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This week on Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Twelve Minutes.

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There’s a lot you can get done in 12 minutes. Walk the dog. Learn a new fact about the moon. Listen to an entire ad break on a commercial radio station. I, for example, can use twelve minutes to extinguish all your enthusiasm for a recent game you thought might have been interesting. Er. As long as you watch this video twice. So not too long ago I did The Forgotten City, assuming you haven’t. Forgotten. And I said at the time that time loops are becoming a trend amid a certain breed of narrative-driven adventure game. It wasn’t a proper trend yet because it was only indie games doing it. When something with some real money behind it rips it off and acts like they invented the fucking concept, that’s when you know a trend has hit the big time. 12 Minutes certains seems to have a not insignificant amount of money to swan about with. Daisy Ridley money, no less. Yes, that hot young starlet best known for her showstopping turns as “the posh girl from the new Star Wars” and… well anyway. James McAvoy and Willem DaFoe are here too to crank the star power up even higher and guess what? If the game hadn’t told me that big celebrities did the voices, I wouldn’t have been able to fucking tell.

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Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.