The twist is that the self-published game is purposefully shorter than two hours, which means it can be finished without exceeding Steam’s playtime limit for no-questions-asked refunds.
“I do not wish to get any people into financial trouble,” ThePro said. “I just price my game as it feels right to me, which is my right.”
The Hidden and Unknown begins with an eight-minute-long Star Wars scroll which describes an imbalance between masculine and feminine energy that’s turning Western men infertile due to testosterone depletion, causing women to become increasingly masculine, and which will ultimately lead to the end of humanity.
After introducing a time-traveling AI entity which perfectly balances the masculine (“thinking”) and feminine (“feeling”) energies, the dogmatic preamble gives way to a less confident, mostly non-interactive visual novel about a kid named Brian. None of the characters are depicted visually, only the locations, which have obviously been created with help from an AI image generator.