Despicable Me: The Game - Minion Mayhem
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Despicable Me: The Game -- Minion Mayhem is a completely different experience than the Despicable Me game that is available for Wii, PSP, and PS2. This DS version is a strategy-based game. And while there's very little in the way of violence (or anything else that could be deemed objectionable), the challenge level of these puzzle-like levels is quite high, which is why we put the game's target age at 10. Younger fans of the film may just get frustrated by playing this game.
What's it about?
The plot of DESPICABLE ME: THE GAME -- MINION MAYHEM is loosely based on that of the film it is named after, but focuses on supervillain Gru's adorable minion henchmen. Gru is in competition with Vector, another evil genius, and wants to outdo him by creating one monstrous device after another. To create these evil machines, he calls his minions into service. In the game, you will control the minions. Well, sort of -- Minions basically go where they want, but you have to manipulate the environment to make sure they're not hurt or misdirected in the process.
Is it any good?
Despicable Me: The Game -- Minion Mayhem is a novel and entertaining approach to adapting a film into a video game. Putting the focus on the scene-stealing minions, rather than the movie's protagonist, Gru, was a bold, but ultimately successful idea. The game plays out like the evolutionary descendent of games like Lemmings. Once you set a minion loose, it will move along on its own -- you have to hit buttons, slide levers, move elevators, and more in order to get the minions where you want them to go and keep them safe from obstacles. The pace can be quite frantic, especially when you've got four or more minions milling about at once. And figuring out how to get them where you want them can be very challenging. But the game is incredibly entertaining even while it's making you shriek (in a good way).
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the way the minions work together. Each must use his own special skills to the benefit of the group. What life lessons can we take from their example?
If you've seen the film, you can also discuss how this particular version of the game relates to the movie. Is a puzzle-type strategy game a good way to translate Despicable Me into an interactive format?