Game Title: Minit
Developed By: JW, Kitty, Jukio, and Dom
Published By: Devolver Digital
Released: August 8, 2018
Tags: Adventure, Indie, Pixel, RPG.
ESRB Rating: Everyone for Mild Fantasy Violence
Number of Players: 1 Player
The first thing you will notice when you boot up Minit is how charming it is. It has a simple black and white graphics, great music, and a fantastic gameplay mechanic. The name of the game is Minit, and you will literally have a minute before you die to complete some sort of task. That’s right, every single life consists of only sixty seconds. This makes the game fast paced and can be stressful, though the developers did such an outstanding job of building in shortcuts to different areas, it works well.
The game starts you off in your house and you can wonder around the game freely without the sixty second loop, though there isn’t really any place you can really get to. This game has a slight metriodvania feel to it, where you can’t progress until you get a certain item. You will wonder around a few screens until you find a sword on a beach. Haven’t you ever heard that curiosity killed the cat? Of course, you will move over there, curious as a cat, and when you pick it up, you are cursed and will die in sixty seconds. See, curiosity killed the cat! Well when you die, which you will, every sixty seconds, you respawn back in your house. So how is it possible to beat the game in only sixty second chunks? There are some things that help in your quest rid yourself of this curse. The game has multiple houses you can enter and then that becomes your new spawn point when you die. Any quest you complete, is saved when you die, so you are never completely starting over. The progression you make in the game is carried over each time you expire. You will solve different little puzzles, one minute at a time. Like once you get the sword there are screens blocked by bushes, which you can now chop down. One quest had you kill five crabs and then are rewarded with being able to move dumpsters. You find where the crabs are, kill them, run back to bar, and you finished the quest! Some puzzles require multiple steps. There is a point in the game where you find a character in the dessert and wants water. If you found the watering can, you can give him water, and then he tells you to meet him at the sign factory. You meet him there, and he gives you another ability to cut down trees. Then you cut down a specific tree to get wood, so you can travel on a boat. You take that boat and that leads you to an island with a house. The quests can build on themselves like this. It feels satisfying to be able to make progress in as little as sixty seconds. You will have a blast on this adventure, and there were a few times I did get stuck, but was able to figure it out. You can complete the game without getting everything. There was a bone in a graveyard that I couldn’t figure out what to do with. To get some shoes you need to find seven coins, I only found five. There is a hidden temple in which you need different items to solve. So, despite not finding everything, I was able to complete the game in just under two hours. What is cool is there is a new game plus that adds another challenge to the game.
The graphics though simple are just adorable and fit the game so well. I was smiling as I played as the music, gameplay, and graphics just all mesh together. It was a blast playing through and I plan on tackling the new game plus. For only ten bucks this game is a steal and you will have a fantastic time playing through the game.
Game Score: 92%