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Posted: 6 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

No Plan B is a tactical role-play game where you plan missions to neutralise various threats. Unusually, you don't directly control your team during the action. Instead, you plan orders for them ahead of time then watch as they execute your commands in the line of fire.

Play involves a planning phase viewed from above, where you pick which weapons and armour each of your team has. You then give each of them minute-by-minute orders to move, open doors, shoot weapons, throw grenades. The novelty is that you can move back and forth in time during this planning phase to see how different orders interact with each other. You then watch the mission play out in real time and in 3D as your team take on the different threats and scenarios.

Every choice you make, however small, has an impact on the outcome of the mission. These choices extend beyond simple movement to deciding your squad’s entry points, and how stealthy they will be in their movement. You also need to take care on your use of firearms, armour and grenades, particularly as it doesn’t replenish between missions.

As you progress you can select a different path of missions on the map, each with specific rewards. Completing whole campaigns earns your team experience, stats and perks to take on more difficult challenges. Take on different missions with different stakes, rescue hostages or prep for a bank heist (we’re not judging). There are also quick single missions and the ability to create and share your own.

The result is a streamlined tactical challenge with a no-fuss interface that lets you focus on the wide-ranging mechanics and deep tactical layers.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: GF X47 (@GFX47)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round of this game. Take on brutal rogue-like campaigns with units and resource management, or short but intense stand-alone missions.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 16.
 
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

People flinch and have splashes of blood when shot or impacted by explosions. This is cartoon-like rather than realistic. They stay on the ground once dead, although you can't injure them further.

Skill Rating

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Because you can take as long as you like to plan a mission, the game is low pressure and reaction time isn't critical. You can scrub back and forth on the timeline as much as you want, adjusting your moves.

There is good contrast for visuals in the planning phase of the game, which is the main interaction. This offers bright circles around each of your team as well as a cookie trail showing where they will go and actions they will take according to the current plan.

The game provides spatial audio. If an event like a gunshot or explosion happens to the right of the current view, the audio reflects this. This is useful when analysing how a particular mission is playing out, rather than at the planning stage.

Game will soon allow to disable blood and screen shake.
 
Our No Plan B Accessibility Report documents 30 accessibility features:

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