Operation Tango is a great little co-op adventure puzzle game and is available this month on PS Plus. Operation Tango was created either to strengthen your bond with your co-op partner or to destroy your friendship… Operation Tango is a short lived but great little journey where you play as either a hacker or as an agent. You must work together to solve puzzles and find information to give to one another to help you progress through the missions.
The main focus of this game is communication. No screen sharing as what would be the fun in that. Just tell each other what you see, fill in the gaps and the greater the communication the easier your experience will be. Each mission has its own pretty little environments with its own quirky little problems to solve and its just a fun experience overall.
You’ll bounce from heist missions involving breaking into a vault, intelligence gathering missions where you find a certain person and violate his private information or try to stop a runaway train from killing everyone. It’s these fun little set pieces that really do steal the show, having a timer count down as you feed each other vital information really does get the blood pumping… regardless of the outcome. Playing as the agent will place you in skyscrapers, offices, vaults, trains, factories and a pretty little town.
Whereas playing as the hacker will throw you into the Matrix where you just read information to help the agent move around. In some cases, the roles get reversed but more often than not the hacker gets a cheat sheet with all the information and the agent gets to be a spy and be in the thick of all the action. With this being a puzzle co-op game, there’s a lot of co-op action going on.
Moving block puzzles get progressively harder, puzzles where one person controls lateral movement while the other controls horizontal movement. Puzzles where one person places down a floor for the other person to progress. There’s hacking into robots, puzzles with some lasers on the floor and you have to guide your partner where to go as they can’t see the lasers otherwise, they will get their arms and legs chopped clean off.
Without giving away too much of what Operation Tango has to offer, some puzzles are fun and some are quite boring like the password breaker but never do they overstay their welcome due to the game being quite short. A full playthrough takes about 3 hours to complete when you’re not trolling each other. You can also add on a couple more hours if you want to replay as the other role to see all the game has to offer as both roles are very fun to play.
Thanks to the Friend Pass, any of your friends can play with you for free so that is a great initiative for you try out this game with a friend even if they don’t own a PS Plus subscription. It also has crossplay enabled so if your friends don’t own a PS5 you can invite your friends from other platforms as well which is great. With Operation Tango only being out for a couple of days there are a couple of bugs that have surfaced.
Some minor ones like a section where me and my partner didn’t get to view a cut scene or some major ones where full interfaces are inaccessible causing much confusion thinking that we did something wrong and walking around for 20 – 30 minutes looking for answers. There’s a hint option as well and that really did not help at this point either but a few restarts fixed things.
If there is one problem, I have with Operation Tango as a whole is that it’s just too easy. The auto save function is way too strong as the game auto saves around every 10 seconds which means failing a task only sends you back a few seconds in most cases allowing you to cheese certain areas with little to no communication. Adding some kind of checkpoint system where it only saves in certain areas would have been a more challenging experience.
Overall Operation Tango is a great little co-op adventure to put your friendships to the test and if you enjoyed We Were Here or enjoy co-op games in general you will have a blast. I would recommend trying out this game if you have some friends to play with even if they don’t own a PS5 as they can play with the friends pass on other platforms.
Operation Tango is truly a fun co-op experience with lots of different puzzles and both the hacker and agent are fun to play with. The autosave system is very lenient making some puzzles a lot easier than it should be in an otherwise amazing co-op experience and it even has crossplay so you can invite your friends from other platforms.