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Good morning TAY! How’s everyone doing in this lovely Sunday Monday morning? Adulting is hard. Not having time to play all the games I want to play is even worse. Which is why Devolver Digital’s latest adventure game, Minit, seems like the perfect game for today’s modern adult -every single quest, collectible or hunt can be finished in 60 seconds or less.

You probably have heard of the premise of Minit, a Zelda-like adventure game (IMO it reminds me more of the Japan exclusive Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru for the GameBoy) in which you control a duckfaced character who “dies” every 60 seconds after picking up a cursed sword. The main gimmick is similar to Half-Minute Hero, but whereas in HMH you get the chance to buy more time (plus the game works more like a classic JRPG), in Minit you are forced to relive the same routine as if you were Phil Connors when he visited Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Every time you die you get the chance to take a bite-sized portion of information from the world around you: Find where the crabs are, how to create bridges or even spend your last seconds in the world by talking to an old man by the lighthouse. Minit is a game that sharpens the player’s approach and forces them to think as a speedrunner.

For today’s topic let’s answer a few quick questions:

  • Have you had anything to eat today?
  • What’s the best way to tie your shoelaces in 60 seconds or less?
  • What’s on your mind right now?
  • Are you defined by the corporate ethos, or does the corporate ethos defines you?
  • If you have 6 black socks, 4 blue socks, 8 brown socks, and 2 red socks in your sock drawer, what is the minimum number of socks that you need to pull out in the dark to be sure you had a matching pair?

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Today’s Jam is brought to you by Jukio Kallio, the composer of Minit:

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