Danger Mouse: The Danger Games

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Simple, fun endless runner has console/mobile competition.

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Positive Messages

It's only through perseverance that players can be victorious and defeat evil ... in a foot race.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Danger Mouse is always a gracious loser and a respectful winner.

Ease of Play

Controls are simple and will be familiar to fans of similar endless runner games. The game has some challenge, courtesy of courses that are full of obstacles, but it's clearly meant for younger gamers.

Violence & Scariness

While Danger Mouse uses a shrink ray and a cricket bat to take out obstacles that include local cops, it's all done in a cartoony and bloodless way.


Some characters hurl mild insults at each other, but nothing that's profane. While players compete against other people, communication is limited to emoji-like icons.


Game is based on a cartoon, and thus may prompt players to want to watch the show, buy the T-shirts, and so on.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Danger Mouse: The Danger Games is a downloadable endless runner game for the Nintendo Switch. Based on a British kids cartoon, this Switch version of a popular mobile game has no objectionable content. Even when the characters insult each other, it's without using curse words or anything sexually suggestive. Players can use a cricket bat and a shrink ray gun to eliminate obstacles that include some police officers, but it's all done in a cartoony way. Gamers can play against other people, but there's no communication between them, save for emoji-like icons.

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What's it about?

Inspired by an '80s English kids cartoon, which was rebooted in 2015, DANGER MOUSE: THE DANGER GAMES has the iconic rodent spy competing in a game show. During the show, he must run a foot race that's like a hurdles event but with large boxes, moving pieces, and other obstacles. But while other characters from the show are also competing, there's no larger story at work. There's nothing about how he's only doing this to prevent his nemesis, Baron von Greenback, from becoming the Prime Minister of England or something. Instead, it's just one race after another, with increasingly clever obstacles coming between you and victory.

Is it any good?

This endless runner will entice younger fans of the titular cartoon, but older fans of the show will find it a bit lacking. In Danger Mouse: The Danger Games, the Britannia Rodentia version of James Bond competes in a game show where he has to run a series of obstacle course races. While constantly moving forward, Danger Mouse has to jump over boxes, slide under barriers, change lanes, use a shrink ray to clear his path, and deal with other obstacles. There are even times when he has to pickax his way through a Minecraft-looking brick. All of which he does while competing against other real people, either online or via split-screen.

As for what's been added to this console edition, no only does this boast a four-player split-screen option, but you can also play with a friend split-screen while competing against two online racers. You can even compete against players of the mobile version. But even with these new options, the gameplay is very easy. Fans of the original cartoon -- the ones who watched it back in the '80s -- will find the action simplistic and the tracks redundant. But then, it's really targeting younger kids. This is why, after older gamers drop out, younger devotees of this cartoon and game will still be having fun running their way through Danger Mouse: The Danger Games.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Danger Mouse: The Danger Games affected by the cartoonish nature of the gameplay?

  • What modern reboot is your favorite, and how is it different from the original? 

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch
  • Price: $4.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: 9th Impact
  • Release date: September 21, 2018
  • Genre: Racing
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: E for No Descriptors
  • Last updated: April 10, 2020

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