This is a very interesting sort of survival game. It essentially has two parts to it. The first is a quick sixty-second situation where you’re grabbing whatever you can carry, and the second is surviving in the aftermath. There are a number of modes to play, and those are variations on the action.
It goes from a brief full 3D adventure in collecting items to a flat 2D choice driven survival setup. I quite like these types of games, and I loved the frantic action to grab what I could before a bomb would hit. There are of course variations where you don’t need to play certain aspects of this game, some difficulty choices and challenges which mix things up further.
There’s a fair bit of choice in how you tackle the apocalypse and that was interesting. That being said, it’s not necessarily an entirely varied sort of setup and I do question the longevity of it for some players. There are many modes, yet they are basically the same thing with a tweak here or there.
Focusing in on the 3D part you’re playing as the husband or wife that’s trying to grab what you can. You need to get family members, food and other vitals supplies before the time runs out. It’s quite a fast paced situation, and the timing does slightly vary based on the difficulty you choose. The house layouts are always different, and you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen as you’re running around trying to collect essential items.
Once this phase is completed you’ll be stuck underground making choices. You have to divide the rations you collected, choose whether or not to send others above ground and make other choices. You might hear a knock on the fallout shelter, or perhaps be offered a trade. There could even be dangerous creatures in your little hiding hole, it varies a lot.
On top of that there are other issues, as people might go crazy and that really mixes this part up. It’s basically a challenge to see how far you can go, and if you can get rescued. I mean, missing a radio on the way in might be a death sentence. It’s a neat setup for sure. I did find it somewhat confusing for selections aspects in this part of the game. I also found it limiting in terms of what you could do as it was hard to send people out for scavenging.
60 Seconds! was a really interesting survive the apocalypse game, yet one that is rather limited in terms of scope. It was fun to play, but it does feel repetitive and I’m not sure this has longevity for most. I think they were certainly onto something with the quick grabbing segment, and then the transition over is fascinating.
This could work very well in other situations, or gameplay scenarios. That aside, there are many modes here and it is an interesting game. On the other hand there’s not a whole lot to it and I feel it’s rather thin in terms of content.
I enjoyed playing this for a bit as I tried to get different situations and see how the family’s story played out. Needless to say, there was a lot of death and some rather sorrowing ends to this group that just tried to keep going in their little shelter. I guess I shouldn’t have forgotten the checkers for entertainment, oh well.
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