Australian Council on Children and the Media

Despicable Me: Minion Rush - Gameloft

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An endless runner style game

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Despicable Me: Minion Rush was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 29 April 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Despicable Me: Minion Rush
Developed by: Gameloft
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+, google play: everyone
ACCM suggested age: 8+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Despicable Me: Minion Rush contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Not Applicable

App description

This is an endless style runner game based off the movie Despicable Me 2 where the player must test how far they can run by jumping over or sliding under obstacles and collecting bananas.

Reviewers comments

You play as one of the minions, running through their secret laboratory. You must swipe left or right to dodge obstacles, and swipe up to jump and down to roll. The running track mostly has three lanes which you can switch between. As you are running you can collect bananas which can be used to upgrade the minion and buy power ups (see In App purchasing for more detail). In this game there are three ways to increase your score, first is to run as far as possible, the second is to collect as many bananas as possible and the third is to be despicable. Being despicable involves destroying as many things as you can and knocking other minions out of your way. 

In App purchasing

The player can buy packs of tokens with real money. These packs range from $2.49 to $64.99. Tokens can be used to buy bananas which allow you to get power ups and upgrade to new locations.

Online information

The game connects to OpenFeint if you are playing on an android or Game Centre if you are playing on an apple product.  These platforms are online communities where you can share your scores and connect to your Facebook page. However, you can choose to restrict OpenFeint or Game Centre on your device. The app also offers special deals to earn more tokens, for example, receiving 50 tokens by connecting to Facebook. The app also contains a privacy setting which can be activated to prevent any online interactions.

Gambling

No gambling content found during the review.

Advertising and product placement

The app contains promotional material for the film and assorted merchandise tie-ins. 

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

One of the aims of this game is to be despicable. The player is encouraged to destroy objects and push other minions off the track. This may promote some concerning behaviours in children.

Other

Violence: Some of the obstacles are violent and may be scary to young children, these include obstacles such as missiles and laser beams.

 

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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