'The Invisible Hours' was inspired by 'And Then There Were None' and Christopher Nolan's 'The Prestige'
The Invisible Hours is the next project from Rime creator Tequila Works and it couldn't look more different from the blue-skied puzzle game. This is a game built on the murder mystery foundations of Agatha Christie novels and the movie Rear Window.
Taking its cues from the world of theatre, The Invisible Hours tells the story of a group invited to the home of famed inventor Nikola Tesla. Tesla is found murdered, and everyone in the home becomes a suspect. So far, so PBS drama, but in The Invisible Hours allows the player to wander the house and follow the main players, unseen, hearing and seeing everything. The player can also rewind time so they can check who was talking to themselves in the library while everyone else was hanging around the corpse.
Depending on which character you follow, says Tequila Works CEO Raul Rubio, the whole tone of the story will change. "In the demo you were following the detective Gustaf Gustav so it was very Agatha Christie, for Gustav all the stories are a murder mystery because he is the main character of his own life," he says. "But for Flora, the girl you saw crying, it's a period drama. For Edison, who is probably the main suspect, it's more like a thriller because he's trying to take advantage of the fact that Tesla is dead. For another character it could be a horror, or even a romantic comedy."
The cast of The Invisible Hours includes historical figures beyond Nikola Tesla, like actress Sarah Bernhardt and Mr Light Bulb Thomas Edison. Their performances are provided by movie and TV actors like Grahame Fox, who appeared in Game Of Thrones and Uriel Emil who you might have spotted in Homeland.
The game will be released on Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR and HTC Vive later this year.