Danger Zone

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Shallow car-crash arcade game quickly runs out of gas.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Player crashes into other cars, trucks, even school buses to cause maximum amount of destruction.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Player tries to cause as much mayhem, destruction as possible.

Ease of Play

Though controls are simple, game gets difficult.

Violence

While game features horrific car crashes, no one is shown hurt.

Sex
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Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Danger Zone is a car game where players drive into traffic in an attempt to cause enough damage and destruction that they reach a monetary goal. While the car crashes are horrific, no one's ever shown being injured; you never see the driver. The game also has no objectionable content, though parents of new drivers or children who will soon be learning to drive might want to stress that this is no way to behave.

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What's it about?

As a car crash arcade game, DANGER ZONE doesn't have a story. Instead, you engage in a series of simulations where you have to cause enough vehicular mayhem and damage to reach a monetary goal. If you do, you move on to the next simulation, and so on.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about driving sensibly. In this game, you disobey the rules of the road, as well as common sense. Why are they important?

  • Talk about practice. In this game, you may have to run a simulation over and over to get it right, but how can practicing something benefit you? 

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