Minit – Review (PC)
Ok, so I need to focus here. I just finished Minit and holy shit. When we first heard about Minit from Ryan, I was fully hyped for this game. A game, whose graphics look like a revamped Atari 2600 game, where you only have a minute to live. A minute to live?!?! What in the actual hell? How the shit does this work? Oh, believe me, it does. Minit does it DAMN well.
Alright, this is the core part of Minit, the graphics aren’t mind-blowing, the soundtrack…while soothing, doesn’t even come close to the gameplay. The idea is simple. You literally have one minute to not screw up what you set out to do. But don’t worry, when you die you get spawned back at your house. So technically you get unlimited lives but if you take a wrong path, or get lost, you’ll die before you get to that next item, or another object to interact with (not wanting to spoil the story). Similar to Zelda games you’ll usually need an item to solve the next area or gain access to it. LUCKILY you do not lose these items upon death. I probably would have lost a controller or two if this was the case.
Though you don’t learn any character names many of them will talk to you shortly, (or “deathly” long). They may give you a hint to the area, or something to do that may help you move on. You will die…A LOT. You can also kill yourself aka “retry” if you need to warp back to your house location. This will help tremendously after gaining that item you’ve been searching for. Even though, by the time you retrieve it, you may only have seconds to wait before you die anyway.
Towards the end game, you will have access to other house locations so you don’t need to worry about trekking all across the map with your limited lifespan. You will also have options to warp in between them. This will also help your hair from going gray. Another nice little-added feature is the camera. Once you obtain it, you can take pictures around the game, once taken they will get uploaded to minit.camera then a randomly generated number so you can share those screenshots with the world. I will talk about ‘New Game+’ in the ‘Replay Value’ section. If you are still confused on how the gameplay actually is, here is my blind first playthrough:
As you can see from the above gameplay and some screenshots, it’s very Atari 2600-ish. The two-toned black and white pixelated graphics may be a turn off for some gamers. Not for me, I instantly fell in love with it. Even though the graphics were a little basic, there were some great details and animations of the characters. There were at times where if you were a couple of pixels off you may miss with your sword. Eventually, you will learn how to line up your attacks. The sound effects and music fit the game well as did the graphics, they aren’t anything to brag about, but it fit the style of the game.
Minit doesn’t have much of a story as it does a mission. You find a cursed sword, that curses you to only live for a minute before you die and wind up back at your house. Without ruining the story (mission) and the experience you get told to bring the sword to the factory. That becomes your mission, going screen to screen trying to gain access to the factory. I tried talking to everyone to see if I can build some more lore around the game but I can only come up with some minor theories. There isn’t much depth story wise if that’s what you’re looking for. But as with the graphics and sound, it fits perfectly for what Minit is trying to accomplish.
There is some replay value for sure. I completed the game with about ~45% completion. I know for a fact I missed some areas because I didn’t have certain items to gain access to it. But with that being said you don’t need to be a completionist to complete the game. After writing this I will dive back in and see if I can figure out what pieces I was missing and where to get that 100%. Also for you, trophy and achievement hunters, the items and little missions through-out the game will award you for your hard work. For $9.99 base cost of the game you cannot go wrong.
Upon completion, you will gain access to New Game+ mode. As with most New Game+ modes, it’s looking to punish you for thinking you can complete the game again. I didn’t play through much in New Game+ but I do know two for sure things. Your starting sword is broken (less damage) and you only get 45 seconds. Yeah…what a bunch of jerks.. 😀
I absolutely LOVED Minit. For looking so simplistic, it drove me to continue playing and it proved that there was so much more gameplay under that minute lifespan.
Note: GameOctane Editor Jason Germino received a code for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ Gameplay much deeper than the minute lifespan
+ Replay Value elevated with New Game+ and item completion
+ Fun, simple, and challenging
+ $9.99 well worth the price
- The graphics style adds to some lining up issues with the sword
- No real story, characters may leave some wanting more