Despicable Me: Minion Rush

Offers in-app purchases ($0.99 - $49.99) Universal Game Center Rating: 9+

Despicable Me: Minion Rush is a game from Gameloft, originally released 13th June, 2013


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Despicable Me: Minion Rush Updates With New Levels

Your favorite (or most hated) yellow sentient Tic-Tacs are on the run again with an update for Despicable Me: Minion Rush.

What’s New in Version 3.1.0
Get ready for the BOOM! Because we’re bringing the Volcano and an explosion of new features in this update to Minion Rush!
• The Volcano: Race through this new hot spot in 15 additional Jelly Lab levels!
• Seasonal Event: Join the Minion Safari and explore the tropics — win cool prizes, including the Hunter costume.
• New Gadgets: Maximize the mayhem in your Minion Races!
• Motocross Bike Mini-Game: Sail through the sky and pull off amazing stunts!


Despicable Me: Minion Rush Updates with Minion Race Mode

Minions are expected to perform a lot of tasks, and apparently one of those tasks include running for your amusement. The latest update for Despicable Me: Minion Rush includes a new Minion Race mode.

What’s New in Version 3.0.0
Race into exciting and friendly competition with this new update for Despicable Me: Minion Rush. In Minion Race mode, you can:
• Choose between Dave, Carl or Jerry to be your racer
• Compete against 2 other Minions in Super Silly Fun Land
• Sabotage your rivals or avoid their attacks by using cool gadgets
• Outrun other players’ Minions and reach the top of the leaderboard to earn awesome rewards

Despicable Me: Minion Rush Is Doing Very Well

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.

Despicable Me: Minion Rush Review

It’s hard to dislike a game when it’s filled with adorable, quirky little yellow creatures who only want a banana and some fun. Despicable Me: Minion Rush invites you in with the colorful characters, who you may or may not know from the movie Despicable Me and its upcoming sequel, but knowing these characters’ filmography isn’t a prerequisite for playing. In fact, the game surprisingly relies on good design instead of familiar characters to keep you playing.

The game is modeled after the popular endless runner genre of games, Temple Run in particular. You control a single Minion running through a dangerous world filled with obstacles, and you watch this Minion run from a 3D, third-person perspective. To move your Minion, you can swipe left or right. Doing so causes him to move to another track, thereby dodging a road block. You can also swipe up to jump over a hurdle or down to slide underneath an overhead obstacle. Hitting a single obstacle spells game over.

The goal here is to run for as long as possible, hopefully surpassing your last distance. There are also power-ups littered along your path, which you can collect to improve your distance. Some power-ups shield you from damage, while others jump you across a distance. You should also try to collect the bananas that almost cover the levels.

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Bananas are the game’s primary currency, and you can use them to unlock power-ups or purchase costumes for your Minion. There are also Tokens, which are used to purchase the extra special items. During your run, if you hit an obstacle, you are offered the chance to spend tokens to revive your Minion and continue your run. Tokens are difficult to earn in-game, but you can purchase them with actual cash if you’d like.

What delighted me most was the world’s environment. At the start of the game, you run through Gru’s lab, which is filled with crazy science-fiction devices and even a lurking bad guy. As the game goes on and your distance improves, you can move to other locations for some fresh air. Each one is uniquely built and makes you feel like you’re in the movies.

Minion Rush has appeal on a few levels. First, it’s a great runner for a mobile platform. It’s nice to play in short bursts, but the desire to earn more bananas and reach a little bit farther will keep you motivated. Second, it’s a film-based movie that doesn’t rely on its pop culture cachet. Sure, it’s nice to play in a world with these characters, but the game can stand on its own. Third, the game has a great sense of humor. Minion Rush may not be the most original game, but it’s a surprise summer delight.