Twelve Minutes – Game review

12 Minutes Game Review

Twelve Minutes is an interactive thriller about a man trapped in a time loop. The game features 6 endings and has many plot surprises.

Storyline

We play as an ordinary man returning home after a tiring day of work to the loving wife who prepared a surprise for use. But in 5 minutes everything seems to fall apart. The cop enters the apartment convinced the wife murdered her father 8 years ago. When there seem to be no escape, we enter the apartment once again just to relieve the past 12 minutes of your life again. Can we figure out what’s happening and find the perfect solution to prevent blood spill?

Gameplay

Using only mouse, we can move around a small apartment interacting with different objects. We can watch the time by pausing the game. That’s about it for the gameplay. It’s a pretty simple game in terms of mechanics but it will make you think hard to get to the ending. It would take you about an hour to get to the end and about 6 hours to get all the achievements after that.

Advantages:

  1. The narrative is exceptional. There are 6 endings to discover and some interesting plot twists along the way. You can get bits and pieces of the story in any order you want so it leaves you a lot of creative space to think and figure things out in your own way.
  2. The voice acting is very nice. It’s very pleasing to listen to each line being voice acted even though after some play-throughs you’ll have to start skipping some of the lines you’ve encountered before.
  3. The simplicity of the game is very appealing. The time loop idea is interesting and exciting. 12 minutes if just long enough to have lots of events happen in this span of time and short enough to make sure it’s not boring or annoying to play through them over and over again.

Disadvantages:

  1. The game is rather expensive for what it is. I would strongly recommend buying it on a discount.
  2. Even though you can get clues in any order, there are specific actions to be done in order to get the ending. So, in the end of the day, you are left restricted to a certain way of doing things that the game forces on you.

The game still has little bugs here and there that are fortunately not game breaking but still noticeable.

12 Minutes Review

Rating

I’d rate this experience 7.6 time loops / 10. It has an interesting plot and concept but it’s quite expensive. You’ll either spend few times playing through it to get to the end so it’s not really worth the price or spend too much time to get all the achievements which is rather annoying. I would strongly recommend getting the game on sale.

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