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Twelve Minutes (2021) 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 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 upsetting ways with scenes of emotional abuse and manipulation that are described by the developer as including violence, gore, blood, and sexual themes.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Twelve Minutes 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Puzzle game with Communication elements. This is a single-player game.

 
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DurationDuration

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

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. 

Twelve Minutes

Steam StoreSALE PC £19.99 £7.99 until 03/06/2024
XBox Store Xbox One -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
PlayStation Store PS5 -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

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

Price: 60% off

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Communication

Accessibility: 21 features

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: Faca Electrica (@FacaElectrica)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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