The Fourth Protocol

• Publisher: Hutchinson C.P.
• Developer:
As above
Release Date: 1985
Code: John P. Gibbons

• Design: John Lambshead, ...Gordon Paterson
Music: David Dunn

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 95%
Our Game Rating: ??%


FILE: fourthprotocolend.zip


> THE FOURTH PROTOCOL by Hutchinson Computer Publishing

• Completed by Brendan Phoenix
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

Okay - so let me be honest and upfront... I've never read the book, watched the movie, or played the game. There. I said it. Problem is, I haven't a clue what it's all about and so it's going to be tough producing an opening review for this game. All I know is that ZZAP!64 loved it and gave it an overall score of 95%. Impressive! Tell you what... I'll 'borrow' from the ZZAP review just to add a little more flavour...

Frederick Forsythe has enjoyed great success as a novelist of political fiction and many films have been adapted with mixed success from his books. The Fourth Protocol was the first to become a game.

At the outset it is important to say that this is an adventure or, rather, three adventures in one, that is played using icons with some text input. The plot follows that of the book quite closely. You play a medium level MI5 investigator, John Preston, a man who is more of a detective than a spy. From the highest levels of the Kremlin, Plan Aurora is being executed. Using Russian agents in Britain, 'sleepers', 'illegals' and the unfortunate Ministerial victims of blackmail, a crack Soviet agent is putting together the pieces of the jigsaw that will blast the Fourth Protocol wide open.

So there you have it. Now on with the ending...

When you watch the ending, you'll see some movement on the left.

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Brendan found the solution in an old ZZAP!64 magazine and went straight to the 3rd and final part - so he cheated to the hilt!

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have defused the bomb, the game ends with a brief epilogue, which ends the story kind of well.


  • Brendan: Always wanted to see the ending of this one...

    Ending is nothing special but follows the concept of the rest of the game. At least it does have an ending, unlike something like The President is Missing where you had to send your solution off - 2/10.
  • Vinny: Okay - so maybe I'm not so bothered now about playing the game. But then again, maybe ZZAP!64 score it 95% for the bit in the middle! Hmmm... 2/10 from me.
  • Andy Vaisey: An adventure I've never played and not tempted to after seeing the ending. Poor.
  • Andrew Fisher: It's interesting to look at this in terms of other games from the same team - toy tie-in Zoids and comic book adventure Stifflip & Co. The Fourth a Protocol came first and showed some promise.

    It's a shame that the ending is just a text screen.

FINAL SAY: Maybe the ending to The Fifth Protocol will be better!

G.E. RATING: 2 / 10

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