Parents' Guide to

Danger Zone

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Shallow car-crash arcade game quickly runs out of gas.

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Though it might entertain crash fans for a little while, this arcade game is ultimately too shallow to keep anyone interested for very long. Inspired by the Crash mode in Burnout 2: Point of Impact, Burnout 3: Takedown, and other Burnout games -- and made by some of the same people -- Danger Zone is a car crash arcade game where you drive into traffic in the hopes of causing so much damage that you reach a prescribed monetary goal. Aiding you in this destruction, your car is armed with explosives, which you can deploy after hitting enough cars. Also, the laws of physics have been relaxed enough that you can manipulate your post-explosive wreckage into the path of oncoming cars, or onto power-ups that will give you cash bonuses or another chance to explode.

The problem is that it has a serious lack of depth. You can't change the controls, viewpoint, or even the car you're driving. You also can't alter the difficulty if you'd like more or less of a challenge. Also, why are there red barrels of gasoline on the back of trucks if they're not going to explode? In the end, this is far shallower than Crash ever was in the Burnout games, and there, it was just a side mode to the main event. Which is why the biggest danger in Danger Zone is growing bored with this game.

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