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The Fourth Protocol (1985)

Posted at 18:52 on September 28th, 2009 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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The Cold War... since you're reading this review of a mid-80s computer game, this probably isn't just something you learned from history books. It also filled another kind of book, though: for spy novels, it provided the perfect background. A very successful release in the genre was Frederick Forsyth's The Fourth Protocol. The basic plot: Evil communists have devised a plan to finally tip the balance in their favour. 'Plan Aurora', as it is called, involves smuggling a nuclear bomb into the UK and detonating it, making sure the blame goes to the USA, thus destabilizing the western alliance.


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Posted at 01:43 on September 30th, 2009 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I remember playing this game on my parents' C64 about twenty years ago. I think it was acquired as part of an odd lot of software we were given when a neighbor "upgraded" to an IBM of some sort... My main negative memory of the game was getting frustrated because the parser was not what I was used to after playing Infocom games for hours on end. My main positive memory is the realistic presentation of espianoge, as the game showed that "real spies" spent a lot more time shuffling papers and observing "the adversary" than blowing things up and romancing exotic secret agents. I'm probably thinking more of the first segment, as it looks as thought things get a little more dramatic later on. Unfortunately, I don't remeber enough to give a real opinion about gameplay, but I probably would have rated this 4 out of 6 when I was eleven.
Posted at 17:06 on September 30th, 2009 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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You must be thinking of the third episode in relation to the parser. It's really bad; for example, you start with a machine gun in your inventory. However, attempting to refer to it (even examining it) only results in the noun not being recognized - in spite of typing it exactly as it appears in the inventory description. 'examine gun' doesn't work, either.

If your current self agrees with your eleven-year-old version, just add your rating the the entry!
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