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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 8 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

12 Minutes is an adventure thriller game about a single apartment building. You view things from above and can interact with a simple click and drag interface. What starts as a romantic evening with your wife turns into a nightmare when a police detective breaks into your home, accuses your wife of murder and beats you to death. Things continue to become even more extreme from as you work to solve find the truth that is both shocking and disturbing.

You wake at the start of the same night when you opened the front door. This Groundhog Day time-loop offers you a chance to escape the terror you remember. You need to use the knowledge of what happened in previous loops to change the outcome.

Games often want to draw on films to substantiate their importance and weight. Here though, there is storytelling and acting talent to match with James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley, and Willem Dafoe taking on voice actor roles.

Along with the unusual time-loop mechanic, Twelve Minutes has a dream-like reality that draws on films like The Shining and claustrophobia of Rear Window and the fragmented structure of Momento. Things ramp up in unexpected and potentially upsettings ways with scenes of emotional abuse and manipulation that are described by the developer as including violence, gore, blood, sexual themes.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 19/08/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Communication

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Faca Electrica (@FacaElectrica)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Extreme Violence, Strong Language.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence, Strong Themes, Strong Coarse Language.
The developers describe the content as containing "violence, gore, blood and sexual themes". There are moments in the game when the husband must drug his pregnant wife and torture the police officer to get the information he needs. He has to do this repeatedly to get the order correct. There are also other acts of violence against the wife and disturbing scenes. The game doesn't warn of these (and we have avoided giving too much detail away here) because of a desire not to spoil the plot. You can read more about this in Renata Price's article about the controversial ending to the game.

CostsCosts

Twelve Minutes usually costs £19.99 to £20.99.
 

Twelve Minutes

XBox Store Xbox Series X|S £20.99
XBox Store Xbox One £20.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £19.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99
Steam Store PC £20.99
Switch Store Switch £19.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Twelve Minutes Accessibility Report documents 21 accessibility features:
Twelve Minutes plays on a loop, where you have as many opportunities as you want to try to solve the mystery, so the game is structured in a way where failure is an opportunity to start fresh with what you've learned. There are times when reacting quickly to events can be important, but since things happen at the same time each loop the need for quick reactions can be lowered by planning out your actions.

Most of the text in the game is decently sized with good contrast, but because of the transparency level of the text there are occasionally some words that end up more difficult to see against their background. Seeing the cursor to input numbers on the cell phone is very difficult due to a white cursor on white background.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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