Parents' Guide to

The Invisible Hours

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Immersive mystery has players solve bloody murders.

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Fans of slower-paced, story-driven adventure games will enjoy this murder mystery, whether it's in VR or in a traditional non-VR experience. The Invisible Hours is well-made from start to finish; all the scenes work cohesively to tell the story regardless of the order you watch them in. Each character's background story is interesting as well, so you do feel a connection with all of them (though some are a little over-the-top and campy at times). Those new to these kinds of games may want to stick to the first character you meet, Detective Gustav, as you can follow him around the mansion for the first few chapters to help look for clues.

Although not everyone will play the VR experience, it particularly stands out because it really conveys the sense of being inside the mansion, which provides a different perspective on the story. But there's a bit of a trade-off, because you don't smoothly walk from room to room in the VR version as you do with a mouse and keyboard (or game controller); instead, you simply teleport from place to place, but it's a similar overall experience. The only minor issue that arises is that murder mystery stories aren't for everyone. In other words, those who prefer fast-paced action games or deep role-playing game experiences need not apply. But if you're an adventure fan or a lover of whodunit stories, The Invisible Hours should keep your interest for a while.

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