Minit is an beautiful and yet so immersive adventure game for PC published by Devolver Digital in 2018. Enter an amazing black and white world, full of adventures with a little creature in an odd world. This character’s only weapon is a sword but with a 60sec countdown time is of the essence.
Journey outside the comfort of your home to help unusual folk, uncover countless secrets, and overcome dangerous foes, all in hopes of lifting a rather unfortunate curse that ends each day after just one minute. Minit is a collaboration between Kitty Calis, Jan Willem Nijman, Jukio Kallio & Dominik Johann.
Minit’s simple visual style harkens back to the days of the GameBoy, using a black and white color pallet and very basic geometry. It gets a lot of mileage out of its style by having a large cast of unique looking characters and locations. As the game progresses it does take advantage of modern computing power to expand beyond its self-imposed stylistic limitations, but maintains a cohesive aesthetic nonetheless. Minit’s presentation is definitely one of its strongest elements. As much as it strictly adheres to its visual stylings, it also holds tightly to its gameplay gimmick.
The only time this restriction changes is when you start a new game plus, then the timer is reduced to 40 seconds. There are moments when the timer can be frustrating, but it never felt unfair. The game strikes a good balance of puzzle solving and speed running. You also get many items along the way that literally speed things up, like running shoes and a teleportation hub. In the end, the game’s underlying loop is a simple adventure formula where you need to find the right items to progress, however, the timer adds an extra layer that helps break up the monotony that can sometimes emerge with this format. There’s also the previously mentioned new game plus.