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Fifteen Minutes

by Ade McT profile

2014

(based on 19 ratings)
5 member reviews

About the Story

You're in a tight spot.

You have fifteen minutes before the Principal expels you from the cosy world of academia and into the cold harsh reality of the real world. You really should do something about it.

A time-travelling tale of paradox management.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2014
Current Version: 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
IFID: 8E02C3C3-A90C-4122-B06B-ABD93A992C58
TUID: nz6t2gj4yy8jbnr8

Awards

Winner, Best Individual Puzzle - 2014 XYZZY Awards

6th Place - 20th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2014)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Great Brain Teaser, January 20, 2015
by Yaro
I'd been trying to complete Fifteen Minutes for a week until I finally beat it. Quite frankly, that was really rewarding experience!
It proposes a nice challenge if you are into puzzles, sci-fi, enclosed spaces, and a little bit of math.
My advice for future players: don't consult the walk-through and have fun with Monotrichonomomometer!

Smart intricated knot-type puzzle with many self-references, July 11, 2016
by pieym (London, UK)
Absolutely requires taking notes during the first playthroughs, no superficial elements here, everything's important.
Walkthrough required for normal human beings without OCD or special IF-game skills.

I loved the minimalistic and detailed approach, and how most elements referred to each other in a circular fashion, so that instead of exploring new rooms with new objects, the exploration happens through moving through time and re-living the same instant in the same room. Reminded me of one of the fantastic Ben Jordan games (go check if you haven't) where the hero remains in the same room, but slight and scary changes happen to the room.

Unlike other commentaries, I didn't experience any randomness in my playthrough (THANK GOD!!), but one could easily imagine how this game could become Hell if it ever got expanded with additional layers, randomness, objects, characters..etc.

Intricate and difficult one-room time-travel puzzle, February 3, 2016
If crazy time-travel puzzles and avoiding paradoxes are your cup of tea, then this is the game for you. You must use a time machine to do your homework, but this requires 8 or more copies of yourself.

The initial part of the game is very fun. Trying to figure out how the machine works is great; trying to figure out how to avoid a paradox is fun, in fact the whole first half is fun!

But by the time you get to the last two or three copies, it just gets very overwhelming. It's so hard to keep track of everything, and the very last 'you' is hard to figure out.

Some people may find the idea of such a complicated game very enticing; so for puzzle fiends out there, this is the game for you. For everyone else, you should at least try it until you've time traveled once or twice.

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