルの塔, Babel no Tō) is a video game developed and published by Namco on August 18, 1986 only in Japan. It is a platformer/puzzle hybrid that was first released for the Family Computer. Later, Nintendo adapted the title for play in the arcade as part of their Nintendo Vs. Series, calling it Vs. Tower of Babel. An enhanced version of it was later ported to the Sharp X68000. In 1997, the game was included on a compilation made for the Game Boy known as Namco Gallery Vol. 3. In 1998, the game was also included on a compilation made for the PlayStation known as Namco Anthology 1 where, like all of the Famicom games presented on the disc, an enhanced arrange mode was provided alongside the unaltered original game.
In the beginning, an archaeologist and explorer known as Indiana Borgnine (インディー・ボーグナイン), is in search of the fabled air garden of Babylon. After reading some lost scriptures, he determines that the only way to see them is to travel to the very top of the 64 story Tower of Babel. Upon reaching the Tower, he discovers that the only way to access the floors above him are to solve some challenging puzzles involving loose L-shaped blocks that he finds throughout the Tower. To his great surprise, the blocks are capable of balancing very well on top of one another, in order to form staircases.