Despicable Me: Minion Rush




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
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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
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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


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


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

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?


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
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:June 13, 2013
Category:Action Games
Size:44.70 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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Parent of a 3, 6, and 9 year old Written bywakeham March 17, 2014

Commercials for Tokens

This is a fun game where a minion runs on and on collecting bananas. You can unlock many worlds to run in, or costumes and abilities for your minion. It's really fun, my kid loves it. My problem is that the game is really miserly with tokens, the premium currency. And they want you to buy tokens with real cash, which is easy enough to turn off. But then even with my web browser off and in-app purchases off, I still can't stop it from allowing my son to earn tokens by watching commercials. That's just disturbing.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old August 11, 2013

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!
Kid, 8 years old March 5, 2015

Get on the tube to the disco party before it's to late!

By: Harold. Minion Rush is a game of zippety zap and to get as far as you can. One cool part is that there is a tube the minion can rush on,and inside is a disco party were you can't die. You can also get a gadget were you can go to the moon to collect stars. You can also get a unicorn and collect bananas by riding a unicorn. Lastly I think minion rush is a game of risk.


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