As you have probably guessed, 60 Parsecs! Is the sequel to the very popular and fun 60 Seconds. This time around, instead of being underground in a bunker. You are floating through outer space and as the captain, you need to make the right decisions to ensure your crew's survival for as long as possible.
Grab What You Can
The first part of 60 Parsecs! Is going to be what dictates just how long your game is going to last. You are on a space station and you have 60 seconds to grab crew members and supplies and get to the escape pod before the ship blows up. If you do not make it to the escape pod, your game is over before it even starts.
Floating Through Space
Once you make it to the escape pod the real game begins. The whole idea of the game is to survive for as many days as you can. I made it to day 44 as my highest, but I have heard some folks can get to day 100! The game will through decisions your way, it can sometimes be as simple as a yes or no answer. Other times you may have to pick a certain tool for a certain job. Or perhaps pick a crew member to do something. As the game is set in space, you can go to planets where you can interact with life there and try to get supplies. You need to send crew member out to explore, but more often than not they will end up dying! I found this to be a bit frustrating and could not really figure out exactly what I needed to do to get them back to me.
Take Care Of The Crew
You would think that as you saved them from certain death your crew would be willing to go above and beyond to help you! That is not always the case, more often than not they will complain about being hungry and even develop insanity! You need to take care of them and the hardest part of this is dealing with the food situation. I found that grabbing as many cans of food before you escape was the key here. You can craft things on your spaceship and this can, first of all, give your crew members a purpose. However, it can also lead to you getting supplies that can lead to keeping them happy, healthy and from complaining all of the time.
Nice And Shiny
I actually really like the 2D style that 60 Parsecs! Has. It really does have a lot of charm and while some might wish the initial grabbing section of the game was 3D like in 60 Seconds. I actually think there is way more personality to the art style here. I do wish that the sound was a bit better though as I think having a lot of spoken dialogue would have made the crew members even more interesting.
I had a lot of fun with 60 Parsecs! It is a permadeath style of game so when a round ends and everyone is dead, you have to start again. You learn a little more each time you play and trying to get to just one more day is actually way more addictive than you would think. I have had a blast with this and highly recommend that you check it out.
- Great 2D artwork
- The different crew members are a lot of fun
- Getting resources and crafting is cool
- Lots of life or death situations to deal with
- Going to different planets is awesome
- The game is very challenging
- Permadeath is not everyone’s cup of tea