Minit – Quick Success(ion)

This review is meant to be read in 60 seconds or less. 

Aaaaaaaaaaand, BEGIN!

Minit is a retro-style top-down action adventure game in the vein of the original Legend of Zelda, with a big twist. After picking up a mysterious sword they found laying on the beach, the main character is cursed to die every 60 seconds. After each death, they awaken at their house to begin all over again.

“…I’ve made a huge mistake.”

Minit is light on combat, and the story is simplistic, but the characters who inhabit the world are quirky and charming, and the real draw is the focus on puzzles.

In Breath of the Wild, the Zelda series abandoned the huge sprawling temples the franchise was known for in favor of smaller, bite-sized shrines, and Minit takes that idea to the extreme. What this means is players will spend their time unlocking shortcuts and solving a series of micro-puzzles, as everything in the game is, in one way or another, able to be done in under a minute.

At the beginning of the game, the player will always awaken at home after dying, but there are ways to change that…

Players will keep any items they have acquired during their adventure (quests, and parts of some quests, do not need to be done again once completed), but everything else resets upon death. Quests range from killing a few crabs to helping an octopus find out where his tentacles are, or even finding customers for a local hotel owner. Each of these gets the player one step closer to breaking the death curse the sword placed on them.

This system works incredibly well (apart from two specific puzzles I got stuck on, due to them having unintuitive solutions), creating a satisfying loop which is just as easy to jump into for 5 minutes as it is an hour or so.

You keep your items when you die, and completed quests will stay that way, but everything else resets every time you die.

VERDICT

I had a fantastic time with Minit. The micro-puzzles were satisfying brain-teasers, tests of speed, and with very few exceptions, they were clever without becoming laborious. If you want to solve Zelda-style puzzles, but don’t have tons of time (or patience) for a sprawling adventure, Minit could be just the game for you.

Time’s Up!

Some quests may require shortcuts to be unlocked (or certain items) to be completed.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Devolver Digital
Developers – Kitty Calis, Jan Willem Nijman, Jukio Kallio, Dominik Johann
Release Date – August 9, 2018
Price – $10.00
Genre – Adventure, Puzzle, Arcade
Players – 1
Size –  133 MB

Brian Barnett has loved video games ever since his uncle Jimmy introduced him to them at the ripe old age of five. His wife, Audrey, was also introduced to video games by her uncle, lending credence to Brian’s theory that behind every gamer, there is a cool uncle.

Since playing Super Mario Bros. on the NES, Brian has had a passion for Nintendo games. The first thing he did when he started earning money was save up and buy himself a Game Boy, and they quickly became inseparable. Through the years, this led to his special love of portable game consoles, so the release of the Switch is the perfect storm of Nintendo action he has been waiting for.

In addition to his gaming obsession, Brian enjoys playing drums, writing and listening to music, and hosting a weekly video game and nerd culture podcast.

He is an extrovert, and loves talking about and playing games with others, so let him know if you want to team up and play together!

Plays: Switch, New 3DS, SNES, NES, GBA, PC, Xbox One, PS4, Vita

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