Midnight Protocol

by LuGus Studios, Iceberg Interactive

The Developer Says...

Midnight Protocol is a tactical narrative-driven RPG with unique keyboard-only controls. Hack into servers, beat security systems and discover encrypted secrets while you try to find answers to why and how you got doxxed.

Players Like...

❤ Keyboard-Driven Controls Immerse Players in the Hacker Roleplay

The game tasks players with typing commands directly into a virtual terminal interface to navigate the game world, interact with systems, and execute hacking actions. This keyboard-centric approach, without any need for a mouse, significantly contributes to the immersive "hacker" feel, as players truly operate a computer system from the inside. The developers have crafted an intuitive and responsive control scheme, mapping commands and program abilities to easy-to-remember keystrokes, allowing players to quickly and seamlessly execute plans.

❤ Turn-Based Tactics Encourage Careful Planning

Rather than real-time hacking, the game employs a turn-based structure, where players and opposing forces take alternating actions. This shift to a tactical, deliberate pacing provides the opportunity to carefully plan moves and manage resources, rather than relying on quick reflexes. Players must weigh the risks and rewards of each action, balancing factors like stealth, speed, and brute force. Thoughtful decision-making becomes a key strategic challenge, as players carefully select which programs to activate and how to allocate limited action points.

❤ Customizable "Cyberdeck" Enables Unique Playstyles

As players progress, they acquire new hacking programs and hardware upgrades to customize their "cyberdeck" - their toolkit for infiltrating systems. This RPG-like progression system allows players to tailor their playstyle, whether focusing on stealth, raw power, or a balanced approach. The varied selection of programs, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, and situational uses, encourages experimentation and adaptation. Players must carefully consider their loadout for each mission, as the optimal setup can change based on the presented challenges.

❤ Engaging Narrative Intertwines with Meaningful Choices

The core gameplay loop of infiltrating systems and managing resources is complemented by a well-crafted narrative that centers around a prominent hacktivist targeted for blackmail. The choices players make during missions can significantly impact the direction and resolution of this story. These moral dilemmas, where players must weigh the consequences of their hacking actions, add an extra layer of depth and investment. The seamless integration of narrative and gameplay, where decisions have a tangible impact on the unfolding story, creates an immersive cyberpunk experience that resonates with fans of the genre.

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