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Despicable Me: Minion Rush

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
Despicable Me: Minion Rush App Poster Image
Adorable minions run endlessly in derivative game.
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Parents say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

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. 

Sexy Stuff

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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'... Continue reading
Adult Written byKidradical September 29, 2015

Rip off

Game is a complete waste of time. Full of cheats and constantly trying to sell you upgrades. Just another euro trash company ripping off America.
Teen, 13 years old Written bystrudelkitty827 July 15, 2015

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... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 27, 2013


My cousin took his IPad and he showed me and my brother the app and it looked good and 3D

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

For kids who love fast action and puzzles

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