Minute of Islands is a puzzle-platforming adventure game from Mixtvision and Studio Fizbin on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Minute of Islands review!
In Minute of Islands from Mixtvision and Studio Fizbin, you’ll be taking on a 2D puzzle-platforming adventure on Nintendo Switch. You’ll be playing as Mo, a mechanic who is trying to fix the machines of a decaying world, a world on the brink of collapsing. She must do whatever she can to keep the giants working because if these biomechanical entities are no more, it could mean the end of life.
Minute of Islands is a gorgeous-looking game featuring an art style that at times reminded me of the beloved Adventure Time series. You’ll explore a wide variety of locations, with each one standing out in this journey. Mo is put on high alert when she finds out that all four giants have malfunctioned at the same time, which means that all machinery – and the core they power – are in grave danger. Can she find out what has caused this before it’s too late?
You’ll control Mo with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, jumping and climbing with the B button and interacting with things – and taking a closer look – by pressing the A button. You can also run by pressing and holding down the Y button. You’ll have a special tool called the Omni Switch, which you can use to fix things and solve puzzles in this charming adventure. You can draw the Omni Switch with the ZR button, and it will always glow and point you towards your next objective.
Your first task will be to fix the three air purifiers that have malfunctioned since they’re needed to get rid of all the poisonous spores in the air that are very dangerous for all – and that are slowly killing one of the giants, who is having a hard time breathing, let alone being able to use its strength to channel enough energy into the machines around it.
To do this – and to fix many other issues – Mo will have to travel to the surrounding islands. This does mean she’ll end up being subject to the spores and their poison, a risk that no one else was willing to take. She’s the bearer of the Omni Switch, and as such, she must withstand the bouts of cough, the hallucinations, and the potential death from the poison, if she is to save all.
As you arrive on each island, you will notice a counter popping up in the lower corner of the screen. This will let you know how many of Mo’s memories are hidden on the island. Memories act as the collectibles for Minute of Islands. You’ll usually find them near special spots that will have a prompt for your to press the A button so that you can start to remember them. These memories will materialize as floating, translucent entities that you must touch to collect them.
Minute of Islands is a colorful and charming 2D puzzle platformer on Nintendo Switch that you should definitely check out. Mo’s journey as the one who has to fix everything before its too late is one that should take you around 6-8 hours to complete, as you move from island to island, collecting memories that will give you more insight into a world that is on the brink of collapsing. Minute of Islands is out on Nintendo Switch with a $19.99 asking price.
This Minute of Islands review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided my Mixtvision.