Faraday Protocol is definitely in a league of its own.
I love me a good puzzle game, but when Faraday Protocol came across my inbox, I knew just who to call. My brother-in-law Justin is a wizard at puzzle games, and this looks unique enough to grab his interest. It did indeed! Faraday Protocol is developed by Red Koi Box and published by Deck13, releasing on August 12, 2021 on Steam, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch. Read on to hear about a sci-fi puzzle world not quite like any other, and he’s played a lot of them.
You awaken within your ship on an alien planet. A voice will welcome you to OPIS – the mysterious place where you have landed. Once you leave, there is a path you must follow to reveal an ancient structure. You also then realise you are in fact not on a planet but contained within an ark rotating around a planet system.
The ancient structures are similar to pyramids. You enter the first structure and the door behind closes. You are greeted by an AI, IRIS, soon after your first puzzle. From here on in, it is all about the puzzles. You have a weapon called the Bia-Tool that can withdraw from active power nodes. These are either blue, which are used to make chains linking items, and orange (fire) that powers objects. As the game progresses, so do the rules.
In certain sections of Faraday Protocol, the doorway may either be blue or orange. If it is blue, you are unable to carry the blue node past this point but an orange is allowed. This is where the puzzles start to get interesting. Some nodes are linked from room to room and change powers to their counterpart or allow transferring from one room to the other.
It all gets very complex towards the end. Having to bounce fire nodes off dishes and down shafts to open doors in separate rooms etc. I can’t say much more as I don’t want to give too much away. The game had me hooked from start to finish and the story line really progressed nicely. Loved the ending.
Overall, the game scores a 9/10 as far as puzzle games go. This was great. Similar to the likes of The Talos Principle and Portal, but Faraday Protocol is definitely in a league of its own.