The first thing you’ll probably notice when you start playing Minit is the visuals and how the game uses only black and white pixels. However, the limited colour scheme and fidelity are used to amazing effect!
In terms of gameplay, the premise is pretty simple; you’ve picked up a cursed sword and you die after a minute. Each life lasts 60 seconds and there’s very little you can do about it so get ready to die a lot!
During each 60-second life, you’ll retain items or leave lasting effects on the world around you. While some have criticised the inconsistency of which actions are permanent and which aren’t, does it really matter? It’s a game, after all, and it’s a whole lot of fun.
As you progress, you’ll get items that will allow you to do more, access new areas, and get that little bit further. This is a game has clearly been inspired by older Legend of Zelda titles but been stripped down and gifted a fascinating mechanic that is far less annoying than it sounds.
The first few minutes might take some getting used to since there are very few games that kill you so frequently for no reason whatsoever. At first, the whole thing might seem needlessly cruel because you will die regardless of how good you are at the game.
After a while, we started seeing the game like a rogue-lite. With each run, you can get a little further and do a little better and you’ll soon be rewarded with more ways to explore the game’s charming world.
Make sure that you turn up the volume as you’ll be treated to a soundtrack that fantastically blends chiptune and real audio. Similarly, the game’s sound design is really unique, too, with underwhelming sighs, garbled speech, and sound effects that complement the visuals.
We played Minit on the Switch and it was initially a game we’d play for a short while when we tired of other games. However, every time we started it up, we found ourselves playing for longer and longer as we grew enamoured with this marvellous little adventure.
While you can play through the main story in around 2 hours, if you want to fully complete it and get all the collectables, there’s another hour or so for you to enjoy.
To call this a simple game would be wrong; this is minimalism at its finest.
Minit is available on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch.