Despicable Me: Minion Rush Review
- Crisp graphics.
- Solid running with varied environments.
- Boss battles spice things up.
- Some may find the visuals a bit overwhelming.
- Nagging in-app purchase prompts.
- Essentially just another endless-runner.
Though it's yet another IAP-packed endless runner, Despicable Me: Minion Rush is a perfectly serviceable movie tie-in.
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Temple Run has a lot to answer for. Since the monumental success of the 3D auto-runner, it has become the default template for developers looking to score an accessible, family-friendly hit.
Despicable Me: Minion Rush is the latest Gameloft movie tie-in to follow this trend. You take control of one of Gru's yellow helpers, whom you must direct left and right, up, and down towards collectable bananas, and away from oncoming hazards.
If you've ever played an endless runner, you know exactly where you stand with Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Occasionally, you'll run in to a boss battle. These usually involve dodging projectiles, and then turning them against your enemy. The camera will sometimes shift perspective, too, which initially caught us off-guard. There are also moments when you'll need to use your accellerometer to steer your yellow buddy down a chute. These variables keep you on your toes, although they interfere with the flow a little.
Gameloft has clearly done a lot ensure the game is visually interesting. The graphics are crisp and detailed, with the screen is constantly full of interest and activity. If anything, the frenetic visuals are a tad overwhelming, walking a fine line between dazzling and dizzying.
The actual running is very solid, though. As you would hope, your minion does what exactly what you tell it to. Hazards are varied, switching according to the ever changing environments. You can spend collected bananas on costumes, and power-ups such as freeze rays and shields. There's also a premium gold currency which you can pay real for. Unfortunately, the game is a bit pushy when it comes to squeezing you for upgrades, flashing at least two products at you after every run.
All in all, it's a very glossy example of the genre. I does feel a bit like the devs have thrown everything at the wall to ensure at least something sticks. Kids and fans of the film will likely enjoy the novelty of stepping to the Despicable Me universe. The rest of us might the exhuberant visuals a bit much to take. By all means give it a go, just don't come to us when your eyeballs have melted into yellow goo.
DescriptionOVER 860 MILLION PLAYERS GLOBALLY!
Race with the Minions in the award-winning, fan-favourite runner, Minion Rush!
Run as fast as you can while jumping, dodging, rolling and knocking Minions off the track in despicably action-packed levels.
Rush to collect Bananas and play exciting Special Missions to increase your score as you enjoy unexpected Minion moments.
ALL THE FUN OF THE DESPICABLE ME MOVIES IN THE OFFICIAL GAME!
• Race as DAVE, CARL OR JERRY -- and straight out of the Despicable Me 3 movie, MEL!
• Wear incredibly UNIQUE COSTUMES, such as Lucy, the Surfer or the Ninja Minion.
• Speed through ICONIC LOCATIONS inspired by the Despicable Me movies, like Bratt's Lair, the Anti-Villain League and ancient Egyptian temples in The Pyramids.
• Power up your Minions by riding the FLUFFY UNICORN or GRU'S ROCKET.
• Play SPECIAL MISSIONS to discover new content and new Costumes in each update!
You can download and play this game for free. Please be informed that it also allows you to play using virtual currency, which can be acquired as you progress through the game, or by deciding to watch certain advertisements, or paying with real money. In-app purchases range from £0.79 to £39.99. You can disable in-app purchases by adjusting your device’s settings.
Languages: English, Arabic, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
An additional download of 50 to 150 MB is required to play this game. Please note the size of this required download may change without notice.
The game requires an Internet connection (3G or Wi-Fi) for download and updates, and other features including playing with friends, making in-app purchases and watching advertisements.
Certain aspects of this game, such as collaborating with, playing against or sharing in-game items with other players will require the player to connect to a social network like Facebook or Game Center. Please note this connection is never compulsory to progress through the game. These features may be disabled in certain countries.
This game may contain third-party advertisements that will redirect you to a third-party site. You can disable your device’s ad identifier being used for interest-based advertising in the settings menu of your device. This option can be found in Settings -> Privacy -> Advertising.
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What's New in Version 5.6.1Prepare to take your running adventures over the ocean blue in this new update for Minion Rush!
NEW MISSION #1: SECRET OF THE DEEP SEA
- Set sail from PIER 12 and search the briny deep for a mysterious sea monster!
- Gather 3 new sea-themed collectibles: SHIP WHEELS, ANCHORS and PLUNGERS.
- Get into the high-seas spirit with the brand-new SEA DOG Minion costume.
NEW MISSION #2: BEACH PARTY
- After your nautical mission, head to MINION BEACH to create a private vacation resort.