Midnight Protocol Steam PC Review

Hacking have always been a subject that has been interesting to me. My career is in IT, so I guess I have always wanted to be a hacker. Media in the 90’s and 2000’s popularised hacking and films like The Net, Hackers and the TV show Mr Robot kept it mainstream. So, when I hear about a game being released called Midnight Protocol where you play a hacker obviously, I had to give it a try and see what it was like.

Developer: Iceberg Interactive
Publisher: LuGus Studios
Release Date: 13 October 2021

CPU: Intel Core i5 2.4 Ghz / AMD Equivalent
GPU: Geforce GTX 960, AMD Radeon HD 7970
RAM: 8 GB
HHD: 10 GB

Review code was provided.

Midnight Protocol would be best described as a puzzle game where you take control of the character Data, an infamous hacktivist. You have had some issues from your previous actions, so you are trying to get back into the hacking game and gain some reputation again. You are given various hacking jobs to ease back into it from your old friends and then you begin to go out on your own and make new contacts and begin to take on corporations.

The fun and strange thing with this game is that there is no mouse control. This can appear to be at first, but I am old enough to remember using DOS without a user interface, so no mouse was not needed and everything was keyboard controls. This helps to immerse you in the hacking role. You find that most of your gameplay takes place in cyberspace and as soon as you start hacking you start to get traced. You can attempt to use software to beat the trace and stay a step ahead.

To hack you have a system of nodes that you must move from one to another. Some nodes allow you to steal stuff and others work as bridges. Moving from node to node is risky as some are set up to catch hackers, so you use a sniffer program to which allows you see which ones and then use another program to disable them and allows you safe hacking of the system. Each program you use takes resources and you need to plan strategically. You have eight slices to start with, so you will find it difficult at first to use all programs.

Primarily the game is text-based as it is simulating being in front of a screen. The hacking environment is 3D and give a visual representation of your attempts. In between hacking jobs, you navigate your user interface and read and respond to emails and go and look at buying new hardware and software or look for challenges on the black market.

Depending on decisions you make influences how the game plays. Midnight Protocol have some sort of morality system. You can be a grey or white hat and can decide to either send evidence to the police or even let the company know about the hack. You can even be a black hat by exploiting everything and only be in it for yourself. The story is told through emails and occasionally chat messages.

Final Thoughts

Midnight Protocol is a fun game that can give the gamer a feel of being a hacker. If you are looking for a lot of fast paced action and stunning visuals then this is not the title for you. If you are looking for a puzzle game with some interesting missions and using no mouse to feel like a proper hacker then this is the game for you. I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it for some fun.

The Verdict

9Amazing

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