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The Fourth Protocol

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This interactive fiction computer game is based on the bestselling Cold War spy novel by Frederick Forsyth released in 1984 by Hutchinson publishing. As the novel's hero John Preston, you have been appointed head of the C1(A), an agency of the British Secret Intelligence Service. You uncover a plot, named AURORA, to take power in the Soviet Union hatched by a secret faction of high-level minds. In order to stop their plan you read a lot of info found in Top Secret folders, set wiretaps, monitor and interrogate suspects and informants, and gather facts and clues.

The game has three main sections - The NATO Documents, The Bomb and The SAS Assault. A secret code must be gained in order to proceed from one to the next. Unique icon-based graphics provide the means to conduct your investigation though they're not mouse-clickable (you have to browse the icons using the space bar). Plot twists and developments happen during the game and are communicated to you with text-only descriptions.


The Fourth Protocol Amstrad CPC Loading screen and credits
The Fourth Protocol Commodore 64 There has been a sensitive leak to the papers. What do you want to do about it?
The Fourth Protocol Commodore 64 OK, what do you want to do about the Abbs affair?
The Fourth Protocol ZX Spectrum You can assign watchers on someone, if you need to.

Alternate Titles

  • "Frederick Forsyth's The Fourth Protocol: The Game" -- In-Game Title

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The Press Says

Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC Oct, 1986 19 out of 20 95
Zzap! Commodore 64 Aug, 1985 95 out of 100 95
Zzap! Commodore 64 Nov, 1992 95 out of 100 95
Crash! ZX Spectrum Aug, 1985 9 out of 10 90
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Jul, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Oct, 1986 84 out of 100 84


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