is marching on...
A fact that youíll never be more acutely
aware of than when playing panic puzzler Minutes, so called
as each of its 60 levels are but one minute long.
time you must fill what looks much like a loading indicator ring
with colour, while avoiding anything remotely resembling black. The
first partís accomplished by shooming around, getting in the way of
coloured stuff. The second partís achieved by shooming around getting out
of the way of black stuff.
It starts simply, with lines
both horizontal and vertical shimmying their way across, up or down
screen. But then come the cubes, and circles that canít decide
whether they wannabe colourful or colour-free. Then there are
snowflaky things that feel the need to rotate. Then... well, thereís
As you complete minutes, you gradually enable power-ups
and obtain the ability to shrink or enlarge your circle. The bigger
it is when you collect colour the easier itís hit, but the more you
score. This is critical, for each level has a points target to reach
before you can proceed. There are also floating smileys to spot, and
a perfection target for each level. We hereby solemnly swear that
should we ever achieve such perfection, even once, youíre all
invited to Gamesblip HQ for wine and pizza. Thatís how utterly
fucking impossible it seems.
Adding extra pull for return
visits, daily challenges are just that. You only get one shot, do
not miss your chance...
Created by one very clever bloke,
Minutes is slickness incarnate from silky animation to a
delightfully burbling, tick-infused soundtrack. However, unless you
possess nerves of pure titanium itís a small dose distraction, for
its ability to INDUUUUUUCE STRRRRRESSSSSSS- calm blue ocean, calm blue
ocean Ė ahem, induce stress - is quite astonishing.
time, is still marching on.