Our friends from tinyBuild are back with a new title developed by NotGames. We’re going back to the United Kingdom as another radical government takes control and begins to exercise odd changes. Feel like I’ve been in a similar situation like this one before…ah well. In Not for Broadcast you take on the task of broadcasting a 1980’s news channel each night. It’s up to you, to mix angles, censor language and hold the attention of a nation as you decide what is allowed and is not for broadcast. Will you support the current regime or support the anti-government radicals attempting to over throw it?
Note: This game is still in early access and play is subject to change before the final product is released.
The main point of the game is to maintain the audience’s attention. Much like a regular television show today, you switch between multiple cameras to maintain audience attention. Maintain a shot on whoever is speaking while at the same time include reaction shots to maintain interest. If this sounds too easy, the game has several challenges to keep you on your toes. The simplest is maintaining a clear picture through a small panel mini-game avoiding interference. You also have a censor button, which will eventually become the main point of the game, as it’s initial purpose is to keep Nightly News family friendly, it eventually will become the weapon that you wield either against the government or the opposing faction to broadcast what you want them to hear. In the short term, your commercials choices do influence future events, such as the toy commercial I ran causing the news to interview a child that was brutally mauled by one. At the end of each segment you receive a letter grade of how well you maintained audience attention, including where you need to make improvements. Followed at the end with an overall grade and some income that you can use to buy cosmetics—you can only afford these with the few playable levels available—but there are upgrades that you can buy to help with your broadcasting.
While the game isn’t finished, but it has such a ridiculously strong foundation already, I’m already wanting the next set of scenarios to come out. A phenomenal look into politics without it becoming a political simulator as a strange mash up of Papers, Please and Not Tonight. While I typically like to wait for a game to be finished before getting it myself, I can honestly say that this game is worth the jump in now since it feels like a complete game. It’s currently up on Steam for the arguably fair price of $15 as the room has a ridiculous amount of potential already. If you’re a fan of Papers, Please and other titles like it, this game isn’t just up your alley, it is the alley and it’s deciding what you watch on TV.