By Brett Molina,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Exciting stunt racer has thrills, mild cartoonish spills.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The main character constantly puts himself in danger. This isn't to save people or sacrifice his safety for others; instead, it's simply in pursuit of the next big stunt, which isn't the best message for kids.
Positive Role Models
Joe is a character in the vein of Evel Knievel -- he always tries to be positive during his stunts. But the spills, crashes, and stunts he routinely suffers from aren't necessarily the best example for kids.
Ease of Play
Controls are pretty easy to pick up. The game takes players through some quick tips on how to race and perform stunts. The real challenge is stringing those together to maximize point totals. Players likely will have to invest time to master stunts.
Violence & Scariness
Most of the action revolves around what happens when Joe Danger wrecks his bike. He flies through the air and takes some nasty falls. But there's never any blood, gore, or excessive presentations of his injuries. It has more of a cartoonish feel.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Joe Danger is a fun, thrilling downloadable stunt-racing adventure. Players zip through a variety of tracks performing death-defying stunts in front of large audiences. The game's star will take some nasty spills, but the spills are never presented in a graphic or gory way; the action is much more cartoonish. Although it's easy to pick up and get into the game, players will need to invest time to master stringing together stunts for big scores. Players also can see how their scores match up with online leaderboards; the username of the player's account is automatically used, but there doesn't seem to be other player interaction available.
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What’s It About?
In JOE DANGER, players must guide a stunt man toward becoming a superstar daredevil through 85 challenges. Career mode features a variety of events with individual challenges. Along with completing objectives -- including collecting coins and unlocking stars to access later levels -- players must perform lots of midair stunts to rack up the maximum amount of points. Players can compare their skills by viewing online leaderboards. The game also boasts a fascinating sandbox mode, wherein players can create their own levels and share them with others. And, to help improve your stunt-performing abilities, you can hop into the Training Ground to complete training challenges and bolster your skills.
Is It Any Good?
Joe Danger is a highly entertaining game that pushes players to become stunt masters. The controls are easy to pick up, so pulling off incredible flips and wheelies takes little time to figure out. The real trick is mastering the timing of jumps to get the most out of every stunt. Levels are highly replayable, so players likely will find themselves revisiting levels to complete tougher objectives or improve their scores. Sandbox mode adds another layer of depth to keep you interested once you've mastered all the game's 85 levels. The one big knock against Joe Danger is the lack of an online multiplayer component to test your skills against human players. But it still has plenty of content to keep players happy for a while.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what makes stunt racing games such as Joe Danger fun. Why are they so entertaining?
How does Joe Danger compare to other racing games? Does the realism of other racing games add to the experience, or can cartoonish racers like this one stand out as well?
Talk about emulating what's seen in media. Joe participates in a lot of stunts that are dangerous and that would cause serious injury to virtually everyone who attempted them. Why should you not attempt to perform stunts you see in media? Are there certain things that are good to emulate from media? If so, what are they?
- Platform: PlayStation Vita
- Pricing structure: Paid (The game requires a one-time payment for purchase. There are no additional downloads available as a separate purchase.)
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
- Release date: September 2, 2014
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Sports and Martial Arts
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Cartoon Violence
- Last updated: June 21, 2020
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