Minions Paradise: An Upcoming Free Mobile Game from EA

EA, Illumination Entertainment and Universal strike a deal to make mobile games. Developed by EA, and animated by Illumination the first game to come from this partnership will be Minions Paradise, and it will be free.

EA, Illumination Entertainment, and Universal have recently announced a multi-title deal on mobile games. Illumination's writers, directors, artists, and animators will be working with EA to create games which resemble the animation style Illumination use in their movies.

"...[We] are excited that our filmmaking team is creating game content side by side with EA and Universal, we want to bring the same level of care and creativity to these games that we bring to our films."

Chris Meledandri, Founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment

Minions Paradise is the first game to come out of this new partnership.

“Illumination Entertainment creates entertaining and unexpected characters in its blockbuster films, such as the Minions, who are a global phenomenon. EA is excited to partner with Illumination and Universal Partnerships & Licensing to bring these delightful characters to life for millions of fans on mobile devices...”

- Frank Gibeau, Executive Vice President of EA Mobile

Minions Paradise will introduce a new minion called Phil. The game's story follows Phil, who leads other Minions to build a tropical paradise after being shipwrecked on a tropical island. Players will build, craft and design this tropical island to their own ideas.

“...The Minions have entertained audiences across the globe since they were first introduced in 2010’s Despicable Me, and this new mobile gaming content will engage players by allowing them to build their own paradise alongside the Minions on the world’s most ubiquitous and accessible devices.”

 Vince Klaseus, President of Universal

Minions Paradise amazingly will be free, and is expected in Summer 2015.

My take

Judging by EA's recent ventures into mobile gaming, Dungeon Keeper Mobile which was also free, it didn't go so well. Dungeon Keeper Mobile also allows players to build, craft, and design but not a paradise, instead your own dungeons. Unfortunately, when trying to mine out a new section for your dungeon you sometimes had to wait for 48 hours, or spend real money. If Minions Paradise turns out to do this also there will be a lot of broke parents.

Header image credit to BusinessWire.

Published Apr. 7th 2015
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  • Game Oracle
    Hi: It will be interesting to watch. Video games based on movies have a bad track record.
    I haven't played this particular mobile game, but I have played over fifty, especially lately, and maybe more. Haven't really kept track.
    This idea could give mobile video games based on popular movies a better chance of making a little headway with film fans that are also gamers.
    Gamers and film fans connect with characters and having them look as they always have and consistently across films and interactive entertainment, could give a game a little helping hand and an advantage over a video game which wasn't drawn by the same artists and creative people as the film version was.
  • Game Oracle
    Seems kind of heavy in other peoples' quotes.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    It is, but I felt that they were needed in this specific article, I don't tend to use more than 1 or 2 (max) in shorter articles like this.
    For me, they help bring 3 different perspectives from this article, the first being the facts. The second being from the quotes, it shows the high ups perspectives. And then the 3rd being my perspective in the "My Take" section.
    But what do you think about this news? Do you think it's good, bad, or do you feel indifferent to it?

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