TA Playlist game for January 2022 announced

The TA Playlist Team - January 4th 2022

Welcome back to another month of TA Playlist! December’s chosen game, Forza Horizon 5, had us tooling around an expansive open-world map of Mexico in one of the biggest games of 2021, so for this first Playlist of the new year, we wanted to switch things up a bit and offer up four comparatively small games that were more focused on story and character, rather than action.

That’s been something of a speciality for publisher Annapurna Interactive, which has made a name for itself by working with small Indie developers and bringing their games to the console, with many of them landing on Xbox Game Pass shortly after release. This month’s Playlist poll featured four such games from Annapurna Interactive, and your pick for the January 2022 TA Playlist game is Twelve Minutes, the point-and-click interactive thriller from Indie developer Luis Antonio.

Twelve Minutes takes place in a repeating time loop during which your character has just… [checks watch]… 12 minutes before an aggressive policeman arrives to arrest your wife for murder. During each loop, you use the knowledge gained in previous loops to look for new clues to advance the story. Should you try to resist the arrest? Go along with the cop and help him? Try to reason with him? Kill him? Ultimately, you’ll probably do all those things and more as you try to solve the mystery and somehow break out of the time loop.

Released directly into Game Pass in August 2021, Twelve Minutes came with a fair amount of hype due to the A-List actors in the lead roles. The Husband is played by James McAvoy, of X-Men fame, the wife is voiced by Daisey Ridley from Star Wars VII-IX, and the police officer is none other than Willem Dafoe, who’s famous for a lot of things other than playing Norman Osborn, but seriously, if you haven’t seen Spider-Man: No Way Home yet, you really should.

To date, Twelve Minutes has been started by just over 55,000 tracked gamers on TrueAchievements.com, with close to 11,000 (around 20%) getting the full completion. None of the game’s 12 achievements (see what they did there?) are particularly difficult, though several are missable, requiring certain actions to be taken at very specific points in the game, and the achievement names and descriptions offer very little guidance.
The whole list can be completed in three hours with a guide, but if you don’t want to spoil the story, it’s probably worth going in blind at first and then using the excellent 12 Minutes Walkthrough by DynamicWolfNLD, (recently featured as one of the most popular Walkthroughs of 2021) to mop up anything you might have missed.

This was a somewhat closer poll than we’ve seen in the past couple of months, but Twelve Minutes jumped out to an early lead and finished with just over a third of the total vote. It currently has a site rating of 3.61 and a “mixed” Metascore of 74 on Metacritic. There was some controversy surrounding the game’s subject matter (which can’t be discussed without going way deep into spoiler territory), so this might be a rather divisive Playlist entry, but whether you love it or hate it, we hope you’ll drop by the TA Playlist Hub and give your opinions in the forums this month. We’re hoping for a lively debate to be included in the monthly wrap-up article!

Happy New Year, TA Playlist!

Track My Progress in Twelve Minutes