Wipeout: The Game

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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TV-based game with slapstick violence, poor controls.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The main takeaway from Wipeout is that it's funny to watch people fail. And fall.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The contestant characters are all stereotypes. And while the hosts provide colorful commentary they get a little too excited when they see somebody get hurt.

Ease of Play

The controls on the Wii version of Wipeout: The Game are terrible. Completing even one event can prove incredibly difficult. And even if you're able to laugh at the over-the-top falls you're character takes, you'll soon grow frustrated if you never make it across a finish line. A good tutorial might have made things a tiny bit better, but the only one available is vague and unhelpful.

Violence

A good part of the reason for the existence of the TV show Wipeout is the schadenfreude-type joy viewers get from watching people fall down. The same goes for the game. Contestants slip, trip, tumble into mud, get pelted by tennis balls, and even get hit by boxing gloves that pop out of walls. "Ragdoll physics" are used in the game to make the slow-motion falls look even sillier (and occasionally more painful).

Sex

The commentary contains innuendo around an event called "Big Balls." (The event involves literally jumping across large rubber balls).

Language
Consumerism

The game is tied in to -- and could be viewed as an ad for -- the ABC television game show, Wipeout.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wipeout: The Game is built around laughing at people falling down. It's presented in a cartoony, over-the-top way, but it still delivers a negative message. You should also be aware that the characters are (supposedly humorous) stereotypes, and that the game is frustratingly difficult to play.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 and 11 year old Written byhuskertwins99 March 6, 2011
Parent of a 7 and 11 year old Written byAmyAnne July 9, 2010

Hubby says it may be his fave Wii game!

We just got this game yesterday as a reward for summer reading. My kids have been big fans of the TV show so they were dying to get the Wii game. My 7 y.o. LO... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 14, 2011

Good

This game is good, but it is better if you have some friends to play it with.
Teen, 13 years old Written bybkid September 11, 2010

What's it about?

WIPEOUT: THE GAME is an incredibly faithful adaptation of the television game show that shares its name. The real hosts provide voice-over commentary and all the physical challenges are straight from the program. Contestants on Wipeout have to work their way through ridiculous obstacle courses, designed to make them stumble and fall -- usually into mud. They leap across giant rubber balls, dodge robotic boxing gloves, duck swinging foam arms, and so on. Each time a person slips or gets knocked down, their fall is repeated in slow motion and the commentators mock them.

Is it any good?

The first few times you see a characters fall onto his face or bounce between two giant balls, it is admittedly pretty funny. But that's not enough to recommend an entire video game. And that's all you really get from Wipeout: The Game. The graphics are so-so, the events often too similar to one another, and the controls absolutely terrible. You won't be given any instructions whatsoever; the timer starts running and you need to dash out and start leaping over things. Unfortunately, none of the logical control schemes you can think of will help you across the obstacle courses. If you're a fan of the show, you might want to rent the game for its loyalty to the source material.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the game's -- and the TV show's -- sense of humor. Is it okay to laugh at people when they fail at something? What if it looks like the person might be hurt?

  • Families can also discuss whether there is anything realistic about the characters in Wipeout: The Game. How can stereotypes be harmful?

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