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Minit (Xbox)

Developed by JW, Kitty, Jukio and Dom, Minit is available now on PC (Steam) for £6.99, PS4 for £7.99 and Xbox One, also for £7.99.

Minit is an adventure, puzzle game in which you must progress in short, 60-second runs. Explore the world around your home to find hidden items, defeat dangerous enemies and ultimately, lift the curse which ends each day once the minute has passed.

Minit is a 2D, black and white, simplistically designed game with a very nostalgic feel to it with its pixelated graphics. I would have preferred the game to have been in colour, to be honest as after a while, the stark contrast of black and white does become a little headache inducing.

The sound effects are charming and adding to the experience and appeal of the game as you traverse through different environments. There isn’t too much dialogue in Minit but the characters who do speak are quite humorous and almost always worth paying attention to. The devs' sense of humour shines through to the menu screen where they have ensured that their game is even vegan-friendly!

The controls in Minit are very simple, you move with LS and attack/use your item with A. Considering the controls are minimalistic, you would expect them to be responsive but unfortunately, the attacking can feel quite cumbersome and has on occasion, not registered my button press at all. Thankfully, there isn’t too much unavoidable combat to contend with.

You play as a little duck person who has exactly 60 seconds to get as far as possible before time starts all over again and you are forced to respawn from your home. As you explore you will find items which will allow you to progress further and further through the world. In order to access these items, you will need to complete a series of puzzles, some of which are obvious (knocking out a bush unlocks a path) and some will literally leave you scratching your head wondering what to do next.

I love how the game doesn’t hold your hand too much when it comes to the puzzles, you are given cryptic clues which will nudge you in the direction you need to be but then it's all down to you. There are checkpoints which will shorten your journey by allowing you to change your home spawn building which helps infinitely. After a few runs and once you’ve started to unlock some of the many items, you really do get the hang of it and it won’t be long until you’ve managed to beat the boss and lift the curse which keeps resetting time.

Once you have completed the game, you will be able to play “Second Run” which gives you a time of just 40 seconds and only one heart of life until you have enough coins to purchase the heart in a jar (any extra hearts found are broken before your very eyes so don’t count) which adds significantly more pressure. There is also “Mary’s Mode” which unlocks once you have completed the game having found all items, hearts and coins. Mary’s Mode allows you to play as Mary the ghost without any time constraints whatsoever which transforms Minit into more of a relaxed, exploration game.

Overall, Minit is a unique concept and it was more enjoyable than I first anticipated. it quickly became addictive because of the short runs and the ever-present feeling of being on the cusp of reaching the next area. The addition of Second Run and Mary’s Mode adds even more replay value which is great. If I had to give it a score it would be 8/10.

Minit has 27 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. A well-sized achievement list which will require a fair few minutes (see what I did there?) to complete! Many of the achievements will unlock through natural gameplay, but some are more imaginative and may be missed if you’re not playing with the aid of a guide. You will likely complete the game several times over and still need to find the remaining collectibles to attain the last few collectible related achievements. If you need any help or guidance, then head over to True Achievements where you will find plenty of useful information.

A game code was provided for the purpose of this review. Thank you!
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