Picture this: you have 60 seconds and you have to find the anecdote that will stop the poison from coursing through your body. There are hundreds of obstacles in your way. When those 60 seconds expire, you die. The good thing is you come back to life and no harm no foul. Seem annoying? It can be.
Minit is a game for the Playstation 4 platform by developer Vlambeer and published by Devolver Digital. You play as a little adventurer who has been cursed with each day ending in just 60 seconds. You can progress through the world by discovering items and secrets but you will die. You will die a lot.
This 2D Zelda-esque adventure game is played 60 seconds at a time (unless you manually kill yourself or get killed by enemies). During this time limit you have to traverse a world that is blocked by obstacles that can only be interacted with if you have the right item. For instance, do you want to remove the bush blocking your path? Go find a sword. Do you want to chop down a tree? Find some gloves.
The game is short. It is really short unless you want to go searching for all the collectable coins. The coins allow you to unlock an easier ways to traverse the world but I won’t spoil that one for you. Believe it or not the short experience actually made the game more enjoyable. I don’t know how much of the 60-second mechanic I would have been able to put up with if the game had gone on longer.
The aesthetic is a pixelated, black and white experience. It is simple and, to be honest, isn’t that pleasing. With the short experience the game presents it is not a big deal but I am in love with how far pixelated art has come over the years and this one could have been good.
The music is probably one of the best points of the game. Each area in the world has a unique tune to it. It is charming and you can really get into it sometimes. Even the sound effects are crisp and clean.
For trophy lovers out there this game is a minefield of easy ones. You will unlock trophies by just traversing the world and solving the puzzles. Some of the trophies are for finding secrets but you will find them no problem.
Minit is a game that is hard to place. You want to like it for its cute idea and fun cast of characters but at the same time you are too busy throwing your controller at the wall because you are dying all the time just from exploring. This was a great idea on paper but I just don’t think it transferred well in digital form. I had a lot of fun solving the puzzles and discovering little secrets but the time limit should have been optional like a lot of accessible games these days. Just give the option to turn it off if someone wanted to just enjoy the game for what it could be: an adventure game. Oh and by the way, there is a New Game Plus option at the end. You can discover that one for yourself.