[Beyond PlayStation] Cyber Protocol Review
Arcade puzzler Cyber Protocol from Red Deer Games is ready for you on Nintendo Switch. Learn more about this neon-infused release in our Cyber Protocol review!
In Red Deer Games‘ Cyber Protocol, you take control of a hacker who is trying to bring his friend, android G0X6, back to life by activating the required protocol. Its introduction video will help you get a better visual of this and the cyberpunk world presented by the team at RedDeerGames. Cyber Protocol offers two ways of diving into action. You can take on the single-player story mode where it’s you against technology, or you can take on the arcade mode in which up to four players can join in. In classic, you’ll have 100 levels to complete, split into ten zones (A through J), with ten levels per zone.
You’ll move with the left analog stick, the D-Pad, or the A, B, X and Y buttons. Each level is going to have an abundance of small coins to boost your score, as well as big coins that provide a bigger boost to your score but are rarer. You can also find bonuses that will unlock new avatars. You will be moving at full speed in the direction you press and won’t stop until a wall is hit. Once this happens, you’ll get to choose a new direction to carry on. Because of this, each stage also behaves like a short puzzle you’ll have to sort out. The faster you are at completing a level, the better your odds of getting a high score that will allow you to represent at the local or online leaderboards.
You’ll need to avoid traps, or you’re going to end up going boom. There are timekill traps that, as the name suggests, will activate as soon as you land on them, so you’ll need to move out of the way ASAP since you don’t have too much time to do so. There’s also the closewall which will turn into a solid wall once you’ve managed to cross it. You will also run into flippers which will bounce you off in a specific direction depending on where you’re coming from. And if you see an error field, well, you better stay away from it since touching it will destroy you. Collect everything there is to collect in a level and complete the stage without dying, and you’ll get a perfect tag for your trouble. This is something that completionists will be paying attention to as they aim to get 100% on every stage.
On top of the traps, there are also going to be enemies that will get in your way. You have the bogey, which will be doing its thing, moving along its own path, minding its business, until you come along and end up crashing into it. As long as you pay attention to its movement pattern, you’ll be able to stay out of harm’s way. As a heads-up, you might want to check if there’s the possibility of trapping a bogey behind a closewall so it won’t bother you anymore! There is another enemy that will start to chase you as soon as you move past it, and it won’t stop until it destroys you, or it hits a wall, so be careful!
And now, let’s go back to talk about arcade mode for a bit. In this mode, you’ll take on either a set of easy or hard levels. In easy, you’ll have unlimited lives, checkpoints in the stages you take on, you’ll get to select which of the ten zones you want to take for a spin, and your highscore will be saved locally. As for hard, you’ll have limited lives, there will be no checkpoints, and the levels you’ll take are random, which means you could end up having to play through ten very difficult levels from later areas, or you could get lucky and draw a nice set of stages to complete. On the plus side, when playing in hard, your highscore will be saved locally as well as uploaded to the global leaderboard. Do you have what it takes to earn a spot at the top?
Cyber Protocol is an easy to learn but hard to master colorful arcade puzzler that is an easy recommendation on Nintendo Switch. The game is available now for only $9.99 and its well worth the asking price as you’ll be getting a ton of content and a good challenge to keep you busy for a while.
This Cyber Protocol review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by RedDeerGames.