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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Midnight Protocol (2021) 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.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Midnight Protocol 23 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Communication game with Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 10 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 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 Level

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 £12.79.
 

Midnight Protocol

Steam Store PC £12.79
Steam Store Mac £12.79
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 13/10/2021

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Communication (Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation)

Accessibility: 12 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Grid and Text

Developer: Lu Gus Studios (@LuGusStudios)


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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