Twelve Minutes is a real-time strategy adventure game developed by Luís António and published by Annapurna Interactive, released on August 19, 2021 for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Featuring James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley, and Willem Dafoe. TWELVE MINUTES blends the dream-like tension of THE SHINING with the claustrophobia of REAR WINDOW and the fragmented structure of MEMENTO. The game takes place almost exclusively in a small apartment suite and requires the player to repeatedly play through events of a 10-minute cycle to try to solve a mystery.
A husband returns to his apartment after work and is greeted by his wife, who surprises him that she is pregnant. As they start to celebrate, a cop knocks on their door and asks to be let in as the wife is under suspicion of murder. When they open it, the cop attacks both of them, binds their hands, and then proceeds to strangle the husband to death. The husband suddenly finds himself back when he entered the apartment, up to ten minutes prior, and realizes he is in a time loop. He tries to convince his wife that he is in a loop, but she remains doubtful. The final option shows the husband deciding to let his father hypnotize him to forget his sister, causing the loops to begin once again.
Twelve Minutes is played from a top-down perspective and is set in an apartment suite shared by a husband and wife which includes the main living and kitchen area, their bedroom, a bathroom, and a closet. The player controls the husband during these events in the style of a point-and-click adventure game, where he is free to do various actions. Without taking certain actions, over the course of the first 10 minutes, the husband learns his wife is pregnant. A self-identified police officer arrives at the apartment and accuses the wife of murdering her father several years ago, and in trying to arrest her knocks out the husband and kills the wife and her unborn child.
Time resets at the point where the husband enters the apartment, with the player now free to attempt to work out why the cop suspects the wife of murder, how to prevent her arrest, or several other possible actions in order to find a way to end the loop. If the wife or husband dies, or if the husband leaves the apartment, time is reset. However, the player is not given any exact information of what this goal is, leaving it up to them to explore how to resolve the situation. The husband is the only character that retains knowledge of the previous cycles – such as knowing about the impending arrest – and this information can be used to perform other actions in future cycles.