In Minit, you can only play for 60 seconds at a time before you die. Why? Because you’ve picked up a cursed sword. It means you’re going to need to progress little by little, in bite sized chunks. I know what you’re thinking – that sounds weird and stressful. But it actually results in a really special little game. Got a minute or two spare?
Minit is a top down, pixelated world of monochrome visuals. Everything is minimal and black and white. It fits perfectly and contributes hugely to the game’s overall charm. It also has a brilliant soundtrack from Jukio Kallio. In the same way Hotline Miami was boosted by its songs, the same applies here. So it looks and sounds great, but now let’s take a look under the hood. For starters, how does the whole minute thing work? Well you start in your home. You then have to get a move on and see who you can meet, what you can collect and what you can figure out in the preceding minute. When your time’s up you wake up back in your home. As you progress further afield, you then have the opportunity to find new homes. It sounds complex but it’s a surprisingly smooth mechanic to get used to. The glorious thing about Minit is that when you die, you still get to keep any items you have collected, as well as any progress you have made in regards to a particular puzzle. It means that despite not having a lot of time, no time is wasted. There were times when I had a run and although I didn’t collect anything, I figured out what I had to do on my next run.
As enjoyable as it is, Minit is quite hard. You only start with two hearts, and with a host of enemies lurking around such as snakes, ghosts and crabs you have to be careful out there. Luckily there are opportunities to gain more hearts by killing certain enemies and even giving your dog a bone. Besides, the fear of death is hardly devastating when you know you’re gonna kick the bucket in less than a minute anyway. And when all is said and done, Minit is a wonderful experience. The characters are great, the puzzles are intricate but not impossible and it’s just a really, really cool game. There is stacks of replayability here too. It’s highly unlikely you’ll collect everything in your first full playthrough for a start. Additionally after you complete the game you’ll also unlock a new mode where you only have one heart and only have 40 seconds to live. It’s a task I’ve not tackled yet but Minit is so charming I definitely won’t be able to resist that challenge.
Minit is an excellent blend of puzzle solving and speed running. Charming and challenging in equal measure, it deserves more than its 15 minutes of fame.
Punk rating: 9/10