Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Silly, difficult game buries safety message a bit too deep.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Instructions are very straightforward, but it's proper timing that makes the games challenging. 

Violence

You'll die some pretty horrible deaths, albeit in a comical sense, from being eaten by a shark to being stabbed with a javelin. And when you fail, you'll see your avatar smashed to a bloody pulp. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

The app runs video ads between levels and offers some tempting in-app purchase options.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In one game, a friend toasts you with what appears to be an alcoholic drink in a hot tub. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games is a collection of arcade-like games that showcase death-defying stunts in a comedic manner. The game features cartoonish gruesome deaths as a parable for safety on trains (it was created by an Australian train service). There are a number of ads and some in-app purchase options, but they aren't pushed heavily. Kids are likely to ignore the message and focus on the goofy fun, though. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMasterCrafter9001 December 10, 2015

Fun game!

It's a fun game but there is some cartoon violence like the blood looks so fake but here's the bad stuff like a random guy killing you, bears eating y... Continue reading
Adult Written byidac July 3, 2015

Dumb for kids

Its a dumb game which is going to make kids copy the game when they get older. Kids shouldn't play this game. It should be for adults.
Teen, 13 years old Written byamandafran February 9, 2015

Cartoonish violence

It's a great game and all but some of the cartoon violence like breaking off heads, getting electrocuted and somehow the players are still kinda smiling wh... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old February 10, 2015

Fun game!!

It's a fun game because it's hilarious to see how many dumb ways the guys can die. It also has advice about being safe on trains and stuff like that.... Continue reading

What's it about?

Players compete in a wide variety of "sports," ranging from the dynamite relay race to javelin catching, hoping to avoid death. After you die three times, the game is over. The game has several themed locations -- including winter, water, and track -- and the games are usually controlled via tapping or rubbing the screen (for example, tapping to jump over sharks or rubbing to brush a killer whale's teeth). Occasionally, players will receive train safety tips in the form of games, such as clearing the doors or staying off the track. 

Is it any good?

DUMB WAYS TO DIE 2: THE GAMES is one of those apps that seems mindless on the surface but is actually trying to teach a lesson. The goofy, instantly forgettable (but fun) games are the draw, but the app's ultimate goal is that people will learn to be safer around commuter trains. It's a good lesson, but with so many ridiculous mini-games to play, it can get lost in the shuffle. 

The games themselves? They're best described as short-term time-wasters: not too challenging, until they ramp up the speed to a point where they're virtually impossible. Neither the games nor their message will stick with you mentally, but you'll have a good time as you play. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how common sense can be a lifesaver sometimes. 

  • Families also can talk about how to act on public transportation. What safety concerns do you need to think about when riding a train, bus, or subway?

App details

For kids who love fun mini-games

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