Net Gain: A video game of corporate espionage from Level Zero Games
Net Gain is a game that intrigues me. From Level Zero Games, Net Gain is a game where the player takes the role of a ‘corporate broker,’ a person who is hired to assist a corporation eliminate its target. To quote the Kickstarter listing, “You’re in charge of investigating targets, planning missions, assembling teams, and leading the operation to success. All in a world that’s rapidly changing every day…”
As you play through the game you utilize your assets which include things from new technology to marketing campaigns to natural resources (and more) to gain an advantage on your client’s competitors. Net Gain has you play through missions to build up your own conglomerate and take down your rivals by destroying or taking their assets. Net Gain is set in 2043 in a Cyberpunk-style world ruled by megacorporations. The game itself looks like the sort that appeals to a certain type of player (ie, me). The screenshots shown over on the Kickstarter campaign show a game that looks to be made up of an interface made up entirely of data. There’s a ticker along the bottom of the screens, a menu for reviewing your operatives, menus for seeing the levels of your operatives skills, and even more menus for hiring and ordering said operatives. Basically, Net Gain looks like a game of menus. I do not mean this in a bad way. In fact, I think it looks awesome. It appeals to me in much the same way that, say, Uplink did. It makes me think of being a broker at a computer telling everyone what to do and watching the results. Your operatives may face events during their missions and you have to make the call as to how to proceed. Net Gain has already met its funding goal of $16,000 (it has actually crested $20,000 at this time) with an upcoming $25,000 stretch goal that will expand the game to include building a support staff for your broker and working your way up the corporate ladder as you get promotions. A possible $32,000 stretch goal would let backers vote on either adding some extra personality to the operatives or building a mobile app that will let players train their operatives from the comfort of their mobile device. If you would like more information on Net Gain, you can check out the Kickstarter page.