Review: Operation: Tango explained to parents

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What parents need to know

Operation: Tango is an exclusively playable spy adventure in online cooperation. You and your partner will have to defeat a technological threat by solving many puzzles using each of the different interfaces and elements of the game.

Operation Tango Boxart Screen SharingRelease date: June 1, 2021

Developed by: Clever Plays
Published by : Clever Plays
Available on: PC (Steam and Epic Games Store), Playstation 4, Playstation 5,
Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One

Game Type: Puzzles, puzzles in cooperation
Average duration of a game: 20 minutes to 1 hour
Estimated total game duration: Between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Themes: Espionage, computer hacking, cooperation.

Business model: Need to buy the game once.

Number of players:
2 players exclusively online.
No single player mode.
Each on a console or computer.
The game is cross-play, i.e. each of the players can play with any other console or computer.

Available in digital format (download).

The game was provided by the publisher for this review, it does not influence our opinion.

To purchase the game on Steam PC, click here.
Players3+ 7+ 12+16+18+
Neophytes
Intermediate
Experienced
Difficulty
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The goal is to understand the puzzles each with the elements we have and communicate them to the other correctly. The difficulty comes from communicating and executing puzzle solving sometimes in limited time.

Violence, fear, nudity?
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Very little violence. I have not seen any personally. The ESRB recommends gambling from the age of 10.

Language level used
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A lot of technological language is used, it helps to know what it corresponds to to understand, what is happening. It is not necessary, however.

Positive message
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Encourages communication between partners. Cooperative game.

Minimum reading level required
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Requires to know how to read for several years.

Additional costs ?
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None.

Minimum level of execution on the controller required
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Know how to move in 3D environments in first-person view.

Principle of the game

The game is played with 2 players exclusively. It must be played on 2 consoles, different computers, via the internet.

You have to buy the game only once for the 2 players. The second player can download Operation: Tango Friend Pass (or demo) on his computer or console for free to be able to play with his friend, partner, family member…

One player embodies an agent, and the second player embodies a hacker.

The agent can move through 3D environments in first-person view.

The hacker chooses information in a 3D interface. It can access databases, drone movements, surveillance cameras.

The 2 players must constantly exchange information based on what they can see and the codes they must enter to progress through the 6 missions of the game.

If you have the game on Playstation, Xbox or computer, you can play with someone who has a different console or computer, and that’s fantastic and unfortunately still too rare.

Extensions

On October 15, 2021, Operation: Tango got a free update. This update adds a Challenge /Challenge mode that allows you to offer a new area to explore to players. There are 10 challenges to complete that last about 2 hours to complete.

Everything unlocks for free for players who have finished the original story mode.

Conclusion

Operation: Tango is a great cooperative game that can be played between a parent and his teenage child for example, or as a couple, or with friends. It was offered during the month of June 2021 to subscribers of the Playstation Plus service, so maybe you already have it in your digital library of Playstation games.

We may just regret the fact that it’s more fun to play as an agent, plûtot than hacker. Indeed as an agent we can move freely, we see beautiful 3D environments, while the hacker is limited to stylized cube-based menus to pretend that they fit into computer systems.

To purchase the game on Steam PC, click here.

More information about the game: Official website of the game

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Former video game programmer, columnist for RDS Video Games, teacher, competitor ... Marc has always been very familiar with the world and industry of video games. He decided to help neophytes about it, to discover new universes, worlds and fantastic creatures.

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