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Twelve Minutes Review

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Posted: A year ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


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.

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.

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. 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.

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Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 19/08/2021

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: @FacaElectrica


Duration: This game will take between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 18.

Although not yet rated this is likely to be PEGI 18+ and ESRB MATURE 17+. The developers describe the content as containing "violence, gore, blood and sexual themes". The theme of the game and the intended grown up audience means that this is not likely to be rated as suitable for those younger than 18.


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.
Our Twelve Minutes Accessibility Report documents 21 accessibility features:

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