|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Way Forward Technologies||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: D3Publisher of America||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: July 6, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The end result is, predictably enough, just not very fun. Nobody wants to be a master over unthinking drones who will throw their lives away without a second thought (unless youre a politician, of course). Gamers tend to like controlling powerful units who are competent, have room for improvement, and can develop over time. As such, Despicable Me is not even an unsuccessful attempt at developing a good idea, but is more of a sorry attempt at developing something that had little promise from the very moment it was conceived on paper.
Graphically, Despicable Me is adequate. Each of the different minions has a unique look, but the environments are all sterile and filled with anonymous enemies who leave no lasting impression. I cant recall what a single enemy actually looked like, despite the fact that I encountered many dozens of them. Strangely enough though, some of the music was almost interesting. A few tracks even reminded me of dumbed-down, simplified versions of the soundtrack for Earthbound (or Mother 2). Not as memorable or endearing, but pleasantly reminiscent nonetheless.
The Nintendo DS is home to many quality titles, but its 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 its based on a film that sold many, many tickets. For those of you who are informed and read reviews before you spend your dollars, I implore you: If you want to play a fun puzzle game for the DS, then try Puzzle Quest 2, or the older Puzzle Quest: Galactrix instead. Both are incredibly unique, engaging, memorable, challenging, and difficult to put down. Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem is none of those things.
Kyle B. Stiff
CCC Freelance Writer