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Despicable Me: Minion Rush

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Learning(i)

Adorable minions run endlessly in derivative game.
Popular with kids

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

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

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?

QUALITY

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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  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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

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
Parent Written byMark_DX June 25, 2015
LEARNING

In-app purchases are the main priority in this game

In order to use all the features in the game and to progress you will need to spend money on this game, and quite a bit of it. My daughter plays this and My Little Pony from Gameloft and the in-app purchases are ridiculously expensive, and necessary, if you don't want to spend months and months only to make very little progress. And based on my experience with the Gameloft's customer service, they don't seem to care about their customers or fixing glitches in their games. Avoid this game, and any other's from Gameloft, unless you like having your kids asking you to spend lots of money on "free" games. Thankfully, I had in-app purchases turned off as you can spend hundreds of dollars in a couple of clicks.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written bystrudelkitty827 July 15, 2015
LEARNING

OK game, but filled with consumerism

I hate this game, not because of the very "Temple Run" approach, but because at every corner they're trying to sell you stuff. It's annoying. No one's going to spend money on a noneducational app! It would be very easy for a kid to accidentally buy something, since that is the whole premise of the game. Not recommended unless you want to play "Temple Run" with Minions.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
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