Australian Council on Children and the Media

Minions Paradise - Electronic Arts

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Minions Paradise is a timer-and-quest app.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Minions Paradise was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 4 May 2015.

About the app

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

Name of app: Minions Paradise
Developed by: Electronic Arts
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: Everyone, iTunes Store: 4+.
ACCM suggested age: 13 + for in app purchaseing
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Minions Paradise contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This app was reviewed up to level 8.

App description

Minions Paradise is a timer-and-quest game based on the Despicable Me films. The objective of the game is to gradually build different structures and turn the empty tropical island into a paradise for the many minions, collecting coins and experience points along the way. There are limited skills needed, but motor skills and creative thinking may prove useful.

Reviewers comments

The game is based on characters from the children’s animated film series, Despicable Me. When the app is opened and installed, players are presented with an animated cut sequence showing a large bunch of minions on a fancy cruise ship having a lovely time. However, the ship hits a rock as a result of one minion’s mistake, and they all quickly swim to a small tropical island nearby. Before beginning the game itself, players are asked to verify their age and agree to their terms of service and privacy conditions. From this point, they are asked to sign in via a Google+ account before continuing.

Players then begin gameplay – they are presented with a small yellow minion who states ‘What are you waiting for, Phil? Your buddies are furious and they’ll be here any minute! Since you ruined their vacation, it’s up to you to save it! You single-handedly sank a boat, so you can do anything! You’ll just need something fun!’. Through this, players discover that they were the minion which caused havoc on the boat and caused the group to be stranded. Players are then taken to a screen where they are instructed to click on a particular location on their map – in doing so, they place/build a ‘tiki lounge’ where smoothies can be made. Players obtain experience points in building this, and are told that they have earned rewards in the form of coins called Doubloons, as well as 3 new minions as friends. Players then watch as their three friends arrive and utilize the tiki lounge. Players are able to utilize their friends in order to help speedily build new structures in order to create the ultimate minions paradise. The dubloons earned with each levelling up also allow players to double their building speed by cashing them in, in a timer-and-quest manner. When buildings are finished in their construction, players may tap on the rewards hovering over their image in order to collect them.

Players continue to engage in these small quests as they build up their paradise for other minions, collecting experience and item rewards as they do. Players may select orders to fill from the Minions Board in order to earn more sand dollars, and therefore have the income to build more interesting structures. For example, some orders are as simple as ‘Greet Stuart with a welcome basket’, whilst others are more complex and involve construction. When it comes to building, players can opt to make things such as Coconut Grove or Gaseous Swamps, whilst other options for builds are level-locked at higher levels. Players are also able to make weapons, decorate areas with signs and items such as torches, as well as place leisure objects such as volleyball nets and a hammock for power napping.

In App purchasing

Yes: The game contains an in-app purchases store, where in-game items can be bought for real-life currency. For instance, gold dubloons can be purchased in packages of 40 for $2.49, 110 for $6.49, 225 for $12.99, 475 for $24.99, 1300 for $64.99 and 2800 for $129.99. Similarly, chests of additional sand coins can be purchased as 600 sand coins for $1.29, 2000 sand coins for $3.79, 5500 sand coins for $9.99, 11000 sand coins for $18.99, 23000 sand coins for $37.99, or 62000 sand coins for $99.99.

Online information

It is possible to log in via a Facebook account in order to connect with friends online – this allows players to gather items and work together as a team.

Gambling

No gambling content was found during this review.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents was found during this review.

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