Joe Danger is a fantastic new iOS game that combines sidescrolling gameplay with hints of both racing and platforming games, resulting in an app that is incredibly fun and impossible to put down.
This is a game that puts you in control of the crazy daredevil Joe Danger, encountering and overcoming a slew of obstacles while pulling off dangerous, death-defying tricks for gold and glory.
From what I understand, Joe Danger is a game that’s previously been on the PlayStation Network and on Xbox Live, but I’ve never had the pleasure of playing a game in the series before, so I was pleasantly surprised when I played through the first few levels on my iPad.
This feels a lot like a sidescrolling racing game with an endless string of perils to avoid, which makes for quite an exciting experience. Basically, you complete a series of races (aka levels) on a motorbike. Gameplay consists of a series of taps and swipes, which control Joe’s movement.
Joe will continually move forward through the level on his own so you don’t need to hold down an accelerate button, but you do need to pay close attention to obstacles that are in the way. You will need to continually complete maneuvers like jumps, wheelies, flips, and ducks, all through a series of gestures.
The controls are actually the best part about this game – they’re so simple and intuitive. For example, jumping is done with a tap, while a duck is done with a tap and hold. A swipe left or right will pull off a wheelie, and a swipe in the air executes a flip. Swipes up and down are used in later levels, and will control lane changes.
Joe Danger starts off with quite a few easy levels, which allow you to adjust to and then master the gameplay mechanics. You will learn to duck when you see tunnels, jump when shark tanks come up, tap on barriers to remove them, hop over spikes, and execute wheelies over mud puddles.
Every level is filled with obstacles like these, and you will be provided with visual clues on which move you need to pull off, which makes it simple as long as you’ve learned to quickly move through the different gestures.
Levels have a series of goals to complete, and you will be rewarded with an achievement if you can complete all of the goals in a level. Oftentimes these goals require you to execute every move perfectly (meaning will timed jumps and ducks), and collect all of the coins on the level. There’s also typically a random goal to fulfill, like grabbing a floating star or coming in first during a race.
Different goals and different level types keep the gameplay dynamic, so even though you’re essentially playing through the same content, it does not end up feeling repetitive. It’s a simple task completing a level, but fulfilling all of the goals is another matter entirely, and that’s where the real challenge comes in.
You can make your way through this game without completing the three goals for each level, but where’s the fun in that? Joe Danger also incorporates a fun upgrade system, using the coins that you gather to purchase different suits for Joe, each with unique attributes. Some levels will even require you to wear a specific suit, but cash comes quick in this game, and thus far, I’ve always had an abundance.
Thanks to the dynamic gameplay and the increasing difficulty, Joe Danger is an addictive game that will keep you coming back time and time again. With 50 different levels, there’s plenty of gameplay, making Joe Danger well worth its purchase price.
What I liked: I’ve mentioned Joe Danger’s impressive gameplay, but I should also point out that the graphics are fantastic and the design is visually appealing.
What I didn’t like: I had no complaints playing Joe Danger. It didn’t crash, it was paced appropriately, and it was fun the entire time I played.
To buy or not to buy: I think this is a game that will appeal to a wide range of players. Adults and children alike can enjoy Joe Danger, making it a worthwhile purchase.
- App Name: Joe Danger
- Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
- Category: Games
- Developer: Hello Games
- Price: $2.99