I’ll be frank with you — I am all about that high-falutin’ “interactive experience > video game” life. If a game (or experience, or whatever you wanna call it) pushes the limits of our relationship to it being a “game,” offers narrative immersion over typical AAA trappings, and otherwise feels like an art installation, I’m all in, baby! Thus, the trailer for Annapurna Interactive’s (yes, like the indie film company who made films like Hustlers and Booksmart) Twelve Minutes is catnip to me. And the gobsmacking A-list cast doesn’t hurt, either.
James McAvoy and Daisy Ridley are a couple. And Willem Dafoe is an intruder who’s about to make the next twelve minutes of their lives miserable. And then… the next twelve minutes. And so on and so on, as these characters are stuck in this time loop of abduction and horror, trying desperately to make their way out of their horrific fate. From its odd top-down perspective, to its old-school-meets-new-school point-and-click interface, Twelve Minutes looks to draw you into its surreal, disquieting world of atmosphere and terror. And I! Can’t! Wait!
Check out the trailer and official synopsis for Twelve Minutes, which comes to Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC soon, below. For more in the world of more traditional video games, here’s the latest intel on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
TWELVE MINUTES is a real-time top-down interactive thriller with an accessible click and drag interface.
What should be 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…
Only for you to find yourself immediately returned to the exact moment you opened the front door, stuck in a TWELVE-MINUTE time loop, doomed to relive the same terror again and again…
Unless you can find a way to use the knowledge of what’s coming to change the outcome and break the loop.
TWELVE MINUTES blends the dream-like tension of THE SHINING with the claustrophobia of REAR WINDOW and the fragmented structure of MEMENTO.
Featuring James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley, and Willem Dafoe.