Shawn: Minit is an action-adventure game, that takes a lot of inspiration from the exploration elements of early Zelda games. The major hook here is that everything has to be done in 60 seconds. While that sounds like it could be annoying, all progression in that minute is saved as far as quests completed, items unlocked, or pathways opened goes. It’s an original idea that works much better than I thought it would when initially starting up the game.
Jake: The 60-second timer definitely allows the game to be much more creative in the way it approaches exploration and what the player is able to do. Retaining all of your progress makes exploring the areas feel non-stressful, but the timer made it imperative that you find what you’re looking for quickly. I do personally find the top-down exploration tedious, but I’d say that about most 2D games. You can only see one screen at a time and there’s hardly any direction. In the game’s defense, it is intuitive enough that a good amount of items can be found by just stumbling upon them. Anyways, I don’t think there’s another game like it, and it was surprisingly not frustrating to deal with.
Shawn: Ah, the moments our preferences (and age) kick in! I prefer 2D games, and think Minit nails what it aspired to do. It does a great job at leading you to your next destination without hand-holding, and the timer made the game world feel big, even though it’s really not. The music held my attention, and the characters had personality. From finding secrets to slaying enemies, the game remains fun. They took the timer concept and made a great quality old-school game, that makes itself feel original and new at the same time.
Jake: True, the map design and progression in Minit are great, and the music is a big plus. I don’t think I agree that slaying enemies is fun, though. More than once I found myself getting frustrated with how the controls worked in combat, but again, that’s just 2D games for me. Otherwise, I really enjoyed my time playing it.
So Is It Worth It?
Shawn: If you’re a fan of 2D games, and think you’d enjoy the concept – absolutely.
Jake: For sure. Even with not being a huge fan of 2D games, I can say that I really enjoyed completing this game.
Score – 7.5/10
*Both reviewers spent a couple hours playing through the story mode and completing the achievements.
*Achievements/Trophies - There's 27 in total (28 for platinum on PS4), and they are pretty easy to obtain. Only one or two should give you problems, and it won't take more than 2/3 hours.