Minions have a life but not as you remember it in this Despicable Me Game of Life for the younger fans of Gru’s little yellow henchmen.
In the traditional Game of Life, the intent is to mirror life events that people will go through such as going to college, raising a family, buying a home, working and retiring. Minions do not go to college, do not buy homes and do not raise families…Minions buy bananas!
The original game intent is to see who has the most assets at the end of the game, earned primarily by working and earning tokens with dollar amounts on them. This is done by spinning a wheel and landing on spaces that tell you to either move forward for back and interlaced with a handful of intersections where you choose your direction.
The Minions Game of Life is very different because the life of a Minion is very different. You play with a Minion mindset influenced by events in the Despicable Me movies and not with the mindset of a normal person going through real life.
The original Game of Life is recommended by the manufacturer for Ages 8 or 9 and older based on the version. The Despicable Me Game of Life is recommended by the manufacturer for Ages 5 and older. It is tailored to the younger Despicable Me fans but not too complicated to understand or enjoy.
About the Minions Game of Life
This game is based on the life of a Minion and the game events are based off events from the Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 movies.
You pick your Minion, select a Career Card such as Surf Instructor, Firefighter, Maid, Karate Instructor, or Undercover Spy and spin to move up to 6 spaces at a time on the game board.
Changing your path on the game board is accomplished whenever you come to the location of a mini spinner on the board. You put your Minion Mover piece in it and spin it and that determines the direction you end up facing and is the way you continue.
You will land on spaces that require the player to choose an Action Card which might be Singing at Gru’s Wedding or Stealing the Moon or getting Captured by El Macho, drinking Too Much Anti-Gravity Serum or Change Careers — all as you try to collect Banana Bucks to pay for bunches of bananas while dodging the evil purple Minions.
What’s included with the game:
- 1 – Set of Game Instructions
- 5 – Mini Spinners
- 4 – Minion Movers
- 4 – Spin to Win Tokens
- 50 – Action Cards
- 10 – Career Cards
- 18 – Bunches of Bananas
- 50 – Banana Bucks
To play the game, you basically move around the game board with the goal of collecting 5 bunches of bananas — the first player to manage this is the winner.
Important Minions Game of Life Facts
- This is a fun game for kids but you will find many reviews from adults who seem to take issue that this edition is not exactly like the traditional version…it cannot be because Minions do not live like we do!
- This game is for younger Despicable Me Minion fans and recommended by the manufacturer for Ages 5 and older. This is not a version of The Game of Life that will hold the attention of older kids for any length of time but may be a good stepping stone for younger kids moving into the traditional game as they get older.
- The game is easy enough for a young child to enjoy and is suited for 2 to 4 players.
- This is officially licensed Universal Studios Despicable Me merchandise that has been made for Hasbro outside the US and is imported.
- Pricing has been determined by the supplier and not this Minions review site.
- This game contains small parts and requires some minor assembly — at the location of the main spinner and 4 Minion mini spinners there are cardboard cutouts on the game board that need to be removed, providing slots for anchoring the plastic spinners.