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Video GameMidnight Protocol Review
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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Midnight Protocol is a strategy game about hacking that is controlled entirely with the keyboard. You type commands and interactions to hack into different systems and drain them of resources while trying to keep yourself hidden and safe. It's this typing-only interactions, combined with strategic and moral choices that create a unique, richly immersive and thought-provoking tactical experience.

You play Data, a hacker-activist whose personal information is released by a mysterious group opposing her work. After charges are dropped, you reconnect with your hacker friends and seek revenge against the people who exposed you. You slowly work to penetrate networks and siphon off resources and data to complete missions to steadily uncover the mystery of who exposed you.

The gameplay consists partially of exchanging emails with other hackers, which gives you new objectives, hints and quests to complete. But for most of the game you type to hack into various networks to complete objectives, by entering commands on a turn-based system. You learn these commands as you play, which can move you to new places on the network (nodes), siphon data from the node you're on (maybe taking money if its a financial node, or information if it's a data node) or activate special abilities.

The twist is that networks have defences which also seek to uncover your activities. For example, you can encounter a trace, which adds a time limit to the levels forcing you to work quickly. Later levels have greater defence capabilities which mean you are forced to carefully plan out every action and play methodically. There is some help, in the form of abilities and upgrades that can protect you from detection.

The result is a game that not only offers a deeply immersive experience but also highlights the different ways in which hackers operate, for good, for bad, and in morally grey areas (like helping the police track down suspects or helping a husband cover up an affair). Hacking ever deeper into well-protected systems while evading detection is exciting and tense, and finally achieving your mission is always a relief.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 13/10/2021

Price: 40% off

Platforms: Mac and PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Lu Gus Studios (@LuGusStudios)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 10 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.

The developer gives the following mature Content Description: "The game narrative refers to computer hacking and crimes. There's limited use of mature language. This game also contains fast flashing images. It may cause discomfort and trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer and player discretion is advised."

Skill Rating

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. It's a very complex game, with many different computer commands you need to use and a great deal of strategy (and text/typing) involved.

CostsCosts

Midnight Protocol usually costs £12.99. 

Midnight Protocol

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Midnight Protocol Accessibility Report documents 12 accessibility features:
The text throughout the game is often quite small and of low contrast to the background. Text is very frequent throughout the game, so a high reading level is essential.

The network defences often mean you're against the clock to finish your objectives as quickly as you can, and at the same time, you need to remain mindful of which commands you need to use, which can quickly become overwhelming.

The game is often fairly low-contrast, and some in-game elements can appear quite small.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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