Here’s a big number for you: 150 million. According to Gameloft, that’s how many times their free-to-play runner Despicable Me: Minion Rush has been downloaded. That’s a lot of downloads. The game has also been selected as the winner of the 2013 BAFTA Kids’ Vote for the video game category.
It helps, of course, that the game is a licensed property based on a popular children’s movie. But in our review we found the game to be very creative and funny, and exactly what you’d want in a licensed children’s game.
To put the 150 million downloads into perspective, the big console hit of the fall this year, Grand Theft Auto V, has sold about 15 million so far. Granted, GTA V costs $60 a copy and Minion Rush is free, but it goes to show that 150 million is a lot of copies for any game to move.