You’ve probably watched those movies where the main character is stuck in a time loop. Some have been fun as the classic Groundhog Day while others have been more thriller-like as in Happy Death Day where the main character dies over and over again and must figure out who her killer is. Twelve Minutes by Annapurna Interactive is more like the latter but instead of reliving the same day over and over again, you’re reliving the same 10-minute nightmare stuck in an apartment with your wife and a psychotic police detective that wants her dead.
Twelve Minutes is about a man who has just come back home from work. His wife has planned a romantic evening with him which all goes well until a knock on the door from a police detective sets off this nightmarish turn of events. Your wife is being accused of murder and you’re caught in the middle. There’s no escape and most endings lead to death. After ten minutes, no matter the outcome, you always restart the evening right as you enter the door.
That’s all I’ll say about the story because anything more would spoil the experience. Not only that, Twelve Minutes is about exploration and discovering truths and information so it’s up to you to get that information by any means necessary. What I will say is to just ret anything, don’t be afraid to ask difficult questions, and don’t be afraid to experiment.
In terms of the gameplay, the game takes place in a very small apartment that consists of three locations – the living area, the bedroom, and the bathroom. This is a point-and-click adventure so you’ll be mainly using the mouse to click on objects to interact with them, or dragging them to use them. You can combine some objects as well as examine them too. I would also check the time too because while you can change some aspects of the game based on your choices, others stay the same and happen like clockwork.
Lastly, it’s quite surprising that this game has the all-star voice talents of James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley, and Willem Dafoe. However, while William Dafoe’s voice is very recognizable, James McAvoy and Daisy Ridley sound very different. If I didn’t know it was them, I wouldn’t even think it was. Of course, we all know James McAvoy can play so many different characters as seen in his role in Split, so it’s not surprising.
So with that said, I was very surprised by how good Twelve Minutes is. While the game seems like a simple point-and-click adventure, it’s anything but. It’s really deep and will take you many tries to uncover the mysteries of Twelve Minutes. It’s fun trying to figure everything out and it almost seemed like during each playthrough, I was finding something new. Apparently, there are multiple endings, which isn’t a surprise considering that each day can end differently. The question is, which is the right ending?
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