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Not For Broadcast (2020) is a narrative puzzle game where you control the National Nightly News just as a radical government comes to power. By deciding the angles, adverts, images and censoring in the show you control what the people see and determine what’s Not For Broadcast.

Sat in the control room chair, with footage from real actors to deal with, it's immersive and high-pressure. As you progress it becomes more than a mechanical challenge to make the right decision. Propaganda, coercion and commercial concerns pressure you to present the audience a jaundiced view of reality.

You see the different shots and angles in real time. Along with selecting the next smooth shot, you need to keep things suitable for kids by censoring swear words. Then there are considerations about removing "unapproved" information to keep the government happy. Along with this you need to balance commercial pressures. Pick and choose the advertisements to run, but take care to avoid backlash about products that don't deliver on promises.

Although for a mature audience, game-play is kept relatively light with the hammy acting and tongue in cheek characters. What emerges from the sometimes chaotic web of decisions, is that the pressures and competing agendas make your time-limited choices almost impossible. You might start with high ideals, but these are soon pressured into more practical concerns.

At the end of each broadcast you get graded about which thing you let slip out on the basis of editing, interference and censoring. You can then go back over the output as well as review the different elements you didn't use. This lets you see what was happening behind the scenes, before and after the sections you used and the different camera angles.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Not For Broadcast 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Narrative game with Adventure, Puzzle and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 45 minutes and 3 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 18.

Although not yet rated, Not For Broadcast is likely to be PEGI 18 and ESRB MATURE 17+/

As the developer states... "This game contains content unsuitable for children or easily offended adults. There is frequent strong language, brief pixellated male and female nudity, and themes including euthanasia, conspiracy theories, radical politics, and atheism. Jokes about social issues are made throughout. There is occasional comic violence."

CostsCosts

Not For Broadcast usually costs £20.99.
 

Not For Broadcast

Steam Store PC £20.99
App Store Mac -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 30/01/2020

Out Now: Mac and PC

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Narrative (Adventure, Puzzle and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Tiny Build (@TinyBuild)


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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