Despicable Me: Minion Rush

Common Sense Media says

Adorable minions run endlessly in derivative game.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Those familiar with the endless runner genre will find this game a breeze. Beginners may struggle, though, as the speed of the game ramps up quickly. 

Violence & scariness

There's some comedic, cartoonish violence when your Minion hits an obstacle -- or knocks another Minion out of its way -- but it's mild. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game pushes players to purchase boosts via in-app purchase. In-game currency can be earned as you run, but it's much easier and faster to spend real cash. The game also contains ads. The app acts as a promotional vehicle for the film -- and its assorted merchandising tie-ins. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players (strangers) using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players. The app also urges players to log in with Facebook to pit their scores against their friends although you can control this login from the settings.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Despicable Me: Minion Rush is an endless runner-type game, based off the hit film Despicable Me 2. Rather than being chased by an enemy, your Minion runs for fun -- and while he might seem a bit scared at the obstacles, kids won't be and will enjoy the silliness. The game does push in-app purchases, though, and urges players to log in with Facebook to pit their scores against their friends. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Emotional Development

  • persevering

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

What Kids Can Learn

Despicable Me: Minion Rush wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Emotional Development

  • persevering

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Despicable Me: Minion Rush wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Despicable Me: Minion Rush isn't unlike several other of the endless runner style games. You control a Minion who is running, trying to avoid capture and obstacles, swiping up to jump or down to slide. Swiping side to side lets you switch tracks as you run. Along the way, you'll collect bananas, which can be used for power-ups, and knock other Minions off the path.

Is it any good?

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For fans of the brand, Despicable Me: Minion Rush does manage to capture some of the silliness and humor of the Minions from the film series. The game itself is a retread of the popular endless runner franchises, such asTemple Run, just with adorable and funny minions in the lead. If you love endless runners, you will enjoy this game. There are some interesting twists on camera angles, so that you are not always looking over-the-shoulder. However, these daring changes don't always work and can hinder the gameplay instead of making it more exciting.

Minion Rush, like other free perpetual runners, does look for ways to encourage people to pay for upgrades. If your reflexes aren't razor-edge sharp, you will fail frequently, which then triggers the app to suggest you spend real money on upgrades. Select this app for devoted fans of the film and kids who love the challenge of the next fun endless runner.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:June 13, 2013
Category:Action Games
Size:44.70 MB
Publisher:Gameloft
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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Kid, 11 years old August 11, 2013
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Fun game! just like temple run and subway surfers

Nothing bad in this game just very slight violence. Just like subway surfers and temple run but more fun. Suitable for anyone but little kids would find it hard thats why I gave it a 7+. It gets pretty addictive!
Teen, 14 years old Written byshubop July 24, 2013
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5
QUALITY
 

QUALITY!!!!!

QUALITY!!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 9 years old August 27, 2013
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Good

My cousin took his IPad and he showed me and my brother the app and it looked good and 3D
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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