If you think of nuclear war and a family taking shelter, this might not have been a laughing matter in the 1950ies, but thanks to the Fallout series and now Robot Gentleman‘s survival strategy/adventure mix 60 Seconds!, one can look at this catastrophe with a much more humorous approach that can finally be experienced DRM-free on GOG.
I’m still not sure what to make of this game, and even if I haven’t come around playing any Fallout title (except for the first minutes of the third one), I’m quite fond of the 50ies advertising parody elements seen in the trailer. The graphics are also more cartoon-y with a great art style than what one would expect from a typical survival game with war and nuclear waste as its subject matter, so the dark comedy aspect prevails. The whole idea is that one plays the responsible family man Ted who at the beginning of the game has to pick up all sorts of supplies without forgetting his family members in a limited time frame of 60 seconds. Then the game changes from the third-person perspective into a visual novel when decisions have to be made for each individual character and everything scavenged has to be rationed, with a few surprises up ahead.
As the house is procedurally generated and some items become more useful than others according to radio broadcasts one has to listen to, there’s a fine line between hectic running around and stumbling over and against furniture and actually thinking about what to bring down to the shelter and what or who to leave behind. Random events like mutant cockroaches should also add to replayability. This is certainly a game that isn’t for everyone with its dark subject matter and gameplay, but at least it’s something a little bit different from the standard rogue-likes, pixel art platformers one is usually bombarded with in the indie sector.
The game was already released in 2015 and is now available on GOG with a 50% launch discount that will last until tomorrow, November 12, 11PM UTC. This is more than 60 seconds for you to decide if you want to take this quirky title with you or leave it behind.
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