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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 CI(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 keyboard). Plot twists and developments happen during the game and are communicated to you with text-only descriptions.


The Fourth Protocol Commodore 64 A welcome message
The Fourth Protocol Amstrad CPC This is a call
The Fourth Protocol Commodore 64 A top secret report
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Alternate Titles

  • "Frederick Forsyth The Fourth Protocol: The Game" -- UK title
  • "Frederick Forsyth's The Fourth Protocol: The Game" -- Alternate in-game title

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Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Amtix! Amstrad CPC Oct, 1986 96 out of 100 96
Zzap! Commodore 64 Nov, 1992 95 out of 100 95
Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC Oct, 1986 19 out of 20 95
Zzap! Commodore 64 Aug, 1985 95 out of 100 95
Crash! ZX Spectrum Aug, 1985 9 out of 10 90
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Oct, 1986 84 out of 100 84
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) Commodore 64 Sep 28, 2009 4 out of 6 67
Happy Computer ZX Spectrum Oct, 1985 Unscored Unscored
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Oct, 1985 Unscored Unscored


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