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The Invisible Hours is Now Visible Without VR

The Invisible Hours is Now Visible Without VR

Step back to the 1800s and use your detective skills to solve a classic murder mystery told in real-time

Category: News
Written by: Cindy Kyser on April 30, 2018
Developed by: Tequila Works
Published by: Game Trust
Non-VR Release Date: April 24, 2018
Original Release Date: October 10, 2017
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One, PS4

Tequila Works is high on my list of developers to watch, as two of their games remain on my personal favorites list. In mid-2017 they released Rime, which is a beautiful platform game with soaring music and a heartfelt story. Later in 2017, they collaborated with Cavalier Studios to release The Sexy Brutale which is a unique mystery adventure that lets you control time. I reviewed both  Rime and  The Sexy Brutale and gave them the highest praise.

Last year, I searched for more titles by Tequila Works. I found The Invisible Hours (released in October of 2017) but was disappointed to discover it was only available for those who have taken the VR plunge. Imagine my delight to discover that, as of April 24th, it has been released in a non-VR version. This game just hit the top of my wish list!

Tequila Works describes The Invisible Hours as “a complex murder mystery, in which players freely explore an intricate web of interwoven stories within a sprawling mansion to untangle the dark truth at its heart.” In the tradition of an Agatha Christie novel, you arrive at a mansion to find a murder and seven guests. Your task is to piece together clues and identify the killer.

The inventor Nikola Tesla is the victim and the game takes place at his sprawling estate in the late 1800s. Disgraced Swedish detective Gustaf Gustav is a guest who jumps on the chance to restore his reputation by solving the case. Most notable guests are inventor Thomas Edison and actress Sarah Bernhardt. Other guests include a blind butler, a convicted killer, a Vanderberg heir, and Tesla’s ex-assistant.

Tequila Works sought to create “a totally immersive cinematic experience.” The game is played from a 1st-person perspective but you, the player, are not a character in the story. Instead, you are an invisible presence and you are free to move within the landscape to listen and watch. The game progresses in real time but you can move the timeline ahead or back to explore different scenarios. I, for one, am looking forward to visiting the Tesla mansion!

More details about the mansion, the characters, and the game can be found at The Invisible Hours website.


Cindy Kyser

Cindy Kyser

Cindy’s love affair with gaming began when she opened a mailbox in front of a white house and took the first step in a long series of adventures. ‘Back in the day,’ Cindy was a regular contributor to JA and an active member of the online gaming community. She has attended several E3s and has had the pleasure of spending time in person with both Ray and Randy. Her all- time favorite adventures include the Tex Murphy series, the Gabriel Knight series, and The Longest Journey. She also enjoys RPGs and her list of ‘best ever’ includes Fallout, Asheron’s Call, and Planescape Torment. Â Frustrated with the cost of rising PC system requirements, Cindy decided to switch to console and tablet gaming. Although you can teach some old dogs new tricks, she discovered that console controller dexterity is a skill set that she is lacking. Her results with tablet gaming were not much better. With the exception of a few gems such as The Room and Forever Lost, there is a limit to how much one can play Candy Crush and Hidden Object Adventures. Having proved that pure escapism is worth the investment, she has a new gaming laptop and is back to her search for the perfect adventure. Â After spending most of her life in Los Angeles and Atlanta, Cindy escaped the stress of urban life and moved to rural Arkansas. To show that she has become a true Arkansan, she has taken up deer hunting, wears pink camo, and put a chicken coop in her backyard. On a stressful day, she can be heard yelling ‘Woo Pig Sooie’ when all else fails.

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