Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. May 14, 2013
    70
    The default game mode of Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is little more than a Nintendo-themed reskin of the 25-year-old Pipe Mania, and frustrates with its randomness. The much better Puzzle Palace and Many Mini Mayhem modes, thankfully, leave us with a good game overall.
  2. 80
    Minis on the Move joins other greats like Pushmo to make the 3DS an amazing platform for anybody who enjoys a good puzzle game. Check it out, and prepare to get addicted to sliding tiles and frantically saving minis from a plunge into the dark abyss.
  3. May 8, 2013
    65
    Rather than the fun and addicting challenge of past Mario vs. Donkey Kong titles, Minis on the Move feels more like homework.
  4. May 13, 2013
    80
    Minis on the Move is a thoughtfully constructed puzzle game, built around an appealingly simple premise that then gets reexamined and evolved in multiple ingenious ways. More than that, it shows Nintendo adapting to changes in the online and mobile market that suggest the best is yet to come.
  5. May 8, 2013
    83
    It’s certainly different from what we’ve come to expect out of Mario vs. Donkey Kong, but if you’re interested in a Nintendo themed puzzle game with some actual challenge, look no further than Minis on the Move.
  6. May 8, 2013
    90
    I'll understand if you don't have a 3DS or if puzzle games aren't for you, but anyone with a classic sense of play can't deny the appeal of a brain-teaser. With so much content and puzzles that grow deeper and more complicated as you play, you need to get a move on and play Minis on the Move.
  7. Jun 26, 2013
    85
    A breezy, if surprisingly brutal, puzzler that puts full 3DS retail releases to shame. [Aug 2013, p.71]
  8. May 8, 2013
    50
    As a whole, Minis on the Move feels like a bit like a bait and switch, ensnaring gamers familiar with the franchise's established gameplay, only to deliver something unexpected and not entirely satisfying.
  9. May 21, 2013
    80
    Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a really "by the book" puzzle game, and the book is a good one, indeed. The editor adds to an already notable longevity, and, while it probably lacks that little thing that creates a masterpiece, it remains an excellent purchase on the eShop.
  10. May 10, 2013
    85
    From a apparently simple mechanic, this game will evolve becoming something very addictive and challenging. The different modes and the ability to create and share levels will bring us many hours of fun.
  11. May 16, 2013
    70
    Only a sense of familiarity dogs an otherwise engaging diversion: the Minis cover a lot of ground in these 180 levels, but at times it’s well-worn territory they’re walking.
  12. Jun 17, 2013
    90
    Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a fun, frantic puzzle game that I really enjoyed.
  13. May 10, 2013
    80
    Certainly one of the better puzzle games of recent times, I doubt Mario And Donkey Kong will rise to the sort of prominence which inspires expletive-fuelled internet arguments. It will, however, bestow a warm, funny feeling onto those who decide this may be worth a crack.
  14. May 13, 2013
    82
    An excellent new portable edition of the classic franchise Mario and Donkey Kong, with a very clever game design, lots of options and game modes and a superb level editor.
  15. Jun 14, 2013
    90
    Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a great addition to the series. The fact that it’s different than the usual side-scrolling games of the series is a plus as it keeps things fresh, and the level editor gives you the creativity to make your own levels if you get tired of the one-hundred eighty plus levels the game already offers.
  16. May 9, 2013
    93
    Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a great game and excels in providing challenging and enjoyable puzzles
  17. May 8, 2013
    90
    It can be as simple or as mind-bending as you want it to be; either way, you'll be satisfied for many hours on end...Plus, you've got to admit that the Minis are adorable. Creepy and possibly murderous, but adorable all the same.
  18. May 30, 2013
    78
    Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a very attractive puzzle game, sold at a fair price and highly portable.
  19. May 9, 2013
    80
    Minis on the Move is filled with plenty of content to keep you busy for a long time. The puzzles quickly get more challenging, keeping you from dozing off. All in all a great puzzle game for on the road.
  20. 85
    Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a fresh take on a series that seemed routed in a certain style of design.
  21. May 8, 2013
    70
    While this entry of the series doesn’t really justify the move into 3D with retaining stubbornly flat gameplay, there’s still plenty of fun to be had with Minis on the Move.
  22. May 10, 2013
    80
    A welcome change of style for the puzzle series, and although its influences are obvious this offers impressive value and variety for an eShop download.
  23. May 12, 2013
    80
    An expansive downloadable game that's bursting with stuff to do. It's disappointing that cheap mini games and toys are the only incentives for perfecting courses, but even so, the game provides a ton of variety and a consistent level of challenge. Like other great puzzlers on handheld platforms, Minis on the Move will have you searching for your 3DS charger before you know it.
  24. May 8, 2013
    80
    Taken for what it is, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a cool title containing bite-sized content with portable gamers in mind. That said, we doubt you'll find much to dislike.
  25. May 8, 2013
    90
    Characters aside, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a very fun game, with a frantic pace and several deviations on the main puzzle type that serve to give you a pretty full package.
  26. May 9, 2013
    80
    Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a cheap game for everything it contains. The time trial puzzle mechanics, like Pipe Mania, are fun and challenging. Over 200 stages and level editor.
  27. How does NST keep Mario/DK feeling so fresh? Yet another clever and expansive puzzle game, if not exactly the most relaxing example of the genre.
  28. 80
    The layout of the puzzles is unprecedented and it’s full of challenges.
  29. May 8, 2013
    84
    Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a great addition to the recently strong lineup of 3DS titles out there. As a downloadable title, it's extremely accessible and at only $9.99, it's also extremely affordable. Considering this game has all the meat of a regularly priced title at a quarter of the price, it would be hard for any puzzle fan to pass this title up.
  30. May 21, 2013
    90
    It's the fifth entry in this saga, but it still manages to be fresh and innovative. One of the best games available on the 3DS eShop.
  31. May 10, 2013
    50
    In the crowded puzzle genre, especially on a handheld like the 3DS, Minis on the Move doesn't stand out in any significant way. There is no impressive gameplay twist, no mechanic that feels fresh or noteworthy. It may attempt to mesh hectic action with mind-bending challenges, but it doesn't particularly succeed at either.
  32. May 15, 2013
    80
    Despite a few minor complaints, largely concerning the bonus content, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is an abundant, accessible and entertaining puzzle game that combines Nintendo craftsmanship with a competitive price tag.
  33. May 19, 2013
    80
    Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move provides a ton of variety and a consistent level of challenge. It's a simple, accessible and entertaining puzzle game that combines Nintendo craftsmanship with a competitive price tag.
  34. May 9, 2013
    80
    Minis on the Move is a welcome addition to Mario’s many offshoots, boasting smartly crafted puzzles that demand an adroit touch—well, tap.
  35. May 8, 2013
    90
    The challenge level is spot-on and the individual stages are cleverly built. These are the hallmarks of great puzzle game design, and Minis on the Move demonstrates them handily.
  36. May 9, 2013
    85
    It’s not the system’s best puzzle game — that’s still probably Crashmo — but it is its most varied.
  37. May 21, 2013
    60
    In Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, there is no princess to save. In this game you will play as one of your favorite heroes in a couple of reasoning mini games. This game is easy to handle with a lot of content. It is big but it is for short term session only because of the repetitive side of the game. Which justifies the price of 10€ on the eShop of Nintendo.
  38. May 30, 2013
    85
    Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis On The Move is the best game in the franchise.
  39. A little game like Mario and Donkey: Minis on the Move would make a perfect test title for the broader mobile market. I’d be shocked if it didn’t rocket to the top of app sales charts.
  40. Jun 2, 2013
    68
    Overall the game feels like just an average entry in a crowded puzzle game market, not just with the smartphone games Minis on the Move feels like it is emulating, but on the 3DS as well.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. May 9, 2013
    8
    Really fun game. The puzzles are plentiful and fun, and they can get very challenging. Extremely high replay value, especially with the puzzle creator. It's simple, but surprisingly deep, if that makes any sense. You can make and publish your own, and attempt to solve others'. The mini games are "meh", but they're pretty fun when you're in the mood. Very fun game, get it! Full Review »
  2. Jul 19, 2013
    7
    So many ways to die! Minis on the Move is somewhat different from mario vs donkey kong titles in that you must place tiles in a 3D environment using the touchscreen to create a path for the mini. It's a stressful, panicky, but incredibly fun game. The tiles come from the pipe, and if it fills up, you die. If you run out of time, you die. If you fall off, you die. There are also even more ways to die, but you never feel unfairly treated. Yes, the tiles coming into the pipe are randomised, but in such a way that must place them later on down your path. It's not chance, and it's always possible. Anyone who doesn't say so is a noob. There are four modes. Mario's Main Event is what I've just been talking about. Puzzle Palace has a calmer approach. All the tiles are already there, and are always the same. It's a lot less stressful but is actually a lot harder than Main Event. It's a mode where you have to think a lot before you start your mini. Then there is So Many Minis, in which several minis walk around at the same time, but instead of placing tiles, you move tiles around. The last mode is Giant Jungle. This is essentially Mario Main Event, but four times as big. It's incredibly challenging, so the three levels are all that are needed here. There are 183 levels alltpgether in Minis on the Move, each with three M-tokens to collect. The more you collect, the more minigames you unlock, but the minigames are boring, which lessens the insentive to get those tokens. It's a shame, but I can never bring myself to replay levels- I simply don't see the need. There are also not enough innovative ideas to keep you interested- all the items are from the 2D Mario vs DK games. So the fun wears out. Thankfully, there's create and share, where you can design your own levels and share them online. The sharing system is more practical than in Pullblox, but you can only create levels based on Mario's Main Event. Why not the other three modes? In conclusion, this is a good game lacking in enough new ideas to keep it fresh. Full Review »
  3. Jun 23, 2013
    8
    Es un juego bastante entretenido que ha sido capaz atraparme durante bastante tiempo, no es lo mejor de Nintendo 3DS pero si es un juego que es muy recomendable tener y mas por solo USD 9.99. Tiene 4 modos de juego con una misma estructura pero se juegan de forma diferente y es un detalle que me gusto mucho, ya que quita la misma monotonía y aporta estrategias, lo único es que muchos niveles tienen una estructura muy lineal que no permite nuevas ideas o formas de finalizarlo. Pero en general es muy buen juego. Full Review »