Reviews and Problems with Despicable Me: MINION MAYHEM
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Fun puzzler may be too challenging for younger fans.
Common Sense Media
1 September 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Despicable Me: The Game -- Minion Mayhem is a completely different experience than the Despicable Me game that is available for Wii, PSP, and PS2. This DS version is a strategy-based game. And while there's very little in the way of violence (or anything else that could be deemed objectionable), the challenge level of these puzzle-like levels is quite high, which is why we put the game's target age at 10.
Conclusion: The Nintendo DS is home to many quality titles, but it’s also plagued by store shelves stocked with endless schlockware with bright, colorful appearances that lend themselves to impulse purchases made by an uninformed audience. Despicable Me will, unfortunately, move quite a few copies since it’s based on a film that sold many, many tickets.
Excerpt: is based off of, I can’t really attest to how much of a movie spin-off game it is. In fact, the game’s tie to the movie almost feels like an afterthought when you actually play through the game. The game’s minions are cute, and the story seems to be lightly-seasoned with a Despicable Me-type flavor, but it seems to forget the movie’s target audience with the inclusion of some very difficult (and sometimes exceptionally precise) puzzles.
Excerpt: Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem has a bit of an identity crisis. The Nintendo DS adaptation of the whimsical, animated blockbuster movie is a cleverly designed puzzle game in which you usher supervillain Gru's helpful servants through a series of treacherous obstacles. Unfortunately, the process of actually completing these devious levels may be far beyond the reach of its target audience.
Pros: Well-designed puzzles, Bonus levels give you a tangible reward for your efforts
Cons: Gets really hard, really fast, Controls don't always register, Poor use of license
Conclusion: Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem may appeal more to a younger audience than it did to me, but I don't think anyone will enjoy the frustrating lack of control that you have over the minions as they aimlessly wander to their deaths.
Summary: Spontaneously hopping from maddeningly difficult to mindlessly simple stages and providing a somewhat dull experience all around, Despicable Me: The Game – Minion Mayhem is largely tedious and frustrating, though with some spots of fun and imagination. For the most part it commits no crime besides being very average, and those willing to succumb to a few headaches and eye-rolls will likely enjoy it in spurts.