Game Title: 60 Seconds
Developed By: Robot Gentleman
Published By: Robert Gentleman
Released: December 19, 2017
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Genre: Adventure, Strategy
ESRB Rating: Everyone for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language
Number of Players: 1 Players
Thank you to Robot Gentleman for this review copy!
One of my favorite types of games are ones with survival mechanics. From Kings of Dragon Pass, Organ Trail, to even Minecraft, I just enjoy survival games. All those games have elements of survival and 60 Seconds, fits the survival bill perfectly. This takes place when with the threat of communists bombing America felt real. You will literally have sixty seconds to collect some starting supplies before you hunker down in your homemade bunker. 60 Seconds is an enjoyable, survival game.
There are two game modes when you start the game. The main mode is classic, and there is a challenge mode too. In classic, you can then choose between apocalypse, scavenge, or survival. Apocalypse is the standard mode that is made up of scavenge and survival. In apocalypse, you have exactly sixty seconds to try to scavenge as much food, items and people as you can. It may seem like a decent amount of time, but your character moves horribly, especially when you run into things in your house. The siren will blare, and you can dump family members, food, water, and items like: an ax, rifle, gas mask, or a checkers board game into your bunker.
Once you’re inside your bunker the survival part of the game begins. You will see all the members of your family that you saved, and items in your bunker. All the gameplay will revolve around your journal where decisions are made. Everyday you will have to ration the food and water to everyone in your bunker. Rationing is key because if you use up all your food and water too fast, then you will be out and die within days. Most people can go a few days without food and couple days without water. Each new day will show you the status of your group. This is key to discerning who may need food or water, or who wants to go outside. Usually there is at least one event in the day like maybe fixing something, sending someone out on an expedition, or some sort of decision needs to be made. Some of these decisions you will be making will have minor outcomes; others may mean the difference between life and death. The goal is to survive as many days as you can. The game is over when everyone dies in your group or you get rescued. Of course, with each new game, the items and events are all different, so no new game feels exactly the same. The days move fast as each day you’re only making a couple decisions.
Now the other two classic modes are scavenge or survival, which is what it sounds like. If you just want to play the scavenge game, you will have sixty seconds to get as much stuff in your bunker and then it’s game over. Survival is just the survival part of the apocalypse game. You don’t waste time scavenging, you just start in the bunker with random stuff and people. Obviously, the meat of the game is the Survival part of the game. The challenge mode has specific things to collect in the scavenge part of the game. It may be that you must collect ten axes, or a certain grouping of items in the sixty seconds. If you do these things you can collect hats for your characters to wear.
This game is a fun romp through a post-apocalyptic setting. The graphics are minimal, and you will do a lot of reading. The graphics that are here are cartoony, and there are nice effects. Each day the characters are in the bunker, they get dirtier. Your beard will slowly grow out and your clothes will start to look filthy. The music is decent and plays in the background of the bunker. Having this on the Switch is perfect, because I feel it plays great as a handheld game. After any day you can quit and come back to it.
Sixty seconds is a great survival game and is a perfect fit for the Switch. There is nothing quite like this and you will enjoy your time trying to survive the atomic fallout.
Score: 80% Good!