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The Invisible Hours

The Invisible Hours is a complex murder mystery in which players freely explore an intricate web of interwoven stories within a sprawling mansion. A group of strangers receive a curious invitation from the enigmatic inventor, Nikola Tesla, offering each of them the chance to make amends for their darkest wrongdoings. When the last guest arrives at Tesla’s isolated mansion laboratory, they find him dead – murdered. Disgraced Swedish detective, Gustaf Gustav, vows to find the killer amongst the other guests: a blind butler, a convicted murderer, the world’s most famous actress, Tesla’s former assistant, the son of a wealthy railroad magnate, and rival inventor Thomas Edison. But none of these people are what they seem. The player is invisible, with freedom to follow and observe anyone in the story – or to explore the mansion for hidden clues.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

NON-VR Review
This is not a game, in the typical sense of the term. You are merely a floating ghost with absolutely no interaction with the environment. You are just there to witness the events as they unfold and draw your own conclusions.
It all started when multiple guests arrive to a stranded island owned by the well renowned Nikola Tesla. A detective, an businessman, an actress, a former employee, a disowned son and few others were all invited there by the great inventor to "undo their past mistakes". However, by the time they all arrive.. Tesla's body is found motionless.
Yes! A murder shrouded by mystery.. And before you start mentally relating it to other games of similar genre, stop there and let me explain, once more, that this is not a game. You can not interact or change the line of the events. Your only ability is to teleport and manipulate time (Stop/Resume.. Rewind/Fast forward).
You are just there to watch, observe and deduct on your own terms. There are multiple interesting characters on that island.. And you could decide to follow one each time to discover more about them.. And let me tell you another thing, every single character is charming in its own way. This game is heavily loaded with story twists upon twists. It won't fail on catching you by surprise every few minutes.
The game does take around 3-4 hours if you are keen on exploring every side event. It is also worth noting that the game is made by the same developers of Rime.
I certainly would recommend this to those who are into story/lore elements. This game won't disappoint on that front!

Review from Steam

Overall, I liked this game. The mystery was interesting. And I liked choosing to follow this group of people or that group of people around and eavesdrop on them. What it reminds me of most is actually a text adventure, Suspect, by Infocom (and I think they had other detective games as well) But to solve it, you had to play it many times as well, and the NPC's in the game would be in different places at the same times, so you could only follow up on one thing at a time. This is obviously a lot more advanced than that, but I do feel like there's still a way to go in the genre. Particularly, the end of this game isn't very satisfying, and I think it's because even at the end you're still pulled one way or the other, and even following on what should be the main mystery feels like tying up a loose end. (I have an additional complaint about one of the resolutions but I don't want to talk about it because it would be a spoiler.) So, yeah. The game works when it works and it doesn't when it doesn't, but I definitely think it's worth your time if you like detective novels. Here's hoping Tequilla Works really hits it out of the park with more interactivity and more thought to a climax next time, because I'll definitely be playing it.

Review from Steam

Game sells itself as a virtual theatre. And it doesn't lie. It's a theatre with pleasantly over-the-top murder mystery script and brilliantly acted bunch of eccentric characters. Dear poor Gustav...

Review from Steam

Played in VR with Quest 2 + Link.
Since Timeboat from The Under Presents, I've been craving another Immersive Theater experience. This was it.
I was engrossed in the story from start to finish. All of the characters felt real thanks to the impeccable voice acting and animation. Even with the absence of game elements/gameplay, I was deeply invested and immersed in this experience. Despite being a "ghost" which the characters do not acknowledge, I truly felt as if I was standing in the same room as the characters and experiencing the same emotions.
This was truly a hidden gem that greatly surprised me and I hope to find more experiences like this.

Review from Steam

So good!! I hope the devs are working on more VR games such as this!
Brilliant plot and acting kinda feels like a theater play or an Agatha Christie murder misery.

Review from Steam

This is not really a "game", but an interactive theatre.
It is about a murder case in a mansion, featuring famous people such as Tesla and Edition.
It showcased how storytelling can be done in an unconventional way.
The characters and dialogues are well written. All characters have convincing motivation for their every move and decision. Interaction between characters are interesting. Every twist and reveal is clever and emotional.
The pacing of the story is well controlled. Multiple related events are orchestrated very well, encouraging you to explore what every character is doing at a single time point.
The ending is a little bit lacking (even the "True ending", leaving some unanswered questions and a few plot holes. I expected a more epic mastermind behind.
Still, these flaws did not diminish what the "game" is. If you like detective fictions or Cluedo, you will love it.
Finally, Edison sucks. +1

Review from Steam

Very interesting murder mystery, but not necessarily the best in terms of game-play. You could easily benefit from watching a play-through instead of playing.