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  • Summary: You are doomed to live the same TWELVE MINUTES inside your apartment, unless you use your knowledge of what is going to happen, to change the outcome, and break the loop.

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12 Minutes Trailer | Gamescom 2020
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 31, 2021
    80
    Minor irritations aside, I can't fault Twelve Minutes for its ambition. Luis Antonio has set out to tell the kind of story that can only truly be told in a video game, offering up a tense and often deeply unsettling interactive thriller that succeeds in breathing new life into the point-and-click adventure genre. I can say with certainty that the story and its potential outcomes won't be for everyone, but you'll be left chewing over what happened hours after the credits roll.
  2. 80
    Twelve Minutes is slow-burning, despite being about such a short time loop, but it will seep into your mind and refuse to leave. I actually dreamed in a time loop last night, which has literally never happened to me before. The concept is solid enough to stand on its own among dozens of other popular time loop media (television, film, games... it is everywhere). The intrigue and deeply flawed characters are enough to keep one invested for hours, and even worth putting up with irritating console controls.
  3. Aug 30, 2021
    79
    Twelve Minutes show us why video games are a powerful medium to tell stories that cinema cannot. With great voice acting, outstanding creative decisions and original mechanics, Twelve Minutes is everything mystery games enthusiasts could ask for.
  4. Aug 18, 2021
    75
    Twelve minutes transforms the cinematic god's eye into the interactive man's eye. Luis Antonio, the author, has achieved a concentrated dose of tension and urgency by atomizing time and space. The game reliably prevents excessive repetition leading to boredom, the great stumbling block of time-loop mechanics.
  5. Aug 27, 2021
    70
    I doubt that Twelve Minutes will go down as a crowd pleaser. If the revelation fails to move you then all that came before it was for naught. But if it catches you unexpectedly, as it did me, then Twelve Minutes may linger in your mind as an unusually effective high concept piece.
  6. Aug 28, 2021
    67
    Twelve Minutes plays like an escape room on extra hard difficulty and with higher stakes. As an intriguing albeit small-scale thriller with many twists and turns that can sometimes be frustrating, ending the time loop is ultimately somewhat worth the effort.
  7. Aug 18, 2021
    60
    A clever and idiosyncratic time loop detective thriller with top notch voice acting, which suffers from circular gameplay that quickly descends into monotony.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. Aug 22, 2021
    10
    Uwielbiam tego typu gry, a ich pomysł jest fascynujący, chociaż wciąż ma kilka punktów do popraw
  2. Aug 21, 2021
    10
    A great game. Actually wasn't expecting it to be this good. Highly recommend to everyone
  3. Aug 20, 2021
    10
    Un increíble indie con una historia fascinante aunque le falta comprenderse a si mismo ya que el juego tratándose de un bucle de 12 minutos noUn increíble indie con una historia fascinante aunque le falta comprenderse a si mismo ya que el juego tratándose de un bucle de 12 minutos no se llega a conectar entre lo divertido y nervioso que nos pone Expand
  4. Oct 15, 2021
    9
    El juego en cuanto a narrativa es genial, esta muy bien escrito y pese a que a veces tiene que ser "repetitivo" tiene esos diálogos que loEl juego en cuanto a narrativa es genial, esta muy bien escrito y pese a que a veces tiene que ser "repetitivo" tiene esos diálogos que lo hacen natural, a mi me gusto muchísimo y lo recomiendo a todo aquel al que le gusten las aventuras graficas por así decirlo, cuenta con grandísimos actores y gráficamente cumple, en cuanto a arte si me ha gustado, cuesta sacar todos los logros pero la historia tiene un buen giro y cumple en demasía con lo que es un guion bien estructurado, juéguenlo que esta en Game Pass además de momento. Expand
  5. Aug 23, 2021
    8
    It's a fascinating game at least, manages to take you by surprise with the final plot, incredible story, but with gameplay poorly adapted for joystick
  6. Aug 23, 2021
    8
    The game is not perfect, some dialogues and their consequences are not consistent, but the result is an excellent game. If you like games thatThe game is not perfect, some dialogues and their consequences are not consistent, but the result is an excellent game. If you like games that don't consist in mashing buttons, if you like riddles and point and click games, you must play this. Scenario is also great, even if I feel like they were a bit inspired by a 2003 movie that I cannot name because if I do, I would spoil a bit...

    This could have been a big 3 hours long movie, or a mini TV series. Netflix, if you read me...
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  7. Aug 21, 2021
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Awful. The hype was completely unwarranted. The game's 12 minutes mechanic is frustrating in how many loops you require to get things done and how little time you have to explore as everything is timed. Then when you do know what to look for you are stuck waiting in real time for *nothing* to happen. And the exact nature of things you need to know is not always obvious or easy to uncover.

    Beyond the gameplay the story is completely vapid. Having an incest baby with your half-sister? That's the big twist? Really? Are all these narrative games just going for the quick and easy shock factor now?And then the game doesn't have the balls to commit to you staying with her or leaving her once you figure out the truth (you are given the option for both but those don't lead to a real ending). Instead the game asks you to merely relive your life up to that point over and over so you don't need to commit to a decision because of course that would cause a controversy. Something tells me this game only got developed on the promise of the gameplay and no one was looking to see how the narrative was panning out.

    Waste of time, don't bother. No idea why this game got the hype it did from Microsoft. You can't tell me anyone in an office knew what this game was about beyond the surface concept of reliving 12 minutes before your own murder. "Yeah, the sister incest baby game! That's the one we should hype this E3!"
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