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Play OverviewPlay Overview

The Professional (2022) is a traversal game where you attempt to steal a diamond from the museum with a wacky twist: you control each of your character's limbs individually. This makes even the simple goal of moving forward a challenging (and hilarious) task. It balances QWOP-like movement with a seemingly insurmountable, yet still possible, mission.

You play a robber who must infiltrate the security systems and reach the priceless diamond and escape with it, and start in a standing position behind the three obstacles you must overcome: a small wooden box, three lasers, and a small flight of stairs.

While at first glance it seems like it's a trivial ask, once you begin moving, the inherent challenge becomes apparent. Your character controls like a showroom mannequin; you can move each of his limbs and joints but only one at a time while the rest of his body remains stiff. As soon as you move one thing, he becomes unbalanced and falls to the floor, and you need to manipulate the limbs such that you can slowly creep forward and make it past each obstacle (and get back with the diamond).

The result is a game that revels in the ridiculous nature of its controls, requiring patience and determination while retaining a sense of childlike fun and antics that sets it apart.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked The Professional 17 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Traversal game with Brain Game and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 1 hour to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

If you hit the laser you are electrocuted and it makes a sound and you are thrown around.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. While the controls are very simple, but the play is challenging and you need to be able to cope with repeatedly failing and have a good amount of patience.

CostsCosts

The Professional

Itch Store PC Free
Itch Store Mac Free
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/12/2022

Price: Free

Out Now: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Simulation, Traversal (Brain Game and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 25 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Torfias (@Torfias)


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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