A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Despicable Me: Minion Rush wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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