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Despicable Me: Minion Rush is an auto-run platformer starring the minion characters from the 2010 animated comedy film Despicable Me. The player controls Dave through different levels with gameplay typical for the genre. By tilting the device (mobile platforms) or swiping left or right Dave can be moved between lanes as he runs automatically and dodges obstacles. Swiping up performs a jump and down a slide. Some levels have gliding sections where the minion can be steered without using lanes. There are two other runners, Carl and Jerry, that need to be bought and sometimes can be tried for free for a single level. Dave has access to more costumes that affect his abilities, Carl can run faster and for Jerry power-ups last longer.

Levels need to be completed in one go unless tokens are spent to continue. Along the way the minion can collect bananas, the basic currency in the game. Levels have up to three objectives that can be completed, rewarded with one piece of fruit for each objective, used in the story to power the jelly machines of the jelly lab. At least one fruit is required to advance to the next level, but a large amount to move on to the next area. Bananas are used to buy and upgrade items (up to ten times) and power-ups. Some of them can only be unlocked with tokens, the premium currency. Tokens need to be bought with real money and a small amount can be earned through achievements, by logging in daily or by participating in events. There are also prize pods that can provide puzzle pieces to unlock costumes. When items are unlocked they start to appear in levels. Items and power-ups include a banana vacuum that collects the bananas in an easier way, a freeze ray to freeze and break through all obstacles for a while, Gru's rocket (catch bananas in a short side-scrolling mini-game flying behind a car), Mega Minion (stomp through everything in your path), Fluffy Unicorn (catch bananas in a short vertically-scrolling mini-game flying on the back of a unicorn), Minion Launcher, Minion Shield, Banana Splitter, PX41 serum (become invincible for a short while) and Moon (a short bonus-level on the moon to collect stars and earn more points). There are four props to unlock that appear in mini-games: a minion glider, a snowboard, a skateboard and a BMX bike.

Minions are supposed to be despicable, so other minions that are often found in the levels can be knocked off the track. This fills up a multiplier gradually. It is also increased permanently by completing levels and equipping costumes that are also upgraded through bananas. Multiplayer is supported through Minion Races where up to three online players race each other on tracks while using different gadgets to sabotage each other or gain advantages. These include energy soda, a fart gun, a boom rocket, a lipstick taser, a jelly gun, a beach ball shield etc. Equipment is assigned prior to starting a race and additional equipment is sold in packs in exchange for tokens. It is possible to challenge friends and participate in temporary challenge events for additional rewards. The game is updated regularly to add special missions in separate locations. The special missions use an energy system that needs some time to recharge.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Verschrikkelijke ikke" -- Dutch title
  • "Mi Villano Favorito: Minion Rush" -- Spanish title

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Arcade Sushi Jun 17, 2013 8.5 out of 10 85
Modojo Jun 14, 2013 4 out of 5 80
GameZebo Jun 17, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Touch Arcade Jun 28, 2013 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Pocket Gamer UK Jun 17, 2013 6 out of 10 60


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Sciere (637507) added Despicable Me: Minion Rush (iPad) on Jul 16, 2015
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